Daily Archives: February 16, 2015

Aviastar-SP Laid in Production First Tanker Aircraft Il-78M-90A


Ulyanovsk “Aviastar-SP” began the construction of a prototype of perspective tanker aircraft Il-78M-90A developed by the JSC “S.V. Ilyushin Aviation Complex”. Currently the assemblage of aggregates of the fuselage, wing and center section is in progress. The work is carried out in accordance with the Russian Defense Ministry under a signed contract to conduct R&D on advanced tanker aircraft.

Unfinished Il-78M-90A will be the first tanker aircraft produced in Russia.

Prior to this, all the aircraft IL-78 were assembled in Uzbekistan at TAPOiCh.

Il-78M-90A is a modification of the Il-76MD-90A. Upon request, it must retain the ability to use as a military transport: have a ramp, landing equipment, if necessary, to allow you to install fire-fighting equipment.


Schwabe Patented Device Determining Objects Spatial Orientation


Holding “Schwabe”, part of the state corporation Rostec, patented a multifunctional device for determining the spatial orientation of objects.

The product is created by the enterprise of the holding company “Schwabe” – “Vavilov State Optical Institute” based on its own patented design.

“The new unit of the holding solves the problem of controlling the shape of the surfaces of large multi-element mirrors at a unique stand “Solar simulator” for testing of satellite products and systems, as well as technological and metrological tasks that previously weren’t solved or implemented with insufficient precision,” Deputy General Director of JSC “Schwabe” for R&D and innovation development Nikolai Rakovich said.

Mexico Counts on Russian Help in Space Exploration


Mexico considers relations with the Russian Space Agency as a strategic partnership and is interested in sharing experiences and knowledge with the Russian agency in the field of space exploration.

This was stated in an interview with RIA Novosti by the Mexican ambassador to Russia Ruben Beltran.

“For us, Roscosmos is a very important organization. In 2013, two Mexican satellites were launched by the rocket “Proton”. The Mexican Space Agency is a beginner in this industry, and we consider the relationship with the Russian Space Agency as strategic,” he said.

The diplomat noted that Mexico is very interested in the exchange of experience and knowledge in the field of space. “And the director of the Mexican Space Agency many times expressed his interest in sharing knowledge, perhaps we will reach some sort of agreement on this issue,” Beltran said.

Concern Techmash Formed Plan of Supplies, Testings and Supervision under State Defense Order 2015


The objectives to ensure the implementation of the state defense order have been discussed at a meeting with the directors of the leading enterprises of concern “Techmash” of the state corporation “Rostec”, the press service of the concern reports.

“The concern is doing everything possible to maintain prices within the framework of the state defense order,” General Director of Concern “Techmash” Sergey Rusakov said in his message, received by the “Interfax-AVN” on Monday.

According to him, to date, the concern has already formed a plan of supplies, testings and field supervision for 2015.

The report notes that this early preparation of plans already yielded results – a number of holding companies in order to avoid disruption of the state defense order established insurance stocks of basic materials and components.

Russian Shipyard to Construct Two Project 20380 Corvettes


The latest Retivy and Strogy corvettes (Project 20380) will be laid down at the St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Verf shipyard on February 20. This was announced by Igor Ivanovsky, a spokesman for the shipyard.

The ships of this class have unique tactical and technical characteristics and combat capabilities. Their main advantages include versatility, compactness, high level of automation and integration of control systems.

“The ships will be laid down at the Severnaya Verf shipyard on February 20, the official ceremony will begin at 14.00,” Mr. Ivanovsky informed.

It should be noted that Project 20380 ships have a displacement of 2,000 tons, a length of 100 meters, a maximum speed of 27 knots and an autonomous navigation range of up to 4,000 miles. The corvettes will be armed with the Uran antiship missile complex, Redut antiaircraft missile system, and Paket-NK antisubmarine unit.

Russian Scientists Developing Materials for 3D Houses


The scientists of the Tver State Technical University have started working to create a new material for the construction of houses with the help of a 3D printer. This was stated by Prorector of the Tver State Technical University Vladimir Belov.

“We have just started our work to develop materials that will be suitable for the construction of a 3D house. It is a mixture based on water-resistant gypsum binder with glass fiber and solid waste (glass, polymers, paper, cardboard),” the official said, adding that this material will harden quickly after printing.

“If our development passes all the tests successfully, we will build a 3D wall fragment in 2016. As for the construction of 3D houses, we need a company interested in this innovation and related equipment. At the initial stage of the project, the new houses will cost more than those available in the market at the moment,” the scientist concluded.

Russian Sappers Take Delivery of New Military Hardware


The mine deactivating groups of the Southern Military District have received the newest IMPS-2 selective mine detectors, Korshun contactless explosive device detectors and OVR-2 Sokol protective suits. This information was presented by the press service of the Southern Military District.

The IMPS-2 selective mine detector can detect explosive devices in the ground or snow at a depth of 1.5 m. The Sokol gear is designed for protecting a sapper from small fragments. The newest protective suit weighs only 8.5 kg. The Korshun contactless explosive device detector is capable of detecting explosive devices behind various obstacles, such as walls made of concrete and brick, wire mesh, asphalt and concrete road surfaces. The system can be used to detect controlled mines and improvised explosive devices within the range of up to 30 m.

New Patrol Ship Joins Russia’s Mediterranean Task Force


The Ladny patrol ship of the Black Sea Fleet has joined the permanent naval force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel left Sevastopol last week to perform the first sail after completion of the renovation and modernization. Some 10 combat and service ships are stationed with the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea. This came in a statement by Head of the Black Sea Fleet’s communication department Captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev.

“Three combat ships, including the patrol ship Ladny and amphibious ships Saratov and Yamal have joined the permanent naval force of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea,” Mr. Trukhachev said, adding that operation command is executed from the large destroyer ship Severomorsk of Russia’s Northern Fleet.

It should be noted that the Ladny patrol ship (Project 1135) joined the Russian Fleet in 1981. It has a displacement of 3,200 tons, a speed of 32.2 knots and a cruising range of 5,000 miles.