Russia to cooperate with China in space-related projects

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Russia is ready to cooperate in several space-related projects with China, Russia’s senior government official said.

“We’d like to work with our Chinese friends in several space services – in cartography and communications. In the future, we’d like to create our own radio-resistant equipment and spacecraft vehicles,” Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said at a roundtable meeting devoted to Russian-Chinese cooperation in satellite navigation.

“This is a very step in space cooperation as a whole,” Rogozin said.

Russia “is ready to move forward with Chinese friends in such areas as manned space programs, joint exploration of deep outer space, and joint development of the Solar System, the Moon and Mars”, he said on Monday.

Russia to launch world’s most powerful laser station

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Called UFL-2M, the station will have 192 intense laser beams, will be the size of two football fields and as tall as a 10-storey building.

The scientists have already completed the project engineering and design and sent the project to manufacturers. The construction-assembly stage is set for 2015. And the first line is to be launched in 2017, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reports on June 30. The station is supposed to become fully operational by 2019, initially, the deadline was 2020.

“This unique equipment will be used for fundamental research of high-temperature dense plasma. It will be a center for joint work of not only Russian, but foreign scientists,” the agency quotes Sergei Garanin, the chief constructor of Russia’s Federal Nuclear Centre as saying.

Russia developing super-heavy rocket carrier for Lunar, Martian programs

1The Russian state corporation Roscosmos intends to hold a meeting in August on developing super-heavy rocket carrier involving a wide range of enterprises of the industry.

“In early August we will hold a meeting in Samara, during which we will form cooperation and discuss the plan to design the rocket carrier,” Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko told reporters on Monday.

According to Ostapenko, the super-heavy rocket will be designed as a separate rocket carrier and not as a modernization of the Angara rocket carrier to the super-heavy class, Interfax reports.

The super-heavy rocket will be used in Russian Lunar and Martian programs, he said.

Roscosmos initiates creating a new super-heavy carrier as the Angara rocket carrier potential is not sufficient to the goal the space agency is facing, Ostapenko said.

Iraq begins receiving Su-25 combat aircraft to fight ISIL

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Iraq has received the first batch of Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ ground attack aircraft that have been supplied by Russia, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 June.

Video footage was released of at least one single-seat Su-25 being offloaded from an Antonov An-124 ‘Condor’ strategic transport aircraft at an undisclosed airbase in Iraq, with the MoD saying that five aircraft had been delivered in all.

According to Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) commander Lieutenant General Anwar Hama Amin, these aircraft should enter operational service in the next three to four days, “to support army units to help fight the terrorist [ISIL]/ISIS group”.

RT-Chemcomposite discussed its readiness for production of composite components for MS-21 and T-50 aircraft

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The management team of RT-Chemcomposite discussed its readiness for production of composite components for MS-21 and T-50 aircraft. The extended meeting headed by the holding company’s Acting General Director, Kirill Shubskiy, was held at ORPE Technologiya, the company’s press-service reports.

Participants of the meeting considered the aspects and problems related to serial production of composite components for military and civil aircraft, cooperation and future development of the Obninsk-based enterprise. One of the key discussion items was related to phasing out imports. The holding company’s scientific potential may help solve this problem, for example, it refers to launching the production of aluminum honeycomb constructions, RT-Chemcomposite explained.

«One of the most important problems is increasing the efficiency of cooperation between the enterprises involved in development of advanced aircraft», – the holding company’s Acting General Director, Kirill Shubskiy, noted, adding that the joint efforts of all the participants of this process are required in order to meet the delivery schedule specified in the State Defense Order and Federal Target Programs.

The testing of Mi-38 helicopter will be completed soon

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Kazan Helicopters will launch the serial production of the new Mi-38 multi-role helicopter in 2015. The vehicle will be in demand among both military and civil organizations of Russia, ARMS-TASS reports with reference to the Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov.

“The testing of this helicopter will be completed soon; we hope the vehicle has a bright future. There is a market for the helicopter. The vehicle will be in demand among civil organizations, for example, oil and gas companies. The enterprise will also be delivering these helicopters in the network of State Defense Order”, — Manturov said during his visit to the enterprise.

According to the minister, Kazan Helicopters has a great development prospects. “The enterprise implemented state-of-the-art technologies and it is working on optimization of its costs. The enterprise is also implementing Lean manufacturing technologies and automation of technological processes”, — Manturov said. He reminded that Kazan Helicopters is a part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company having a 15% share of the global helicopter market. “Over the last three years the output of Kazan Helicopters and other enterprises of Russian Helicopters was increasing (+5 – 10% per year). The enterprises deliver solid results in terms of profit “, — Manturov noted.

The Novosibirsk-based branch of Engineering Holding Company received EASA Part 21J approval

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The branch of Engineering Holding Company (also known as Engineering – The Aviation Maintenance Holding) received EASA Part 21J – Design Organization Approval. The certificate allows upgrading and modifying the cabin of passenger aircraft. According to EASA’s official website, the Engineering Holding Company is the Russia’s first organization to receive Part 21J approval, the company’s press-service reports.

“Officially the Part 21J certification was started in April 2013 after submitting the application to EASA. Having already received Part 145 and Part 21G approvals, the holding’s management team decided that diversifying the Novosibirsk-based branch into aircraft component design would be the right thing to do in terms of business development. The preparation was successfully completed in June 2014.  During the preparation process, the personnel was being trained by foreign companies, the guideline documents have been elaborated and approved, contracts with subcontractors have been signed”, – said in the press-service’s statement.

Submarines being built for Black Sea Fleet

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Project 636.3 diesel electric submarines being built for the Russian Black Sea Fleet will be tested in deep waters at the North Fleet, Admiralty Shipyard Director-General Alexander Buzakov said on Thursday, June 26.

A second Project 636.3 submarine for the Black Sea Fleet, called Rostov on Don, was launched earlier in the day. The first submarine, Novorossiysk, is undergoing sea trials. The third such craft, Stary Oskol, is to be launched in August. All three are expected to be handed over to the Navy before the end of the year.

The new submarines will be stationed in Novorossiysk and Sevastopol.

The Black Sea Fleet will get about 30 new warships in the next six years, Navy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Chirkov said earlier this week.

30 minesweepers to join Russian Navy by 2050

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Around 30 minesweepers are expected to join Russia’s Navy by 2050, a deputy Russian defense minister said Friday.

“The shipbuilding program, approved by the president in May, envisages building around 30 minesweepers by 2050,” Yuri Borisov said at a ceremony in St. Petersburg to introduce the lead mine countermeasures vessel of the project, the Alexander Obukhov, named after a famed Soviet fleet boat commander and hero.

Borisov said the employees of the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, where the ceremony was held, have a “stable future.”

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said “a great deal is to be done to learn how to use the sophisticated equipment of the ship.”