Category: Russia’s Defense Industry

Russia’s modernized Mi-28NM attack helicopter to get new guided missile

Russia’s modernized Mi-28NM attack helicopter to get new guided missile

A Mi-28N helicopter © Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Russia’s modernized Mi-28NM attack helicopter will be fitted with a new guided missile with a range of over 25 kilometers, an aircraft industry source told TASS on Wednesday. At the moment, the maximum range of guided missiles used by Russian combat helicopters does not exceed 15 kilometers. “A new missile, codenamed ‘Article 305,’ is being created for Mi-28NM. It is intended to destroy armored vehicles and reinforced concrete fortifications in daytime and at night. The range of the missile will exceed 25 kilometers,” the source said, adding that one helicopter will carry up to eight such…

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Russian shipbuilders to improve Ivan Gren-class amphibious assault ships

Russian shipbuilders to improve Ivan Gren-class amphibious assault ships

© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will improve Ivan Gren-class amphibious assault ships, taking into account the Navy’s remarks, USC Head Alexei Rakhmanov said on Tuesday. “As we make arrangements for the production of the next two amphibious assault ships, we will take into account all the drawbacks expressed by the fleet,” the corporation chief said. The project of amphibious assault ships will be improved from the viewpoint of their maneuverability, their readiness for sea transits, the crew habitability and the ergonomics of building the ship, he added. The Ivan Gren is the first amphibious assault ship designed and built…

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Russia’s Northern Fleet to get new submarines

Russia’s Northern Fleet to get new submarines

© Lev Fedoseev/TASS MURMANSK, March 13. /TASS/. The Russian Northern Fleet will get some new underwater cruisers, logistics vessels and military hardware this year, Fleet Commander Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said on Wednesday. “In 2019, we are expecting the arrival of new logistics vessels and submarines,” Yevmenov said. Specifically, the Northern Fleet is expecting the arrival of several logistics vessels, including the tanker Academic Pashin. The tanker is completing its trials in the Baltic Sea and will soon make a passage to join the Northern Fleet, the admiral said. The Northern Fleet’s submarine force will soon get new warships of the modernized Borei and Yasen class that…

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Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Ratnik combat gear © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Ground Forces and the Navy’s coastal brigades are practically fully equipped with the Ratnik combat gear, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee on Monday. “Almost all Ground Forces units, as well as the Navy’s motorized rifle brigades and marine brigades – 35 units in total – have been provided with the Ratnik-2 modern combat gear,” Shoigu said. The serial deliveries of the second generation “soldier of the future” Ratnik gear to the Russian Armed Forces began in 2017. It includes modern…

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Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get fully outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Suited up for battle: Russia’s army, navy get fully outfitted with Ratnik combat gear

Ratnik combat gear © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Russia’s Ground Forces and the Navy’s coastal brigades are practically fully equipped with the Ratnik combat gear, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Defense Committee on Monday. “Almost all Ground Forces units, as well as the Navy’s motorized rifle brigades and marine brigades – 35 units in total – have been provided with the Ratnik-2 modern combat gear,” Shoigu said. The serial deliveries of the second generation “soldier of the future” Ratnik gear to the Russian Armed Forces began in 2017. It includes modern…

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Platforma-O heavy tractors for Topol and Yars ICBM systems enter service in Russia

Platforma-O heavy tractors for Topol and Yars ICBM systems enter service in Russia

A Topol-M ICBM © Mikhail Dzhaparidze/TASS MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Platforma-O, a family of domestically produced highly-mobile heavy tractor trucks to replace Belarusian-made ones, has entered service with the Russian armed forces, a defense industry source told TASS on Thursday. “Upon the state commission’s recommendation, based on the successful completion of state trials, the Platforma-O family of highly-mobile modular chassis and tractors has entered service with the Russian armed forces,” the source said. The newest Platforma-O family of heavy wheeled tractors was designed by JSC Kamaz and produced by JSC Remdizel Plant for various heavy weaponry, including the Topol-M and Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles. As part…

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New phase of Sarmat missile testing kicks off

New phase of Sarmat missile testing kicks off

© Russia’s Defense Ministry Press Service/TASS MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. The Russian military has begun the next phase of testing the intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has said. “We’ve started the next phase of testing the missile Sarmat,” Shoigu said following President Putin’s message to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday. In other media

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Putin: Work on advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missile proceeding on schedule

Putin: Work on advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missile proceeding on schedule

© Russia’s Defense Ministry press service/TASS MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/.The work on the advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missile capable of developing a speed of up to Mach 9 is proceeding successfully and will be completed on time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday. “Today I consider it possible to officially inform you about yet another advanced weapon,” the Russian leader said, reminding the audience that he had promised during his last year’s annual address to both houses of parliament to tell sequentially about new armaments. “So, now this relates to another promising weapon, the work on which is…

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Over 50 Russian defense companies to take part in IDEX 2019 exhibition in UAE

Over 50 Russian defense companies to take part in IDEX 2019 exhibition in UAE

MOSCOW, February 15. /TASS/. More than 50 enterprises representing Russia’s defense industry will showcase their products during the IDEX 2019 international defense expedition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on February 17-21, Russia’s state corporation Rostec said. “For us, Middle Eastern and North African countries are extremely important markets where we implement numerous projects both in the civilian sector and in defense. During the IDEX-2019, more than 50 enterprises of Russia’s defense industry will demonstrate their projects. In total, about 1,000 exhibits will be on display, while certain weapons and military equipment will be showcased for the first time,” Rostec Director General Sergei Chemezov said. According to…

