KRET: photonic technologies will reduce the weight of mass communications

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Developed by “Concern of Radio-electronic technology” (KRET, part of “Rostec”) photonic technology will greatly expand the possibilities of modern communication and radar – their weight decreased by more than half, and the resolution will increase tenfold, press service of KRET told RIA Novosti on Friday.
“Currently, the active phased array antenna has become an integral part of various modern civil and military systems, such as smart antenna of the latest generation of mobile communication provides high quality regardless of the interference situation. Photonic technology greatly enhance their capabilities. The new development will reduce by more than half the mass of existing smart antennas and radar systems, ten times increase their resolution, “- said in a statement.

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Su-25 upgrade to the most modern modification

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JSC “121 Aircraft Repair Plant” in Kubinka near Moscow launched a series of modernization of Su-25 to the most modern modification – Su 25SM3 ”
This was reported to Interfax-AVN by a source in the military-industrial complex.

“It is expected that work on the first batch of upgraded technology Su-25SM3 will be completed in the fourth quarter of this year”, – said the source.

PAK FA fighter can neutralize stealth technology

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An active defense system developed for Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 jetfighter is also able to neutralize enemy planes’ stealth capability, RIA Novosti reported Friday, citing the press service of the Himalaya system’s designers, the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern [KRET].

The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the plane’s control system.

KRET: “President-S” can protect civilian aircraft from missiles

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Produced by “Concern of Radio-electronic technology” (KRET, part of “Rostec”) board defense “President-C” for civil aircraft in an emergency is able to interfere with the anti-aircraft missiles and knock it off course, the press service of KRET told RIA Novosti on Friday.
“During the missile threat complex “President-S” automatically detects it and activates passive and active interference. As a result of the missile “sees” a false goal and goes off course”, the statement said.

Russia to build more ‘Blackjack’ bombers

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Russia is to increase the size of its Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ fleet by a factor of three over the coming years as it looks to build up its strategic bomber capabilities in the face of ever deteriorating relations with the West.

The expansion of the fleet from 16 to a proposed 50 bombers was announced by Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev on 28 May, the Sputnik state news organisation reported.

Gen Bondarev did not disclose when production might begin or be complete. The general’s statement follows comments made by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu who previously called for Tu-160 production to be restarted to see the air force through to the introduction into service in 2023 of the new PAK-DA bomber.

Over recent years, and especially since the crisis in Ukraine began in late 2013, President Vladimir Putin has used his bomber force to demonstrate his military capabilities and political resolve to the United States and the West.

NASA Chief: cooperation between USA and Russia in the area of space remains close

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Cooperation between USA and Russia in the area of space remains close. It was stated by the NASA chief Charles Bolden at an international conference related to preparation of manned flight to Mars, held by the George Washington University and the largest companies of the US space industry, TASS reports.

“Our cooperation and partnership remain close. We continue joint implementation of several projects,” he said.

According to Bolden, NASA and Roscosmos have a “great relationship despite political controversy”. “We have been working in close cooperation with Roscosmos since 1990s – late 1980s,” he noted.

Bolden stressed the importance of joint operation of ISS. “Our technical and scientific cooperation is at the high level. We must be very careful to preserve this progress. Politicians understand full well that we must continue our cooperation in the network of ISS project,” he said.

NASA chief also said that the Russian party “agreed to continue joint operation of ISS until 2024”.

Russia to deliver one more Il-96-300 passenger aircraft to Cuba

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Delivery of another Il-96-300 airliner to Cuba is scheduled for May 2015. Moreover, the parties are negotiating promotion of Russian helicopters at the Cuban market, said in the documents prepared for the meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President of Cuba Raul Castro, RIA Novosti reports. Cuba is one of the largest importers of Russian-produced civil aircraft.

“In 2005-2014 Ilyushin Finance & Co (IFC) leasing company delivered three Il-96-300 jets, four Tu-204 airliners (including two Tu-204SE cargo aircraft) and five An-158 jets to Cuba. One more aircraft should be delivered to Cuba in May,” said in the documents. IFC explained that this refers to Il-96-300 aircraft. The abovementioned aircraft are operated by Cubana de Aviacion (Cuba’s national carrier).

Turkey is interested in deliveries of Russian air defense systems

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Turkish representatives showed interest in purchasing Russian air defense systems, Deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport Sergey Goreslavsky said at IDEF-2015 exhibition held in Istanbul, TASS reports.

Representative of the Russian company noted that Turkish Minister of Defense visited Russian display at IDEF-2015, “so he did a courtesy to our company”. “He said that the country is ready to continue cooperation in the area of technology transfer,” Goreslavsky noted.

“We see that Turkey is interested in different air defense systems including Antey-2500,” he added. In addition, earlier Russian party held a presentation of “safe city” system for Turkish police – such systems were used for provision of safety at Sochi-2014 Olympic Games.

According to him, Rosoboronexport is counting on “further development” of military-technical cooperation with Turkey. “Possibly, it is the most long-standing partnership we have,” he added.

United instrument-making company to create secure communication technology

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United instrument-making company will develop more than 40 samples of domestic telecommunications equipment to build trusted networks and data to the end of 2017.

Work is conducted under the import substitution program, which main goal is to create a replacement foreign systems and eliminate threats to information security in the strategically important Russian areas of management and production.

“Almost 100% of computer equipment and software that are used now in Russia, are produced abroad,” – said General Director of UIC Alexander Yakunin at the conference “IT in the service of the military-industrial complex”, which is held these days in Innopolis (Republic of Tatarstan).

Armata to be remotely controlled in the future

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The newest tanks “Armata”, development and production of “Uralvagonzavod” will be the main tank of Russian Army during XXI century and in the short term will be remote controlled, corporate publication of “Uralvagonzavod” magazine Technowars informed.

A column of Armata tanks, equipped with 125mm cannons, rolled through Moscow’s historic Red Square on May 9 as Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of foreign heads of state, including Chinese leader Xi Jinping, watched on.

The tank’s main armaments include a 7.62mm remote-control machine gun and a 125mm smoothbore cannon. The tank is operated by a crew of three, which are housed in an armored capsule in the front.