Category: Russia’s Defense Industry

Russian Aerospace Forces to get four MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters this year

Russian Aerospace Forces to get four MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters this year

© Ladislav Karpov/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian Aerospace Forces will receive four MiG-35 4++ generation multirole jet fighters later this year, a source in the aviation industry told TASS on Friday. “According to the contract signed in August 2018, two MiG-35UB [combat trainer version] were manufactured and delivered last year. Four MiG-35S [serial version] will be handed over to the Aerospace Forces in 2019,” the source said. TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication. The start of flight trials and the international presentation of the aircraft took place in Janauary 2017. The manufacturer’s trials were completed in…

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Contract for 14 MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters to be signed in 2020 — source

Contract for 14 MiG-35 4++ generation jet fighters to be signed in 2020 — source

© Sergei Bobylyov/TASS MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian Aerospace Forces will sign a contract for the delivery of another batch of MiG-35 4++ generation multirole jet fighters in 2020, a source in Russia’s aviation industry told TASS. “In 2020, a new contract to supply another batch of 14 MiG-35 fighter jets, presumably within three years, is expected to be signed,” the source said. TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication. Earlier, an aviation industry source told TASS that under a contract signed in August 2018, two MiG-35UB combat trainer jets were manufactured and delivered last year. Four MiG-35S…

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Russian Navy to put over 30 Poseidon strategic underwater drones on combat duty – source

Russian Navy to put over 30 Poseidon strategic underwater drones on combat duty – source

The Poseidon nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed unmanned underwater vehicle © Press and Information Office of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation/TASS MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. The Russian Navy plans to place more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Saturday. “Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet. Each of the submarines will carry a maximum of eight drones and, therefore, the total number of Poseidons on combat duty may reach 32 vehicles,” the source said. The special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine…

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Russian Navy plans to buy bathyscaphes for special operations — source

Russian Navy plans to buy bathyscaphes for special operations — source

© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS/Archive MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The Russian Navy plans to procure six transparent bathyscaphes for special underwater operations, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. According to the source, the manned deep-water vehicle will be developed by the Malakhit Design Bureau by an order from the Russia’s gas company Gazprom and is intended in the base case for inspection and troubleshooting of bottom pipelines. “However, the Main Department of Deep-Water Studies of the Russian Defense Ministry showed interest in the vehicle and will consider the bathyscaphes as a tool for special underwater operations,” the source said. It is assumed that “the vehicle will…

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Russian cutting-edge frigate completes shipbuilders’ sea trials

Russian cutting-edge frigate completes shipbuilders’ sea trials

MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. The second Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov built at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia has successfully completed shipbuilders’ sea trials, Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said on Wednesday. “The newest Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov built for the Russian Navy at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard (St. Petersburg) has successfully completed the first stage of shipbuilders’ sea trials at practice ranges of the Baltic Sea and has returned to St. Petersburg,” Dygalo said. During the trials, the shipbuilders checked some of the frigate’s life support, propulsion and damage control systems and the autonomous operation of radio-technical equipment,…

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Russia’s latest anti-tank missile system to enter state trials

Russia’s latest anti-tank missile system to enter state trials

© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Russia’s latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated for the Airborne Force will undergo state trials this year, the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday. “In 2019, the latest Kornet-D1 anti-tank missile system designated as armament for artillery and paratroops’ units will undergo state trials before it is accepted for service in the Airborne Force. The self-propelled anti-tank missile system based on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle that is landed by the parachute method will possess unique capabilities by the range and the accuracy of its fire,” the ministry said. Paratroopers will fire the new precision weapon from…

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Thailand shows interest in Russian helicopters

Thailand shows interest in Russian helicopters

BANGKOK, December 27. /TASS/. Thailand has shown interest in Russia’s helicopters Ansat, Mi171A2 and Ka-32, the CEO of the holding company Helicopters of Russia (an affiliate of Rostec), Andrei Boginsky, told TASS on Thursday. “As far as Thailand is concerned, the helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 have aroused great interest. Thailand’s police are interested in purchasing Ansats. Also, there has been interest in the search and rescue configuration of Mi-171A2,” said Boginsky, who is in Thailand on a visit. “Also, we have been holding talks on selling Ka-32 helicopters to that country. This helicopter is in great demand. Our Thai counterparts have seen them in action…

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Russian plant develops stealth cruise missile target simulator

