Russian Borey-class SSBN nears completion of transfer to Pacific Fleet

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Key Point

  • Russian Borey-class SSBN scheduled to complete transfer to Pacific Fleet
  • Russia plans to base four Boreys in the Pacific

The Russian Navy’s Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN)Alexander Nevsky is scheduled to arrive at its Pacific Fleet home base in early September as it completes its transfer from the Northern Fleet.

On completion of the transfer, the boat will commence strategic nuclear deterrence patrols in the Pacific Ocean.

Alexander Nevsky departed the Northern Fleet in mid-August, according to a TASS news agency report on 27 August. A Russian General Staff source told TASS that the SSBN had conducted an under-ice transit north of Novaya Zemlya, the New Siberian Islands, and Wrangel Island, en route to its new homeport on the Kamchatka peninsula.

Commissioned in December 2013, Alexander Nevsky is the second Borey-class boat. Until its transfer to the Pacific Fleet, it operated from Gadzhiyevo in the Northern Fleet.

Russia to begin production of new high-speed helo in 2022

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Russia is to begin production of a new helicopter that will be capable of speeds of up to 270 kt (500 km/h; 310 mph) in the early part of the next decade, state media reported on 1 September.

Development of the high-speed helicopter is progressing well, with a prototype expected to make its maiden flight in 2018, the TASS news agency quoted Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Colonel General Viktor Bondarev as saying. Serial production should begin in 2022, he added.

Commonly referred to as the Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (RACHEL), this new high-speed platform is being developed by the Mil and Kamov design houses as an eventual replacement for the Mil Mi-8/17 ‘Hip’ series. Although billed in its moniker as a commercial project, it has obvious military applications with many hundreds of Mi-8/17s serving today in Russia and beyond.

A flying testbed is reportedly being built using elements of the Mi-35, but with a slightly altered fuselage and rotor system, to prove the speed parameters of the new design.

Air Force becomes an integrated new Aerospace Force

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Russia’s Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu announced the establishment in early August of a new wing of the Russian Armed Forces: the Aerospace Forces (or VKS for Vozdushno-Kosmicheskie Sily). This will comprise three segments; the Air Force, air-missile defence and the Space Troops. Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev has been appointed commander-in-chief of the new force.

Shoigu said the central command of the Aerospace Forces would provide the centralized battle management of aviation, missile and air defences, and the launch and control of spacecraft of Russia’s orbital group, the systems of missile warning and space control.

India goes ahead with purchase of 48 Russian Mi17-V5 choppers

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After being briefed about the progress made by the negotiations committee, the Defense Acquisition Council cleared the way for a deal to purchase four squadrons, or 48 Mi17-V5 (NATO reporting name Hip) choppers from Russia with a total cost of 6,966 crore rupees ($1.1 billion), according to the sources.

The Mi-17V-5 helicopter is the latest model in Russia’s Mi-8/17 helicopter family. It is designed for personnel transportation, as well as for carrying cargo internally or on its external sling. They can be used in search and rescue operations, and can also be equipped with weapons.

In July, local media reported that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had proposed to acquire 48 additional Mi-17V-5, as they had proven to be efficient in India’s often difficult terrain and climatic conditions.

STLC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company signed a firm contract for delivery of 32 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft

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State Transport Leasing Company (STLC) and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC, part of United Aircraft Corporation) signed a firm contract for delivery of 32 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft at MAKS-2015 international airshow; the jets will be leased out to Russian regional airlines (under operating lease agreements).

Signing of this contract was announced by the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of MAKS-2015. The document was signed by STLC CEO Sergey Khramagin and SCAC President Ilya Tarasenko.

Sergey Khramagin said at the signing ceremony: «STLC has a vast experience in working with regional airlines and leasing of regional aircraft. Our cooperation with SCAC will help renew and expand fleets of Russian carriers, contribute to development of Russian aircraft industry and promote import substitution in this segment».

Ilya Tarasenko, in his own turn, noted: «So far the contract with STLC is the largest order for Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. Cooperation with STLC opens up new possibilities for the project in terms of promotion of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. I am confident that our cooperation will be fruitful and potential customers and operators of SSJ100 will get maximum advantages on favorable terms».

