Category: Military & Defense

Russian defense firm to develop 45mm telescoped munitions for light armored vehicles

Russian defense firm to develop 45mm telescoped munitions for light armored vehicles

© Sergei Savostianov/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s TsNIITochMash defense contractor (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) is planning to resume work on the promising 45 mm telescoped munitions for small-caliber guns mounted on light armored vehicles, TsNIITochMash CEO Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily on Thursday. “We also want to decide on 45mm telescoped rounds. Unfortunately, this work was suspended. The task for the small-caliber gun has not been solved yet. We are working on this issue,” the chief executive said. Today either 30 mm automatic canons or 57 mm automated combat modules developed by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute (part of the Uralvagonzavod defense…

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Russia, Thailand sign contract for supply of six SSJ-100 aircraft

Russia, Thailand sign contract for supply of six SSJ-100 aircraft

Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Thai company Kom Airlines have signed a contract for supply of six SSJ-100 aircraft, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft reported on Thursday. “The contract signed requires the delivery of six SSJ100 with the 100-seats layout during the period of 2019-2020. Total value of the contract is about $300 mln in catalog prices,” the company said. In other media

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Hi-tech firm developing new sniper rifle for Russian troops

Hi-tech firm developing new sniper rifle for Russian troops

© Vitaly Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s TsNIITochMash defense contractor (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) is developing a new semi-automatic sniper rifle codenamed Ugolyok and chambered for .308 and .338 Lapua Magnum rounds, TsNIITochMash CEO Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily on Thursday. “Work is underway on the Ugolyok project. It relates to developing sniper systems for the Defense Ministry – two semi-automatic sniper rifles. We are developing rifles for the .308 and .338 Lapua Magnum rounds,” Bakov said. TsNIITochMash earlier carried out similar experimental design work for special services but the requirements set by the Defense Ministry are tighter, he pointed out. “They…

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Handgun Udav developed not as substitute for Makarov — designer

Handgun Udav developed not as substitute for Makarov — designer

Makarov pistol © Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s newest handgun Udav was developed not as a substitute for the Makarov pistol (PM). They have different functions, the CEO of the company that designed the weapon, TsNIITochMash, Albert Bakov told the daily Izvestia in an interview. “Udav and PM are different. They are meant for coping with different tasks. PM is a peacetime weapon for police patrolling the streets. Udav is a powerful combat gun with far greater fire power,” Bakov said. Only the contractor, the Defense Ministry, is in the position to make a decision to replace all Makarov guns with Udavs in the…

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Russian defense firm to develop civilian version of Ratnik soldier gear

Russian defense firm to develop civilian version of Ratnik soldier gear

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s TsNiiTochMash defense contractor (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) is planning to develop the civilian version of the Ratnik soldier combat gear with an integrated exoskeleton that will help carry heavy cargoes, the company’s CEO Albert Bakov told Izvestia daily. “We are also developing the Ratnik’s civilian version that will be supplied to the foreign and domestic markets. We will also ‘try on’ the exoskeleton for its use for non-military goals,” the chief executive said. The civilian outfit with the exoskeleton will be useful during underground construction works where workers have to carry heavy cargoes and instruments, he noted. The…

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Russia to build 2 Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers by end of 2020s — source

Russia to build 2 Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers by end of 2020s — source

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russia plans to build two Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers by the end of 2020s, with an estimated cost of each at around 100 billion rubles, a source in the shipbuilding industry told TASS on Thursday. “In accordance with the existing state military program for 2018-2027, development works on the destroyers are expected to start in 2021, later proceeding to construction. According to preliminary estimates, it will take about seven years to build one destroyer,” the source said. “It is planned by the end of 2020s to start water trials of two Lider-class destroyers,” he added noting that “each destroyer will cost around…

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Kalashnikov expects to clinch export contract for hydrofoil ships before summer 2019

Kalashnikov expects to clinch export contract for hydrofoil ships before summer 2019

