Monthly Archives: February 2015

Contracts for $ 5 Billion Concluded at IDEX-2015

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The arms fair IDEX-2015 saw signing of the contracts for $ 5 billion.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates held the international exhibition of arms IDEX-2015. It resulted in the conclusion of more than 30 contracts for the supply and purchase of military products at $ 5 billion, Tass reports.

One of the biggest was the Russian part of the exhibition.

“Plan on arms exports in 2015 of about $ 15 billion will be certainly completed, General Director of “Rosoboronexport” Anatoly Isaykin said to TASS. We implemented a program to supply military products last year with an excess of the planned indicators. We will also execute it in this year”.

In its turn, the head of the corporation “Rostec” Chemezov noted that “the Middle East is one of Russia’s main priority markets, in which we expect to not only strengthen but also significantly increase our presence”.

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Equipment Ratnik Complemented by Swiss Knife

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Universal knife made of high tensile steel is now a part of a new generation of combat equipment Ratnik.

As the chief designer of the life support system of combat equipment Oleg Faustov told to “Interfax”: “This is a multifunctional tool needed for fighter in everyday life. It can be called as an analogue of the famous Swiss Army knife, but adapted for the tasks performed by our soldiers.”

The knife is made only of domestic materials and is manufactured by the Russian company. The knife has:

saw for wood,

saw for metal,

two types of screwdrivers,

pliers for squeezing the fuse,

awl.

Russian Design Bureaus Working on Project of New Icebreaker

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Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute together with CDB “Iceberg” and FSUE “Atomflot” are designing a new nuclear-powered icebreaker “Leader”.

Future icebreaker “Leader” will have a capacity of 110 MW and will be able to overcome the ice thickness of 4.5 meters. The icebreaker will be used for wiring large tankers, since the width of his body will be about 50 meters. Thus, the “Leader” by its characteristics will surpass the universal icebreaker of latest generation LC-60 constructed at “Baltic Shipyard”. In total it is planned to build three such icebreakers, the first of which will be commissioned before the end of 2017.

Also Russia develops a multifunctional shallow-draft nuclear icebreaker, which is planned to be used as an icebreaker-supply vessel, icebreaker rescue. In particular, these breakers can be used to work on the shelf. Preliminary design of a new icebreaker will be ready by 2016.

Cyclops to Monitor Road Traffic

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The resident of the Information Technology cluster of the Fund “Skolkovo” – the Company “Vocord” introduces a new solution for traffic control VOCORD Cyclops. It is reported by the press service of the company.

Multiband complex of traffic control VOCORD Cyclops is intended for automatic recognition of license plates, recording of traffic rules and traffic control on a straight road.

Solution VOCORD Cyclops, which is part of the hardware-software complex VOCORD Traffic, controls up to 4 lanes in one or two directions of the road at the same time and solves a range of problems in fully automatic mode: captures all the vehicles and determines their speed; recognizes the license plates of different countries and formats; collects statistics on traffic flow (number of vehicles, the average flow rate, the average density, the average distance between cars) and commits traffic violations.

Russia May Manufacture Rockets in Komsomolsk-on-Amur

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The rockets to be launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome under construction may be produced on the basis of the priority development territory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. This was announced by Skolkovo Vice President for Activities Development in Russia’s Far East, Sergey Zhukov.

It should be noted that the Commission on the Implementation of Investment Projects in the Far East has already approved the first three priority development territories with a private investment volume of more than 50 billion rubles, including Nadezhdinskaya (Primorye), Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk (Khabarovsk Region) territories.

As explained by Mr. Zhukov, the Soyuz and Angara rockets are produced in Samara and Omsk that are far from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. Therefore, it may be reasonable to produce the rockets in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

It’s necessary to mention that the Vostochny Cosmodrome is being built in Amur Region near Uglegorsk. The first spacecraft is scheduled to be launched in 2015.

