Monthly Archives: December 2013

Russian Army Officially Adopts Mi-28N Night Hunter

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The Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter manufactured by Russian Helicopters has officially entered service with the Russian Defence Ministry. The corresponding order was signed by Sergey Shoygu, Defence Minister of the Russian Federation.

The Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter was operated by the Russian Army for several years before being officially adopted. In particular, the Defence Ministry tested it under various conditions and developed a proper training and support base. This work was performed in cooperation with the specialists from Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, which developed the Mi-28N Night Hunter, and Rosvertol, which has been producing the helicopter since 2005.

“The acceptance of the Mi-28N helicopter demonstrates that the Night Hunter meets all the requirements to a combat helicopter, has passed all the necessary tests, and is now ready to enter service with the Russian Air Force. Russian Helicopters is not only successfully fulfilling the state defence order, but also continuously working to improve and upgrade combat helicopters, thus strengthening our country’s defence capacity,” Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Russian Helicopters, stated.

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Russia to Boost Domestic Power Engineering Development

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The Russian Government plans to allocate 17.25 billion rubles in 2014-2018 from the federal budget under a special program aimed at developing power electronics and engineering. It’s necessary to mention that the Government is currently elaborating a set of measures to stimulate the use of domestic equipment in electric power engineering. The appropriate assignment has been given by Vice-Premier Arkady Dvorkovich.

It’s worth noting that the other measures include a directive to natural monopolies and state corporations to give priority to Russian manufacturers while arranging tenders for the delivery of power engineering products.

Mr. Dvorkovich also suggested that all electric power companies should follow strict rules for the use of domestic innovative equipment by analogy with alternative energy sources, where the following standard is currently applied: the higher the level of equipment localization under a ‘green energy’ project, the higher the chances for a company to get guarantees of the electric power sales.

Russia to Unveil Tor-M2U Air Defence System at Victory Parade

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The advanced Tor-M2U missile systems will be for the first time demonstrated on May 9, 2014, during the Victory Parade in Moscow. This statement was made by Alexander Leonov, Chief of Air Defence Troops of the Russian Land Forces.

“These combat vehicles will be unveiled for the first time on May 9 during the Victory Parade on Moscow’s Red Square. The troop formations of three military districts have already been equipped with Tor-M2U systems,” Mr. Leonov commented, adding that the Tor-M2U ensures an all-aspect destruction of air targets due to its all-round-view spotting station, a guidance system, and an antiaircraft guided missile.

“Such a configuration of the combat vehicle makes it possible to make reconnaissance in any kind of terrain and engage air targets from an unprepared position after a short stop. Besides, a powerful computer ensures a complete automation of combat performance processes with a simultaneous firing at four targets in a given sector,” Mr. Leonov concluded.

Russian Navy Likely to Receive New Attack Submarine by Year End

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Russia’s first Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, is likely to be handed over to the Russian Navy on December 30, according to a defence industry source. The submarine has been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since 1993.

“The acceptance act for the first Yasen will be signed at Sevmash on December 30,” the source commented, adding that the Severodvinsk is one of eight Yasen-class attack boats ordered by the Russian Navy. The second and third submarines of the series, the Kazan and the Novosibirsk, are being built under the updated Project 885M Yasen-M design.

It should be pointed out that the Severodvinsk has a submerged displacement of 13,800 tons, length of 119 meters, speed of 31 knots, and can dive to 600 meters. The submarine has been designed to launch cruise missiles with conventional or nuclear warheads to a range of up to 5,000 kilometers, as well as effectively engage other submarines, surface warships and land-based targets.

New Russian Telecom Satellite Placed into Orbit

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The Proton-M rocket carrying Russia’s telecom satellite Express-AM5 has blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The rocket lifted off at 2:50 p.m. Moscow time from the Baikonur space center in a televised broadcast. Its payload, a 3.4-ton Express-AM5 communications satellite, was successfully placed into a parking orbit nine minutes later.

According to the information available, the Express-AM5 satellite, developed by Russia’s Reshetnev Satellite Manufacturing Company, will be put into a geostationary orbit at 140 degrees east to provide mobile presidential and governmental communications, digital television and radio broadcasting services, as well as multimedia and VSAT network services.

It’s worth mentioning that the satellite carries 30 C-band transponders, 40 Ku-band transponders, 12 Ka-band and 2 L-band transponders. The spacecraft has been designed to operate for 15 years and will generate no less than 14 kilowatts of payload power, according to the press center of Reshetnev Company.

