New missile for Russian fifth-generation fighter to be developed by 2016


A new modified aircraft missile for Russian fifth-generation fighters would be developed by 2016, the director-general of the Tactical Missiles Corporation, Boris Obnosov, said on Friday at the Kadex 2014 exhibition of weapons and military equipment in Astana, Kazakhstan.

“We have established close contact with the Sukhoi design office. A permanent working group is formed. All the protocols of informational cooperation are agreed on. Models are made according to schedule. Everything must be done by 2016,” Obnosov said, noting it was a new modified aircraft cruise missile X-74M2.

It was hard work. Intensity of tests was very high. Even the main test centre coped with it with difficulty, he added.


Russia needs naval bases both in the Caucasus and Crimea


The analysis of military operations during the second defense of Sevastopol makes it possible to draw two vital conclusions concerning fleet deployments and the role of naval aviation, the Black Sea fleet commander, Alexander Vitko, told a historical conference devoted to the 70th anniversary of Crimea’s liberation from fascist occupiers.

“First, it is vitally important (for Russia) to have two huge naval bases: one in the Caucasus and the other in Sevastopol,” Vitko said.

“Second, the success of any military operation depends on air support. That is why aviation is a vital component of any naval assault force,” the commander went on to say.

Russia’s new optic-electronic instruments to be used in implementing Treaty on Open Skies


 A new Russian-made optic-electronic complex will be used for operation in monitoring compliance with the Treaty on Open Skies, according to Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov.

“Representatives of the states that are parties to TOS, who participated in certification, have signed a report, which makes it possible to use the domestically-made digital camera in TOS observation flights over foreign states,” he explained.

Antonov recalled that the preparation for an international certification of the Russian digital observation instrumentation had been made in the course of the past three years. A large amount of flight tests and trials by means of non-flying testbeds had been carried out.

Russian Helicopters Holding Company to deliver Mi-171E to Kazakh Ministry of Emergencies


Russian Helicopters Holding Company (subsidiary of Oboronprom Corporation, part of State Corporation Rostec) and Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergencies signed an agreement for delivery of Mi-171E helicopter. The vehicle will be delivered to the customer in 2015, the company’s press-service reports.

“Mi-171E helicopter is a member of Mi-8/17 Family. These helicopters are well-suited for search-and-rescue operations. They are widely used for flood relief, earthquake relief and elimination of damage caused by other disasters. It is also suitable for fire-fighting and provision of medical aid under field conditions. The helicopters manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company) can be fitted with equipment improving their efficiency under high-altitude conditions (in high mountain regions). Mi-171E may be operated at air temperatures varying from -50 to +50°C, under severe weather conditions. It is able to carry up to 26 passengers or up to 12 injured persons on stretchers accompanied by medical staff. The cargo version of the helicopter may carry up to 4 tons of cargo inside the cabin or using an external sling”, – Russian Helicopters noted.

Russian Helicopters Holding Company and Radioelectronic Technologies Concern signed an agreement to establish a Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre


In the network of the 7th international exhibition HeliRussia-2014 Radioelectronic Technologies Concern and Russian Helicopters Holding Company (both are parts of Rostec State Corporation) have signed an agreement to establish a Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre, which will be responsible for development, production and upgrade of advanced helicopter avionics. The document was signed by CEO of Radioelectronic Technologies Concern, Nikolay Kolesov, and CEO of Russian Helicopters, Alexander Mikheev.

The joint venture established by the companies will have a status of first-tier integrator – the center will be developing innovative integrated on-board avionics, electronic counter-measure equipment and weapon control systems for military, special-purpose and commercial helicopters produced in Russia.

Today’s methods for producing avionics assume that separate components are integrated into a unified “smart” system. It controls the flight, weapons, engines and other systems, protects the helicopter from external threats and ensures the flight safety.

Deliveries of new PAK DA bombers to Russian air forces will be started in 2023


Deliveries of new PAK DA bombers to Russian air forces will be started in 2023, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev.

