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Russian Helicopters to Present Best Helicopters in Malaysia

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Russian Helicopters will demonstrate its latest developments at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, LIMA-2015, which will be held in Malaysia on March 17-21.

Russian Helicopters will showcase its multirole Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters. Together with Rosoboronexport, the company will also display Mi-35M, Mi-171Sh, and Mi-17V-5 helicopters for representatives of the law enforcement agencies of Malaysia and other countries of South East Asia.

“The countries in the Asia-Pacific Region are witnessing dynamic economic development. Demand for helicopters in the region is constantly growing. Our company is interested in this region and plans to expand its presence here. At LIMA-2015, we will showcase the latest Russian-made commercial helicopters that are most relevant to the countries across South East Asia. We see interest in these models among our potential partners, and hope to develop mutually beneficial cooperation,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev stated.

New Military Transport Aircraft to Appear in Russia in 2025

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The promising aviation complex of transport aircraft will appear in Russia in 2025, it will be a family of three aircrafts, with a capacity greater than currently available in service, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.

“It will be a promising transport aircraft. This is a whole family – heavy, very heavy and super heavy jets. But we don’t have yet the specifications from military, or adevelopment work, or an order. It’s kind of an initiative development, but it is done with an eye to the future requirements of the Defense Ministry. It will appear at the turn of 2025,” the source said.

According to a source, the main executor of the project will be the Ilyushin Design Bureau, but the planes will be constructed in large-scale cooperation of aviation enterprises by the example of the operating project IL-76, the assembly of elements of which is made partly in Kazan, Ulyanovsk and Voronezh.

Russian Army to Receive More Orlan-10 Drones in 2015

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The Special Technological Center will increase its supplies of the unmanned aerial reconnaissance systems based on the Orlan-10 drones to the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. This was reported by a source in the military-industrial complex.

“In accordance with the current production program, the Special Technological Center will supply more reconnaissance complexes based on the Orlan-10 drones in 2015 as compared to 2014. Under the terms of the state defence order, the Orlan-10 drones are being supplied in six modifications with different target loads, depending on the functional requirements of the customer,” the source informed.

“All deliveries are being carried out for the Russian Defence Ministry and other law enforcement agencies,” the official concluded.

It’s worth mentioning that the Orlan-10 has a takeoff weight of 14-18 kg, a payload of 5 kg and an air speed of 90-170 km/h.

KRET and Austrian TTTech Continue to Develop Indicators IM-21-2

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The specialists of “Ulyanovsk Instrument Design Bureau” (UKBP) (included in KRET) discussed with colleagues from the Austrian company TTTech Computertechnik AG (TTTech) the progress of the project to build the equipment for the long-range aircraft MC-21.

“Austrian partners by our technical requirements are developing an interface module for multifunction LC indicators IM-21-2, which will be part of on-board equipment for MC-21 aircraft. The module of TTTech provides interaction of indicators with aircraft equipment,” the UKBP chief designer Alexander Vinogradov said.

As part of a project to create MS-21, UKBP is developing indicators and remote control for integrated system of airborne equipment, control system of aircraft equipment, integrated backup devices system and control means for life support systems.

Central Military District Intelligence Officers Received Latest Drones Takhion

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The latest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) “Takhion” entered service of intelligence units of the Central Military District in Siberia, according to the press service of the Central Military District.

UAVs come in troops as part of the state defense order. The using of “Takhion” will enhance the combat capabilities of Central Military District intelligence units.

“The reconnaissance units of the Central Military District stationed in Siberia, received the latest unmanned aerial vehicles “Takhion”, the county reports.

“Takhion” is designed for aerial reconnaissance at distances up to 40 km during the day and at night. It is allowed the work in adverse conditions. It remains manageable at a wind speed of 15 m/s.

MiG-31 to Serve in the Russian Aviation Until 2026

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MiG Corporation today develops heavy interceptor fighters to replace the MiG-31, the general director of the corporation Sergey Korotkov announced.

Heavy supersonic interceptor MiG-31 will be part of the Russian Air Force until 2026, CEO of MIG Sergey Korotkov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Fighter-interceptor MiG-31 is capable of a speed of 3.1 Mach.

“MiG today develops heavy interceptor fighter to replace the MiG-31. But the MiG-31 will serve up to 2026,” Korotkov said.

Tekhnodinamika to Present Aviation Fire Safety System

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The holding Tekhnodinamika (formerly “Aircraft Equipment”, part of the group Rostec) at the end of this year will present the first examples of the fire safety system for aircraft, created in collaboration with the American company Curtis-Wright, the head of the holding Maxim Kuzyuk said on Wednesday.

“Fire protection system is one of the first joint projects with American Curtis-Wright. At the end of this year, we will show the samples that we can offer to our customers for installation on board,” Kuzyuk said at the ceremony of Teknodinamika brand presentation.

The holding Tekhnodinamika specializes in aftermarket service of systems and units of aircraft. In addition, it produces parts and components for industries such as oil and gas, automotive, transport, energy. Tekhnodinamika includes 36 companies located throughout Russia.

Russia May Develop New Drone Weighing 2 Tons

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Russian specialists will create a new air-cushion vehicle. The Chirok drone designed by the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation will be used as a prototype for the new machine.

Theoretical study of elements and nodes of the machine weighing more than two tons, which was designed on the basis of the existing Chirok drone, has already been performed. It uses the same technology, but the large apparatus must surpass its counterpart with regard to a number of characteristics. The development initiative project is ready to be implemented, and it is quite possible that the prototype will be manufactured.

The new machine will be able to operate in both unmanned and manned modes. In particular, it will be capable of transporting people to hard-to-reach areas. The prototype is designed using foreign engines that can be replaced by domestic counterparts in the future. The prototype will be designed following flight tests of the Chirok, if the project receives the necessary financial support.

Complex with Unmanned Helicopter NELK-V6 Became Production Sample

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The complex of unmanned aerial reconnaissance and surveillance with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) helicopter type “NELK-V6” this year will be ready for delivery to Russian security forces, according to Interfax-AVN, citing a source in the military-industrial complex.

“We successfully completed the state testing of the complex with an unmanned helicopter “NELK-V6″. This complex received a letter of a serial sample, allowing this year to start its delivery to the security forces,” a source in the defense industry said.

According to him, the complex with UAV “NELK-V6” is universal and, importantly, cheaper than complex with UAV “NELK-V12”.

“UAVs “NELK-V6” and “NELK-V12″ are categorized as multicopters. Multicopter is a generic designation of unmanned aerial vehicles, which is a platform with multiple rotors with propellers of support system for vertical take-off, landing and hovering over an object,” a spokesman said.

Rostvertol to Produce 8 Mi-26 Helicopters in 2015

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Russia’s Rostvertol plans to manufacture seven or eight Mi-26 helicopters of various modifications for domestic and foreign customers in 2015. This information was presented by a source in the Russian military-industrial complex.

“In 2015, Rostvertol will produce the Mi-26s for the Russian Air Force, the upgraded Mi-26T2 for a foreign customer, as well as the fourth Mi-26TS for China. A total of seven or eight Mi-26 helicopters of various modifications will be manufactured in 2015,” the source stated, noting that the company may produce additional Mi-26s for the Russian Air Force in the short run.

In accordance with the long-term state contract, Rostvertol shall provide the Russian Defence Ministry with 20 Mi-26 helicopters. In 2011-2013, more than 10 helicopters were delivered to the Russian Air Force. In addition, it was planned to complete development work for creating modifications based on the Mi-26T2 for the Russian Air Force in 2016.