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Russian corporation to develop weapons on new physical principles — source

Russian corporation to develop weapons on new physical principles — source

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The military innovative technopolis Era will conduct research along six new promising guidelines, including the development of weapons operating on new physical principles, a source at the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS ahead of his visit to the technopolis. Borisov will inspect Era’s facilities and hold a conference devoted to interaction between Russia’s institutions of higher learning and defense industries with the Defense Ministry in conducting research and development on the technopolis’s basis, the source said. “There are plans for adding another six promising areas of research: small space apparatuses, weapons on new physical principles,…

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Russian helicopter firm to feature light multirole Ansat at Le Bourget air show

Russian helicopter firm to feature light multirole Ansat at Le Bourget air show

Ansat helicopter © Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer plans to feature the Ansat light multipurpose helicopter at the Le Bourget air show near Paris, Company CEO Andrei Boginsky said on Monday. “We will demonstrate the Ansat both on the static display and in the flight program at Le Bourget this year,” the chief executive said. At the previous two Le Bourget air shows, Russia did not feature any full-size models. The Le Bourget exhibition held near Paris every two years is one of the world’s largest air shows. This year, it will run on June 17-23. The Ansat light multipurpose helicopter…

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Poseidon underwater drone trials confirm its speed, unlimited range — source

Poseidon underwater drone trials confirm its speed, unlimited range — source

Russia’s unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) Poseidon © Russian Defense Ministry MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. Underwater trials of a power unit of Russia’s nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) Poseidon confirmed its previously declared unlimited range and maximum speed of over 200 kmph, a Russian defense industry source has told TASS. “During the at-sea trials of the unmanned vehicle’s power unit, the previously declared specifications of its unlimited range of use and speed of over 200 kmph were confirmed,” the source said. TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication. On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin reported the end…

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Russian Army may give up 5.45mm rounds for Kalashnikov assault rifles

Russian Army may give up 5.45mm rounds for Kalashnikov assault rifles

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, February 5. /TASS/. The Russian Army may give up using 5.45mm rounds used in Kalashnikov AK-74, AK-12 assault rifles and other small arms, according to an article published in the thematic bulletin, “2018 Missile and Artillery Technical Provision for Russia’s Armed Forces.” The article was written by a group of authors from the Defense Ministry’s 3rd Central Research Institute. “In a perspective, the Army may give up using 5.45mm rounds due to the bullets’ insufficient effect to pierce the manpower’s individual protective gear at medium and increased fire ranges,” the article says. The Russian Army’s existing small arms system is based on…

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Defense chief: Russia needs to develop ground-based cruise and hypersonic missiles by 2020

Defense chief: Russia needs to develop ground-based cruise and hypersonic missiles by 2020

MOSCOW, February 5. /TASS/. The ground-based version of the sea-launched Kalibr system with the long-range cruise missile has to be developed in 2019-2020 and the same timeframe is required for creating a ground-based long-range hypersonic missile system, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the ministry’s conference call on Tuesday. “The General Staff has submitted to the supreme commander-in-chief a list of measures, which he has approved. In 2019-2020, we need to develop the ground-based version of the sea-launched Kalibr system with the long-range cruise missile, which has proven its worth in Syria,” the defense minister said. “Within the same time limits, we need to…

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Russian military to get four upgraded Tupolev-160M bombers by 2023

Russian military to get four upgraded Tupolev-160M bombers by 2023

KAZAN, January 30. /TASS/. Russia’s Armed Forces will be provided with the first four upgraded strategic bombers Tupolev-160M2 by 2023, the Kazan aircraft plant said in a report presented to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who visited the Tupolev corporation’s enterprise on Wednesday. The report says that Tupolev-160M2 is a brand-new bomber with tactical and technical characteristics, which are practically second to none in the world and are not expected to be outdone in the near future. The aircraft plant said that the first aircraft, which basic plane was manufactured back in the Soviet times, was already in operation, while three more completely new Tupolev-160M2 bombers…

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Foreign military attaches, media get a look at 9M729 for Iskander-M launchers

Foreign military attaches, media get a look at 9M729 for Iskander-M launchers

KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, January 23. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has demonstrated to foreign military attaches and Russian and foreign media the Iskander-M system armed with four 9M729 missiles and the missile’s transportation and launch container at a briefing held in the theme park Patriot. “A special configuration of the self-propelled launcher was developed for the 9M729 missile. It accommodates four 9M729 missiles, while the previous launcher carries two 9M728 missiles,” the commander of Russia’s Missile and Artillery Force, Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky told a news briefing earlier. He explained that the 9M729 missile was 530 mm longer than its predecessor, which required upgrading the Iskander-M…

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Russia’s new missile does not violate INF Treaty — top brass

Russia’s new missile does not violate INF Treaty — top brass

KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, January 23. /TASS/. Russia’s new 9M729 missile of the Iskander tactical missile system has a range capability of 480 km and does not violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Chief of the Russian Missile and Artillery Force Lieutenant-General Mikhail Matveyevsky said on Wednesday. The general made this statement at a news briefing for military attaches, Russian and foreign media outlets on the new missile. “The 9M729 missile carries combat equipment with the enhanced capacity and the new onboard control system, which provides for the higher accuracy of the missile’s strike,” the Russian general said. “The warhead and the control system have…

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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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