Category: Russia’s Defense Industry

Putin points to need for better combat training, re-equipping army with up-to-date weapons

Putin points to need for better combat training, re-equipping army with up-to-date weapons

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS SOCHI, November 19. /TASS/. Improved training of troops, army reequipment and educational work in army units represent the priority tasks for developing Russia’s army and fleet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday when opening a traditional seriers of consultations on developing the Russian Armed Forces. “First of all, we need to improve combat training of troops, including with consideration of experience received during the operation in Syria,” Putin said. “Secondly, we need to continue equipping the army and fleet with modern weapons and equipment.” The Russian president said that during military maneuvers, command post exercise and sea voyages, the armed forces should…

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Putin says it is necessary to improve training of troops, reequip army with modern weapons

Putin says it is necessary to improve training of troops, reequip army with modern weapons

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS SOCHI, November 19. /TASS/. Improved training of troops, army reequipment and educational work in army units represent the priority tasks for developing Russia’s army and fleet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday when opening a traditional seriers of consultations on developing the Russian Armed Forces. “First of all, we need to improve combat training of troops, including with consideration of experience received during the operation in Syria,” Putin said. “Secondly, we need to continue equipping the army and fleet with modern weapons and equipment.” The Russian president said that during military maneuvers, command post exercise and sea voyages, the armed forces should…

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Russian hi-tech firm to team up with China to develop liquid rocket propellants

Russian hi-tech firm to team up with China to develop liquid rocket propellants

Russian liquid-fuel rocket engines produced by Energomash © Alexei Filippov/TASS ZHUHAI, November 8. /TASS/. Russia’s rocket engine producer Energomash and the Sixth Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation have signed a protocol of cooperation in the development and manufacture of liquid rocket propellants, the Energomash press office reported on Thursday. The document was signed at the Airshow China 2018 aerospace exhibition, Energomash said. Under the protocol, both sides can cooperate in the field of rocket engines by developing liquid rocket propellants using the oxygen-kerosene, oxygen-hydrogen and oxygen-methane propellant components,” the Energomash said in a statement. Until the end of 2018, the Chinese side…

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Russia’s new military transport helicopter performs debut flight

Russia’s new military transport helicopter performs debut flight

Mi-38 helicopter © Marina Lystseva/TASS ZHUHAI /China/, November 8. /TASS/. A Mil Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopter being developed on an assignment from Russia’s Defense Ministry performed its debut flight on November 3, Head of Russian Helicopters Group (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Andrei Boginsky said at the Airshow China on Thursday. “On Saturday, the Mi-38 helicopter developed for the military made its first hovering,” Boginsky said. The helicopter prototype was made at the company’s expense on the Defense Ministry’s technical assignment, he added. “We have a contract with the Defense Ministry on the delivery of two Mi-38s next year and we are…

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Russia and China plan to sign contract for joint heavy helicopter soon — source

Russia and China plan to sign contract for joint heavy helicopter soon — source

BEIJING, November 7. /TASS/. Russia and China will sign a contract to create a joint Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter AHL (Advanced Heavy Lifter) “in the coming days”, a source in the Russian government told TASS. “The contract will be signed in the coming days. Only technical protocol formalities are left,” he said. First Deputy Chief of the Russian Government Staff Sergei Prikhodko told reporters earlier that Russian Helicopters and China’s Avicopter are expected to sign a framework contract for the development of the AHL (Advanced Heavy Lifter) helicopter. “It is planned to sign the framework contract and all the sub-contracts on November 7, during the 23rd…

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US air defense systems inferior to Russian counterparts — federal service chief

US air defense systems inferior to Russian counterparts — federal service chief

ZHUHAI /China/, November 7. /TASS/. US air defense systems’ parameters are inferior to those of their Russian counterparts, the director of Russia’s federal service for military-technical cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, told TASS in an interview. “Are US air defense systems inferior to Russian ones by their technical parameters? I’m certain they are,” he said. Shugayev mentioned such advantages of Russian systems as target identification and elimination range, accuracy, speed of deployment and the ability to resist various means of attack. He added that Russian manufacturers offered unique comprehensive solutions that allowed for “arming the customer with the complete arsenal of means of different range integrated into…

