Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant to Construct New High-Speed Helicopter

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Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant will develop an advanced high-speed helicopter. It is planned that conceptual and technical projects of a new product will be ready by the end of November 2015. The R&D contract is estimated at about 3.3 billion rubles.

It should be noted that the program of the Russian advanced high-speed helicopter had two options, including the Mi-X1 model proposed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and the Ka-92 model proposed by Kamov Design Bureau.

The company’s plans include construction and testing of the so-called “flying laboratory” that will become a base prototype designed for testing a new helicopter. Certification tests of the new helicopter are likely to begin in 2018-2020. According to the plans, the helicopter will be made on the basis of available technologies and materials. During the second phase of the program, the company will start creating a helicopter with higher speed and other characteristics. The Mi-X1 intended to replace the Mil Mi-8/17 series will be designed to have a take-off weight of 10-12 tons and seat 21-24 passengers.

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Cybercombat Units to Appear in Russia by 2017

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Russia plans to create special cyber-defence units to protect the country against online warfare in the coming years. This came in a statement by Major-General Yury Kuznetsov at a meeting of military officials.

“The units are being formed to defend the Russian Armed Forces’ critical infrastructure from computer attacks. Formation of the units will be conducted in stages and will be completed by 2017,” Mr. Kuznetsov said without elaborating.

In August, a spokesperson for the Defence Ministry confirmed the plans to train cyberwarfare units, but dodged a question on the timeframe of their activation. Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu said in July that the Army must recruit new programmers to meet the rising need for military software.

Alexey Moshkov, Head of the country’s cybercrimes Bureau of Special Technical Measures, said Thursday that his agency thwarted hacker attacks last year aimed at defrauding Russian citizens of a total of around $28 million. “Every second, 12 people around the world become victims of hacking, and the vast majority of attacks target financial assets,” Mr. Moshkov stated.

Russian FSB to Provide Best Security at Sochi Olympics

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Employees of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) have established a security control center for the Sochi Olympics, which includes dozens of representatives of various ministries and agencies, according to Alexey Lavrishchev, Head of the Control Center Administration.

“The security center of the Olympics comprises the heads of over 30 ministries, agencies and bodies of Krasnodar Region and Sochi administration. As of today, no real threats to the security of the Olympics participants and guests exist. However, all potential threats have been considered in the framework of ensuring security at the Olympics and we are ready to react to any challenges to security,” Mr. Lavrishchev said at a news conference.

It should be noted that about 40,000 employees of the law enforcement authorities and other security agencies ensure the Olympic Games security. The FSB has taken into account the experience accumulated by foreign colleagues on ensuring security while holding major international events.

Russian Government to Keep Eye on State Companies

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The Russian Government should meet the board of directors of companies with state participation more frequently. This statement was made by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

“We should have our finger on the pulse. However, this idea has nothing to do with state interference in the affairs of companies. This is just a necessary element of state control over decision-making mechanism in companies with state participation,” Mr. Medvedev emphasized.

In addition, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development has recently proposed to divide strategic companies into four groups with regard to the level of importance, which will be observed by the Government, Vice-Premiers or Specialized Government Commissions while discussing their development plans.

“Let us agree that the Government will consider a development plan for any company irrespective of its size or business segment at any government meeting or at a conference under my chairmanship,” Mr. Medvedev said.

Russia and Kazakhstan to Extend Military & Technical Cooperation

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Sergey Shoygu, Defence Minister of the Russian Federation, has begun his two-day visit to Kazakhstan. This was announced by the press service of the Kazakh Defence Ministry on Thursday. According to the official information, Mr. Shoygu and Kazakh Defence Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov will hold negotiations to discuss prospects for development of bilateral military and technical cooperation.

“The two ministers will make a joint statement after their talks on January 31,” the Kazakh Defence Ministry’s press center reported.

It should be mentioned that in early December, the Kazakh Defence Minister held a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in Astana. They reached agreement on specific plans to develop joint ventures, which are currently operating in Kazakhstan, and discussed prospects for implementation of new joint projects. Furthermore, they touched upon practical implementation of the agreement focused on establishing a common regional air defence system of Kazakhstan and Russia.

