Monthly Archives: July 2013

TsSKB Progress Ready to Demonstrate New Products at MAKS-2013

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TsSKB Progress Federal State Unitary Enterprise will take part in the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013, which will be held in Zhukovsky from August 27, 2013 to September 1, 2013. This information was presented by the press service of the company. According to the press release, the delegation will be headed by Alexander Kirilin, Director General of TsSKB Progress.

The company’s exposition stand will be presented in the Pavilion D1. As explained by the press center, it will feature various models of the rocket and space equipment developed by the company, including the models of Soyuz, Soyuz-1, Soyuz-ST, Soyuz-2, Soyuz-2-3, Soyuz-2-3V, Soyuz-5 carrier rockets (scale 1:20), and models of Resource-P, Bion-M, Obzor-R space vehicles (scale 1:10).

In addition, the exposition stand of the enterprise will be used to show a video clip about the main activities of the plant. It should also be mentioned that the International Aviation and Space Salon will include a presentation of the Rysachok multi-purpose light-weight twin-engine turbo-prop airplane.

Russia Sets Priorities for Composite Materials Industry Development

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The action plan for the composite materials industry development has been approved by the Russian Government. The corresponding document was elaborated by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and posted on the Government’s official website. The main goals of the appropriate measures are determined by the subprogram “Production Development of Composite Materials (Composites) and Related Products”.

“The key priority for the composite materials industry development is to open the mass markets that will provide this sector with the cash flow required to launch investment projects and ensure further development,” the press release states.

It should be noted that the domestic production of composite materials and related products is expected to reach 120 billion rubles by 2020, with a share of exports being about 10%. In addition, the document envisages the elaboration and adoption of 553 regulatory, technical, legal and other documents necessary for the industry development, as well as 8 industry-specific and 20 regional programs.

Russia Develops New Silent APC

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Russia’s Military-Industrial Company has developed and tested a hybrid-powered silent armored personnel carrier that could eventually be remotely operated. This information was presented by Sergey Suvorov, spokesman of the company, on Tuesday.

It’s necessary to point out that the Krymsk APC, based on the BTR-90 Rostok vehicle is fitted with a hybrid engine and can move almost silently on a battery-driven electric motor when its diesel engine is turned off. At present it can only move silently on electric power over short distances, but with new types of battery that distance can be increased dozens of times. The Krymsk is a remotely controlled platform, which could be subsequently developed into a robotized platform.

It should be noted that during the recent test, the vehicle demonstrated a maximum speed of 97 kilometers per hour, accelerating to 80 kilometers per hour in 33 seconds. The Krymsk can be equipped with weapon systems based on new physical principles, for example, laser or electromagnetic weapons.

Many Countries Interested in BrahMos Cruise Missiles

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Fourteen countries have already expressed their interest in purchasing different modifications of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. This came in a statement by A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and Managing Director of the Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace.

“As far as I understand, Russian authorities have nothing against such exports and the Indian government has the final say,” Mr. Pillai stated without disclosing potential customers.

A. Sivathanu Pillai took part in BrahMos Industry Consortium Meet-2013, a conference devoted to public-private partnership in India’s defence industry. India’s former president APJ Abdul Kalam expressed confidence that Russian and Indian governments should take the opportunity to export BrahMos cruise missiles to other countries.

It should be noted that the cruise missiles with a range of 290 kilometers have already been put into service with India’s Ground Forces. India’s surface ships are equipped with BrahMos as well. Air-launched tests of the missiles are scheduled to take place this year.

Rusnano to Invest 50 Mln in Aspheric Optics

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JSC Rusnano will finance up to 50 million rubles to implement the investment project for production of aspheric optical elements, which could be used in satellite observation systems. According to the information available, the corresponding decision has been made by the company’s Board of Directors due to the co-investor’s failure to fulfill its contractual obligations and the need to broaden the assortment of goods currently manufactured by the company.

“The investment will be used to expand the current production of interferometers, which are intended to measure and control the quality of optical elements, as well enable the company to develop manufacturing complexes of precision machine tools and aspheric optics in cooperation with the largest Russian companies operating in this area,” the press release states. It should be noted that the project for production of aspheric optical elements launched in 2008 has become the first investment project approved by Rusnanotech State Corporation.

JSC Rusnano was established in March 2011 through reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. The company implements the state policy of the nanotechnology industry development acting as the co-investor in nanotechnology projects with substantial economic or social potential.

