Representatives of “Tupolev” visited “RT Himkompozit”


Leading enterprise of the holding “RT-Himkompozit” was attended by representatives of “Tupolev”. The delegation got acquainted with the production process of large parts of carbon fiber tail for prospective domestic airliner MS-21.

During the work on the MS-21 experts of “RT Himkompozit” were manufactured and delivered to the customer over 4000 samples and fragments tail. “Tupolev” is one of the absolute leaders of the domestic aircraft industry, making it a promising partner holding.


New car for Airborne troops to be ready in a year and a half


New  amphibious car for the Russian airborne troops, which allow the use of weapons based on new physical principles, will be ready in a year and a half , deputy chairman of the Board of Military-Industrial Commission (MIC) of Russia Oleg Bochkarev said today.

About the creation of such armored vehicles previously told Airborne Troops commander, Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov. According to him, it is a modular car. “Yes, this work is done by KAMAZ. The process of creating this machine has already begun, but it’s a long process. A year and a half later, we will see this car in the armed forces of the Russian Federation”, – said Bochkarev.

Russian army to receive more than 11 thousand units of new vehicles


The first batch of tanks on the platform of “Armata” will go into service in the Russian army in February 2015, ITAR-TASS reported, citing Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Military-industrial Commission (VPK) Russia Oleg Bochkarev.

The number of units of new equipment, which will go to the troops, not disclosed, but according to preliminary data we are talking about more than 11 thousand units of new and upgraded vehicles. “The probability that in February this party will go very high. I doubt it,” said Bochkarev.

“Armata” – heavy unified platform on which to create the main tank, combat infantry and heavy armored, fighting machine support tanks and so on. It is assumed that the tank on the basis of “Armata” will have a gun with remote control (uninhabited tower), and the crew will be placed in an isolated armorcapsule.

Russian firm seals $1 billion deal to supply US rocket engines


A Russian manufacturer on Friday announced a $1 billion deal to supply engines for the US Antares rockets making deliveries to the International Space Station.

Russian producer Energia said in a statement that it had signed the bumper deal to build 60 engines with private US firm Orbital Science, which has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to supply the space station.

Deliveries of the new RD-181 engines would start in June, the statement said.

The agreement comes after an Orbital Science rocket suffered a catastrophic engine failure in October, forcing an end to its supply missions until further notice.

India’s rejection of Rafale in favor of Su-30 might be justified


It is possible that India’s acquisition of the Su-30MKI fighter plane instead of the French Rafale is advantageous to the country’s air force in terms of cost, tactical and technical characteristics of the plane and a series of other reasons, says the official representative of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT).

Previously The New Economic Times announced that the Ministry of Defense might refuse to purchase the French Rafale fighter and buy the Russian Su-30MKI instead.

“India’s rejection of the French Rafale fighter in favor of the Russian Su-30MKI is advantageous for India in every way: according to its tactical and technical specifications the Russian plane is significantly superior to the French equivalent. Furthermore, for India’s air force the pricing is extremely important, and the increase of the initial price to almost double what was in the contract just doesn’t reflect the existing economic reality “, said a CAWAT representative.

Protective system against asteroids to be created in Russia


The Astronomical Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the Cometa Corporation have begun researching the creation of a system for detecting and monitoring dangerous asteroids and comets. The project includes building a telescope and the Nebosvod (Dome of the sky) space observatory, which will be able to locate asteroids larger than 50 meters at a distance of one astronomical unit, which is equal to the distance between Earth and the Sun. The project will also protect Earth from celestial bodies such as the Chelyabinsk meteorite. The national system will be integrated into the International Asteroid Warning Network. Director of the RAS Astronomical Institute Boris Shustov spoke to RIR about the project’s particularities.

Russian army to get “African” vehicles


Soviet military advisers in the People’s Republic of Angola during the 1980s loved to have their photographs taken in front of vehicles captured from the so called South African Defense Force, which were significantly higher than a man. This was logical as neither the USSR nor their opponents, the USA, whose army Soviet officers studied in detail, had anything like it.

In a full scale war a truck is the perfect target, which simply was not acceptable for use in large numbers. But in Angola, Soviet officers were not dealing with the US Army but with apartheid supporters from South Africa, and the forces of both sides were relatively small in the vast Angolan savanna. South African forces used Casspir vehicles, that later would be called the MRAP. In fact, this is a high wheeled armored personnel carrier, “tailored” to protect troops and cargo from land mines, bombs and can withstand enemy fire in the event of ambush. For all these tasks, the Soviet BTR-70 was poorly suited and often caught fire after an ambush. Soviet soldiers wanted to get their own Casspir, after all, they were preparing for a full scale war, but had to participate in regional conflicts in Angola, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and the Middle East

Aeroflot and SCAC Signed Agreement for Additional 20 SSJ100


Aeroflot and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) have signed an agreement on delivery of 20 latest Russian-built aircraft Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100). The Letter of Intent was signed today by the Director General of Aeroflot Vitaliy Savelyev and SCAC Head of the Board of Directors Mikhail Pogosyan.

Aircraft will be purchased additionally to current firm contract for delivery of 30 aircraft of that type. Thus, by 2017 the fleet of the leading Russian airline would have 50 SSJ100 aircraft in total.

The majority of SSJ100 will be delivered in “Full” configuration with 87 passenger seats in a comfortable two-class configuration: there will be 12 seats in business and 75 seats in economy class.

The agreement marks the start of a totally new phase of cooperation between Aeroflot and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), of which SCAC is a part. The two companies shall coordinate their long-term strategic development plans giving a powerful impetus to Russian aircraft industry development.