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov Concern is holding negotiations on overseas supplies of Kometa hydrofoil ships used in high-speed passenger transportation along the Crimean coast and expects to clinch a contract before summer, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian technology company Vladimir Dmitriev told TASS in an interview on Wednesday. “The Kometa also enjoys the demand outside Russia. We are now holding talks abroad. If we succeed, then I think we will sign the contract before summer. Customers have the demand for this product. We see the export potential,” Dmitriev said. The top manager did not detail the potential buying country. There is an…

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Russia’s Kalashnikov gunmaker diversifies into ship-building business

Russia’s Kalashnikov gunmaker diversifies into ship-building business

Kalashnikov CEO Vladimir Dmitriyev © Kirill Kukhmar/TASS MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov Group, the maker of the renowned AK-47 assault rifle, has completed the acquisition of ship-building assets, gaining a full set of competences for this activity, Kalashnikov CEO Vladimir Dmitriyev told TASS on Wednesday. “We are not planning to expand this [ship-building] business and the assets we have acquired suit us. We have gained a full set of competences that we need. If the production capacities are required to be expanded, we will be developing and modernizing the existing enterprises, investing in the expansion of production capabilities,” the chief executive said. Now there are…

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Russia to beef up Baltic Fleet with tank regiment and coastal defense missile battalion

Russia to beef up Baltic Fleet with tank regiment and coastal defense missile battalion

© Valery Matytsin/TASS MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. A tank regiment and a coastal defense missile battalion will be set up in Russia’s Baltic Fleet in 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. “In accordance with the approved action plan for 2019, basic efforts in the Western Military District will be focused on implementing 142 organizational measures,” he said at a session of the ministry’s board. Russia’s defense chief highlighted the formation of a mobile reserve air defense missile regiment as a major organizational measure in the Western Military District in 2019. “The efficiency of providing cover for military and state facilities in the Baltic operational…

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Russia to augment Baltic Fleet with tank regiment and coastal defense missile battalion

Russia to augment Baltic Fleet with tank regiment and coastal defense missile battalion

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. A tank regiment and a coastal defense missile battalion will be set up in Russia’s Baltic Fleet in 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. “In accordance with the approved action plan for 2019, basic efforts in the Western Military District will be focused on implementing 142 organizational measures,” he said at a session of the ministry’s board. Russia’s defense chief highlighted the formation of a mobile reserve air defense missile regiment as a major organizational measure in the Western Military District in 2019. “The efficiency of providing cover for military and state facilities in the Baltic operational area will…

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NATO’s steps forcing Russia to take tit-for-tat security measures, says defense chief

NATO’s steps forcing Russia to take tit-for-tat security measures, says defense chief

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. NATO’s growing military potential is ruining the current security system in the world, forcing Moscow to take retaliatory measures, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the ministry’s board meeting on Wednesday. “The scale and intensity of drills has more than doubled, and Ukraine and Georgia, which are not part of NATO, have become more actively involved there. Such steps are violating the current security system in the world,” Shoigu said. NATO is continuing developing its forward basing system in the Baltic states, Eastern and Southern Europe, he said. “More than 200 crews from 13 member-states of the alliance have been trained…

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Turkey’s president hopes Washington changes its mind on S-400 deal

Turkey’s president hopes Washington changes its mind on S-400 deal

MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. In an interview with the Turkey’s NTV channel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope that Washington would eventually change its mind on Turkey’s plans to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia. “At present, relevant agencies conduct all the necessary talks, and will continue to do so, including a speech before the Congress. I hope that this wrongful approach by the United States would change,” he said, commenting on the possibility of US sanctions over the deal. According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, US and NATO representatives have said that the Russian missile systems could not be integrated into NATO’s…

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Russian Navy tracks US warship movements in Baltic Sea — Defense Ministry

