Monthly Archives: May 2014

Russia May Start Constructing Military Drones This Year

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The Russian Defence Ministry and Simonov Design Bureau may start developing advanced unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UAVs) with longer flight endurance in 2014. This was announced by Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov.

“We are ready to consider the possibility of starting the development work this year with plans to complete it and move on to official tests or experimental military use of future devices in 2017,” Mr. Borisov stated, noting that the company had listened to critical comments, and in the past year and a half the program was revised and positive changes are already noticeable.

“I am sure that all the components of the future project and the results of the research work, which is almost finished, may allow us to start the development with minimal risk. We have already decided that we will begin our work this year,” Mr. Borisov continued.

The Deputy Defence Minister emphasized that reconnaissance and assault drones are in high demand today, and that the Russian Defence Ministry pays special attention to this sphere. In the future, UAVs will be able to solve strategic military problems due to their stealth and greater combat stability as compared to manned aircraft.

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Rosatom and Kazatomprom to Construct NPP in Kazakhstan

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Russia and Kazakhstan have concluded a memorandum on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan during a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session in Astana on Thursday. The agreement was signed by Rosatom and Kazatomprom in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev.

According to the information available, the memorandum of understanding outlines the parties’ intent to construct a nuclear power plant with an installed capacity of 300-1,200 megawatts based on water-moderated reactors designed by Russia in the Kazakh city of Kurchatov. The agreement also provides for nuclear fuel supplies, including production of fuel or its parts in Kazakhstan, maintenance of the facility and the training of personnel. This will be the first power plant built in the country following the shutdown of its BN-350 nuclear reactor in 1999. According to Rosatom CEO Sergey Kiriyenko, drafting the project documentation for the construction of the plant and identifying its investment may take up to a year and a half.

Russia to Start Building Fourth Project 885M Submarine

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The fourth multirole nuclear submarine of the upgraded Project 885M will be laid down at the Sevmash shipyard on July 19. This information was presented by a source in the shipbuilding industry.

“This will be the fourth consecutive nuclear submarine codenamed Yasen and the third consecutive upgraded ship of the Project 885M to be laid down at Sevmash. It will be laid down along with the fifth Borey, Knyaz Oleg,” the source said, noting that the Project 885 Yasen head multirole fourth-generation nuclear submarine named Severodvinsk designed by the St. Petersburg-based Malakhit Design Bureau was floated on June 15, 2010.

Sevmash shall build seven Yasen submarines for the Russian Navy before 2020, six of them under the upgraded Project 885M, starting from the Kazan which was laid down in June 2009. The Yasen-class submarines are fitted with a completely new nuclear propulsion unit. The ships’ displacement is estimated at 9,500 tons, length – 120 meters, test depth – 600 meters.

Triarkmining Wins Auction for Tomtor Minefield Development

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Triarkmining, the joint company of Rostec State Corporation and EAST Group, has won an auction for the right to use the subsoil of the Tomtor minefield for exploration and extraction of minerals of niobium, rare earth metals, scandium and its components. Rostec plans to meet the need for the Russian industry in rare earth metals by 2017.

“Starting the development of large deposits of rare earth metals is an important step for the expansion of high-tech industry. Thanks to the program implementation, a complete cycle of the production of rare earth metals will be created in Russia, from the extraction of raw materials to the manufacture of final products. Rostec is the main consumer of rare earth metals in Russia. In terms of market fluctuations and changes in the political environment, the technological and resource independence of the Russian industry of rare earth metals is one of our top priorities. By 2020, we will be able meet our growing needs and also start exporting this important strategic raw material,” Rostec State Corporation Sergey Chemezov commented.

Russian Helicopters Demonstrates High Performance at Aviadarts-2014

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Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopters and Mi-24 combat transport helicopters, including the advanced Mi-35M, and Mi-8/17 military transport helicopters operated by the Russian Air Force and manufactured by Russian Helicopters participated in the finals of Aviadarts-2014 competition, which took place on May 21-25 at the Pogonovo firing range. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu observed the competition, and Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev was an honoured guest at the event.

Over 70 crews from tactical, long-range, military transport and army aviation took part in the competition, and were judged for their physical and theoretical preparation, navigation and piloting skills, as well as combat deployment. Pilots competed in precision launching of unguided aircraft-launched missiles and shooting at ground targets with aircraft guns. Drones were used for airborne monitoring. According to the company’s press service, all Russian Helicopters’ rotorcraft performed well in Aviadarts-2014 competition.

