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25 août 2011 4 25 /08 /août /2011 06:15
photo V.Kuzmin

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Aug 24, 2011 By Robert Wall aviation week and space technology


Moscow - Money alone cannot reinvigorate an air force after years of neglect—that is the painful lesson the Russian military is learning as it and the domestic industry work to modernize the country’s air force.


The influx of funding in the past two years has undoubtedly benefited industry, triggering a reversal of fortunes. But it also has brought to the forefront a raft of new problems, including how to meet the timetable for replenishing the air force fleet.


The size of the appetite for fighters was underscored by Russian air force chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, who says the service is looking to field five squadrons of Su-34s, or around 120 aircraft. The fighter program languished in development for years; the first operational unit was only established recently, more than a decade late. Four of the aircraft were handed over last year and six are due to be delivered this year, with 12 to follow each year thereafter.


But Zelin is concerned about fielding plans for the Su-35, Russia’s latest fighter, which is seen as an important element in the fleet renewal plan and also as a capability gap-filler until the fifth-generation T-50 arrives. The Su-35 program has suffered development delays, in part because of a ground accident with the third prototype three years ago that destroyed the aircraft, but also due to concern in the service that the Su-35 will not meet the Russian air force’s specifications. The fighter was initially designed for the export market when Russia’s industry was unable to secure funding at home.


Pressure is mounting on the Su-35 program also because of the aggressive time line that has been set for the T-50, which Zelin describes as the service’s top fighter priority. Two aircraft are in flight trials and United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) President Mikhail Pogosyan promises two more will be delivered this year. Plans call for the first preproduction T-50 to be handed over in 2013, with the production standard aircraft to become available in 2014-15.


But behind the scenes, military officials worry that the T-50 development and production milestones cannot be met, and they feel the Su-35 needs to be fielded quickly to address immediate equipment concerns.


In many respects, the Su-35 also serves as a technology pathfinder for the T-50. Both use the same Article 117S engines and their radar technology shares a heritage. The Su-35’s Irbis-E has a 350-400-km (220-250-mi.) detection range for targets with a 3-sq.-meter (33-sq.-ft.) radar signature and is both electronically and mechanically scanned. It has the ability to track up to 30 targets simultaneously and engage eight at the same time.


The Su-35’s laser targeting pod in particular could act as a trailblazer for the T-50. Plans call for the stealth fighter to use the large Article 110KS pod developed by UOMZ, although it would compromise the aircraft’s low observability. The Su-35, on the other hand, will likely use an internally mounted system, with a low radar cross section, that could migrate to the T-50.


Also helping to bolster the arsenal in the near term is a pending order for additional Su-30s. The Russian air force is expected to buy 28 Su-30SMs, the Russian version of the Su-30MKI Irkut has sold to the Indian air force. The Su-30SM would retain Western equipment from companies such as Thales and Safran in a rare departure from Russia’s emphasis on using domestic suppliers, says an industry official. The yet-to-be-announced contract for Su-30SMs also is expected to include an option for 12 aircraft, potentially to meet a not fully defined requirement from Russia’s navy aviation arm.


The concerns about fielding time lines go beyond the combat aircraft realm. Zelin notes that the Il-476 transport is due to be in service in 2013 but says,“we would like to have it earlier.” The current development activity will not allow that.


The fleet replacement worries are further illustrated by the troubles with the Tu-22M bombers belonging to the Russian navy’s air arm, which now fall under control of the air force. Obsolescence of engine parts has created a maintenance nightmare for the fleet and prompted the military to restart parts production of critical powerplant components. Zelin sees progress on this front and says that once the situation is improved the aircraft may be reassigned to the navy.


But there are limits to Russia’s appetite for new equipment. Despite the hopes of industry players such as MiG that the Russian air force will buy into a light fifth-generation fighter program, that does not look promising. Zelin suggests that more likely would be the acquisition of MiG-35s, which were initially developed for India. However, he tempers the prospect by noting that the issue is secondary to the T-50.

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18 août 2011 4 18 /08 /août /2011 12:40



14 août 2011 par Daniel Favre INFO-AVIATION


La Russie livrera cinq chasseurs MiG-29K/KUB à l’Inde d’ici la fin de 2011, a déclaré le 12 août Sergueï Korotkov, directeur général du groupe de constructions aéronautiques MiG.


« Signé en 2004, le contrat sera honoré d’ici la fin de l’année en cours. A l’heure actuelle, onze avions sur seize ont déjà été livrés », a rappelé M.Korotkov.


« Quant aux nouveaux contrats avec des clients étrangers, nous y travaillons », a-t-il indiqué avant d’ajouter que la compagnie disposait de plus de 100 contrats avec 20 États. Il s’agit de réparation, de modernisation, de livraison de pièces de rechange et de service après-vente.


En mars 2010, la Russie et l’Inde ont conclu un contrat d’un montant de 1,5 milliard de dollars prévoyant la fourniture d’un nouveau lot de 29 chasseurs embarqués MiG-29K/KUB à New Delhi. Le début des livraisons de ce lot est prévu pour 2012.


