Krylov Center branch to supply electric propulsion system for icebreaker of Project 21180


TSNII SET, affiliated branch of Krylov State Research Center, has won the tender for supply of the electric propulsion system for the new icebreaker which is to be built by the Admiralty Shipyards in Saint-Petersburg, press center of the Krylov Center says.

According to the plans of RF Navy, the first icebreaker will be built for the Northern Fleet. The ship is to be equipped with the 7MW electric propulsion system.

Project 21180 ship is a state-of-the-art icebreaker of the new generation based on the new electric propulsion principles, two 3.5 MW propulsion units and state-of-the-art power plant.

Major characteristics of Project 21180: displacement – 6,000 t, length – 84 m, beam – 20 m, breadth- 10 m, draught – 7 m, crew – 32.


Contract for the construction of the fourth submarine of Project 677 “Lada” to be signed at the end of 2015


The contract for the construction of the fourth submarine of Project 677 “Lada” is planned to be signed at the end of 2015. “It was decided to order another batch of “Ladas”.

The construction contract should be signed by the end of 2015. Delivery of ship fleet is planned for 2019.”

“The second submarine -“Kronstadt”- is planned to be transferred to the Navy in 2017, and the third (“Sevastopol”) – at the end of 2018,” – said the source.

BrahMos with the Su-30MKI to be launched in March


The much-awaited test of the air version of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos will be conducted in March. Earlier planned in December, this nuclear capable world class weapon system is now ready to surprise enemies.

The launch has been planned on the sidelines of the visit of Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu to the BrahMos Aerospace Headquarters, said Sudhir Mishra, CEO and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL), on Wednesday.

Informing this over phone from Delhi, Mishra said, “If everything goes according to the programme, the live test flight of the missile will be carried out from Su-30MKI fighter aircraft in March. Both the launcher and missile are ready. Now, interface of the missile with the aircraft is on. There will be a dummy test before the actual drop test,” he said.

Kalashnikov approves new production location for American-made AK-47


Kalashnikov Concern has tacitly approved a US-based company’s plans to produce rifles under the AK brand in the US, calling it a “logical step”, RT reports.

“The production of the Kalashnikov Concern has traditionally maintained its leadership positions on the American market. The introduction of sanctions has substantially increased interest in the Concern’s production, and we believe that such a move on the part of the RWC [Russian Weapons Company] is completely logical under the present circumstances. We can only note that such a step once again highlights the popularity of the legendary AK assault rifle,” a spokesperson for the company said.

India to lease second Russian nuclear submarine


India has started negotiations with Russia seeking to lease the nuclear submarine K-322 Kashalot (“sperm whale”) of the Project 971 “Shchuka-B” Class, reports “Interfax” citing a source in the Russian military-industrial complex. If the parties sign this agreement before the end of 2015, this ship could be delivered to the customer already in 2018.

According to the news agency’s source, before the submarine is leased out, it will be modernized in accordance with the requirements of the Indian Navy. This work would be performed at the Amur Shipyard, where the K-322 is berthed today. In total, the modernization of the Kashalot, running it through all the tests, and training of Indian crew should take about three years. The Indian Ministry of Defense is looking at leasing the nuclear submarine for a period of ten years.

Russia, India ready to fight terrorism together


Russia and India are ready to increase their cooperation on fighting terrorism, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on Wednesday during talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar.

“Our countries strongly condemn all acts of terror and oppose the policy of double standards in the fight against this evil,” he underlined.

The Head of the Russian Defence Ministry praised the current state of military-technical cooperation between the two countries, noting that Russia and India have reached a level of tight industrial cooperation.

“In the long term – there will be the creation of a multipurpose transport aircraft, a fifth generation fighter, and a number of projects in the naval field,” said Mr. Shoigu.

First test-launch of BrahMos missile from Indian Su-30MKI in February 2015


The first test launch of a Russian-Indian BrahMos air-launched missile from a Su-30MKI of the Indian Air Force has been scheduled for March 2015, RIA Novosti learned on Wednesday from Alexander Dergachev, deputy director of NPO Mashinostroyeniye.

Established jointly by India and the Russian Federation, the supersonicBrahMos cruise missile started to enter the Armed Forces of India in 2005. The missile has a range of 290 kilometers, and is capable of carrying a warhead weighing up to 300 kilograms. Land and sea trials have been successfully conducted, and now plans call for testing it from the Su-30MKI.

“Test flights using the Su-30MKI have started, with mock-up models of the missile in the same size and weight configuration. Take-offs and landings are now being practiced. The first training launch from a fighter jet is scheduled for March of this year,” said Mr. Dergachev.

Russia and India completed detailed design of the export version of PAK FA


Russia and India completed detailed design of the export version of PAK FA fifth-generation fighter, RIA Novosti reports with reference to UAC Regional Director on International Cooperation, Andrey Marshankin.

“We and our Indian colleagues completed detailed design of the export version of PAK FA – FGFA (fifth generation fighter aircraft). We have necessary documentation, we understand what we should do at the next stage of the project and we have defined potential scope of mass production,” he said.

Marshankin said that Russian version of the fighter is piloted by one pilot, while Indian air forces prefer fighters piloted by two pilots. “Today it is hard to maneuver and attack an enemy simultaneously. So far India believes that the Indian version of the fifth-generation fighter will be piloted by two crew members,” he explained.

PAK FA is Russian multi-role fifth-generation fighter. Composite components, cutting-edge technologies, the jet’s aerodynamic configuration and engine performance grant a very low radar, optical and IR signature.