Monthly Archives: July 2014

Russia Began to Supply Heavy Flamethrower System TOS-1A “Solntsepek” to Iraq

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The An-124-100 “Ruslan” of “Volga-Dnepr” airline arrived at the airport in Baghdad on July 28 with the party of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntsepek” on board, “Vedomosti” wrote referring to the photos posted on Facebook.

As the sources in the defense industry confirmed to “Vedomosti”, during a visit to Moscow last week the Iraqi delegation headed by the Minister of Defense Saadoun al-Duleymi signed contracts worth more than $ 1 billion for the delivery of a large consignment of arms to Iraq, including four combat machines TOS-1A “Solntsepek”, artillery, mortar weapons and ammunition.

In addition, according to the interlocutors of “Vedomosti”, Russia will supply to Iraq for two or three divisions of multiple rocket launchers “Grad”, the same number of 152-mm howitzers “MSTA-B” and 2B11 and 2B14 mortars. All these weapons and ammunition will be partially made from scratch, and partly available in the Armed Forces, “Vedomosti” noted.

World’s Largest Russian Tank Factory to Deploy Activity in Jelgava

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The subsidiary of the Russian producer of tanks “Uralvagonzavod» – «UVZ Baltija» will begin its work at the former sugar factory in Jelgava next year. The constitution Protection Bureau warns of a risk to the security of Latvia.

However, UVZ plans to produce up to 2,000 freight wagons, platforms and tank wagons of various kinds at a factory in Jelgava instead of military tanks.

Despite the fact that it was promised to make only civilian products, the security institutions see the risks. But Jelgava City Council Chairman Andris Ravinsh said: “The company has filed an application for the construction of production cars, indicating that in Jelgava it will build and equip freight wagons of various kinds, as well as provides their repair and maintenance. I have no reason to call into question this information.”

Floating Nuclear Power Plants to Reach China

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“Rusatom Overseas” and the Chinese CNNC New Energy set up a working group to organize a joint venture to build floating nuclear power plants. According to “Kommersant”, China relies on the construction of six stations for energy supply of the projects of local oil companies engaged in the production on the continental shelf of the Yellow Sea. Major Chinese order can reduce the cost of production of floating nuclear power plant, but experts say Beijing is interested in getting technology, and “Rosatom” hardly shares it.

Yesterday “Rusatom Overseas” (part of the “Rosatom”, which promotes Russian nuclear technology abroad) and the Chinese CNNC New Energy (structure of China National Nuclear Corporation, engaged in small reactors) have signed a memorandum on the project to build floating nuclear power plants, the Russian company said. The document is the continuation of the agreements of “Rosatom” and the Atomic Energy Agency of China, concluded in May during Vladimir Putin’s visit to China. “Rusatom Overseas” reported that the parties plan to establish a joint working group for the project, which will organize a joint venture and licensing of floating nuclear power plants.

TsAGI to Test Large-Scale Model of MS-21 Aircraft

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The first phase of testing large-scale model of MC-21 aircraft was completed in Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky. The research aim is a confirmation of preliminary calculations of the aerodynamic characteristics of the controls and elements of mechanization.

For the tests at large-scale model the specialists of TsAGI specially designed unique five-component strain-gauge scales. A total of 20 set of scales had been installed – a record for such an experiment.

In the near future the Russian aviation science center will begin a new phase of studies of the influence of the screen on the aerodynamic characteristics of the model. As scientists expect, these experiments will provide interesting results, since under these conditions the load on the individual control and mechanization devices can be specified.

Russian Air Force to Receive 40 Su-35S Fighters in 2015

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Russia’s Defence Ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation signed an agreement for the supply of 40 Su-35S multirole fighter jets. The deliveries will be effected by the United Aircraft Corporation in 2015. This came in a statement by Vladimir Mikhailov, Head of the Military Programs Department at the United Aircraft Corporation.

“The deliveries to be made under the current contract will be finished next year, so we plan to conclude a new contract for the supply of Su-35S fighter jets in 2015. The volume of deliveries will include more than 40 aircraft,” Mr. Mikhailov pointed out.

It should be noted that the United Aircraft Corporation is currently fulfilling a contract for the supply of 48 Su-35S fighters signed in 2009. The Su-35S is a deeply modernized multirole fighter jet of 4++ generation. The application of the fifth-generation technologies ensures the superiority of this aircraft over similar class fighters. The fighter has much better flight characteristics as compared to other fighter jets and is equipped with more effective avionics.