Russian plant develops stealth cruise missile target simulator

Kupol plant in Izhevsk © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The electrical mechanical plant Kupol in Izhevsk (an affiliate of the Almaz-Antey concern) has developed a missile target simulating stealth cruise missiles, the plant’s director for military-technical cooperation and state defense order, Igor Ivanov, told TASS. “It is a real simulator of a cruise missile, which allows for training crews for all air defense systems of Russia’s ground forces,” Ivanov said. The target can fly in all modes and withstand any G-force effects a real cruise missile is subject to. Its normal flight altitude is 100 meters, which is enough for the target’s parachute to…

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Russia to start flight tests of Sarmat heavy ICBM in spring

Russia to start flight tests of Sarmat heavy ICBM in spring

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. The flight development tests of Russia’s most advanced RS-28 Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) are expected to start from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north Russia in the second quarter of 2019, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Thursday. “The Sarmat’s flight development tests are planned to be launched from the second quarter of next year,” the source said. During the tests from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and from the base of the Uzhur missile division stationed in the Krasnoyarsk Region in East Siberia, “several experimental prototypes are planned to be launched. The year 2020 is the declared…

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Russia’s defense ministry to sign long-term contract for modernized Tor-family systems

IZHEVSK, December 21. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry plans to sign in 2019 a long-term contract for Tor multiple missile launcher systems with the Izhevsk-based Kupol Electromechanical Plant, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivorucho said on Friday. “Next year, we plan to sign a big long-term contract (till 2027) for new Tor-family systems, including their Arctic modifications,” he said, adding that work is continued to modernize these systems, including based on the experience of their combat use in Syria. It was reported in November that the Russian defense ministry had already received the first batch of 12 Tor-M2DT systems. Tor-M2DT is an Arctic modification of Tor-M2. It…

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Russia launches production of upgraded Tu-160 strategic bombers

Russia launches production of upgraded Tu-160 strategic bombers

Tu-160 strategic bomber © Marina Lystseva/TASS KAZAN, December 20. /TASS/. The Kazan-based Gorbunov Aircraft Enterprise in the Volga area has launched the manufacture of the upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Thursday. “Now the manufacture of the first such planes has begun,” the defense official told journalists during his visit to the enterprise. “No doubt, the serial production will start in the immediate future. We will wait until the debut flight, the fulfillment of experimental design work and after that a decision will be made on serial deliveries,” the deputy defense minister said. The Tu-160 is the biggest plane…

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Russian Aerospace Force to get over 140 advanced aircraft next year

Russian Aerospace Force to get over 140 advanced aircraft next year

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The Russian Aerospace Force will get 143 new aircraft, two regiments of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems and the first S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air complex next year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end enlarged board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin. “There are plans to deliver 143 new and upgraded aircraft, two regiment sets of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems, one S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air complex and seven battalion sets of Pantsyr air defense missile/gun systems to the Aerospace Force, naval aviation and the Navy’s air defense forces,” Shoigu said. According to the minister, the share…

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Russia to begin flight tests of Sarmat ICBM in nearest perspective

Russia completes building infrastructure for Sarmat ICBMs

© Russia’s Defense Ministry press-service/TASS MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. The infrastructure for deploying Russia’s most advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) has been fully prepared, Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov said in an interview published in the business daily Kommersant. “Over the past few years, we have created modern infrastructure for deploying Yars complexes and the infrastructure for the Sarmat missile system has already been prepared. The most complex facilities have been put into operation and radar stations are already on combat duty in their high operational readiness,” the newspaper quoted the deputy defense minister as saying. Russia has also reconstructed 19 airfields for the Aerospace…

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Russia to manufacture next-generation armored vehicle prototype in spring

Russia to manufacture next-generation armored vehicle prototype in spring

Tigr armored vehicle © Piotr Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The first prototype of Russia’s Tigr-2 next-generation armored vehicle being developed by Military Industrial Company will be ready in March-April 2019 after some adjustments ordered by the Defense Ministry, a source in the ministry told TASS on Friday. “Some requirements for the vehicle have changed and the developer has had to make some adjustments in the design. This has had its effect on the timeframe but not very much. In April, perhaps, in March next year,” the source said, without specifying the requirements. TASS has no official confirmation of this information. Military and Industrial Company earlier…

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Foreign customers eye Russia’s new ‘super gun’

Foreign customers eye Russia’s new ‘super gun’

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. The Russian ShAK-12 assault rifle evokes great interest of foreign customers, the Instrument Design Bureau (part of High Precision Systems Group within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) told TASS on Thursday. The Instrument Design Bureau is the developer of the new assault rifle. “Foreign customers are displaying great interest in the assault rifle. Actually all are displaying interest in it also because the situation in the world is very complex. No one skips the ShAK at all international exhibitions but there are no existing export contracts on the assault rifle so far,” the Central Design and Research Bureau of…