Russian Navy tracks US warship movements in Baltic Sea — Defense Ministry

USS Gravely © © U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter/Public domain/Wikimedia commons MOSCOW, February 26./TASS/. Russian Baltic Sea Fleet ships are tracking the US missile destroyer USS Gravely, that has sailed into the Baltic Sea, the National Defense Management Center reported on Tuesday. It said the USS Gravely with guided missiles entered the Baltic Sea at 14:00 Moscow time. “The assigned means of the Baltic Sea Fleet have organized continuous tracking of the US missile destroyer,” Russian military said. In other media

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Russian defense industry to ‘breathe new life’ into Su-30SM fighter jet

Russian defense industry to ‘breathe new life’ into Su-30SM fighter jet

IRKUTSK, February 26. /TASS/. The Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet will be standardized with the generation 4++ Su-35 fighter by its onboard equipment and armament to cut its cost price and breathe a new life into the plane, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told journalists on Tuesday. “After completing the work on the Su-30SM upgrade, changing the layout of the onboard radio-electronic equipment to make the Su-35 and the Su-30SM more standardized and thus cut the cost price, and standardizing the airborne weapon systems, this may breathe a new life into the plane,” the vice-premier said. The heavily upgraded Su-30SM plane may open a new…

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Turkey will not withdraw from S-400 deal with Russia — foreign minister

Turkey will not withdraw from S-400 deal with Russia — foreign minister

ANKARA, February 26. /TASS/. Turkey does not have any intentions to withdraw from the S-400 missile systems deal with Russia, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday in an interview with the CNN Turk channel. “There is no need to make any statements regarding S-400, this is a done deal. Turkey will never backtrack on its earlier promises. What others say does not concern us,” he said. Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded that his country “has a right to use different air defense systems” and that other parties have no right to criticize Ankara for this. According to the Turkish leader, the…

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Kalashnikov arms manufacturer develops sports modification of Lebedev pistol

Kalashnikov arms manufacturer develops sports modification of Lebedev pistol

Lebedev PL-15 pistol © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov Group, part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has developed the sports modification of the Lebedev PL-15 pistol that has been designated as the SP1, the Kalashnikov press office said on Tuesday. “The modification for sports has retained all the positive features of the Lebedev pistol, including ergonomics that is a strong point of the PL-15. The sports model can be furnished with laser target designators, the under-barrel flashlight and collimating sights. The handgun has large export potential,” the Kalashnikov press office told TASS. The SP1 has the same automatic mode as the PL-15.…

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Latest Karakurt-class missile corvette laid down for Russian Navy

Latest Karakurt-class missile corvette laid down for Russian Navy

Project 22800 missile corvette © Alexander Demianchuk/TASS MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The Zelenodolsk Shipyard in Tatarstan in the Volga area has laid down the Karakurt-class missile corvette Tucha for the Russian Navy, Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said on Tuesday. “The latest Project 22800 missile corvette has been laid down at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard for the Russian Navy. By order of Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, the warship has been named Tucha,” the spokesman said. The small missile corvette has been laid down as part of the serial production of Project 22800 small missile ships launched for the Russian Navy, Dygalo said. “Along with building missile corvettes…

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Rostec works on fourth, next generation of Ratnik combat gear

Rostec works on fourth, next generation of Ratnik combat gear

© Ladislav Karpov/TASS MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Rostec corporation is working on the fourth and follow-up generations of the Ratnik infantry combat suit. The Ratnik line of products includes powered exoskeletons, micro-drones and artificial intelligence systems, the industrial director of the conventional weapons, ammunition and special chemicals cluster, Sergei Abramov, told TASS.  “The work on next generation gear is continuing. We have a sufficient R&D reserve for this. Possibly there will be some robotized systems integrating artificial intelligence with human capabilities. Research is in progress into using powered exoskeletons, micro-drones and new weapons,” Abramov said. He remarked that science fiction authors often predicted where progress…

