Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-24 Yars ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia on Tuesday, a military representative said.
“Today, December 24 at 11:00 a.m. Moscow time a detachment of the Strategic Missile Forces conducted a test launch of a Yars silo-based solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test warhead,” Colonel Igor Yegorov said.
The fifth-generation RS-24 (NATO reporting name SS-29) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile and can carry multiple independently-targetable nuclear warheads designed to evade missile defense systems. The first RS-24 launch took place at Plesetsk in 2007.
A Russian Rokot carrier rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia early on Wednesday to put three military satellites into orbit, the Defense Ministry said.
The launch of the rocket, to carry Kosmos-series satellites, has been scheduled for 4:31 a.m. Moscow time (00:31 GMT), ministry spokesman Col. Dmitry Zenin said.
The satellites are expected to reach their designated orbits about two hours later, he said.
The official did not specify the tasks assigned to the satellites, but said they were designated Kosmos-2488, Kosmos-2489 and Kosmos-2490.
It will be the fourth Rokot launch from Plesetsk this year.
Russia’s Ulan-Ude aircraft manufacturing plant said Wednesday that it is developing a variant of the famed Mi-8 transport helicopter for use by the military in harsh Arctic climate.
The modified Mi-8 will feature a more powerful engine, an auxiliary electric generator, an ice-protection system and ski landing gear for landing on soft snow and swamps.
“The helicopter’s heating system will be based on technologies used on spacecraft,” said Sergei Solomin, the plant’s chief engineer.
Russia has officially set a goal of deploying a combined arms force by 2020 to protect its political and economic interests in the Arctic, including military, border and coastguard units.
The solemn ceremony dedicated to presentation of the initial airworthiness certificate of Tu-214VPU aircraft delivered to Administration of the Federal Security Service (FSS) was held at the Business-Center of Kazan Aviation Production Association named after S.P. Gorbunov, press-service of KAPO reports.
During the ceremony the head of FSS’ administration, Boris Danilov, said that Tu aircraft have already shown good results during operation: «We would like to thank Tupolev Company and KAPO for these high-quality and reliable vehicles. Tu-214VPU will honorably represent our country and proudly fly with Russian flag on its board».
CEO of KAPO and Tupolev Company, Alexander Bobrishev, noted that this liner meets the highest standards in the area of flight safety and has state-of-the-art equipment: «This jet is the demonstration of capabilities of the national airframer. We will provide any necessary technical support and grant continuous operation of Tu-214VPU aircraft».
The jet landed at its base airport (Vnukovo, Moscow) on December 17th 2013.
According to some forecasts, the resuming of An-124 aircraft production and manufacturing of 80 jets of the type will generate revenues of $12,89 billion, RIA Novosti-Ukraine reports with reference to the prime-minister of Ukraine, Nikolay Azarov.
Earlier Russia and Ukraine signed a number of agreements following the results of the meeting of inter-governmental commission, in particular, an intergovernmental agreement on implementation of measures of State Support for resuming the serial production of An-124 aircraft.
“Ukraine and Russia are resuming the production of An-124 aircraft with Ukrainian-produced engines. The total production output will be 80 aircraft. The total revenues from selling 80 An-124 jets will be around $12.89 billion”, – Azarov said during the meeting of Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers held on Wednesday.
Recently the decision for participation of Aviastar-SP in a new project was taken, the press-service of the government of Ulyanovsk Region reports with reference to the Vildan Zinnurov, aviation counselor of the governor of Ulyanovsk Region (Sergey Morozov).
«The Ministry of Defense (MoD) plans to put Il-112 into service. It is a light military-transport aircraft intended for transportation and airlift delivery of light weapons, vehicles, cargo and troops. Il-112 has lower weight-lift ability as compared to Il-76. Aviastar-SP will act as the manufacturer of fuselage panels and other airframe components. The final assembly will be carried out in Voronezh. This year the Ulyanovsk-based aviation plant started the preparation for Il-112 production. The most advanced high-precision multi-role equipment is being purchased from Japan, France and USA. At present the enterprise’s staff comprises 9000 people», – Vildan Zinnurov said.
The Russian anti-aircraft missile troops will take delivery of new upgraded Pantsir-SM air defense system by 2015, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the representative of Russian Ministry of Defense, Air Forces, Igor Klimov.
He said that Aerospace Defense Military Academy (located in Tver) is holding a meeting of command personnel of the anti-aircraft missile troops.
For the first time the practical part of the meeting will be held at Tula-based “Konstruktoskoye Byuro Priborostroeniya” (stands for instrument design bureau), the developer and manufacturer of Pantsir systems. The Pantsir-S air defense system will be presented to the participants of the meeting. A total of over 90 people are taking part in the meeting, including commanders of the air defense missile units, senior officers of the anti-aircraft missile troops and air forces, representatives of military academies and industry.
Russian military units will have their orders for Arctic region deployment by the middle of next week, Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Monday.
Shoigu told a teleconference with armed forces managerial staff that “the General Staff should draft guidelines to develop military infrastructure and deploy military units in the Arctic”.
These will be in line with the military strategy outlined in President Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation speech last week, the minister said.
Shoigu ordered establishment of an information and intelligence complex within the new National Defence Centre now being constructed and the integration of command, control and intelligence functions.
Russia’s strategic missile force continues to be upgraded under a plan authorized by the country’s political leadership and in strict compliance with the restrictions imposed by the strategic arms reduction treaty START-3, the strategic force commander, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev told the media on the occasion of the SMF’s 54th anniversary.
“We are hoping to get fundamentally new missile complexes with warheads allowing the strategic missile force to comply with the quota for operational delivery vehicles and warheads established under the current START treaty,” Karakayev said.
He said the SMF would have a balanced structure and an optimal number of strategic missiles crucial to coping with the tasks of nuclear deterrence and maintaining Russia’s security.”
Russia’s strategic missile force (SNF) will carry out sixteen missile launches in the coming year, SNF commander, Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev told the media on Tuesday.
“Of the sixteen missile launches due next year two will be made in order to prolong the hardware’s life cycles,” he said.
“Eleven launches will test missiles, warheads and missile defense penetration systems still in the development phase. Three launches pursue other aims, such as putting a satellite in orbit,” Karakayev said.
This year Russia made eight missile launches for similar purposes.