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Russian agency says creating S-300, S-400 maintenance and support center in China viable

Russian agency says creating S-300, S-400 maintenance and support center in China viable

ZHUHAI /China/, November 7. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) believes that it will be economically viable to set up a maintenance center for S-300 and S-400 missile systems in China, FSVTS head Dmitry Shugaev told reporters. “Considering that China continues to operate S-300 missile systems and given the delivery of new S-400 systems, the creation of a center for the after-sale support of the long-range defense systems would be logical and economically feasible,” he noted. The agency’s director recalled that a maintenance center for the Tor-M1 air defense missile systems had been established last year. “Projects for full service support of helicopters…

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Russia to showcase latest medium-range air defense missile system at Airshow China

Russia to showcase latest medium-range air defense missile system at Airshow China

MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. Russia will demonstrate its latest Viking air defense missile system (the export version of the Buk-M3 complex) for the first time abroad at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai on November 6-11, the press office of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport reported on Tuesday. The Russian arms exporter will also demonstrate the latest military hardware from its export list: the Il-78MK-90A aerial refueling tanker and the Il-76MD-90A military transport plane, the press office said. “In Zhuhai, the latest Viking air defense missile system, a follow-up of the family of the famous Buk surface-to-air missile complexes, is on display for the first time…

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Russian state arms exporter’s order book tops $50 bln

Russian state arms exporter’s order book tops $50 bln

MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. The order book of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has exceeded $50 billion, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said on Thursday. “Over the past 18 years, Rosoboronexport has become one of the world’s leaders in the delivery of armaments and military hardware and has achieved record figures. Today Russia confidently holds the 2nd place in the world by the volume of military and technical cooperation. Rosoboronexport’s order book tops $50 billion and the aggregate volume of the deliveries over all these years has exceeded $150 billion,” the company’s press office quoted Chemezov as saying. On…

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Special commission to decide on sunken floating dock’s future – Russian deputy premier

Special commission to decide on sunken floating dock’s future – Russian deputy premier

HAVANA, October 31. /TASS/. The Russian authorities are setting up a commission to investigate the sinking of the PD-50 floating dock in Northern Russia and to decide on whether it should be lifted from the seabed, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Tuesday. “Instructions have already been given to set up a commission that would carefully look into the causes, calculate damages and outline response measures. Of course, the situation is unpleasant, but no one is ensured against them,” he told reporters in Havana after a meeting of the Russian-Cuban commission on trade and scientific cooperation. The deputy premier said that the commission…

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Russia’s most outstanding naval ships set sail

Russia’s most outstanding naval ships set sail

October 30 is the Foundation Day of the Russian Navy. On October 30, 1695, the Boyars’ Duma, the council of aristocracy, passed the first Russian law about a fleet – “Let the sea vessels be”, and the building of the ships started in Voronezh, Moscow and several other cities. The Russian Navy comprises the Northern Fleet, the Russian Pacific Fleet, the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Russian Baltic Fleet and the Russian Caspian Flotilla. The most outstanding ships of the fleets in this photo gallery by TASS. In other media

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Russia to deliver first S-400 missile systems to India within 2 years

Russia to deliver first S-400 missile systems to India within 2 years

© Russia’s Defense Ministry/TASS SOCHI, October 17. /TASS/. The first deliveries of S-400 missile systems to India will take place within two years, Dmitry Shugaev, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, told reporters. “First deliveries are expected within two years,” he said.   In other media

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First flight of modernized Tu-22 bomber postponed — source

