Russian Firefighting Helicopter Ka-32A11VS is Certified in Australia


The Russian multi-purpose helicopter Ka-32A11VS, produced by “Helicopters of Russia”, was granted an Australian Certificate of Airworthiness.

Solemn ceremony of delivery of the document took place during the International Air Show Avalon 2013. Certificate was handed to the head of the delegation Sergei Kretov by the head of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) John McCormick.

The certificate enables the Australian operators to use helicopters Ka-32A11VS as a search and rescue and fire fighting helicopter and also use it to transport goods on the external load and in the construction works. Certification procedure of Ka-32A11VS in Australia was completed in late 2012.


Far Eastern Shipbuilders Launched the “Arctic University”


Upon completion the ship will become the basis for research, education and industrial activity in the Arctic region and will be transferred to “Far Eastern State Maritime Academy” under the auspices of the RGS. “Professor Khlyustin” is an expeditionary base of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) to study the environmental situation in the seas since 1997. The vessel is unofficially called “Arctic buoyant university.”

The project was approved by the President of the RGS, Sergei Shoigu, the Vice-President of the RGO and President of the State Polar Academy Artur Chilingarov, who declared that the Russian Geographical Society needed a research vessel to extend the exploration of the northern regions and the Arctic shelf.

AvtoVAZ Starts Producing Lada Granta Sport


A subsidiary of AvtoVAZ OJSC, the company Lada Motor Sport Technologies, will start production of a road version of the car Lada Granta Sport.

The sales start is scheduled for the second quarter of 2013. From April the car will be tested at dealerships. Only in 2013 the company expects to assemble one thousand vehicles, in future partners will be guided by the interest of buyers.

According to the producers, Lada Granta Sport is a low-volume sports car with the sports motor settings (120 hp) and a special brand suspension, authentic bodywork and sporty interior. Sports seats with a pronounced side bolsters are made in black and red style that is complemented with leather steering whee. The car will also have a sensory multimedia system with Bluetooth and hands-free. It accelerates to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds. Maximum speed is 197 km / h.

New Modification of Su-25 will Be Put into Service in 2014


Specialized Su-25 aircraft for destruction and rupture of air defense systems of the Russian Air Force will be received in 2014. In May of 2013 flight testing of a stormtrooper on the base of Su-25 aircrft should be completed.

New attack aircraft will be staffed with a special complex with antennas placed on a fuselage surface which detect direction of the radio emission and classify the type of source.

Aircraft will be also equipped with a detection system of laser and infrared radiation, as well as with a dazzle system of target-seeking equipment (GOS) in the infrared spectrum. Passive systems shoot infrared traps. But modern missiles with the GOS distinguish between traps and engines in multispectral range, so the protection system, which puts heat curtains in several ranges, is required.

Mexican Interjet to Replace its Domestic Fleet with SSJ-100s


Mexico’s Interjet airline plans to replace its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, used for domestic flights, with Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners within a two-year term, Interjet’s Director General Jose Luis Garza said.

According to Garza, his company intends to receive at least eight Russia’s SSJ-100s by the end of the year and the rest of the 20 aircraft, stipulated by earlier agreements with Russia, in 2014.

“We will already receive the first two aircraft in June and will put them into operation in July,” he said.

In January 2012, SuperJet International signed a $650 million contract to supply Interjet with 15 SSJ-100s. Later that year, Interjet signed a contract to purchase five more SSJ-100s.

The Superjet 100 is a short-medium haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 100 passengers for up to 4,500 kilometers.

Will the Project of a Lead Destroyer for the Russian Navy Be Ready by the End of 2013?


The state defense order for 2013 includes scientific research “Leader” for the design of a lead destroyer for the Russian Navy.

Until the end of 2013 these works should be completed, said a senior representative of the Defense Industry Complex. According to him, in 2014 it is scheduled to begin development activities (R & D), construction of the ship could begin in 2016.

“The ship could be constructed by Northern Shipyard (St. Petersburg) plant. However, this company, which specializes in the construction of surface ships for the Russian Navy, a very large load on other orders. Currently it is already building a series of corvettes and frigates, “- said the official.

Russia Will Construct a Ship to Fight the Quiet Submarines


Main Command of the Russian Navy began to develop requirements for the new ship, which will be used to combat low noise non-nuclear submarines, such as, for example, the German project Type 212/214 submarines. According to the decision of the Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Viktor Chirkov, the new ship should be ready by early 2017. The basis of the new ship will be the body of an unfinished in 1990’s frigate “Tuman” of Project 11540 “Yastreb”, which body is located in the Baltic Shipyard “Yantar”.

Funding of the new project for 2013 is not scheduled. As expected, the new submarine chaser will be apart of the Baltic Fleet. Frigate “Tuman” was laid in 1993. Readiness of the ship at the end of the financing was 47 percent. According to various estimates, under the funding renewal the frigate can be completed within 1.5-2 years.

Russian Paratroopers to Receive Indigenous Armored Vehicles


The Russian Airborne Troops (RAT) will be mainly equipped with domestically-designed armored vehicles, including Tigr-M, RAT Commander Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov said.

“Our brigade-level air assault units will have an armored car component based on Tigr vehicles,” Shamanov said at a news conference in RIA Novosti on Monday. “The deliveries of Tigr-M will start soon, and the first recipients of these vehicles will be special forces units.”

The SPM-2 GAZ-233036 Tigr (Tiger) is a high-mobility multipurpose military vehicle manufactured by MIC, a GAZ Group division, at the Arzamas machine-manufacturing plant.

It has a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour and can carry up to nine personnel or 1.2 tons of cargo.

In addition, the Airborne Troops may order experimental Typhoon 6×6 armored personnel carriers, manufactured by Russia’s KamAZ, after the company modifies the vehicle’s design to match the demands of the Russian paratroopers, Shamanov said.

Russian Choppers Steal Show at Avalon 2013


The best models of Russian-made helicopters are on show at the Avalon 2013 Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition in Geelong, Australia.

One of the gems of the Russian exhibits is the Kamov Ka-32A11BC multipurpose helicopter provided with water discharge devices and water cannons.

Thanks to a unique combination of coaxial rotors, this helicopter is deemed one of the world’s best firefighting aircraft.

The Russian designers are also presenting the Kamov Ka-62 multipurpose medium helicopter and the upgraded Mil Mi-171A2 which is regarded the most efficient and energy-saving model of the Mil group.