Russia’s Defence Ministry to Receive First IL-76MD-90A This Year

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The Russian Defence Ministry will take delivery of the first IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft this year. This information was presented by the press service of the United Aircraft Corporation.

“Aviastar-SP is successfully fulfilling its contract with the Defence Ministry to supply 39 IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered later this year,” Director General of the United Aircraft Corporation Mikhail Pogosyan commented.

In addition, the company is currently producing panels for the new MS-21 plane. According to the press service, the Irkutsk-based aircraft factory has started using these panels to assemble aircraft fuselage a few weeks ago.

“The main task of the company (AeroComposite) for this year is to manufacture the first center wing for the MS-21 aircraft. The plant has already started producing full-size parts for the new airliner. I believe that the preparatory work will make it possible to accomplish these tasks,” the Head of the Corporation stated during his visit to one of the world’s largest enterprises producing composite aircraft components.

Russia Introduces New Optical-Electronic Surveillance Systems

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Russia has successfully completed the introduction of modern optical-electronic surveillance systems for the benefit of the Open Skies Treaty. Representatives of the Open Skies Treaty’s member states have signed a report, which makes it possible to use the Russian-made digital camera in observation flights over foreign states.

“Preparation for an international certification of the Russian instrumentation had been made in the course of the last three years. A number of flight tests and ground trials had been carried out. We believe that this was not in vain. This is Russia’s contribution to optimizing the methodology of introducing modern digital instruments to operate under the Open Skies Treaty, so as to make the Treaty more effective. This step has reaffirmed the viability of the Open Skies Treaty and opened up new prospects for its strengthening and development. We expect that the Treaty will continue to serve in future to strengthen confidence-building measures in Europe thanks to an enhanced transparency of military activities,” the Russian Defence Ministry reported.

Russia Starts Constructing Last Project 636 Submarine for Vietnam

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The final Kilo-class Project 636 diesel-electric submarine for the Vietnamese Navy was laid down in St. Petersburg. This was stated by a defence industry source on Wednesday.

“Today, we had the ceremony of laying down the sixth submarine for Vietnam. This is the latest submarine in this series,” the source said.

It should be noted that two submarines have already been delivered to Vietnam, the third is undergoing sea trials, the fourth was floated out in late March, and the fifth and sixth are now under construction.

“Two submarines have already been transferred to the Vietnamese Navy, the third is to be transferred this year and the remaining three – in 2015-2016,” the source added.

It’s worth mentioning that the contract for the supply of six improved Kilo-class submarines to Vietnam was concluded in 2009. The submarines will be armed with Club-S anti-ship missiles. The noise level of these submarines is considered to be the lowest among all Russian vessels.

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to Create Single Electricity Market

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Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus plan to create a single electricity market by January 1, 2019. This was announced by Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Victor Khristenko in an interview with one of the Russian TV channels.

“There’s one goal – a common market for oil, petroleum products, gas and electricity,” Mr. Khristenko stated, noting that the market should be created by January 1, 2019.

“In spite of the fact that the electricity market may be one of the most complex, it is different in Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Russia had a good technological life history in a united system,” the Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission said, adding that the electricity market had the most complex infrastructure and was the most complete of all energy markets.

It should be mentioned that Russia currently exports electricity to Belarus and Kazakhstan, and imports it from Kazakhstan. The main import-export operator for electricity in Russia is Inter RAO UES.

Russian President Orders to Establish Industry Development Fund

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Government to take a decision on establishing Russia’s industry development fund as part of additional economic stimulation measures. This information was published on the Kremlin website.

Mr. Putin also instructed the Russian Government to prepare and submit amendments to the tax legislation to the Russian Parliament with the aim of encouraging domestic enterprises to renew their fixed assets.

The Russian Government was also instructed to take measures aimed at simplifying the procedures for selecting investment projects and granting state guarantees during their implementation, taking into account the need to cut the term of decision-making on these issues.

In addition, the Government was asked to approve a stage-by-stage schedule of creating business reference books on the best available technologies in 2015-2017 and develop a support mechanism for industrial enterprises moving to such technologies.