Monthly Archives: October 2013

Open Innovations forum Is Held in Moscow

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An international innovations forum has kicked off in the Russian capital of Moscow. The discussions platform called Open Innovations focuses on high-end technologies and cooperation perspectives.

An international innovations forum has kicked off in the Russian capital of Moscow. The discussions platform called Open Innovations focuses on high-end technologies and cooperation perspectives.

The forum is expected to attract people working in business, government and science and serve as an arena for experience exchange and learning the major innovations trends.

The first meeting of the kind was held in autumn 2012. It drew over 5,000 visitors from across 42 Russian regions and 38 countries around the world, who attended some 150 events within the forum’s official, special and youth programs and listened to over 700 speakers from 39 countries.

The Regional Studies Association placed Open Innovations second in its 2012 ranking of key innovation events.

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Moscow Is New Innovations Workshop

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Moscow is gradually becoming accustomed to producing innovations, which are now seen less as exotics and piece goods. Innovations have finally found their niche in the capital’s market, creating new jobs and services, Sergei Sobyanin said today at the Open Innovations forum.

Innovative productions have stopped being exotic in Moscow. Innovations have established themselves as a system of full value, which develops actively, creates new jobs and offers new commodities and services, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said at the opening ceremony of the “Open Innovations” Forum in Moscow.

“The effort to create a favorable investment climate and innovative infrastructure did not pass unnoticed by international specialists,” he said.

Moscow ranks 75th in the global rating of innovative cities, “and I think we may be upgraded further,” Sobyanin continued.

He also said that the number of delegates and the interest in the “Open Innovations” Forum grew a lot this year.

Russia Has Favourable Conditions for Innovation Development

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French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Russia created favourable conditions for innovation and lauded cooperation with France in this sphere.

Speaking at a plenary session of Open Innovation Forum 2013 on Thursday, Ayrault said Russia’s innovation projects developed fast.

Among such projects, the French premier named the Skolkovo centre, the Novosibirsk technical park, as well as the Internet resources like as Yandex, VKontakte and Kaspersky Lab.

He also cited several examples of French-Russian cooperation in the innovation field. “We can be proud of the work between our governments, between the research centres and our enterprises. We should be convinced in the future of such cooperation,” the French premier added.

Two New Russian Tu-160 Flew from Venezuela to Nicaragua

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In accordance with the Plan for the Operational Training of the Long-Range Aviation of the Russian Air Force, two supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers Tu-160 have made a flight from the Venezuelan Maiquetia airfield to Managua airfield in Nicaragua.

An official in the press-service and information department of the Russian Defence Ministry said Thursday, the two aircraft “flew over neuatral waters of the Caribbean Sea, after which they entered the air space of the Republic of Nicaragua and made a routine landing”.

During the transit mission, the aircraft covered a distance of more than 2,500 km. The duration of the transit flight was about three hours.

All flights of the aircraft of the Russian AF are made strictly in line with the International Rules for the use of air space, the department official pointed out.

Two Mi-35M Helicopters Entered Service in Russian Armed Forces

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The first couple of Mi-35M helicopters currently relocated fr om the manufacturing plant to the aviation center in Torzhok , wh ere the flight crews of Army Aviation of the Western Military District will be trained for this type of aircraft ,” – told colonel Oleg Kochetkov, the head of the press service of the district.

He told that in 2013 the Western Military District received more than 10 modern aircrafts, including Su-34 , Mi-28NE Night Hunters , heavy transports Mi-26.

“More than 20 military aircrafts to be received by the Western Military District soon, – he added. – Including combat helicopters Mi-28N Night Hunters, and military transports Mi-26 and Mi-8MTV-5.

The Mi-35M is a modern multipurpose attack helicopter. It is equipped with missile and gun armament, the practical range with combat payload of this helicopter reaches more than 450 kilometers and the maximum speed – more than 300 kilometers per hour.

Russian Helicopters in European Aerospace Quality Group (EAQG)

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Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, announces its entry into European Aerospace Quality Group (EAQG). The company’s membership application was approved by the EAQG Executive Committee in the end of September 2013.