First flight of modernized Tu-22 bomber postponed — source

© Photo from video/press service of the Russian Defense Ministry/TASS MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. The first flight of modernized long-range bomber Tu-22M3M has been postponed until the end of October or start of November, a source in the military-defense complex told TASS on Tuesday. “There is a delay in the first flight of Tu-22M3M, the aircraft is not ready for it yet. In the best case scanrio, the aircraft will first fly at the end of October or beginning of November,” the source said. The source added that “testing of compatibility of elements of the aircraft’s artificial intelligence continues on the ground.” “This work will probably…

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Russia’s cutting-edge frigate arrives in Sevastopol

Russia’s cutting-edge frigate arrives in Sevastopol

© Peter Kovalev/TASS ROSTOV-ON-DON, October 5. /TASS/. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s most advanced frigate Admiral Makarov has arrived in Sevastopol for the first time after it entered service with the Fleet, the Black Sea Fleet’s press office reported on Friday. “The newest frigate Admiral Makarov has arrived at its permanent base in Sevastopol for the first time after it entered service with the Black Sea Fleet. The ceremony devoted to the warship’s arrival was held under the direction of Chief of Staff of the Black Sea Fleet Rear Admiral Viktor Liiin,” the press office said in a statement. The ceremony to welcome the newest warship…

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Russia’s formidable S-400 Triumf air defense missile system

Russia’s formidable S-400 Triumf air defense missile system

MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. Moscow and New Delhi have signed a contract on the supply of S-400 air defense missile systems to India during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit. The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a Russian long-and medium-range air defense missile system. It is designed to destroy air attack and reconnaissance means (including stealth aircraft) and any other aerial targets amid intensive counter-fire and jamming. Development and entry into service The work on the conceptual design of the point air defense missile system initially designated as the S-300PM3 was launched by the Almaz research and production association (currently the Almaz research…

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Russian defense contractor to present project of advanced multiple rocket launcher

Russian defense contractor to present project of advanced multiple rocket launcher

Launch of an unguided rocket © Donat Sorokin/TASS, archive MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Tecmash defense enterprise (part of the Rostec state corporation) will soon present its project of an advanced small-caliber multiple launch rocket system soon, Tecmash Deputy Director General Alexander Kochkin has told TASS. “We have drafted a blueprint of this system and will submit this proposal to the Defense Ministry soon,” he said. The official added that Tecmash is now seeking other possible partners in the project. According to earlier reports, Tecmash plans to create a robotized small-caliber multiple launch rocket system to be used by special forces, naval infantry and airborne troops.…

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Russia’s Tecmash says will present project of advanced multiple rocket launcher soon

Russia’s Tecmash says will present project of advanced multiple rocket launcher soon

Launch of an unguided rocket © Donat Sorokin/TASS, archive MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Tecmash defense enterprise (part of the Rostec state corporation) will soon present its project of an advanced small-caliber multiple launch rocket system soon, Tecmash Deputy Director General Alexander Kochkin has told TASS. “We have drafted a blueprint of this system and will submit this proposal to the Defense Ministry soon,” he said. The official added that Tecmash is now seeking other possible partners in the project. According to earlier reports, Tecmash plans to create a robotized small-caliber multiple launch rocket system to be used by special forces, naval infantry and airborne troops.…

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Russia creates system capable of spotting drone operators

Russia creates system capable of spotting drone operators

© Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. The holding company Roselektronika (an affiliate of Rostec) has created a special system capable of spotting the location of drone operators, the corporation told the media on Tuesday. “The holding company Roselektronika has developed a radio monitoring module codenamed Cheryomukha (Bird Cherry) capable of spotting drones and identifying the location of their command center,” Rostec said. In the process of testing Cheryomukha managed to determine the direction towards the drone and its operator with an error of just two degrees. Cheryomukha is now being integrated with the drone resistance system incorporating a passive radar and radio-electronic jamming module Serp.…

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Russia to create new high accuracy correctable trajectory shell

