EU sanctions will not affect Sverdlovsk enterprises of “Almaz-Antey” concern


EU sanctions will not harm the activities of the four Sverdlovsk enterprises of “Almaz-Antey” concern. This was stated by executive director of the Union of defense enterprises of the Sverdlovsk Oblast Vladimir Kukarskikh.
The European Union’s sanctions against the joint-stock company (JSC) Concern Almaz-Antey prove the great importance of the company’s products in providing national defense, said Yan Novikov, the General Director at Almaz-Antey.
“The EU decision to impose sanctions against JSC Concern Almaz-Antey causes a dual feeling. First of all, a sense of pride for the company in relation to such a rating of its importance for the country,” he said, according to a company’s press release obtained by Interfax-AVN on Thursday.


Azerbaijan purchases Russian Yak-130 jets


Russia is planning to sell Yak-130 training and combat jets (NATO name: Mitten) to Azerbaijan, APA reports.
Azerbaijani tested the jets in Russia last year. The Yak-130 jet is used to train combat pilots of generations 4+++ and 5. It uses guided and unguided missiles. Russia, Belarus and Algeria are armed with Yak-130 jets.
Russia is planning to sell Yak-130 training and combat jets (NATO name: Mitten) to Azerbaijan, APA reports.

Veliky Ustyug undergoes tests


The Caspian Flotilla commenced builder’s sea trials of the Buyan-M class missile corvette (Project 21631) Veliky Ustyug. Sea trials are scheduled for completion in December 2014, RIA Novosti reports citing the Southern Military District.
All stages of the state acceptance trials will be carried out in the Caspian Sea. The corvette is now preparing for missile and artillery fire. The commissioning team and the crew will be practicing interaction, the crew will undergo training on board the ship.
The multipurpose river-sea-going corvette was designed by in-house engineering bureau at Zelenodolsk Shipyard. The Veliky Ustyug keel was laid down on July 27, 2011. The Buyan-M class corvettes are armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns and Igla-1M air defense missiles.

Russia close to sending mission to Mars


Russia has come closer than other countries to launching sustainable long-term manned space missions, an expert said on Wednesday.
“We expect positive results from experiments. Then we will be able to say whether or not we know how to provide for the vital life sustenance of cosmonauts during a long mission,” Vladimir Uiba, head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency told ITAR-TASS.
He said man would fly to Mars and beyond in the future, but “without experiments like those we are doing on Foton [satellite] no one can say how to provide sufficient supply of oxygen, food and so on for such a long flight”.

Ministry of Defence to provide 40 types of equipment for Oboronexpo-2014


Defense Ministry will provide equipment that will form the basis of demonstration program of the armory exhibition Oboronexpo-2014. 40 samples of such equipment will be involved in the program, ARMS-TASS reports referring to the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Constantine Biryulin.
“This is a modern means of air defense – anti-aircraft missile system S-400 and S-300V, air defense missile-gun system “Pantsir-S “, as well as the operational-tactical missile complex “Iskander-M”, modern artillery systems and installations, multiple rocket launchers, armored vehicles,” said Biryulin.
International forum “Engineering Technologies – 2014” and the international exhibition “Oboronexpo-2014” will be held on August 13-17 in Zhukovsky.

Mi-26T2 to Come into Production in 2015


The upgraded heavy helicopter Mi-26T2 should receive the letter of a series model to the end of 2014, and by 2015, its serial production shall begin.
According to the agency Interfax, the pre-test flights of Mi-26T2 are currently holding. They will last about a month. It is known that one flying prototype of Mi-26T2 was built.Beginning with the second machine, the Mi-26T2 will be produced in series by the enterprise “Rostvertol”, part of the Holding “Russian Helicopters” in Rostov-on-Don. First deliveries of the upgraded helicopter will begin in 2015.
Mi-26T helicopter has a maximum takeoff weight of 56 tons. Maximum weight of cargo inside the helicopter or on the external sling is 20 tons. The range without additional fuel tanks with freight of 20 tons – 590 km, ferry embodiment with four additional tanks – 1920 km.

German, French, American companies to take part in Oboronexpo-2014 arms exhibition


Eight foreign companies, including German, French and US enterprises, will take part in Russia’s arms exhibition, Oboronexpo-2014, despite western sanctions. The Federal Military and Technical Cooperation Service said this on Wednesday.
The exhibition, which will be held in the town of Zhukovsky in the Moscow Region on August 13-17, “will be attended by 212 Russian companies, including eight foreign firms from Belarus, Germany, India, China, the United States and France,” the service’s press office said.

Rogozin: Russia can build own aircraft carrier



Russia will build an aircraft carrier on its own if France annuls the supplies of Mistral helicopter carriers, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitiry Rogozin said Wednesday as he answered a question from ITAR-TASS.
He said the Russian ship would be better than the Mistral because it would be ice-strengthened and would be capable of operations in Arctic seas.
“I don’t think the renunciation (of supplies of the Mistrals) is highly beneficial for the French President and will cause a big crisis at the shipyard that is building these ships,” Rogozin said. “Also, the French will have to pay a penalty as all these things are mentioned in the contract.
“When we were placing the orders for these ships we didn’t have a technology of large-size assembly then but now we have gotten it,” Rogozin said.

New modifications of Tu-214


“Tupolev” company continues development activities to create advanced, special-purpose aircraft modifications based on the Tu-214.

This Interfax-AVN reported according to a source in the aviation industry.

“Currently, a number of development activities are being performed to create promising modifications of special planes on the platform of Tu-214,” the spokesman said. According to him, these works are carried out on behalf of various government clients and are financed from the state budget.

The agency’s interlocutor said that currently aircraft Tu-214ON, aircraft transponders Tu-214SR, airborne command post Tu-214PU, aircraft Tu-node communication 214SUS, scout Tu-214R, etc. are being created according to the “Open Skies” program.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov Moving to Mediterranean


The Russian Navy’s Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, is moving to the eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, where it will join the permanent Russian naval task force, Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.
Earlier this month, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov entered the port of La Valetta, Malta, where Northern Fleet sailors celebrated Russia’s Navy Day while berthed in Dock No. 6 at the Maltese shipyard.
Earlier, the destroyer has also entered the port of Ceuta, Spain, and Cyprus’ port of Limasol.
The Vice-Admiral Kulakov set sail from the Northern Fleet’s main base in Severomorsk on April 15 and has traveled more than 10,000 nautical miles since then.