Russia and USA Remain World’s Biggest Arms Exporters


The USA and Russia are the world’s largest exporters of conventional weapons. This was reported by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute after publication of the data on deliveries of conventional weapons and military equipment from 2010 to 2014.

The database of the institute covers the period from 1950. The specialists use a five-year moving average to account for fluctuations in the volume of arms deliveries.

According to the data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the five biggest exporters included the USA, Russia, China, Germany and France. Together, they accounted for 74 percent of the volume of arms exports. The USA and Russia remained the largest exporters, accounting for 31 percent and 27 percent of the global trade respectively.


Russian Army Receives Moskva-1 EWF Systems


The Novgorod-based Kvant has started delivering the newest Moskva-1 electronic warfare systems to the Russian Army. This information was furnished by the company’s press service.

“The Moskva-1 electronic warfare system has successfully passed state tests. We have started supplying the Russian Armed Forces with this product,” the press service informed.

It’s necessary to point out that the Moskva-1 system is designed for electronic reconnaissance of air space at a distance of up to 400 km. The Moskva-1 consists of an intelligence model and a control panel for airborne radar jammers. These systems are mounted on three KAMAZ trucks. The station is able to provide full visibility and can be deployed in 45 minutes. The electronic warfare system can operate in temperatures from -40 to 50 degrees. The Moskva-1 also includes an automated command post for coordinating management of external jamming devices, as well for transmitting information about targets to air defence forces.

Russian Navy Su-24 Worked Refueling from Il-78 over Baltic Sea


The Baltic Fleet pilots from bomber squadron of Su-24M of the naval aviation performed flights with working air refueling over the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast.

“Air refueling was done by tanker aircraft Il-78 of the Russian Air Force. The operation was conducted both singly and in pair, when the air tanker filled simultaneously two aircraft. The flights were carried out in the light and in the dark,” the representative of the Baltic Fleet said.

Air refueling is one of the most difficult types of flight training. Pilots at a height of 2 to 5 thousand meters at a speed of 500-600 km/h approached the tanker at a distance of 10-15 meters, contacted using released barbell with the cone-sensor of the tanker and then kept this distance until full fuel transfer.

Rosoboronexport Presented UAZ Vehicle to First President of Namibia


The first president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma in honor of the 25th anniversary of independence of the Republic received a gift from “Rosoboronexport” – the vehicle UAZ-3151, the press service of “Rosoboronexport” reports.

“Rosoboronexport”, part of the state corporation “Rostec”, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Namibia donated to the country’s first president Sam Nujoma the UAZ-3151,” was said in a statement received by the Interfax-AVN on Monday.

It notes that the keys of the car made in a special version, designed for military parades and other celebrations, has been awarded by the representatives of “Rosoboronexport” to S.Nuoyome in the presence of Russian Ambassador to Namibia Alexander Khudin.

The press service reminded that “Rosoboronexport” in 2014 signed the first in 12 years contract with Namibia for the supply of Russian military products. The main nomenclature of the contracted property – small arms weapons for special units, mortars, antitank weapons, automotive equipment, ammunition and training equipment.

Sevastopol Sent to Sea Trials


In the waters of the French port of Saint-Nazaire on Monday, March 16 it will begin sea trials of the helicopter carrier “Sevastopol”. The source in the shipbuilding industry told this to the TASS correspondent.

“The ship will make for the first time for the open sea for sea trials and verification of the navigation systems, the source said. It is planned that the helicopter carrier will return back to the port to the end of the week, on March 20”.

The interlocutor of the agency said that work on the completion of the “Sevastopol” goes “under contract”. In February, the onboard equipment of helicopter carrier dock ship (DVKD) began to transmit a signal to the international automatic identification system (Automatic Identification System, AIS).

Russian Warships Arrived in Malaysia to Participate in Exhibition


The unit of ships of the Pacific Fleet on Monday arrived on the Malay island of Langkawi for participation in the international exhibition of aerospace and naval equipment “LIMA – 2015”, the head of the press service of the Pacific Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Roman Martov told reporters on Monday.

After the visit on March 22, the Russian squadron of ships will continue to perform the task of further campaign in the Pacific Ocean.

“Today, the unit of ships of the Pacific Fleet including the large anti-submarine ship “Admiral Panteleyev”, the tanker “Pechenga” and the tug “SB-522″ under the command of Captain First Rank Alexander Potapov performing the tasks of military service in the Pacific, arrived at the Malaysian island of Langkawi,” Martov said.

He added that during the six-day visit to the Pacific Fleet it will take part in the international exhibition of aerospace and naval equipment “LIMA – 2015”, the official opening ceremony is scheduled for March 17.

Russian Army to Receive More Orlan-10 Drones in 2015


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.

Russian Peacekeepers Take Delivery of New Communications System


The peacekeeping motorized rifle division of the Central Military District has received a new digital communications system P-240I-4 Pereselents under the state defence order. This was reported by the press service of the Central Military District.

According to the information available, the complex is designed for organizing communications between control points in the field. The new system comprises a radio station, radio relay station, digital radio relay equipment, user terminal, and message processing equipment.

It should be noted that the Pereselents complex can be used to create more than 100 cryptographic channels with a total capacity of 2,000 Kb/s. The communications range is at least 40 km. The software supports all existing and future communications standards. The hardware is mounted on the KAMAZ-5350 (Mustang) vehicle.

Russia to Develop New Angara Rocket for Lunar Missions


Russia’s new Angara-A5 carrier rocket could be modified for future flights to the Moon. This was announced by the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos on Thursday.

“We recommend that the Khrunichev Space Center (manufacturer of the Angara-5) and the Energiya Space Corporation develop a draft design of the Angara-A5V carrier rocket for possible use with prospective space freighters and manned spacecraft in future flights to the Moon,” the Scientific and Technical Council of the Federal Space Agency said in a statement following a meeting with officials from space companies on development of prospective carrier rockets.

“The Angara-A5V carrier rocket capable of placing 35 tons into orbit is the development of an existing family of the Russian Angara rockets. It can be used to optimize government expenditures during implementation of the ambitious projects in the foreseeable future,” Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council Yury Koptev said.

Dmitry Medvedev Signs Innovative Development Strategy Plan


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a plan developed by the Ministry of Economic Development to implement the Innovative Development Strategy in 2015-2016.

According to the document, the implementation of the new plan will contribute to development of the basic elements of innovation support in Russia and dynamic formation of socially-oriented innovative economy. It stipulates a number of measures aimed at improving an educational system, promoting scientific, technical and innovative activities, creating a system of state support for scientific and technical innovations, ensuring effective implementation of innovative development programs for companies with state participation, establishing mechanisms to stimulate the demand for innovations, modernizing a structure of the R&D sector, developing the financial infrastructure of innovative activities, creating mechanisms to support legal protection of the results of promising commercial projects, increasing the degree of Russia’s integration into the global processes of creation and use of innovations, and implementing development programs for regional innovative clusters.