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Russia’s Aerospace Force to get first serial-produced Su-57 fighter in 2019

Russia’s Aerospace Force to get first serial-produced Su-57 fighter in 2019

Su-57 fighter jet © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR, February 26. /TASS/. The first serial-produced Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet will arrive for Russia’s Aerospace Force in 2019, Deputy CEO of the Sukhoi Aircraft Company Alexander Pekarsh said on Tuesday. Pekarsh heads the Company’s branch in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East where Su-57 planes are manufactured. “If we speak about the Su-57 program, we are today at the stage of manufacturing the first serial panes. In 2018, we completed the manufacture and the delivery of a batch of prototype planes that are now undergoing trials. Under the existing contract with the Defense Ministry, we have two planes…

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Pakistan’s army activated to protect country — Foreign Ministry

Pakistan’s army activated to protect country — Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The Pakistan Armed Forces have been activated to protect their country, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday. “An aggressive segment is bent on risking regional peace for its political gains,” Geo TV quoted him as saying. The minister said that Pakistan “will have to remain alert.” “Pakistan’s people and forces are alert and have the capability to defend every nook and corner,” he said. “Nation should not be worried over the Indian act as the defenders of the country are fully prepared to respond to any misadventure. Pakistan knows how to defend itself,” the minister…

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Russia delivers air defense systems worth $9 million to Tajikistan — defense ministry

Russia delivers air defense systems worth $9 million to Tajikistan — defense ministry

MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Russia has delivered air defense systems worth $9 million to Tajikistan, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “In accordance with existing agreements between the presidents of the Russian Federation and of the Republic of Tajikistan, Russian military products continue to be delivered to the Tajikistani side in the framework of providing assistance. Among delivered equipment with a total worth of $9 million are radar stations that are used to spot and monitor aerial objects, as well as to issue directions for Tajikistan’s air defense systems,” the defense ministry said. The delivery of military products is carried out in the framework…

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UN chief urges Russia, US to salvage INF, extend New START

UN chief urges Russia, US to salvage INF, extend New START

GENEVA, February 25. /TASS/. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Moscow and Washington to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and agree on the extension of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, known as the New START Treaty. “I call on the parties to the INF Treaty to use the time remaining to engage in sincere dialogue on the various issues that have been raised. It is very important that this treaty is preserved,” Guterres said at a session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Monday. He stressed that the demise of that…

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Third generation Ratnik combat gear to be displayed at Army-2019 in June

Third generation Ratnik combat gear to be displayed at Army-2019 in June

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Rostec will show some components of the next generation soldier gear Ratnik-3 at the Army-2019 show in Kubinka near Moscow at the end of June, the director of Rostec’s cluster for conventional weapons, ammunition and special chemicals, Sergei Abramov, told TASS. “The next generation soldier gear will be lighter and protect larger surfaces. Some of its components – a night-time helmet, armored vest, cargo vest, hearing protection equipment, protective eyeglasses and some others – will be displayed at the Army-2019 show,” Abramov said. The company that developed the gear, TsNIITochMash (an affiliate of Rostec) has completed research and development…

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Russian defense firm to adapt latest AGS-40 grenade launcher for combat robotics

Russian defense firm to adapt latest AGS-40 grenade launcher for combat robotics

AGS-40 ‘Balkan’ grenade launcher © wikimedia.org/Vitaly V. Kuzmin MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Techmash Group (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) will adapt the latest AGS-40 ‘Balkan’ 40mm automatic grenade launcher for robotized ground-based systems and unmanned aerial vehicles, Rostec Industrial Director for the Cluster of Conventional Armaments, Ammunition and Special Chemistry Sergei Abramov told TASS on Monday. “We are working in this direction and all of our enterprises are looking at how to maximally utilize the potential of their items and Techmash is no exception,” the Rostec top manager said. Techmash is exploring “the possibilities of mounting this grenade launcher on robotized ground-based systems…

