“Combat Robotics Laboratory” showed robot avatar

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New robot fighting domestic production was shown in Sevastopol recently. Fighting robot is designed for destruction of manpower and military equipment of the enemy.

Its weight can reach up to 1.4 m (depending on the use case, and weapons), control goes either through the program or through the operator. Basic armament combat robot consists of a machine gun and grenade launcher systems. Autonomy of operation – up to 4 hours.

Robots for the Russian army created by experts “Battle Lab Robotics.” Creation of the laboratory was held in 2014 under the auspices of the Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation.

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Russian radio electronics to reorient eastwards

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Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday that Russia’s radio electronic industry should start looking eastward.

The anti-Russian sanctions which the West imposed on Russia for its policy in southeast Ukraine have created the biggest problems for the national radio electronic industry. So Russia has started re-orienting its economy at new markets in a bid to give additional impetus to improvements in the radio-electronic sector, Borisov went on to say.

“Russian radio electronics is developing in a different situation than in 2007 /when Russia adopted its current strategy for the industry’s development/. We need to build our work amid these sanctions,” Borisov said adding the world was much wider than just Europe and the United States.

“There is a dynamic East; there are China, Malaysia and other countries that want, can and will cooperate with us. Naturally, we should take this into account and re-orient the vector of our cooperation to some extent,” the Russian deputy defense minister said.

KRET and Rohde & Schwarz launched a joint mass production of radio-measuring devices in Russia

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Radioelectonic Technologies Concern (KRET) and the German company Rohde & Schwarz launched a joint mass production of radio-measuring devices (RMD) for radioelectronic and aerospace industries. In the network of this partnership, the final assembly of RMD was started by Frunze Nizhny Novgorod Scientific Production Association. Later the production of RMD components will be started in Russia, KRET’s press-service reports.

“The goal of partnership between KRET and Rohde & Schwarz is to establish production of competitive RMD in Russia, – CEO of KRET, Nikolay Kolesov, stated. – Development of radio-measuring devices is of great importance for our country as it is one of key factors in terms of development of the radioelectronic industry, in particular such segments as communications, navigation, television, radiolocation and consumer electronics. The contract is valued at about €5.4 million”.

A cooperation agreement between Rostec and the German company signed in 2011 was the first step in establishment of the joint venture between KRET and Rohde & Schwarz. It provides for the transfer of technology and launch of production of competitive RMD in Russia. KRET is responsible for implementation of the project. In July-August 2013 the corresponding contracts worth about €5.4 million were signed by Frunze Nizhny Novgorod Scientific Production Association and Rohde & Schwartz. Under the contracts in 2014 the required design documentation and equipment were purchased, the infrastructure was prepared, and the personnel training was carried out. In addition, all works related to preparation of the production site at the Mikhail Frunze Nizhny Novgorod Scientific Production Association were completed. The power supply systems, conditioning system, compressed air supply system, and ESD protection were installed, a date-exchange network was set up, and a complete overhaul of the buildings was carried out.

Russia to launch world’s most powerful laser station

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Called UFL-2M, the station will have 192 intense laser beams, will be the size of two football fields and as tall as a 10-storey building.

The scientists have already completed the project engineering and design and sent the project to manufacturers. The construction-assembly stage is set for 2015. And the first line is to be launched in 2017, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reports on June 30. The station is supposed to become fully operational by 2019, initially, the deadline was 2020.

“This unique equipment will be used for fundamental research of high-temperature dense plasma. It will be a center for joint work of not only Russian, but foreign scientists,” the agency quotes Sergei Garanin, the chief constructor of Russia’s Federal Nuclear Centre as saying.

New Version of YotaPhone

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Just months after the first sales of the YotaPhone, the Russian entry into the lucrative smartphone market, the device’s manufacturer presented a new version of the phone at a mobile conference in Barcelona on Monday.

The phone has struggled to break into a market dominated by tech giants like Apple and Samsung. The sales of the first model in Russia started in December 2013 and according to Yota Devices, about 12,000 phones have been sold over the last two months. By contrast, Apple sold more than 9 million units of its new iPhone models during its first weekend of sales in September.

Industry analysts estimate that Russia’s second stab at winning market share will have an easier time, as marketing efforts to promote the first model may have paved the way for the phones’ brand.

Plasma Screens for Tanks

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The Russian army in 2016 should receive high-definition touch screens for their installation on military equipment. Executor of the project may be one of the subsidiaries of “Ruselectronics”- Ryazan JSC “Plasma”.

Now, “Plasma” is the only Russian manufacturer of high-resolution plasma panels. According to “Ruselectronics”, Ryazan enterprise can become a performer of this project, the “Izvestia” writes.

We speak about the production of plasma panels with 1280×1024 resolution, which corresponds to HD television. These touchpads allow efficient management of information output, said the scientific secretary of “Plasma” Vladimir Evdokimov. One of the displays will be colored and interactive, the other one – the monochrome with touch areas around the screen and above the working area, he said.

Russian Transport Ministry to invite state companies to ERA-GLONASS platform

инж 1Russia’s Transport Ministry has decided to invite the biggest Russian companies partially-owned by the state to join the nation-wide navigation and information platform, established within the scope of the ERA-GLONASS National Accident Emergency Response System project, ministry officials told Izvestia daily on Monday,

ERA-GLONASS is a national system of emergency response, the primary purpose of which is to save lives and reduce injuries in traffic accidents and other road emergencies nation-wide in the Russian Federation. The system deploys a combination of modern technologies, including telecommunications, information processing, and satellite navigation solutions (GLONASS and GPS). One of its primary goals is to reduce the emergency response time and support the Single National Emergency Call System (System 112).

“We are not talking about transport alone,” Aleksey Semyonov, the director of the Transport Ministry’s Development Program Department said. “We suggest that the companies partially-owned by the state should join the publicly-funded technological platform, which has certain infrastructures in each Russian region. The aim is to ensure the cohesion of process control. In gaining access to the navigation and information platform and using its opportunities, the companies will be able to create any services they need.”

ERA-GLONASS is due to come into full-scale operation by January 1, 2015. According to regulations, automobile manufacturers should equip new light and freight vehicles with onboard terminals enabling emergency response services to receive exact coordinates and other details of road accidents.