Russia to create new high accuracy correctable trajectory shell

MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Russia’s research and industrial concern Techmash (an affiliate of Rostech) is working on the concept of a new 152-millimeter correctable trajectory shell for artillery pieces, the concern’s deputy CEO Alexander Kochkin said adding that the project had no name yet. “Currently we are the drafting terms of reference and image of this new type of ammunition. I reckon we will get down to research and development in the near future. It will be a new 152-millimeter correctable trajectory shell for artillery pieces. The project has no name yet,” he said. As follows from Kochkin’s explanations, once out of the artillery barrel…

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New weapons show Russia as country ‘to be reckoned with’, says deputy PM

New weapons show Russia as country ‘to be reckoned with’, says deputy PM

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, September 26. /TASS/. New weapons presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March show that Russia is a country “to be reckoned with”, Russian Deputy PM Yuri Borisov stated on Wednesday. “These efforts have shown the whole world that Russia is something to be reckoned with,” he said. Borisov added that earlier, “to put it mildly, the whole world underestimated Russian industry, Russian defense industry and all our achievements, saying that everything is rusty, their rockets don’t fly…” The deputy PM noted that currently, Russia has its feet on the ground with regards to its defense. “We have some very good beginnings,…

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Russia to display military hardware at exhibition in Philippines for first time

Russia to display military hardware at exhibition in Philippines for first time

Sukhoi-35 fighter © Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, September 25. /TASS/. Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport (an affiliate of Rostec) will for the first time bring a common exposition of Russian defense manufacturers in the Philippines at the ADAS-2018 show in Manila on September 26-28. “The company will bring to the Asian Defense, Security & Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference (ADAS-2018) defense industry products that are most relevant in the Southeast Asian realities,” Rosoboronexport’s press-service said. Rosoboronexport is the organizer of the common Russian exposition at ADAS-2018. The company will present more than 300 samples of weapons and military equipment of Russian manufacture for all arms and services. The…

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Russia starts development of new generation frigates

Russia starts development of new generation frigates

Project 22350 frigate © Peter Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. Research and development for a new generation frigate of project 22350M has begun in Russia, the CEO of Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard), Igor Ponomaryov, has told TASS, in an interview. “We participate in this work together with the Northern Design Bureau, but the frigate’s parameters and their number will be determined by the Defense Ministry. Work is in progress. I do not believe that four ships will be enough for the Navy, which needs the replacement of its blue water ships,” he said. Project 22350M Ponomaryov earlier said the updated frigates of project 22350 will carry…

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Third battalion of S-400 air defense systems enters duty in Crimea

Third battalion of S-400 air defense systems enters duty in Crimea

MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. A third battalion of air defense systems S-400 Triumf has entered duty in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet’s spokesman told the media on Friday. “Combat crews of the S-400 air defense missile systems organic to the Air Force and Air Defense group of the Southern Military District have entered duty in Yevpatoria,” Rulyov said. Similar systems went operational in Feodosiya in January 2017 and in Sevastopol in January 2018. The air defense system S-400 Triumf is meant for hitting current and future means of air attack including strategic bombers and ballistic and cruise missiles as well as surface targets. The system…

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Second Lada class submarine launched in St. Petersburg

Second Lada class submarine launched in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, September 20. /TASS/. A second diesel-electric submarine of project 677 (Lada class), The Kronshtadt, was launched in a special ceremony at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Thursday, a TASS correspondent reports. “The importance of this event is hard to overestimate. The submarine began to be built in 2005. There have been some pauses in construction work and in financing, but the launch day has come at last. The delay in construction work allowed for using the experience gained in building and operating the submarine The St. Petersburg. By all parameters this submarine surpasses its predecessor – project 636. We are certain…

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Russia signs 20 weapons contracts with African countries over two years

Russia signs 20 weapons contracts with African countries over two years

MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russia and countries in sub-Saharan Africa have signed 20 weapons contracts over the past two years, Russia’s exporter of military hardware Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. According to Rosoboronexport’s press-service the company sees countries south of the Sahara as strategic, long-term partners. “Over the past two years alone we have signed more than 20 contracts with them. We expect the regional market of weapons and military hardware will demonstrate a stable expansion trend over several years to come,” Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev is quoted by the press-service as saying. Rosoboronoexport believes that the market of weapons and military hardware in African countries…

