Skolkovo teams up with KAMAZ

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The three powerhouses of innovation this week launched a competition among Skolkovo residents –also open to startups and organizations outside the ecosystem – named Electrochemistry 2015. It runs through December. A corresponding conference will be held at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in October.

“There are 15-17 companies which successfully work in this sphere only in Skolkovo,” Grachev said. “We are glad to see that KAMAZ is interested in these technologies and wants to become a partner of our competition and formulate the developments it needs.”

“The Skolkovo Foundation needs a long-term program whose goal is a creating innovative products that the Russian and world markets need,” added Grachev. “The partnership between Russian energy startups and such companies like KAMAZ and Panasonic is economically beneficially for all contractual parties. And it is important to note that the R&D centers of both companies work at the Skolkovo Innovative Center.”

KAMAZ is the biggest Russian truck manufacturer and is entering the new market of electric buses – a growing trend in Europe. As part of the competition, KAMAZ will present a special prize in the traction battery category in December.

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Russia’s Defense Ministry to get few fundamentally new unmanned systems at the end of the year

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Industry commissioned by the Defense Ministry is developing new unmanned systems for different purposes, several samples will be ready before the end of the year, the representative of the Defense Ministry said.
“By the end of the year we are waiting for a serious effort on the topic of unmanned systems”, he said.
According to the military establishment, the success is achieved largely thanks to major concentration of resources on those samples, which are recognized by the most promising.

Tanks do not need visas

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The publication Defense News published the latest version of its top 100 largest defense companies in the world. The list includes seven Russian companies.

Rating was conducted in terms of revenues generated from the sale of military goods and the provision of related services. Topping the list is the American corporation Lockheed Martin the second place at Boeing the third – at BAE Systems.

Roselectronika started production of navigation systems previously purchased in Ukraine

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Kaluga plant of telegraph apparatus holding “Roselectronika” started to produce ship navigation systems that were previously imported from Ukraine.

The plant began mass production of navigation systems “Briz-KS-K” under the import substitution program, told Tass deputy commercial director of the Kaluga plant telegraph equipment Constantine Shamatulsky. He stressed that these navigators designed for military and civilian ships, does no one in Russia.

Kaluga plant started manufacturing systems “Briz-KM-K” design bureau developed navigation systems, by request of the Russian Defense Ministry. At the same time the modernization of production was not required.

Russia to re-start launches of ‘Satan’ ICBM

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Russia plans to re-start trial launches of the RS-20 Voyevoda Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, after converting the Dnepr missile, also known by NATO as “Satan.” Russia now possesses 60 such missiles which, over the next five years, will be withdrawn from service. The plan is to use the Voyevoda missiles for civilian purposes, for commercial launches, to avoid having to destroy the expensive missiles.

The Dnepr is the converted R-36M (in various modifications) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). It is being offered on the market for rocket launches by the Kosmotras company, founded in Moscow, on the basis of an agreement between the Russian and Ukrainian governments. The R-36M was has been withdrawn from service since the beginning of the 1990s and has been transferred to Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) for conversion to launch satellites, with direct Ukrainian involvement. The military and political crisis, however, has brought confusion to Ukraine’s international space cooperation with Russia. This ambiguity has also affected the Dnepr rocket delivery programme.

Peru receives additional Mi-17 helos from Russia

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Peru has begun receiving the third batch of Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport and assault helicopters that it ordered in late 2013, Russian Helicopters announced on 30 July.

Three Mi-171SH-variant helicopters were handed over ahead of Peru’s Independence Day celebrations on 29 July, joining the eight that were delivered in late 2014.

Russian Helicopters is set to deliver 20 Mi-171SH platforms in all, under a deal signed in December 2013 was part of a wider procurement process to enable the Peruvian military to build up its rotary-winged capabilities to better combat the Shining Path insurgency. All 24 should be with the Armed Forces’ Army Aviation by 2016.

In July 2014 Peru announced it was to buy another eight Mi-171Sh helicopters to be fielded by both the army and the air force. When deliveries are complete (no timeline for the final batch of eight helicopters has been released), the Peruvian armed forces will field 38 Mi-171Sh-variant helicopters.

Designated Mi-8AMTSh by the Russian military, the Mi-171Sh (international designation) is fitted with more powerful engines, additional fuel tanks, ballistic armour, a night-vision goggle compatible cockpit, modern navigation equipment, the option for a nose-mounted thimble radome, and a chin-mounted electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) turret. According to Russian Helicopters, the Peruvian machines are night-vision goggle-compatible, and are equipped with a searchlight for night-time operations.

Russia and Italy are going to start joint production of heavy helicopters

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Russia and Italy are preparing an agreement for launching joint production of heavy helicopters, which may be operated on Russian mineral deposits, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

“An agreement with Rosneft related to joint production of heavy helicopters, which may be operated on Russian mineral deposits, is being developed. I have discussed the contract with the Prime Minister. It will cost around €3 billion; the deliveries should be completed by 2025,” V. Putin said at a press conference in Milan.

VTB granted a credit to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company

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VTB bank granted a one-year credit to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC); the credit amount is 16,5 billion rubles. The funds will be used to refinance the company’s foreign currency liabilities, the bank’s press service reports.

“This deal will allow the company to proceed with its plans to reduce its debt burden after the government’s additional capitalization of United Aircraft Corporation. VTB’s priorities include supporting the country’s strategically important companies,” Valery Lukyanenko, member of VTB Bank Management Board, said.

Russia to begin constructing Kalina submarine after 2020

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The construction of new fifth-generation non-nuclear Kalina submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems will begin after 2020, a high-ranking Russian Navy source said Thursday.

“We are working on the Kalina project, and the first vessel will have its keel laid after 2020,” the source told RIA Novosti.

According to the source, anaerobic propulsion systems do not have enough capacity for the vessel’s engine yet.

Almaz-Antei to fulfill all the contracts on time despite sanctions

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Concern “Almaz-Antey”, despite Western sanctions, will fulfill all obligations under the state defense order and existing export contracts on time and fully. This was announced by CEO of the Concern Yan Novikov, whose words are cited in the press service message of “Almaz-Antey”, received on July 29 at TASS.
“The sanctions imposed by Western countries illegally against the Concern, only confirmed the important products of our company to ensure the defense capability of Russia and did not affect the plans of our work. We believe that sanctions are nothing but an element of unfair competition”, Novikov said.