Russian Navy to Receive New Project 20386 Corvette

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The St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Shipyard will lay down a new Project 20386 corvette for the Russian Navy in late 2015 or early 2016. This information was furnished by a source in the Russian defence industry.

“It is a new modification of a surface ship. Its design will combine elements of the basic configuration and removable combat units that will significantly expand the range of tasks performed by the corvette,” the official said, noting that the Project 20386 corvette will be equipped with a helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles.

In addition, the ship will be fitted with the latest domestic avionics and electronic weapons that have no analogues in the world.

“These measures will considerably increase the effectiveness of surface, air and underwater surveillance, and enhance the capabilities of electronic warfare,” the source concluded.

NASA Willing to Continue Cooperating with Russia on ISS Project

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The USA plans to cooperate with Russia and other countries on the ISS project at least for the next 10 years. This was stated by Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the NASA, on Wednesday.

Commenting on the decision of Russia’s Space Agency to continue using the station until 2024, Mr. Beutel said that President Barack Obama’s Administration had also announced its plans to jointly use the ISS until 2024. Mr. Beutel stressed that the NASA welcomed cooperation with foreign partners on the ISS. The spokesman refused to comment on the plans of Russia’s Space Agency to create a Russian orbital system on the basis of modules that can be undocked from the ISS. Moscow plans to suspend international use of the station in 10 years and use parts of the Russian segment to construct its own orbital system.

Last year, the USA suspended cooperation with Russia in the space sphere due to the situation around Ukraine, except for the ISS project.

Russia to Supply UAE with AU-220M Automatic Turret

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Russia will integrate its AU-220M automatic turret with an armored vehicle built by the United Arab Emirates. This was envisaged by a memorandum signed by Russia’s Rosoboronexport and UAE’s Emirates Defence Technology during the IDEX 2015 international exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

The document was signed by Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Igor Sevastyanov and Emirates Defence Technology CEO Mohamed Al Suwaidi.

It should be noted that the AU-220M module is designed for armored vehicles, both new and undergoing modernization. The naval version of the module is capable of hitting targets on land, air and sea, with a horizontal range of 12 kilometers and a vertical range of 8 kilometers. The module will be integrated with an 8×8 platform produced by EDT, presumably the Enigma Armored Modular Fighting Vehicle. The AU-220M is manufactured by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute.

Engine for Rocket “Soyuz-2-1v” Successfully Passed Control Tests

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The test complex of the enterprise “Kuznetsov” under the United Engine Corporation successfully held the acceptance tests of the engine NK-33 for the first stage of the Russian carrier rocket “Soyuz-2-1v”.

The fourth flight engine under the program “Soyuz-2-1v” worked at the stand for 40 seconds unconditionally. The product was tested for the first time with an improved combustion chamber, new start-up turbine and other details of construction, re-made in the process of serial production of NK-33. After the test, the engine will be prepared and send to the RSC “Progress”.

The first test launch of the newest light class booster “Soyuz-2-1v” with the engine NK-33 took place on December 28, 2013 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. The second missile launch is scheduled for 2015.

Shipyard “Yantar” Began Construction of Large Landing Ship “Petr Morgunov”

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The Baltic Shipyard “Yantar” in Kaliningrad began construction of a large landing ship “Petr Morgunov” of the project 11711, TASS reports referring to the press-secretary of the company Sergei Mikhailov.

“In fact, we effectuate hull works – forming of sections and blocks for the ship’s hull, the equipment procurement is carried out in parallel,” Mikhailov said.

The contract for the construction of the ship was signed in September last year. “Petr Morgunov” is the second ship of the project 11711 after the leading large landing ship “Ivan Gren”, which is planned to be transferred to the customer this year.

Displacement of large landing ship of the project 11711 is 5,000 tons, speed – 18 knots. The length of the ship – 120 m, width – 16.5 m, draft – 3.6 m. The number of crew – 100 people.

Large landing ship is designed for landing, transportation of equipment and equipment.