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Russia’s Navy to get new blue-water warships in next 5 years

SEVASTOPOL, December 10. /TASS/. The Russian Navy has launched its rearmament with warships designated for their operation in long-distance maritime and oceanic zones and is set to get such large displacement vessels in the next five years, Navy Shipbuilding Chief Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov said on Monday. “It [the naval shipbuilding program] is being implemented stage by stage. Currently, the serial construction of new-generation green-water warships has been launched and simultaneously blue-water warships are being designed. In the immediate future, the serial construction of blue-water large-displacement surface combatants will be launched,” the Navy shipbuilding chief said at the ceremony of accepting the missile corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo…

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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get 12 warships in 2019

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get 12 warships in 2019

© Sergei Malgavko/TASS SEVASTOPOL, December 10. /TASS/. The Russian Black Sea Fleet is expected to get six warships of various classes and six support vessels in 2019, Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said on Monday. As was reported earlier, the latest corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo armed with Kalibr cruise missiles was accepted for service in the Russian Black Sea Fleet in a solemn ceremony on Monday. Before the end of the year, the St. Andrew’s flag is due to be raised aboard the new patrol ship Vasily Bykov. In 2019, the patrol ship Dmitry Rogachev, the ocean minesweeper Ivan Antonov and a fast-speed amphibious assault ship of a…

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Russia to build two more large amphibious assault ships

Russia to build two more large amphibious assault ships

© Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry Press Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will build two or three more Ivan Gren-class large amphibious assault ships for the Russian Navy, Corporation CEO Alexei Rakhmanov said on Monday. “A decision has been made to finalize the Ivan Gren project. In particular, there will be changes in the hull. There are plans to build at least two or more ships under the improved project,” the chief executive said. “There is no contract yet,” he added. As Rakhmanov said, the second ship of the first series, the Pyotr Morgunov, will be built actually in the same way…

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Soviet legendary T-34 defined outlook of all tanks after World War II — Russian general

Soviet legendary T-34 defined outlook of all tanks after World War II — Russian general

MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. The Soviet legendary T-34 tank defined the architecture of the armor of all the world’s tank powers after World War Two, former Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Armor Department Colonel-General Sergei Mayev told TASS on the 120th birthday of the T-34’s Chief Designer Mikhail Koshkin. “The T-34 has been in service in some countries of the world up until recently. It served as some foundation, the basis for the development of the armor in actually all the tank-manufacturing powers in the post-war period. The architecture of post-war tanks in Germany, Great Britain and America was identical to that in…

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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get four new warships

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get four new warships

© Piotr Kovalev/TASS SEVASTOPOL, December 3. /TASS/. Three new warships will enter service with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in December and one in early 2019, Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said on Monday. “By the end of the year, we will accept the ship Orekhovo-Zuyevo, the minesweeper Ivan Antonov and the patrol ship Vasily Bykov and in early 2019 we will also accept the patrol vessel Dmitry Rogachev,” the Fleet commander said. Over the past few years, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has fully renewed its submarines and coastal defense missile systems – the new Bal and Bastion complexes are protecting the entire Black Sea area, the…

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First regiment of Kozelsk missile division rearmed with Yars missiles — source

MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. The first regiment of the Kozelsk missile division of Russia’s strategic missile force has been rearmed with silo-based missiles Yars and will enter combat duty next week, a source at the Defense Ministry has told TASS. “The first regiment of the Kozelsk missile division (stationed in the Kaluga region), has been rearmed with the silo-based missiles Yars. The regiment will enter combat duty next week,” the source said. The Kozelsk missile division is the first in Russia’s strategic missile force to be rearmed with the new silo-based missile Yars. The Defense Ministry said earlier this division will receive ballistic missiles Yars…

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Trials of Zircon hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines to start in 2019 — source

MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. State trials of Russia’s Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missiles on ships and submarines will start in 2019, a source in the defense-industrial complex told TASS on Thursday. “We plan to start state trials of Zircon missiles from ships and submarines,” the source said. He added that “trials will be held at marine training ranges of the Pacific Fleet.” The manufacturer of Zircon missiles, the Military-Industrial Corporation Research and Industrial Association of Machine Building, did not comment on this. In other media

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Troops in west Russia to get five Orlan-10 multirole drones by yearend

MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Troops in Russia’s Western Military District will be reinforced with Orlan-10 multifunctional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems by the end of the year, the District’s press office reported on Wednesday. “Five Orlan-10 multifunctional drones will become operational in the units of unmanned aerial vehicles of the Western Military District by the end of the year. In the winter training period, Orlan flights are planned in the conditions of low temperatures,” the press office said. The Orlan-10 is designated for the surveillance of objects in hard-to-access terrain in any weather conditions. The UAV weighs about 10kg. The Orlan is furnished with a…

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Russia’s advanced MiG-35 fighter jet may get active phased array radar

Russia’s advanced MiG-35 fighter jet may get active phased array radar

MiG-35 fighter jet © Sergei Bobylyov/TASS LUKHOVITSY /Moscow Region/, November 28. /TASS/. Russia’s advanced MiG-35 fighter jet may be furnished with an active phased array radar in the future, MiG Aircraft Corporation CEO Ilya Tarasenko said on Wednesday. The active phased array technologies are already widely used for creating modern fighter jets’ onboard radars. Such radars allow simultaneously tracking a large number of targets through the beam’s electronic steering. The radar is capable of detecting and engaging an enemy on the water, on the ground and in the air, identify its class, type and size, accomplish navigational tasks and guide precision weapons. “We understand that this…

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Russia’s next-generation light military transport plane delivered for flight tests

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The first Ilyushin Il-112V military transport plane has been delivered for flight tests, the press office of the United Aircraft Corporation’s Transport Aviation Division reported on Tuesday. “On November 27, 2018, the procedure of delivering the first Il-112V prototype to the flight testing station was held at the Voronezh Aircraft Enterprise (part of the United Aircraft Corporation’s Transport Aviation Division),” the press office said. At the flight testing station, specialists of the Ilyushin Aircraft Company will carry out the entire range of the plane’s aerodrome tests, the press office said. “Following their results, a conclusion will be made on the Il-112V’s…

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Russian Marines: ‘Victory is wherever we are!’

Russian Marines: ‘Victory is wherever we are!’

The Naval Infantry Day is celebrated in Russia on November 27. First Russian naval infantry force was formed in 1705 and since than has fought in numerous wars. Russian Marines are equipped with amphibious tanks, mobile anti-tank and anti-missile systems and automatic small arms to operate in any regions and in any weather conditions. The total number of Russian marines now stands at about 12.5 thousand people. Russian Marines’ motto is “Where We Are, There is Victory!” Photos of Russian naval infantry force in a gallery by TASS In other media

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Russia’s Northern Fleet testing new military equipment in Arctic

Russia’s advanced shipborne air defense missile system to enter service in 2019 — source

Admiral Gorshkov frigate © Peter Kovalev/TASS MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The Poliment-Redut advanced shipborne air defense missile system will be accepted for service in the first half of 2019, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Monday. “All the trials of the air defense missile system aboard a Project 20380 corvette are planned to be completed in late 2018, including firing from that carrier against air and naval targets. In the first half of 2019, the system is planned to go into operation in the Navy,” the source said. Poliment-Redut air defense missile systems will be mounted on all new surface combatants and…

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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to get 2 cruise missile corvettes next year

MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet expects to complete the trails of two new corvettes armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and the sea tug Sergei Balk and accept them for service in 2019, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “Next year, there are plans to complete the construction, hold trials and accept two new small missile ships of various projects armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and the sea tug Sergei Balk for service in the Black Sea Fleet,” the press office said. Currently, four warships and a boat are undergoing state trials and will enter service with the Black Sea Fleet soon,…

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Russian cutting-edge frigate to enter trials in December — Navy chief

Russian cutting-edge frigate to enter trials in December — Navy chief

Admiral Kasatonov frigate © Ruslan Shamukov/TASS MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The cutting-edge frigate Admiral Kasatonov under construction for the Russian Navy at the St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Verf Shipyard will enter sea trials in December 2018, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolyov said on Monday. “The trials of the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov are planned for December this year. Next year, the trials of the most advanced large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov [Project 11711] are scheduled to begin. We are planning to accept precisely these ocean-class ships for service shortly,” the Navy chief said in an interview with the Russian Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnyaya Zvezda published…

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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 © Sergei Bobylev/TASS KAZAN, November 23. /TASS/. A Mil Mi-38T military transport helicopter manufactured at the Kazan Rotorcraft Factory made its debut flight under the program of preliminary trials, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. The helicopter’s debut flight was performed by test pilots of the Moscow-based Mil Rotorcraft Factory of Russian Helicopters Group (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec). “The Mi-38T, which today performed its first flight, is the version, which the Group, the Factory and the Mil Design Bureau were making under a technical assignment approved by the Defense Ministry. This helicopter has been made on the basis of the…

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