Minvostokrazvitiya expects to localize production of components near KnAAZ


The project to create the territory of priority development in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is one of the most developed ones and involves the placement of components for the production of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Gagarin (KnAAZ, former KnAAPO), the head of the Russian Federation Minvostokrazvitiya  Alexander Galushka said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

“In Komsomolsk-on-Amur there is already a large modern high-tech factory, which supplies its products for export. This plant has suppliers that are scattered around the world. Some of them – in Russia, but most of them are outside the Russian Federation. The idea in this case the top is to locate these suppliers in close proximity to the plant, “- said A.Galushka.


Platform for new Russian army armored vehicle for launching bridges named


Promising Russian army armored vehicle for launching of  bridge can be created on the basis of the “future” tank platform, “Armata”, the chief of the engineering troops of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Yuri Stawicki told reporters Wednesday.

“The use of the platform of “Armata” will be considered during the development of long-term armored vehicle for launching of bridges,” Stawicki said. Earlier, he said that instead of the existing vehicle for launching of bridges it is planned to create armored vehicle for launching of bridges on the basis of heavy unified crawler.

Russian MiG-29 and Ka-31 to be based on the Indian aircraft carrier


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday met with his new Indian counterpart, Manohar Parrikar, in New Delhi, marking an end to a year of silence on the two countries’ myriad cooperative military ventures.

Shoigu’s visit marks an expansion of Russia’s position as India’s largest arms supplier at a time when the U.S. defense industry has targeted New Delhi as a potential source of revenue amid Washington’s declining military spending.

India is a key arms export market for Russia: Moscow supplies about 70 percent of New Delhi’s military equipment, with sales amounting to $3.8 billion last year, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Russia and Iran sign defense deal, ‘may resolve’ S300 missile delivery issue


Moscow and Tehran have signed military cooperation deal that implies wider collaboration in personnel training and counter-terrorism activities. It may also resolve the situation concerning the delivery of Russian S300 missiles, Iranian media reported.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, signed the document during a visit by Russia’s top brass to Iran’s capital on Tuesday.

Under the new agreement, the broadened cooperation will include military personnel training exchanges, increased counter-terrorism cooperation and enhanced capabilities for both countries’ Navies to use each other’s ports more frequently.

Cameroon to get ‘sophisticated’ Russian arms

Paul Biya

Cameroon’s military will take delivery of “the most sophisticated military equipment from Russia” before the end of 2015, a statement released by President Paul Biya’s office announced on 16 January.

“Among other latest-generation weapons, this includes heavy artillery and missiles, air protection, anti-aircraft missile system, and cannon,” the statement said. “Armoured trucks of Russian production will also be delivered to Cameroon to transport troops.”

It added that Russia was also ready to train Cameroonians in operating these sophisticated systems.

The statement followed a meeting between Biya and the Russian ambassador to Cameroon earlier on 16 January.


A large order of Russian weapons and vehicles would mark a shift in Cameroon’s defence procurement, which has involved the acquisition of Chinese armoured vehicles, patrol boats and HAI Z-9 helicopters in recent years.

Iran, Russia to resolve S-300 dispute


Iran and Russia have agreed to resolve their dispute over the latter’s failure to deliver S-300 long-range air defence systems, the Iranian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 20 January.

The MoD statement also announced that the Russian and Iranian defence ministers had signed an agreement in Tehran that would lead to co-operation on various issues of mutual interest.

Official Russian statements did not mention the S-300. However, Russia’s RIA Novosti quoted Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, a former head of international co-operation at the Russian MoD, as saying, “A step was taken in the direction of co-operation on the economy and arms technology, at least on such defensive systems such as the S-300 and S-400.

Russian air forces to take delivery of more than 150 aircraft and helicopters in 2015


Russian air forces will put into service the latest aircraft and helicopters in 2015, Interfax reports with reference to the representative of the press-service of Russian Ministry of Defense on Air Forces, Colonel Igor Klimov.

“Under the State Defense Order for 2015 more than 150 state-of-the-art aircraft and helicopters will be delivered to the military units,” Klimov said. The colonel noted that the following aircraft are being delivered to the air forces: Su-30SM, Su-30M2, MiG-29SMT, Su-34 bombers, Su-35S multi-role fighters, Yak-130 operational trainers, An-148 and Il-76-MD90 transport aircraft. Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Mi-8AMTSh (MTV-5-1), Mi-8MTPR, Mi-35M, Mi-26, Ka-226 and Ansat-U helicopters will be delivered to the army aviation.

Moreover, according to Klimov, the air forces will also take delivery of the latest Nebo-M, Gamma, Sopka radar systems; Podlet low-altitude radar stations; S-400 and Pantsir-S air defense systems. In addition, over 30 new trainers for specialists of air defense forces and flight simulators for training centers located in Torzhok, Ryazan, Syzran, etc. will be delivered.

India may purchase Su-30 fighters in case negotiations with France on purchase of Rafale fail


India is considering the possibility of purchasing more Su-30MKI fighters in case negotiations with France on purchase of Rafale fighters are not successful, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a source close to Russian Ministry of Defense.

In January 2012 Rafale won the largest international tender for delivery of defense products in India’s history. The contract for delivery of 126 medium multi-role fighter aircraft to Indian air forces is assessed at more than $10 billion.

Indian Minister of Defense said earlier that negotiations with the French party lasting for more than 3 years got stuck, because French companies refuse to meet the terms and conditions of the tender issued by Indian air forces. According to him, the launch of production of Su-30MKI fighters by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will help replace Rafale jets.

It was reported earlier that France is not going to allow HAL to launch production of Rafale fighters.