In October 2013, the delegation of Russian Helicopters participated in the activities of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) in Montreal, Canada as a full-member for the first time.

“Participation in the European Aerospace Quality Group will harmonize the quality management system of its member companies with the European standards and will become an important step towards strengthening the strategic position of Russian Helicopters on the international market”, said Andrey Shibitov, Deputy Director for Production at Russian Helicopters. “Today the quality management system of the company is being improved in accordance with the requirements of the international standards for aerospace and defense industries of the AS/EN 9100 series, with some of the enterprises of Russian Helicopters already certified according to the requirements of those standards and included in the International database of suppliers of the aerospace sector (OASIS).”

Russian Helicopters to Present Its Helicopters to the South Korean Market

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Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, is taking part in Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (SEOUL ADEX 2013) from 29 October to 3 November 2013 at the Kintex Exhibition Centre in Seoul, South Korea. The company’s stand is in pavilion H9-C6.

Russian Helicopters’ display includes the medium multi-role Ka-32A11BC, a unique Russian helicopter which is in service in over 30 countries including South Korea, China, Japan, countries of the EU, Canada and Russia. Experts have named the new Ka-32A11BC, currently on show at SEOUL ADEX 2013, one of the best rescue and fire-fighting helicopters in the world. It has no parallels when it comes to fighting natural and industrial fires and disasters, or for liquidating the consequences.

EASA (the European Aviation Safety Agency) certified the Ka-32A11BC in 2009, and it was certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority in 2013. The helicopters also meet FAR29 and AP-29 airworthiness standards.

Kalashnikov Expands Export List

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Russia’s newly formed arms maker Kalashnikov Concern has added three new firearms to the list of weaponry authorized for export, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.

The new addition incudes the 18.5 KS-K military shotgun, the SV-99 sniper rifle, and the Vityaz-SN submachine gun. All these weapons are designed for use by special purpose police units.

The weapons were included in Russia’s top arms exports list by presidential decree and were unveiled at the Interpolitex 2013 arms show in Moscow on October 22-25, Kalashnikov’s Yelena Filatova said.

The KS-K shotgun is similar to the Kalashnikov assault rifle in its layout. The weapon has a minimal number of parts and is easy to operate and maintain. Its eight-round detachable magazine and automatic bolt stop significantly increase its rate of fire, the maker says.

Maiden Flight of the Russian Sukhoi PAK FA Fighter Jet

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Today the first flight by the Sukhoi PAK FA (T-50) fighter jet took place in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia. The main aim of the test was to check the plane’s powerplant. The maiden flight was for a little bit less than an hour, according to the company statement.

The first probation of this group of airplanes took place back in 2010 and since then the company has produced 4 more jets that are currently being tested, 2 of them are going through ground examination.

The fighter jet still has a lot range of tests to accomplish. Only after that, it will be moved to another aerodrome, Zhukovsky in Moscow region. The average military planes have to go through 450 tests to be ready for launching.

Most of the information about the aircraft remains in secret and the characteristics are not being published. However, it is known that the estimated maximum speed of such jet is more than 2,135 km/h with just one pilot inside.

Defense Ministries of Russia and Belarus to Discuss Military Integration Prospects

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The participants in a regular meeting of the joint collegium of the Defense Ministries of Russia and Belarus will discuss in Moscow on Tuesday prospects for the two countries’ military integration, Russia’s Defense Ministry’s information office told Itar-Tass.

The participants will primarily discuss implementation of the two Defense Ministries’ bilateral cooperation plan in 2013 and will identify targets for the further development of integration processes in the military sphere.

“In accordance with the agenda, the meeting participants will sum up the results of the Zapad 2013 (West 2013) joint military exercise of the two countries’ armed forces,” the office said. “The sides will discuss the implementation of plans of joint activities of the Defense Ministries of Russia and Belarus to ensure military security of the Union State for 2013 – 2015.”