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UK objects to Russia’s proposal to add certain chemicals to CWC list

UK objects to Russia’s proposal to add certain chemicals to CWC list

THE HAGUE, February 25. /TASS/. About 20 countries have objected to Russia’s proposal to add certain chemicals to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) list of controlled chemical weapons, the British delegation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Twitter on Monday. “The UK has joined 20 countries in objecting to a proposal to add a broad array of chemicals to the list of materials controlled by the CWC,” the tweet reads. According to the British delegation, the OPCW Technical Secretariat “has been clear some elements of proposal don’t meet criteria for inclusion.” At the same time, the British delegation pointed…

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Russia’s top brass, Kalashnikov gunmaker discuss deliveries of ‘kamikaze’ drones to troops

Russia’s top brass, Kalashnikov gunmaker discuss deliveries of ‘kamikaze’ drones to troops

KUB-UAV mockup © Nikolai Novichkov/TASS MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov Group and Russia’s Defense Ministry are in talks on deliveries of the latest KUB-UAV exploding drone to troops, Industrial Director for the Cluster of Conventional Armaments, Ammunition and Special Chemistry at the Rostec hi-tech corporation Sergei Abramov told TASS on Monday. “Foreign customers display great interest in it. We expect the Defense Ministry [of Russia] to display interest in it as well,” the Rostec official said. When asked about whether the Kalashnikov Group was discussing the deliveries of the suicide drone with the Defense Ministry, the Rostec official said: “Yes, of course.” “This is an…

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Middle East countries eye Russia’s latest shipborne air defense missile/gun system

Middle East countries eye Russia’s latest shipborne air defense missile/gun system

Pantsir-ME naval air defense missile system © Peter Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Middle East countries have displayed interest in Russia’s latest Pantsyr-ME shipborne air defense missile/gun system, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at the state hi-tech corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov told TASS on Monday. “We see great interest in this weapon from Middle East countries and not only from them. We are confident that the Pantsyr-ME as the Pantsyr-S1 version adapted for sea holds very big market prospects but today it is early to speak about any specific agreements as the system was demonstrated just several days ago,” the Rostec official said. The…

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Russia tests first radio interference tracing system

Russia tests first radio interference tracing system

© Sergei Savostyanov/TASS MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. The first direction-finding system designed to trace radio interference and thus provide for the stable operation of radio-electronic equipment has undergone trials in field conditions, the press office of Russia’s RTI hi-tech firm told TASS on Monday. “RTI specialists have completed the field trials of the direction-finding system that will help solve the problems of analyzing the electro-magnetic situation, search for radio interference sources and simplify the task of ensuring the stable operation of radio-electronic equipment,” the press office said, noting that this was the first such device developed in Russia. As the RTI press office explained, the system…

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Russia ready to discuss deliveries of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to India

Russia ready to discuss deliveries of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to India

MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Russia is ready to hold a dialogue with India on the deliveries of Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to India, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at the state hi-tech corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov told TASS on Monday. “On our part, we are ready to continue the deliveries of generation 4+ and 4++ planes and for the work on the delivery of fifth-generation aircraft. At the same time, Russia’s Air Force is a top priority for us. The plane [the latest Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet] has been tested in combat conditions in Syria and its deliveries to the Russian troops…

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US Air Force plane to finish observation flight over Russia on Saturday

US Air Force plane to finish observation flight over Russia on Saturday

Boeing OC-135B © Flickr/Dmitry Terekhov MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. A US Air Force plane will finish the observation flight over Russia that started on February 18 within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies on Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry informed. Earlier, the PlaneRadar monitoring portal informed that a US Air Force plane flew over Russia near the city of Chita. The Russian Defense Ministry informed that the observation flights are scheduled until February 23, adding that there are Russian representatives on board monitoring “the strict observance of the agreed parameters of the flight and the use of surveillance equipment.” About Open Skies Treaty Developed…

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