Russia’s Annual Arms Exports to European Union Estimated at €3.2 Bln

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Russia’s annual exports of arms and technologies to the European Union are estimated at €3.2 billion, according to a representative of the European Commission. On Tuesday, the European Union agreed to impose an embargo on arms trading and establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military end users. These measures will affect only new contracts, with existing contracts being fulfilled according to schedule. The sanctions are to be published on July 31 and come into effect on August 1.

“The figures are different, depending on the contracts. Russia exports an average of €3.2 billion in weaponry to Europe annually, while the European Union supplies Russia with €300 million in arms,” the representative emphasized, adding that the European Union sells Russia almost 20 million in goods and high-tech equipment that can be used both for peaceful and military purposes.

It should be noted that in 2013, Russia’s total exports of arms and military hardware reached $15.7 billion dollars.

Russia Ready to Replace Imported Components in Defence Industry

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The imported components for Russian military equipment will be replaced with domestically manufactured parts within 2.5-3 years. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Mr. Rogozin stated that the Russian Government would draft a plan for replacing dual-purpose equipment and technologies purchased in the Western countries as it has already done for the products made in Ukraine.

“A new package of sanctions was not a surprise for the Russian authorities. We expected it and started working on this issue in February. The coup happened in Kiev on February 21, and we started working on February 22. It was clear to us how the situation would develop. Both the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Rosatom State Corporation are working on this now. We understood that we should prepare for the worst and we expected the worst from the very beginning. We are moving to make everything, at least military products, in Russia,” Mr. Rogozin commented.

Russia to Supply Netherlands with Unique Radio Equipment

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Russia is ready to supply the Dutch company Miramap with six sets of universal radio equipment to strengthen dams in the Netherlands. The Ranet 21 and RASA radiometers are able to analyze water under dams and detect hidden underground leaks in structures, thus warning of potential dangerous accidents.

“Our passive radars or microwave radiometers are able to detect thermal radiation emitted by various objects, including the earth’s surface. In other words, moist areas of the soil on the map look cold. This is how we are able to detect leaks in the dams. They are often not visible, and they can only be remotely determined using such measurements,” Viktor Plyushchev, Chief Designer at the Vega Concern, explained.

Two Ranet 21 radiometers were delivered to the Netherlands in 2008 and 2010. This year Miramap will receive another six sets. The new set of equipment includes upgraded RASA radiometers, which were developed under an order of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.

“Centrospas” Squad of Russian MOE to Implement Supercam UAV

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The state Central airmobile rescue squad of Russian MOE “Centrospas”, one of the aims of which is the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, is upgrading its fleet. Now the unit will use the UAV complex Supercam S250 produced by the Group of companies “Unmanned Systems”, Izhevsk.

The aim of the modernization of unmanned flying fleet of the group “Centrospas” is to improve its technical characteristics, such as increased flight time up to 3 hours, an increase in weight of the payload of up to 1.5 kg, the UAV wingspan is 2.5 m now, which enables the airplane be more stable in flight, as well as less susceptible to adverse weather conditions (wind speed at start up to 15m/s), operating temperature range is now -40 to +40 °C. Moreover, now the aircraft has a folding design, making it more comfortable and compact to transport, and the wing of UAV Supercam S250 now has an automatic system to unhook, in case of an unsuccessful landing thereby reducing the impact energy and preventing UAV from possible damage.

Science beyond Sanctions

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Foreign scientists, including American and Ukrainian, not refuse to participate in the Russian project “Bion-M” number 2.

According to the director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems Igor Ushakov, the cooperation continues despite Western sanctions against Russia, and its kernel is the joint work on the International Space Station.

“Interaction with American, European and other partners in the field of science, space medicine and biology, medical operations aboard the station, as well as in the field of biosatellites flight and research programs remain, and in many areas it is even expanded,” Igor Ushakov said, adding that no one imagine sanctions in the field of science: “For example, nobody has refused to participate in the project of the spacecraft “Bion”. According to him, the flight of the spacecraft is scheduled for 2018 or 2019. Earlier it was reported that the satellite will be sent into space in 2019.