Russia’s SSJ 100 to Participate in Moroccan Tender

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The Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc has included Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in the number of bidders to take part in a planned tender. According to the information available, international consulting companies had recommended Royal Air Maroc to purchase 15 additional 100-seat regional jets to expand its aircraft park in the future. It should be mentioned that the Moroccan carrier is currently testing two leased Embraer EMB-190 aircraft.

Idriss Benhima, Director of Royal Air Maroc, stated that the company would decide whether to purchase the aircraft for 100 passengers after 8-12 months of the aircraft operation on air lines. The corresponding tender for selection of the aircraft will be announced at a later date. According to the information furnished by Ch-aviation, the main candidates include Canada’s Bombardier CS100 (the first aircraft flight is scheduled for July 2013, delivery to the first customers is planned to take place a year later), Brazil’s Embraer EMB-190, and Russia’s SSJ-100-95.

Russia May Build Three Aircraft Carriers in This Decade

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The modern Russian Navy needs at least three aircraft carriers in addition to the Mistral-type helicopter carriers. This came in a statement by Felix Gromov, a former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy in 1992-1997.

“Ideally, the Pacific Fleet should operate at least two aircraft carriers and corresponding number of combat and support ships. At least one aircraft carrier should be delivered to the Russian North, considering that the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has been used for many years and needs good maintenance and some upgrades,” Mr. Gromov commented, noting that such warships should be build in Russia. The admiral believes that their construction can be started in this decade.

“We must concentrate efforts of the defence and industrial complex, as well as understand the major challenges facing the country. The advanced destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers have different functions. However, they should form a striking force together. On the one hand, we can solve problems near the shore without achieving anything. On the other hand, there are some tasks in the ocean zone, where we should be ready for all emergencies,” Mr. Gromov concluded.

Russian Government Approves Collaboration Agreement with Spain

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The Russian Government has recently approved a defence collaboration agreement with Spain, according to the document, which was posted on the government’s website on Monday. The agreement envisages the goals, areas and forms of bilateral collaboration in the defence field, including the exchange of information on military, political and international security issues, arms control, and confidence-building measures. Other areas include the sharing of experience and expertise in international peacekeeping operations, as well as joint exercises.

It should be noted that the approved agreement creates a legal framework for the organization of visits by the countries’ warplanes and warships on a reciprocal basis, joint personnel training programs, and participation in sports and cultural activities. In addition, it stresses that the agreement does not conflict with any of Russia’s current laws and regulations, and will not require the provision of any additional funding from the federal budget.

Yekaterinburg Ready to Host EXPO 2020

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Yekaterinburg has got a real chance to host EXPO 2020. This statement was made by Igor Slyunyayev, Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation.

“Yekaterinburg is one of the most rapidly developing regions of the Russian Federation. I know the local infrastructure and have many reasons to say that the city is absolutely ready for EXPO 2020,” Mr. Slyunyayev emphasized, noting that the Russian side asked its partners to support the bid of Yekaterinburg and received many positive responses.

It should be noted that EXPO 2020 in Yekaterinburg may become the first World Exposition to be held in Russia. About 150 countries are expected to participate in the exhibition. The total number of visitors may exceed 32 million people during six months. The theme of the Russian bid is “The Global Mind: The Future of Globalization and its Impact on our World”.

It’s noteworthy that Izmir (Turkey), Dubai (UAE) and Sao Paolo (Brazil) have also revealed their intentions to host the exhibition in 2020. The decision on the EXPO 2020 location will be made in Paris in November 2013.

Sakhalin Region Receives New Mi-8AMT Helicopter

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The Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has received the Mi-8AMT helicopter. It will be used to track poachers in Sakhalin Region. The use of the police helicopter will make it possible to ensure a comprehensive and efficient application of manpower resources involved in operations, respond to crimes related to the illegal use of water and biological resources, and improve the effectiveness of crime fighting in this area.

In addition, the helicopter will allow the police to monitor road traffic. Investigative teams will be able to quickly come to the scene of crimes and traffic accidents as well as to provide protection from the air for particularly critical facilities.

It’s necessary to mention that the Mi8-AMT is a modern modification of the Mi-8 helicopter with an improved power system. The helicopter equipped with comfortable seats, wide windows, air conditioning, information and emergency lighting panels, and fluorescent lighting, can carry up to 13 passengers. The total mass of the empty helicopter is more than 7 tons. It has a maximum range of up to 1,000 kilometers and an average speed of 220 kilometers per hour.