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Russia may develop electronic warfare aircraft based on upgraded Il-114-300 plane

Russia may develop electronic warfare aircraft based on upgraded Il-114-300 plane

Il-114 plane © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. A combat air platform or an electronic warfare aircraft may be developed in Russia on the basis of an upgraded Ilyushin Il-114-300 plane, Ilyushin Aircraft Company Director for Il-114 Programs Ivan Kabatov told TASS on Tuesday. “With its unique performance characteristics, the plane is an optimal platform for making air platforms to solve the broadest range of tasks – from monitoring, patrolling and transport carriages to electronic warfare, reconnaissance and combat employment,” Kabatov said. The RADAR-MMS Research and Production Enterprise has accumulated vast experience in testing and using promising radio-electronic complexes on the basis of the Il-114LL…

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Regiment set of S-400 missile systems delivered to Russian troops ahead of schedule

Regiment set of S-400 missile systems delivered to Russian troops ahead of schedule

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, August 27. /TASS/. Almaz-Antey defense manufacturer has delivered a new regiment set of the most advanced S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to the troops ahead of schedule, the company reported on Monday. “Almaz-Antey Group has delivered a new regiment set of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to the Defense Ministry of Russia ahead of schedule. The official ceremony was held at the Kapustin Yar training range in the Astrakhan Region,” the company said. In compliance with the Defense Ministry’s requirements, the systems were tested by engaging real air targets during their transfer. The delivery/acceptance tests were performed successfully,” the company’s press…

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Russia tests ‘robocop’ power armor enabling soldiers to fire machine-guns with one hand

Russia tests ‘robocop’ power armor enabling soldiers to fire machine-guns with one hand

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, August 27. /TASS/. An active powered exoskeleton with integrated electric motors and a storage battery tested in Russia will allow servicemen to accurately hit targets with a machine-gun held with one hand, Chief Designer for the Life Support System of the Soldier Combat Outfit at the TsNiiTochMash defense contractor Oleg Faustov told TASS on Monday. “We have already held trials for the prototype of the active exoskeleton. It really enhances a serviceman’s physical abilities. For example, the tester was able to shoot from a machine-gun only with one hand and accurately hit targets,” Faustov said, replying to the corresponding question. In the…

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Russian upgraded attack helicopter to get modular block of controlled explosion rockets

Russian upgraded attack helicopter to get modular block of controlled explosion rockets

KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, August 24. /TASS/. The St. Petersburg-based Zaslon defense manufacturer is testing a new modular transformable block of rockets for the upgraded Mil Mi-28NM helicopter on order from Russia’s Defense Ministry, Chief Specialist of the Zaslon Moscow branch Igor Kalinkin told TASS at the Army-2018 forum on Friday. The company is also developing a new controlled explosion rocket for the new block, the chief specialist said. “The R&D work on the block started as part of the state defense procurement plan. The task was to create rocket pods adapted for various tasks. They can hold 10, 15 and 25 rockets and can be…

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Russia’s weapons exporter signs contracts worth $300 mln at Army-2018 arms show

Russia’s weapons exporter signs contracts worth $300 mln at Army-2018 arms show

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, August 24. /TASS/. Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport has signed 15 contracts worth over 20.3 billion rubles ($300 million) with foreign customers at the Army-2018 international military and technical forum, the Rosoboronexport press office reported on Friday. As the press office said, Rosoboronexport signed “15 various contractual documents with foreign customers of Russian military hardware and armament.” “The sum of the export contracts signed by Rosoboronexport on the sidelines of the Army forum has topped 20.3 billion rubles. This relates to modern land forces’ military hardware, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare systems, close combat weapons and many other items. The…

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