Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation Purchased 15 An-148 Aircraft

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Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) signed a contract for delivery of 15 An-148 jets to the Russian air forces, Interfax reports with reference to a source close to the Russian aircraft industry.

According to the source, “the first An-148 will be delivered to the air forces in 2013”. “After that four jets will be delivered to the customer in 2014, four more – in 2015, three ones – in 2016 and the rest three jets – in 2017,” he noted.

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The Certification Testing of Rysachok Aircraft Was Started

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Technoavia started the certification testing of Rysachok light multi-role twin-engine aircraft. It was declared by the company’s CEO, Vyacheslav Kondratyev, The Voice of Russia radio station reports.

“We plan to complete the certification testing next year,” Kondratyev said. He said that two prototypes will be taking part in the certification process.

“Three Rysachok test aircraft have been assembled by the Samara-based TsSKB-Progress so far and the production of a first batch of five turboprops has already been started,” Kondratyev said.

According to him, Technoavia will demonstrate two Rysachok turboprops at MAKS-2013 airshow: one aircraft will be performing demonstration flights and the second one will be a part of static display.

Rysachok is the twin-engine regional aircraft. It may be operated from unpaved runways with a soil strength of about 5,5 kg/sq.cm.

The aircraft is powered by two 750 hp М601F turboprop engines. It may carry up to 10 passengers; its range is 2000 km. The flight speed varies from 250 to 400 km/h.

Rostec to Consolidate Machine Tools Assets

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The government has approved the idea to transfer exclusive rights to Stankoprom, a subsidiary of Rostec, to supply Russian and imported equipment for defense manufacturing.

Due to this project alone Stankoprom can expect revenue of 500 billion rubles by 2020. The company will participate in civil tenders on a common basis, but in any case 80% of procurements of machine tools in the near future will be made by the military-industrial complex.

The second An-158 intended for Cubana de Aviacion departed to Cuba

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The second An-158 regional aircraft was handed over to Cubana de Aviacion on July 24th 2013. The jet departed from Gostomel Airport (Kiev Region) to Cuba at 13:38 local time, press-service of Ilyushin Finance & Co. (IFC) reports.

This jet was delivered to the Cuban carrier in the network of a contract for delivery of 3 An-158s (plus an option for three more jets) signed by IFC and «South American Aircraft Leasing» (SAAL, Panama), which is financing the leasing of An-158 aircraft for the airline. The first An-158 was delivered to Cubana in April 2013.

“The acquisition of these jets helps satisfy the requirements of the Cuban carrier in the area of regional aircraft. IFC has delivered 7 Russian-produced aircraft to Cuba before: 4 medium-haul Tu-204s and 3 long-haul Il-96-300s. All the jets are delivered to the customer in the network of the governmental program for financial support (guarantees) of export of hi-tech industrial products.These guarantees are provided by the government to banks, which grant credits to buyers of Russian products. Roseksimbank (subsidiary of Vnesheconombank, which specializes on financial support of Russian exports) is financing the deal. A governmental decree for supporting the export of hi-tech products and provision of state credits and guarantees was signed in February prior to the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Cuba. The decree provides new capabilities in the area of export of Russian-produced vehicles and equipment,” press-service of IFC noted.

All the Agreements Between Syria and Russia Related to S-300 Remain in Force

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All the agreements between Syria and Russia related to deliveries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to the Syrian government remain in force. It was stated by the Vice-Premier of Syria, Qadri Jamil, following the results of a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, ARMS-TASS reports.

“All the agreements between Syria and Russia in the area of arms procurement remain in force”, – the Vice-Premier said. “The contracts are being implemented,” Jamil explained.

Speaking of the results of Russia-EU summit at a press-conference held on June 4th 2013, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, addressed the matter of deliveries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Damascus. He noted that Russia does not want to disrupt the balance of forces in the region. “The contract was signed several years ago. It has not been implemented yet,” the president stated.

Yak-130 Arrived in Zhukovsky in Order to Take Part in MAKS-2013 Airshow

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Yak-130 operational trainer in new livery arrived at the airfield of Gromov Flight Research Institute on July 24th 2013 in order to take part in MAKS-2013 airshow, Irkut Corporation reports.

“The ferry flight from the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant (part of Irkut Corporation) with two intermediate stops was performed by test pilots of Yakovlev design bureau: Hero of Russia, Roman Taskaev, and Hero of Russia, Oleg Kononenko. This Yak-130 is painted in traditional colors of Yakovlev design bureau: red and white,” the corporation noted.

The first vehicle to be painted in these colors was AIR-2 light aircraft. It performed its maiden flight in 1928. After that the red-white livery with horizontal white stripes on vertical tail became a traditional one for most test aircraft developed by the famous design bureau. Among them are: UT-2 trainer used for training of pilots during Second World War, Yak-18 (Yuri Gagarin performed his first flight on this aircraft) and Yak-52, which gave birth to most of the present Russian pilots.

Gadget Fаir 2013 to be held in Moscow

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Gadget Fair 2013 will be held in Moscow from 26 to 29 September. The event will bring together the largest Russian and global gadget manufacturers, trade networks, software designers, accessories suppliers and many other market participants. Rostec is a member of the organizing committee.

Gadget Fair 2013 features sections with a number of different themes, including multimedia, communications media, automotive and navigational gadgets, software, accessories, and personal gadgets for beauty, health and home.

The fair’s business programme comprises a press conference, as well as a presentation of new products from the leading gadget manufacturers. It also includes conferences, round tables, seminars, video links and master classes for business representatives.

Tula Arms Producer Creates Amphibious Assault Rifle

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This is the first assault rifle in the world to fire equally well both in and out of the water. Notably, it is as good as the latest models of Kalashnikov-type assault rifles, while being smaller in size.

An assault rifle of truly revolutionary design, without parallel to the West or East of Russia, has been created. The ADS was developed for underwater combat personnel, but its successful and universal design means that it could be used to equip not only seaborne special forces but also all of the Main Intelligence Directorate’s special forces, marines and land forces.

The assault rifle has undergone a complete cycle of operational tests and received a positive reaction. It is now in trial use. A decision on whether to bring it into service may be reached in the near future.

A New Gun for the Russian Army

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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, said that the new Strizh gun by Arsenal Firearms (which will be marketed abroad as the Strike) will be adopted by the Russian army as a replacement for the outdated Makarov. The new gun, which, according to Rogozin, surpasses pistols like the Austrian Glock, is expected to be put into service within the next few months.

The Russian Defense Ministry has long been planning to get rid of the Makarov, which was put into service in the late 1940s. The Makarov has a low fire rate, high recoil and infamously low shooting accuracy rates. However, the Strizh is not the first gun the Army has considered as a replacement.

First Test-Launch of BrahMos Missile from Indian Su-30MKI in 2014

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The first test-launch of the BrahMos cruise missile from an Indian Su-30MKI will be scheduled in 2014, a senior company executive said.

BrahMos Aerospace Executive Director from Russia Alexander Maksichev told reporters that the test-launch would take place next year. Two Su-30 MKI fighter jets are being refitted for the missile and simultaneously the missile is being adapted for the jet, he added.

BrahMos Aerospace head Sivathanu Pillai said that the planes were upgraded to some extent in order to be able to place a new missile under the hull and to integrate it with the fire control system. The fighter jets’ wings were also amplified, he said.