It was reported earlier that the deliveries will be started in 2020. PAK DA will be a subsonic jet and it will be capable of performing tasks currently performed by Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22 aircraft. According to unofficial data, PAK DA may be equipped with hypersonic weapons. Results may be achieved in this area in the near term.

“It must perform its maiden flight in 2019. In 2023 the state testing will be completed and the deliveries will be started”, — Bondarev said.

Russian air forces started the state testing of T-50 fighter


The state testing of the latest Russian T-50 fighter (PAK FA project) have been started in Akhtubinsk (Astrakhan Region), RIA Nvosti reports with reference to  the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev.

The deliveries of the fifth-generation fighter should be started in 2016. The air forces may take delivery of T-50 jets even earlier. So far only one country in the world operates fifth-generation fighters – F-22 and F-35.

“The pilots have passed necessary retraining course and started performing flights on one jet. The second one will join the test program soon”, — Bondarev said.

He did not unveil the starting date of the state testing; it was reported earlier that the test program should have been started in April or March.

The General said earlier that T-50 to be presented at the all-Russian stage of international pilot competition Aviadarts-2014 in Voronezh. The fighter should have been demonstrated in the network of a special program prepared specially for Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu.

Russian Helicopters delivered Mi-171Sh helicopters to Kazakh Border Service


Two military-transport Mi-171Sh helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Oboronprom Corporation and Rostec State Corporation) have been delivered to the Border Service of the Kazakhstan National Security Committee under a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012, the company’s press-service reports.

“One of the primary objectives of the delivered helicopters is to protect Kazakhstan’s state border. The vehicles will be involved in patrol missions (in particular, at night time), landing of troops and transportation of personnel”, – the press-service noted.

The military-transport Mi-171Sh helicopter (also known as the Mi-8AMTSh – the version delivered to Russian customers) is manufactured by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company). It can be fitted with cannons and small arms, unguided missiles and on-board defense systems. It is also fitted with special equipment for dropping off troops using four different points simultaneously. The helicopter is able to carry up to 36 soldiers or 12 wounded men on stretchers, or up to 4 tons of cargo inside the cabin or using an external sling. The helicopter is well-suited for carrying out search-and-rescue operations. The Mi-171Sh helicopters delivered to Kazakhstan are fitted with flight and navigation equipment and radio communication systems allowing them to perform flights under a wide range of operating conditions.

Russian big submarine chaser makes routine visit to Cyprus’ Limassol


Russian Northern Fleet’s big submarine chaser Vice-Admiral Kulakov which is performing missions in the Russian naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea has made a routine visit to the Cypriot port of Limassol, Northern Fleet’s spokesman Captain First Rank Vadim Serga told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

He noted that for the warship crew the visit to Cyprus became the second visit to a foreign port during the current naval mission. Vice-Admiral Kulakov has earlier visited the Spanish port of Ceuta after crossing of the Atlantic.

“The plan of the current naval mission envisages replenishment of warship stocks. Russian naval sailors will also receive an opportunity to visit local tourist attractions and have some rest on the coast,” Serga said.

RAC MiG to showcase prototype of the two-seat MiG-35 at KADEX-2014


Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (part of United Aircraft Corporation) will take part in Kazakhstan Defense Expo 2014 (KADEX-2014) to be held in Astana (Kazakhstan) on May 22nd – 25th 2014, press-service of RAC MiG reports.

“The exhibition will be held for the third time; it is gaining the reputation of the major defense forum of Central Asia. RAC MiG will showcase the family of multi-role fighters, including MiG-29K/KUB, MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-35. Prototype of the two-seat MiG-35 will be performing demonstration flights at the show; the jet will be piloted by test-pilot Stanislav Gorbunov and navigator Nikolay Murmilov”, – the company noted.

MiG-35 is the «4++»-generation fighter derived from MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2. The fighters of this family outmatch MiG-29 fighters (delivered to Russian air forces and foreign customers since 2009) in terms of combat capabilities and operating performance. The State Arms Program for 2011–2020 includes deliveries of MiG-35 aircraft to Russian air forces.