Medvedev to hold meeting on microelectronics development

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hold a meeting on the state and prospects of microelectronics development in Russia on Tuesday.

“[Prime Minister] Medvedev will hold a meeting on the state and prospects of domestic microelectronics development, measures to encourage the development of domestic microelectronics production, both for special and civil purposes, as well as issues of state regulation of the Russian market of electronics,” a statement released by the Russian government’s press service Tuesday said.

According to the statement, Russian deputy prime ministers Arkady Dvorkovich and Dmitry Rogozin will attend the meeting.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization delegation visited KnAAZ

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Official representatives of the SCO countries visited Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Gagarin. The visit took place within the framework of the second meeting of the diplomatic club organization – it was attended by the ambassadors of the SCO member states in China, observer states and members of the secretariat of the SCO.

The guests toured the assembly halls of the aircraft plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, line of mass production of new aircraft civil and military purpose- Sukhoi SuperJet 100 and Su-35. The president of the “United Aircraft Corporation” Pogosyan and SCO Secretary-General Mezencev received the delegation. Pogosyan provided information on the development strategy of the Corporation and key programs for the coming years on the capacity of civilian and military products.

Rostec and “Genfa” to set up JV for the production of import-substituting pharmaceuticals

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State Corporation Rostec and pharmaceutical company “Genfa” signed a memorandum on establishing a joint venture, investments amounting to 100 million dollars.

The main purpose of the joint venture is to localize the production of medicines with access to the full cycle of development, clinical trials, production and distribution of drugs. This step will help to achieve the sovereignty of Russia in the field of bio-security, and provision of national health systems with modern medicines in Russia.

The company will combine the three blocks: biotechnology, cancer drugs, as well as antibiotics and hormonal agents. It is planned to develop own line of import substitution drugs (over 30 products), to produce generic existing drugs in the most difficult and key market segments (oncology, neurology, nephrology, hematology, and others.). Total production is expected about 60 foreign drugs, according to the press release.

“Kalashnikov” to use MIM-technology

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Concern Kalashnikov, part of Rostec Corporation, has presented a strategy for technical re-equipment and production modernization.

One of the key areas of work for optimizing the concern’s production is the introduction of MIM technology, which facilitates the production of parts with complex shapes with littler or no additional processing. This has led to a 90% decrease in labor ineffectiveness and has freed up 140 units of equipment and 1,200 square meters of production space. In 2014-2015, more than 40 new manufactured parts will be introduced, 15 of which have already undergone testing.

“One of our strategic objectives is to increase the competitiveness of our products in the global market through systematic and consistent work aimed at increasing productivity and efficiency. The projected revenues of Concern Kalashnikov for 2014 are more than RUB 9 billion, compared to the slightly more than RUB 2 billion earned in 2013,” said Concern Kalashnikov CEO Alexey Krivoruchko.

Russia and France may sign transfer act for Mistral warship this fall

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Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Tuesday.

“If France fulfills its obligations, than the transfer act will be signed in late October or early November,” Sevastyanov said.

Earlier on September 25, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers was expected as scheduled, with the first one, the Vladivostok, arriving this fall.

The second ship, the Sevastopol, is expected in 2015.

Russia’s new S-400 air defense systems to be supplied to 12 regiments by 2020

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New S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be supplied to 12 missile regiments of Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces by 2020, their spokesperson, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said on Monday.

Until the end of this year, four S-400 regiments will be protecting Moscow and the Central Industrial District of Russia, he said.

At present, three regiments have S-400 systems and the rest are armed with S-300 systems.

Future plans call for upgrading Moscow’s missile defense to bring air defense and missile defense systems under a single command to repel all possible attacks.

Russia’s S-400, Pantsir air defense systems on combat duty in Southern Military District

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A surface to-air-missile regiment of the 4th Air and Air Defense Forces Command, Southern Military District, equipped with S-400 Triumf and Pantsir-S air defense and air missile gun systems took up combat alert duty of air defense facilities in  Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory, the Southern Military District press service told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

“In early September the S-400 Triumf systems arrived at permanent bases from the Ashuluk firing range [Astrakhan Region] where the regiment’s crews conducted the exercises firing these systems and hit high speed aerial targets, imitating the ballistic, low-altitude and tactical ones, with high precision,” the press service said.

The key task of the surface to-air-missile regiment is air defense of the country’s southern air boundaries, and cover of industrial and energy facilities, groupings of the Armed Forces and transportation services from space-air attackers, the press service said.

Rostec to introduce a new “Kalashnikov” brand in November

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Last week, the head of Russian conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said the new brand and the website of Kalashnikov Concern would be unveiled in mid-November. No budget would be allocated for this.

Kalashnikov Concern was established in August 2013 when manufacturers Izhmash and Izhevsk merged and were formally renamed. The company is fully owned by Russia’s Rostec conglomerate.

But Kalashnikov Concern is still “undecided” on who will promote the new brand, the head of the company’s press service said Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, Russia’s Izvestia newspaper reported that Kalashnikov Concern has decided not to use Hollywood actor Steven Seagal as its brand ambassador. In January, Seagal agreed to consider becoming an international ambassador for Kalashnikov-made small arms.

“We are in the final stage of forming the new brand, and we are still not considering the partnership with brand ambassadors. It is not known who may represent our enterprise,” Yekaterina Boni said.

The announcement has no relation to “the sanctions introduced against the Concern”.

“Our company is changing now, and so do our priorities and approaches to positioning and promotion, we need a more modern image. We still have to decide if we need a brand ambassador as the Kalashnikov brand speaks for itself. That’s why we have to carry out certain researches on the issue,” she stressed.

Russia to continue development of space factories

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The technological experiments carried out on board of Foton-M4 spacecraft have been successfully completed, becoming one more step forward towards the production of the unique materials in space, the scientists and experts involved in the project announced at the press conference held this Friday  in Moscow.

“In General, the flight of Foton has been successful. We are planning  to continue our research in this field. In particular, now we consider  the possibility of creating  new space vehicles (Vozvrat- MKA with a longer lifespan) which can be launched  to higher orbits. We are also working on the development of  OKA-T technological spacecraft project, – said Victor Voron, head of Roscosmos’s Department of space systems for fundamental space research and technological space complexes.

In his turn, Alexander Ivanov, Deputy head of TsNIIMash Department, noted that Foton contained 22 scientific instruments for 130 experiments on board. “According to the preliminary estimates, more than 120 experiments have been carried out, and,  in general, the program has been successfully completed,” he said.

“RUSNANO” asked for 100 billion rubles

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State Corporation “Rusnano” asked for 100 billion rubles from the National Welfare Fund for innovative projects in the field of high technologies, including nanotechnology. RBC reports. Transaction is proposed to issue through the purchase in 2014 by private subscription of its own bonds for the full amount.

In state corporations believe that the need to finance projects to create the Development Fund of the Russian nanotechnology industry (FRRN) making it one company funds will be there and will be spent when the supervisory board “Rusnano” decide to co-finance innovative projects. Prior to the adoption of such investment decisions are encouraged to keep the money in government bonds.

Request was made in August, to date, according to the publication, “the discussion of this issue is ongoing.” For these injections need to change the existing rules of investing SWFs.