Monthly Archives: April 2014

Russian Navy to Receive Ten Warships This Year

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The Naval Forces of the Russian Federation will take delivery of ten warships in 2014. This information was presented by Anatoly Shlemov, Head of the State Defence Order Department at Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation.

“This year, we must our best to complete the state order for the supply of warships. I think that a total of ten warships will be commissioned,” Mr. Shlemov told reporters on Monday.

According to the information available, the naval surface ships will include the Stoiky corvette and the fourth Project 23180 ship, which has been successfully tested.

“I think we will deliver it to the Russian Navy in late May or in early June. The Black Sea Fleet will receive Project 11356 vessels. Then we plan to start building a communications ship. In addition, we will construct a number of small missile ships and special motor boats,” Mr. Shlemov concluded.

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Russia to Take Import Substitution Measures in Defence Industry

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Russia is preparing an import substitution plan for the defence industry. This was announced by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Monday.

“The thing is that technical documents are being seized at Ukrainian enterprises and are taken to unknown location. The regime on a non-transparent customs border is being introduced. Even now the equipment produced for the needs of Russian companies is kept at the customs border,” Mr. Rogozin stated.

The Rostov Region Administration has made an important proposal during a meeting dedicated to developing aviation equipment in Taganrog on Monday. It concerns placing some second- and third-level cooperation devices at enterprises of the region. This offer is possible in the framework of implementing the import-substitution plan.

“I think that this proposal will be supported. I have already ordered that Rostov Region be included in the list of regions, on which a positive decision with regard to supporting technological initiatives will be made,” Mr. Rogozin concluded.

Russian Naval Ships Participating in Anti-Drug Exercises

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Two Russian naval ships, together with forces from Nicaragua and Honduras, have participated in anti-drug naval exercises in the Caribbean. This statement was made by a spokesman for Russia’s Northern Fleet on Tuesday.

“The exercises focused on joint efforts to stop organized criminal groups and cut drug smuggling channels in territorial waters of Latin American states,” Capt. 2nd Rank Yevgeny Kirillov pointed out, adding that Russia sent a Vishnya-class intelligence ship, the Viktor Leonov, and the Nikolay Chiker support vessel to the exercises. Police forces from Nicaragua and special police units from Honduras also took part in the drills.

It should be noted that Russia has started reviving its navy and strategic aviation since the mid-2000s, seeing them as a tool to project Russia’s image abroad and to protect the country’s interests around the globe. Moscow now needs to place such military assets in strategically important regions of the world to make them work effectively toward the goal of expanding Russia’s global influence.

Russian Helicopters Handling Modernization and Development Issues

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Russian Helicopters discussed a number of issues to do with restructuring and upgrading its production capacities and optimizing its management processes at a meeting of the company’s Collegium in Kazan on April 24. Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev was joined by officials from the Russian Helicopters parent company and its production and R&D assets. This information was furnished by the company’s press center.

“Russia’s helicopter industry is changing very quickly. We have set ambitious targets and are building a dynamic and efficient company to achieve them. If we want to attain a 20% share in the global market, we still have much to do, i.e. to finish restructuring and upgrading our production capacities, continue expanding our model range, grow our technological capabilities, increase our intellectual and production potential, and form our global after-sales system, which will include some of the company’s maintenance facilities,” Alexander Mikheev said at the meeting.

Rostec to Continue Fulfilling All Contractual Obligations

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The new sanctions imposed on Russian companies and individuals are a regretful move, since such decisions restrict fruitful cooperation between the industrial corporations aimed at developing joint projects of strategic global importance. This information was presented by the press service of Russia’s Rostec Corporation.

For over a decade, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov and international corporations have been building business connections. The stability of these connections is first and foremost defined by contractual obligations, which Rostec fulfills and shall do so in the future. As for any sanctions, they contradict the logic of sustainable development of the global economy and negatively affect technological chains of the world’s leading industrial companies. Rostec State Corporation remains open to Russian and foreign partners.

Targeted sanctions on Sergey Chemezov will not affect the company’s activities. The introduced restrictions will not prevent him from performing his duties as Rostec CEO.

