Bulava inter-continental ballistic missile test-launched from nuc submarine in Barents Sea


Russia has successfully test fired a Bulava inter-continental ballistic missile from the Alexander Nevsky strategic nuclear-powered submarine, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry information department said on Friday.

The nuclear-powered submarine made a single test-launch in the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.

“The submarine was test launched from a submerged position. The parameters of Bulava flight trajectory functioned normally. According to confirmed objective control data, the missile’s warheads successfully reached a testing range in the Kamchatka Peninsula,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson General Igor Konashenkov said.


The first Il-76MD-90A aircraft was delivered to Beriev Aircraft Company


The first Il-76MD-90A aircraft manufactured under the State Defense Order was delivered to Beriev Aircraft Company in order to develop and manufacture a special-purpose aircraft on its basis. The new Il-76MD-90A is the first aircraft manufactured by Aviastar-SP (part of United Aircraft Corporation) under the State Defense Order for heavy transport aircraft.

The Governor – Chairman of Ulyanovsk Region government Sergey Ivanovich Morozov, CEO of Ilyushin Company Sergey Alekseevich Sergeev, CEO of Beriev Aircraft Company Igor Borisovich Garivadskiy, CEO of UAC – Transport Aircraft Olga Petrovna Fedonyuk, CEO of Aviastar-SP Sergey Gennadievich Dementiev, took part in the solemn ceremony.

S.A. Sergeev said that this aircraft was developed and manufactured under the State Defense Order in accordance with the performance specification issued by Russian Ministry of Defense and it meets all the latest requirements. Il-76MD-90A is a multi-role aircraft. It will be used as a transport aircraft as well as a platform for different special-purpose aircraft. This jet may serve as a tanker or may take part in firefighting and search-and-rescue operations. Besides the Ministry of Defense, EMERCOM, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Federal Security Service and other agencies operating Il-76 jets are interested in purchase of Il-76MD-90A aircraft.

Russian Helicopters launches flight testing on Mi-171A2


Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During its first flight its main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order, according to commander and test pilot 1stclass Salavat Sadriev.

The first prototype of the Mi-171A2 was designed for tests on its in-flight operability and safety when using the KBO-17 avionics suite, including its interoperability with the new VK-2500PS-03 engines, and to test the new powerplant. The first Mi-171A2 prototype has been subjected to ground runs, which passed off smoothly and led to the first successful tests in hover mode in October 2014. The new helicopter’s rotor system and engine were tested by the special ‘flying laboratory’ – Mi-171LL.

The KBO-17 avionics suite is built by Radioelectronic Technologies to a ‘glass cockpit’ design, and includes all-weather digital TV and thermal imaging cameras, delivering external visibility day or night, with the video output given on a high-resolution multifunction display. The high degree of automation has made it possible to cut crew numbers from three to two people. The on-board maintenance systems built in to the KBO-17 make it possible to monitor the condition of the helicopter’s main systems and components, storing this data in its memory.

Seventh Sukhoi Superjet 100 joins Gazpromavia Fleet


On November 26, 2014 the seventh Sukhoi Superjet 100 in its long range version was delivered to the Russian airline Gazpromavia.

The SSJ100 with the tail number RA-89048 took off from the Delivery Centre of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, and landed in Ostafyevo International Business Airport, Gazpromavia home base.

Gazpromavia is the launch customer of the SSJ100 long range version. The aircraft features full-economy class for 90 passenger seats. In total, Gazpromavia ordered ten SSJ100 in its long range version.

In March this year the SSJ100 long range version operated by Gazpromavia performed its first commercial flight from Moscow to Sovetskiy City in the North of Russia. Today Gazpromavia operates Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft both on domestic and international routes.

Last test of Russia’s new Yars-based ballistic missile due in December


The last test launch of the solid propellant inter-continental ballistic missile RS-26 (also known as Avangard and Rubezh), created on the basis of the RS-24 Yars missile, has been scheduled for December, a source in the defence-industrial complex told TASS.

“The testing is not over yet. According to the current plans the new missile is to enter duty in 2015. In December, there will be the final launch to be followed by a decision in favour of serial manufacturing,” the source said.

RS-26 has improved combat capabilities and a multiple warheads. The missile is to be lighter than its predecessor RS-24 Yars.

Strategic Missile Force commander, Colonel Sergey Karakayev said the missile will be launched from a mobile surface vehicle. There are no plans for its silo deployment.

State defense order targets for 2014 almost fully met

Vladimir Putin

All planned state defense order targets for 2014 are almost fully met, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

“Practically all the planned targets (of the 2014 state defense order) have been met,” he said at a meeting on the development of the national defense forces.

According to Vladimir Putin, Russia has identified the types of armaments for the army in the next decade.

“We have identified the types of armaments for military and special hardware, which will be supplied to the army and the navy in the next decade,” he said.

Russia, Vietnam agree on simplified Cam Ranh port entry for Russian warships


Russia and Vietnam have signed an intergovernmental agreement on the simplified entry of Russian warships to Vietnam’s Cam Ranh port, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS on Thursday.

“The agreement was signed in Sochi on November 25 during the visit of Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong to Russia. The procedure sets the requirement for Russian vessels that are approaching the Vietnamese port only to notify its authorities for entry,” said the source.

Russia nuclear submarine to test-launch Bulava missile on Nov 30


The Alexander Nevsky strategic nuclear-powered submarine will make a single test-launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile on Sunday, November 30, a source in the Northern Fleet headquarters told TASS on Thursday.

“According to updated reports, the Alexander Nevsky is due to test-launch Bulava in a time interval between 12.00 and 3pm Moscow time (9am-12.00 GMT) on November 30. The test-launch will be made from the Barents Sea at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula from a submerged position,” the military source said.

Earlier it was reported that the Alexander Nevsky is to fire the only missile that will be on board. In October, the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine carried out the launch with a full load of Bulava missiles on board.

“Russian helicopters” performed MI-171A2 Test Trial


The Holding company Russian Helicopters began flight tests of the first prototype of the multi-purpose helicopter, the MI-171A2. During its first flight, the MI-171A2’s major systems were tested, and according to Commander, test pilot first-class Salavat Sadriev, its major systems demonstrated excellent performance.

The first prototype of the Mi-171A2 is designed to evaluate the performance of the KBO-17 avionics systems, including its interaction with the new
VK-2500PS-03 prototype engines, as well as to test the new power supply systems.

KRET to create an energy complex of innovative aircraft


KRET completed research and development (R & D) to create an all-electric power complex of (PES) aircraft, which formed part of the overall R & D to improve upon the aircraft’s electrification. The complex provides all the energy needs and is a key system for innovative aircraft.

The developers made the necessary diagrams, determined the optimal settings for power source generation and its technical specifications. Research into the type and settings for the PES power supply system was carried out in relation to medium-haul aircraft, according to a press release issued by the Concern.