Russian Air Force Receives 100 New Helicopters in 2013

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More than 100 new helicopters, including 14 Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopters, joined the fleet of the Russian Air Force in 2013. This came in a statement by Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force.

“We have already received over 100 helicopters this year,” Mr. Bondarev announced during his visit to the Arsenyev-based Progress Aviation Company. According to the information available, Progress has successfully fulfilled the state defence order on the delivery of Ka-52 helicopters in 2013.

“The company has fulfilled this year’s task, so 14 helicopters will be delivered to the troops,” Mr. Bondarev said, adding that Ka-52 helicopters were delivered to aviation units of the Eastern, Southern and Western Military Districts.

As stated by the Commander, the rate of the new equipment delivery would be maintained in 2014. “Russian Helicopters Holding promises us that next year we will be regularly receiving new helicopters on a quarterly basis,” Mr. Bondarev concluded.

Rokot Rocket Puts Three Military Satellites into Orbit

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The Rokot rocket has put three Russian military-purpose satellites into orbit. The satellites were given the numbers Kosmos-2488, Kosmos-2489 and Kosmos-2490, according to Colonel Dmitry Zenin, a representative of the Russian Defence Ministry and the Aerospace Defence Troops.

“The satellites were successfully brought on the designated orbit at 06:16 Moscow time and were placed under control of the ground computerized center of the Russian Defence Ministry, which will steer them during the orbital mission,” Mr. Zenin stated.

The Rokot launch vehicle with the Briz-KM upper stage rocket and three military-purpose satellites was launched at 04:31 Moscow time from the Plesetsk spaceport on Wednesday. The launch was performed under common command of Aleksander Golovko, Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Defence Troops.

The Rokot light rocket was created under the conversion program on the basis of the decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missile RS-18. The first launch of the Rokot rocket was performed from the Plesetsk spaceport on May 16, 2000.

Russia to Modernize Mi-8 Helicopter for Use in Arctic Climate

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Russia’s Ulan-Ude aircraft manufacturing plant said Wednesday that it was developing a variant of the Mi-8 transport helicopter for use by the military in harsh Arctic climate. According to the official information, the modified Mi-8 will have a more powerful engine, an auxiliary electric generator, an ice-protection system and a ski landing gear for landing on soft snow and swamps.

“The helicopter’s heating system will be based on technologies used on spacecraft,” Sergey Solomin, the plant’s chief engineer, emphasized.

It’s worth noting that Russia has officially set a goal of deploying a combined arms force by 2020 to protect its political and economic interests in the Arctic, including military, border and coastguard units. According to the Russian military, two Arctic brigades will be deployed in Russia’s extreme north over the next few years. In addition, Russia plans to return to mothballed Soviet-era Arctic airfields and establish a permanent naval presence along the strategically important Northern Sea Route.

New Russian Corvette to Undergo Sea Factory Trials

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The advanced Stoiky corvette, which had been built for the Baltic Fleet, has set out for sea trials in the Gulf of Finland. This information was furnished by Vladimir Matveyev, a spokesman for the Russian Baltic Fleet’s Western Military District.

“The first stage of sea factory trials will take place at the maritime firing ranges of the Leningrad naval base. During the trials, the Stoiky crew together with industrial representatives will check the operating capacity of on-board systems and devices of the corvette in the sea,” Mr. Matveyev commented, adding that apart from the crew, the commissioning team would include specialists from different branches of the manufacturing plant and the contractors.

It should be noted that the Stoiky is the Project 20380 serial corvette. The flagship of these serial corvettes is the Steregushchy corvette, which had entered service with the Baltic Fleet in February 2008. The Project 20380 corvettes have a water displacement of 2,000 tons, a length of more than 100 meters and can reach a speed of 27 knots.

Rostec Registers New Company in Barbados

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RT-Global Resources has registered the company RT-GR Overseas Limited in Barbados. This step is likely to facilitate cooperation with Latin American petrochemical companies in the future. According to Andrey Korobov, Director General of RT-Global Resources, Barbados is a favorable country for conducting business with international companies.

“This country is geographically close to our actual and potential partners in Latin America, including the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and the Mexican state oil, gas and petrochemical company Pemex. The chosen jurisdiction is clear, standard and simplifies the way of conducting business with these partners,” Mr. Korobov pointed out.

The registration of the new company will ensure the delivery of goods to the region by using the country’s port and logistics infrastructure. The country’s favorable investment climate can also be treated as a great advantage.

It should be noted that RT-Global Resources is a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation. The company was established to sell raw materials and related infrastructure projects in Russia and abroad.