T-50 Fighter Jet Receives Unique Electronic Warfare Station

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The latest Gimalai electronic warfare station designed for the T-50 will be delivered by the Stavropol-based Signal Radio Factory, which is a part of Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern, in the near future. This information was presented by Signal Radio Factory CEO Aleksandr Logvinov.

According to the information available, the serial supplies of the T-50 fifth-generation fighter will begin in 2016. The electronic warfare station is considered to be one of the key elements of the project. The first T-50 was delivered to the Russian Air Force for testing last winter.

The United States of America has already the fifth-generation fighters, the F-22 and F-35 planes. According to the official information, the T-50 electronic warfare means has much smaller dimensions than the previous generation station.

It was reported earlier that the T-50 would receive the unique aviation systems and units, which would reduce the overall weight of the plane, while increasing its service life. The first flight of the T-50 fighter was held in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on January 29, 2010.

S-400 Missile Systems to Ensure Security of Russia’s Capital

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The combat units of the Zvenigorod air defence missile regiment equipped with S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems were put on combat duty for air defence of Moscow. This was stated by Colonel Alexey Zolotukhin, a spokesman for the Aerospace Defence Troops.

“The combat units of the Zvenigorod air defence missile regiment which were supplied with new S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems and Pantsir-S1 air defence missile gun systems last March have successfully passed tests for application of S-400 air defence missile systems on the basis of the Russia’s only training air defence regiment. They have already conducted S-400 fire drills at the Kapustin Yar firing range and were put on combat duty for air defence of Moscow and the Central Industrial District,” Mr. Zolotukhin commented.

It should be noted that in 2014, more than 200 officers of air defence missile regiments of the Aerospace Defence Troops completed training and passed tests for application of S-300 Favorit and S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems on the basis of the training regiment.

Russia Puts Luch-5B Relay Satellite into Target Orbit

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The Proton-M carrier rocket, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Monday, has put the Luch-5B relay satellite into orbit. This information was presented by a spokesman for the Khrunichev state space research and production center.

“The Luch-5B successfully separated from the Briz-M upper stage at 5:17 Moscow time,” the spokesman commented.

The Luch-5B was developed and made by the Krasnoyarsk-based Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems. It is the third satellite of the Luch multipurpose space responder system, designed for maintaining communication with ground services for the Russian segment of the International Space Station, low-orbit spacecraft, carrier rockets and upper stages. The satellite weighs 1,200 kilograms and its service life is ten years. It is positioned at 95 degrees east longitude.

The Proton-M and the Briz-M upper stage were developed and made by the Khrunichev space research and production center.

Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern Doubles Production Output

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The Kalashnikov Concern produced 230 percent more small arms weapons in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period last year, according to the company’s press service.

“During the first three months of the year, we had a record-high volume production of small arms in the amount of 31,000 items, which makes 41 percent of the total output of similar products for 2013. The current results are 230 percent higher than those in the first quarter last year,” the company’s press center said, adding that positive dynamics was observed in most areas of production in the first quarter of this year.

“By the end of 2014, we expect the production to increase by 27 percent compared to 2013, while in 2015 the growth should reach 17 percent compared to the previous year,” the press service added.

The Kalashnikov Concern was created in 2013 on the basis of Izhmash and Izhmekh. It is now Russia’s largest producer of automatic and sniper combat arms, guided artillery shells as well as a wide range of civil products, including shotguns, sporting rifles, industrial machines and tools.

Russia and China Discussing Future Naval Maneuvers

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The third and final conference aimed at planning Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers, Naval Interaction 2014, was held in Shanghai on Monday. This information was furnished by the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry.

“A delegation of the Russian Navy, headed by Chief of the Combat Training Department Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov, arrived in Shanghai on Sunday to attend the conference,” the press center of the Russian Defence Ministry pointed out.

The Russian military delegation includes representatives of the Main Naval Command and the Pacific Fleet. The conference is being attended by representatives of the Russian military attache’s office in China.

“Russian and Chinese marines will spend three days doing reconnaissance in the training area, elaborating a plan of operations for the naval task forces and negotiating a cultural and sports program,” the press center stated, adding that the Naval Interaction 2014 drills will be held in the East China Sea in late May.