Russian-Czech Firm to Bid for Temelin NPP Project

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The Russian-Czech consortium MIR.1200 will file a bid on July 2 for a tender to complete construction of the Temelin nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic, an official of Russian state-run civilian nuclear power corporation Rosatom said on Thursday.

“The date has been defined and the application will be filed on July 2,” Rosatom Deputy General Director Kirill Komarov said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg economic forum.

The Temelin nuclear power plant went into commercial operation in 2002, more than twenty years after the former Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak government signed an agreement on its construction in 1981.

The plant currently operates two units with an aggregate capacity of 2,000 MW. The Czech government plans to build another two reactors at the plant.

Russian Helicopters Posts 35% Net Profit Growth in 2012

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Russian Helicopters, which designs and manufactures civil and military rotorcraft, posted an IFRS net profit of 9.442 billion rubles ($305.5 million) for 2012, up 35 percent from the previous year, the firm said in a statement Thursday.

The company’s consolidated revenues grew by 21 percent in the reporting period to 125.7 billion rubles ($4 billion), “driven primarily by 10.7-percent growth in helicopter deliveries.” Revenues from helicopter sales amounted to 99 billion rubles in 2012, while revenues from services and support reached 18.4 billion rubles.

The cost of products and services grew by 26.3 percent from 2011 to 79.9 billion rubles in 2012, while operating expenses increased by 18.2 percent year-on-year to 30.6 billion rubles.

Cash capital expenditures decreased by 5.5 percent compared with 2011 to 13 billion rubles in 2012, including investments in production facilities of 7.6 billion rubles, down by 16.4 percent from the previous year.

India Unlikely to Fine Russia for Delay in Warship Delivery

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India is unlikely to bill Russia for the delay in the delivery of the refitted aircraft carrier Vikramaditya caused by engine problems last year, said Viktor Komardin, Deputy General Director of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

The Vikramaditya, which is already years behind its original 2008 delivery date, was supposed to have been handed over on December 4, 2012, but sea trials in September revealed that the ship’s boilers were not fully functional.

“In theory, India has the right to do so [to impose a fine]. But we believe that we will find a mutually beneficial solution to this problem in a friendly atmosphere. Actually, we already have, but for now, we’re saying that we will,” Komardin said at LIMA-2013 (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition) in Malaysia.

India and Russia signed the original $947-million dollar deal in 2004 for the purchase and refit of the carrier, but delivery has already been delayed twice, pushing up the cost of refurbishing the ship to $2.3 billion.

Sukhoi, Malaysia Sign $100 Mln Deal on Fighters’ Maintenance

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Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi and the Malaysian Defense Ministry have signed a $100-million contract for the technical maintenance of Malaysia’s fleet of Su-30MKM fighters, said a spokesman for the organizing committee of the LIMA-2013 aerospace exhibition.

The contract covers technical maintenance as well as supplies of spare parts for 18 Russian Su-30MKM fighters that were delivered to Malaysia between 2007 and 2009 under a $900-million contract signed in 2003.

In addition to its 18 Su-30MKM Flanker fighters, Malaysia also has 16 MiG-29N Fulcrum fighters in its combat aircraft fleet.

Bangladesh Plans to Buy 24 Russian Jet Trainers

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Bangladesh is planning to buy 24 Yak-130 Mitten jet trainers on $1 billion credit from Russia, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday.
“Bangladesh has a whole list of arms it wants, but so far that is a state secret. I will reveal one little secret: The purchase of Yak-130 warplanes is a very significant subject of negotiations between Russia and Bangladesh,” Rosoboronexport Deputy Chief Viktor Komardin said at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA-2013) that opened in Malaysia on Tuesday.
He added that negotiations on Yak-130s are due to begin later this spring.
Russia granted Bangladesh a $1 billion credit during the Bangladeshi prime minister’s visit to Moscow in January.

Russia to Equip Submarine Forces With High-Precision Weapons

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Russia plans to equip its submarine forces with long-range high-precision weapons, which will enhance their strategic deterrent capabilities, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday.

“There are plans to equip the submarine forces with long-range high-precision weapons. This will significantly enhance the possibility of using submarines as a strategic deterrent,” Sergei Shoigu told a meeting at the Pacific Fleet’s submarine command headquarters.

The defense minister said the Pacific Fleet’s submarine forces “have particular importance for ensuring strategic stability and Russia’s military security in the Far East.”

The meeting focused on developing the infrastructure of the nuclear-powered submarine base in view of plans to launch fourth and fifth-generation submarines.

The first tests of PD-14 engine intended for advanced MS-21 aircraft will be carried out in 2014

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The first tests of PD-14 engine intended for advanced MS-21 aircraft will be carried out in 2014, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the official representative of United Engine Corporation (UEC), Anastasia Denisova.

The total amount of investments in development of PD-14 is about 70 billion rubles. “At present the engine is being prepared for testing onboard the Il-76 testbed aircraft scheduled for 2014”, — Denisova said.

She also said that the certification of PD-14 engine is scheduled for 2015 and the engine’s serial production will be launched in 2016. The first run of the advanced concept technology demonstrator was successfully performed last year.

The advanced fifth-generation PD-14 engine with a thrust of 14 tons is the first member of engine family with a thrust of 9-18 tons developed on the basis of common engine core. It is the first civil engine developed in Russia over the last 25 years. PD-14 separate flow engine

The first serial wing for MS-21 aircraft will be manufactured in Ulyanovsk in 2014

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The governor of Ulyanovsk Region, Sergey Morozov, commented on construction of plant of AeroComposit for production of composite parts, press-service of the governor and government of Ulyanovsk Region reports.

The governor visited the factory located at the territory of Aviastar-SP on March 21st. As reported by the president of AeroComposit, Anatoly Gaidanski, the first stage of reconstruction of the production building will be completed soon. The installation of auxiliary equipment is underway. «The AeroComposit’s plant is the unique enterprise, the only one is Russia. Its entry into service will boost the development of aircraft industry in Ulyanovsk Region and Russia», – Sergey Morozov said.

«The installation of three production units will be started by April. The production process is being optimized. This testing is being carried in order to confirm the compliance with the production method and check its efficiency in the network of manufacturing cycle. The trial production will be manufactured in mid-2013 and the first serial wing for MS-21 – in July 2014», – Anatoly Gaidanski noted.

Ministry of Industry and Trade will allocate 2.5 billion rubles for development of advanced high-speed helicopter

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Ministry of Industry and Trade will provide Russian Helicopters Holding Company with the financing in the amount of 2.5 billion rubles for carrying out the research and development works in the network of development of advanced high-speed helicopter, Voenno-promishlenniy courier reports.

According to the ministry, the parties have signed a state contract on March 22nd. According to the contract the scheduled completion date is November 2013. The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has approved the contract on March 20th 2013.

Russian Helicopters Holding Company was established in 2007. It comprises design bureaus, helicopter assembly plants, components production, maintenance and repair enterprises and helicopter service company providing after-sales support in Russia and abroad.

Russia and China signed an agreement on delivery of 24 Su-35 fighters

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Russia and China signed an agreement on delivery of 24 Su-35 fighters and joint construction of four diesel Lada-class submarines for China during the visit of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, to Moscow on March 22nd – 24th 2013, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to the China Central Television.

«It is the first purchase of Russian advanced weapon systems by China over the last 10 years», – said in the statement. It was noted that “as expected, more agreements in the area of military-technical cooperation will be signed by the parties soon».

Su-35 is the Russian multi-role super-maneuverable 4++-generation fighter developed by Sukhoi design bureau.