Russia-Belarus Union State to Increase Defence Budget Spending

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The Russia-Belarus Union State will allocate 3.2 billion rubles in 2014 for joint military, defence industry and security projects, according to Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union State. The plan for this year includes joint programs in space exploration, strengthening of the regional military contingent and construction of new military facilities.

It’s necessary to note that the Union State was formed in 1999 as an attempt at political and economic integration between the former Soviet republics. It has made progress in regional military alignment, coordinated air defence and joint military maneuvers since then. Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement on joint protection of the Russia-Belarus Union State’s airspace and creation of an integrated regional air defence network in February 2009.

In addition, Russia and Belarus signed an intergovernmental agreement in 2013 on cooperation in the use and development of the GLONASS global navigation and positioning satellite network as part of bilateral cooperation in the exploration and peaceful use of outer space.

Russia and USA to Improve Protection against Space Threats

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Russia and the United States should pool efforts in the creation of asteroid diversion techniques. This statement was made by Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov in a video link with the Administrator of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The implementation of our agreements will allow us to design an efficient mechanism of protection from asteroids. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is set to take practical steps in this field. We plan to elaborate a concept, which will pool efforts for the next generation of new approaches to space threat monitoring, information of the civilian population and minimization of the damage,” the Russian Minister pointed out.

His counterpart, William Craig Fugate, confirmed the necessity of joint work on the asteroid problem. In his opinion, joint efforts will provide the opportunity for dealing with such threats, as this is not a mission either side could accomplish on its own. Mr. Fugate described the lessons Russia learned from the meteorite event in Chelyabinsk as extremely valuable for the United States.

Kaliningrad Warship Joins Russia’s Naval Force in Mediterranean

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The Russian Baltic Fleet’s big landing ship Kaliningrad has joined Russia’s naval force performing tasks in the Mediterranean Sea. This information was presented by Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveev, a spokesman for the Russian Baltic Fleet, on Wednesday.

“The big landing ship Kaliningrad has replaced the big landing ship Alexander Shabalin within the framework of planned rotation of Russia’s naval force in the Mediterranean Sea,” Mr. Matveev stated, noting that the Kaliningrad set out from Baltiysk on December 24, 2013 and has made a crossing to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet naval base in Novorossiysk. The warship’s crew drilled a set of training combat tasks, including air defence and anti-submarine exercises, deck exercises and trainings, as well as artillery exercises. After being replenished with fuel, water and food at the port of Novorossiysk, the Kaliningrad headed for the Mediterranean Sea.

It should be noted that this is not the first mission in the Mediterranean Sea for the warship’s crew. The landing ship performed the previous mission from December 2012 through August 2013.

Two Russian Strategic Bombers Complete Air Patrol Mission

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The crews of two Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Air Force have successfully fulfilled their patrolling mission in the Arctic. This came in a statement by Col. Igor Klimov, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force.

“The planes took off from the air base in Engels (Saratov Region). The flight took place through neutral waters over the Norwegian Sea, the Arctic Ocean and along the Kola Peninsula,” Mr. Klimov said.

“The crews of Tu-95MS bombers mastered flights over featureless terrain during their patrolling mission. The planes covered over 8,000 kilometers at the speed of 850 km/h and at the height of up to 10,000 meters. The flight lasted around 11 hours,” Mr. Klimov added.

It should be noted that long-range aviation pilots regularly patrol skies over neutral waters of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Black Sea both from basic and emergency airfields. All flights are performed in strict compliance with international rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating the borders of other states.

Rostec and Omsk Administration to Present New Hovership

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Rostec in cooperation with the administration of Omsk will present in early February the Korsar off-road vehicle. This was reported by the press service of the city administration. The project was developed and implemented by a small enterprise located in the city.

“We are aimed at finding and supporting small companies whose ideas could be put into practice by means of existing production facilities. The Korsar project has many advantages. We are now preparing a demonstration of the final product, where four hoverships will be shown,” Igor Borovik, Head of Directorate for Industry, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Department for Municipal Economic Policy in the city of Omsk, stated.

According to experts, the small amphibious hovership is just one of the promising projects for industrial enterprises located in Omsk. The Korsar can be operated over water, snow, ice, swamps, and tundra. Such amphibious vehicles can be useful for geologists, geophysicists, hunters, fishers, farmers, foresters, and emergency rescuers. The developers hope that the Defence Ministry will also take interest in the new hovership.