Russia to deliver Tor-M2K missile launchers to Belarus

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According to Rosoboronexport’s General Director Anatoly Isaykin, the delivery of these launchers will significantly boost air defense capability of Belarus and the Russia-Belarus Union State in general.

“The delivery is scheduled for 2016,” Isaykin told reporters at the MAKS-2015 air show.

Tor-M is an advanced short-range surface-to-air missile system, designed to defend key military and civilian facilities from attacks by aircraft, cruise and guided missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

Latin America to get the Russian drones “Ptero

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The Russian company “AFM Servers” will deliver the first batch of drones “Ptero G0» in Mexico to the end of the year, CEO of the company Amir Valiyev said.
“By the end of this year it is expected to supply the first two complexes with UAVs “Ptero”, one drone in the complex. Total orders of five sets,” said Valiev.

He added that the delivery will be made by the Mexican company which is a dealer of drones “Ptero G0» in the region.

Russia and India are close to creation of JV for the production of helicopters Ka226-T

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Russia and India will discuss joint production of submarines, planes and tanks, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin told Sputnik on Friday.

The Russian ambassador said that one of the more interesting projects is the construction of multirole Ka-226 helicopters.

“The proposals for construction of ships and submarines, production of the most recent tanks and other military technical production, our Indian partners are interested in, are discussed,” Kadakin said.

Russia handed over to Egypt an offensive missile boat project “Molniya”

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Russia handed over to Egypt an offensive missile boat P-32 project “Molniya”, the Egyptian official said on Saturday referring to the country’s armed forces.

It is reported that negotiations on the supply boats lasted since 2014, in the framework of protocols on military partnership between the Armed Forces of Russia and Egypt.

According to Egyptian media reports, the boat arrived in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria from the Baltic Sea with a Russian crew at the end of July. The boat took part in the opening festivities of the second channel of the Suez Canal 6 August.

Now it is expected that Egyptian experts will travel to Russia for training with a new treatment warship.

United States toreceive new batch of Russian RD-181

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The American satellite and rocket builder Orbital ATK Corporation is set to receive a second shipment of Russian-made RD-181 rocket engines for its Antares launcher in late fall.

“Now when the first shipment has already come in and the second is expected later in autumn, the Antares is strictly keeping up with its schedule of flight resuming in the beginning of 2016,” Scott Lehr, a senior company representative told RIA Novosti.

The Russian engines will considerably increase the lift capacity of the launcher.

Russia and China to sign heavy helicopter development contract by year-end

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Russia and China will sign a heavy helicopter development contract by the year-end, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Andrey Boginsky said on Thursday.

“The memorandum was signed in May. Preparation of an intergovernmental agreement is currently underway, while the second part is to draft a contract between two business companies. We expect both documents will be prepared and signed by the year-end,” Boginsky said.

The deputy minister does not rule out the project will be discussed at Russia’s MAKS air and space show that will take place in the Moscow Region late in August. “Certain negotiations may take place,” he added.

Moscow and Cairo are preparing contracts for Egypt air and armored vehicles and warships

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay a working visit to Egypt on Thursday to attend an official ceremony of commissioning the new Suez Canal, the press service of the Russian government said. The visit will take place at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The press service did not specify Medvedev’s meetings in Egypt but, according to reports, the ceremony of opening the new canal will bring together the leaders of a number of states. Thus, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he wanted to see his Russian counterpart.

“Egypt is one of Russia’s leading partners in the Arab world,” the government’s press service said. “”ur countries are tired by traditional relations of friendship and comprehensive cooperation based on principles of respect to sovereignty and non-interference into each other’s domestic affairs, due account of mutual interests, and the common visions of the basics of the present-day world order.”

Russia not interrupt contacts with France on military-technical cooperation despite failed Mistral deal

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Russia is not breaking off contacts with France in military and technical cooperation despite the canceled deal for the delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers to the Russian Navy, state-run hi-tech corporation Rostec Deputy CEO for foreign economic activity Dmitry Shugayev said on Thursday.

“We’re open for cooperation but understand that many of our partners stay within the framework of their legislative initiatives but we’re not losing contacts and are not shutting doors and generally do not consider it correct to sever any contacts,” Shugayev said.

However, there can be no talk about the active phase of military and technical cooperation with France, the Rostec official said.

First two RD-181 rocket engines delivered to US

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Russia has delivered to the United States the first two rocket engines RD-181 for the Antares carrier rocket under the contract signed previously.

“On July 15 the first two RD-181 engines were sent from Russia and delivered to the United States on July 16,” the press service said. Before departure to the United States the engines underwent pre-delivery checkout and firing trials.

All in all, Russia plans to deliver four RD-181 engines to the United States this year, another four will be delivered in 2016.

NATO reduces Baltic air policing aircraft

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Despite Russian aicraft being intercepted more and more often, NATO will be scaling back the Baltic air policing mission, reducing the number of patrol aircraft by half, announced Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Janzen, chief of media operations at Nato’s Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe.
The decision was made despite the fact that Russian planes have been increasingly common by the borders of member countries of NATO, the EU, and of Latvia in particular. For example, a formation of twelve Russian aircraft was intercepted over the Baltic sea in late July.