The total value of contracts for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft signed at MAKS-2015 airshow exceeded $1 billion

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New contracts for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft signed at MAKS-2015 international airshow are valued at more than $1 billion, Interfax reports with reference to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation Andrei Boginsky.

“A contract with Yamal Airlines alone is valued at $700 million. A total value of contracts for delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft signed at the airshow is over $1 billion,” Boginsky said, answering a question about preliminary financial results of MAKS-2015.

According to him, representatives of Iran also showed interest in the aircraft at the airshow; the talks are in progress. Speaking of potential orders, Boginsky said that orders might be placed for “several tens” of SSJ100 liners. The Deputy Minister reminded that contract for deliveries of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ 100) to China via a joint leasing company is being prepared. He thinks that about 100 jets of the type may be delivered to China.

Irkutsk Region, United Aircraft Corporation, Irkut Corporation and Federal Center of Project Finance signed an agreement for integrated management of the machine-building cluster

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In the network of MAKS-2015 airshow government of Irkutsk Region, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Irkut Corporation and Federal Center of Project Finance (FCPF) signed an agreement for integrated management of the machine-building cluster located in Irkutsk Region, FCPF reported.

The document was signed by interim governor of Irkutsk Region Sergey Eroschenko, UAC President Yuri Slusar, Irkut Corporation President Oleg Demchenko and FCPF CEO Alexander Bazhenov.

“In order to prepare a project for establishment of an industrial park, which will be included in the machine-building cluster, the participants are going to establish a specialized project company in a form of economic partnership – Irkut Industrial Park. The parties are also going to receive state support and use extra-budgetary resources in order to create the park’s infrastructure. One of the key conditions for attracting private investments is the high quality of the project’s preparation ensured by FCPF. The industrial park’s project will be prepared using funds provided by FCPF, which is also going to take part in feasibility study and development of documentation required to attract a private investor,” FCPF noted.

UEC received the AR IAC type certificate for TV7-117V engine

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United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of Rostec State Corporation) received AR IAC (aviation registry of the interstate aviation committee) type certificate for TV7-117V turboshaft engine developed by Klimov Company. The type certificate was issued in accordance with requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations part 33 (FAR-33). The solemn certificate presentation ceremony was held in the network of MAKS-2015 international airshow; top officials of UEC and AR IAC took part in it.

On August 27th the solemn certificate presentation ceremony was held at UEC’s stand at MAKS-2015; the type certificate for the new TV7-117V turboshaft engine developed by Klimov Company (part of UEC) was presented to the company. AR IAC Chairman Vladimir Bespalov, UEC CEO Alexander Artyukhov, Klimov Company Executive Director Alexander Vatagin, Klimov Company General Designer Alexey Grigoryev and Managing Director of Chernyshev Moscow Machine-Building Enterprise Amir Khakimov, took part in the ceremony.

Mass production of Orion-1 UAV should be started in 2019

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Mass production of Orion-1 UAV should be started in 2019, Director of UAV Department of Kronshtadt Group Nikolai Dolzhenkov told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 international airshow.

“The first prototypes will be manufactured in 2017-2018; and we hope to start the mass production in 2019,” Dolzhenkov said. Orion-1 is the civil version of a next-generation attack and reconnaissance UAV with a takeoff weight of 1 ton. According to Dolzhenkov, the maximum flight duration for this UAV will be 20 – 60 hours. Its maximum payload will be 300 kg.

High-speed UAV Fregat was presented at MAKS-2015 airshow

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Kronshtadt Group held a presentation of advanced high-speed UAV Fregat, which does not require an airfield, at MAKS-2015 international airshow.

Kronshtadt Company (part of Kronshtadt Group) is starting development of Fregat UAV, which does not require an airfield. In accordance with the performance specification, Fregat will combine a vertical takeoff and landing capability with a good aircraft performance, which allows carrying out work in hard-to-reach regions having no airfield structure, the company explained.

The UAV designed for aerial reconnaissance and cargo transportation will be able to carry a payload of 1 700 kg (when taking off like an aircraft) and 1000 kg (when taking off like a helicopter). Ceiling will be 8000 m, maximum flight duration – around 10 hours.

The project will be implemented in several stages. At the first stage a flying model will be created in order to test major technical solutions. At the second stage a prototype powered by a production engine will be developed and tested. Depending on the results of the second stage, a decision on starting further research and development work will be made, the company added.