Le MiG-29K est une version navalisée, dérivée du MiG-29M. Le MiG-29KUB est une version biplace du MiG-29K spécialement conçue pour l’Inde. Le premier vol de l’avion de série a eu lieu le 18 mars 2008 sur l’aérodrome de Loukhovitsy.


Une demande « stable » pour MiG


Le portefeuille de commandes de l’avionneur russe MiG a dépassé 4 milliards de dollars, selon Sergueï Korotkov.


« Je dois noter que nos produits bénéficient d’une demande stable. Le portefeuille de commandes du groupe dépasse 4 milliards de dollars », a t-il précisé devant les journalistes à Moscou le 12 août.


Le groupe MiG achève également ses négociations avec le ministère russe de la Défense sur la livraison de chasseurs embarqués MiG-29K/KUB à la Marine russe et envisage de lancer des versions terrestres des chasseurs de ce type.

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21 juillet 2011 4 21 /07 /juillet /2011 11:40


Photo Vladimir Karnozov


21/07/11 By Vladimir Karnozov SOURCE:Flight International


The Irkutsk Aircraft Plant (IAZ) is assembling two Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters for the Russian air force, Alexey Fedorov, president of the controlling Irkut corporation, said. The pair will be completed and subjected to flight trials by the end of this year.


The new version of the twin-seat Su-30 represents the baseline Su-30MKI with thrust vectoring developed for the Indian air force, but with modifications to meet Russian air force specifications, Fedorov said.


The service is seeking to procure 30 such aircraft, with a contract still being finalised.


"Hopefully, in 2012 we will be able to finalise a contract for 18 Su-30SMs for the Russian air force, with an option for a further 18 for the Russian navy air arm," Fedorov said.


The delivery of the Su-30SM to the Russian armed forces will end a long pause in their acquisition of IAZ-built fighters, after its last Su-30K interceptors and Su-27UB twin-seat operational trainers were handed over in the early 1990s.


It is understood that the decision to procure the Su-30SM was inspired by the successful use of industry-owned Su-30MKI/MKM operational-standard prototypes during Russia's August 2008 conflict with Georgia.

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6 juillet 2011 3 06 /07 /juillet /2011 12:15



July 6, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE


Algeria has ordered two Russian Stereguschyy class corvettes. Russia already has completed two of these and four more are under construction. These are small ships (2,200 tons displacement), costing about $125 million each. These "Project 20380" ships have impressive armament (two 30mm anti-missile cannon, one 100mm cannon, eight anti-ship missiles, six anti-submarine missiles, two eight cell anti-missile missile launchers, two 14.5mm machine-guns ). There is a helicopter platform, but the ship is not designed to carry one regularly. Crew size, of one hundred officers and sailors, is achieved by a large degree of automation. The ship also carries air search and navigation radars. It can cruise 6,500 kilometers on one load of fuel. Normally, the ship would stay out 7-10 days at a time, unless it received replenishment at sea. Like the American LCS, the Russian ship is meant for coastal operations. The Russian Navy wants at least fifty of them, but has to settle, for now, for 30.


Russia has become the go-to provider of short range, low cost, warships. Currently, Russian shipyards are building nearly $6 billion worth of warships for foreign customers (India, China, Algeria, Vietnam and Indonesia) and many of these orders were obtained because Russia had a reputation for inexpensive, rugged, coastal warships.

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5 juillet 2011 2 05 /07 /juillet /2011 20:15



05/07/11 By Vladimir Karnozov SOURCE:Flight International


Russia expects to sell military equipment worth $11 billion in 2011, with aviation activities likely to account for up to 50% of this total.


Sergei Kornev, head of the Rosoboronexport delegation at last month's Paris air show, said deliveries of Russian-made combat aircraft and air-launched weapons are continuing to Algeria, India and Vietnam.


Algerian pilots are in Russia being trained on the Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer (below), with the aircraft likely to be delivered in 2011-12, while Vietnam has recently received four of its 20 new Sukhoi Su-30MK2s.


China has recently ordered 154 more AL-31F engines for its Su-27/30-series fighters, and is in negotiations to buy more to power its Chengdu J-20s.


Despite the RSK MiG-35's elimination from India's medium multi-role combat aircraft competition, Kornev said Rosoboronexport will continue to offer the type for around $10 million less than the larger Su-30MK. "The Sukhoi is a huge airframe and not every country needs this," he said. "Many would rather go for a smaller platform with lower cost."


Away from the combat aircraft sector, a delayed contract to supply Jordan with two stretched-fuselage Ilyushin Il-76MF transports should be fulfilled this year. Both airframes have been completed and are at the Ramenskoye aerodrome in Zhukovsky near Moscow. One has already finished factory- and customer-acceptance trials, and both should be delivered later this year.


Deliveries to the Chinese navy of Kamov Ka-31 radar pickets and additional Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters have been completed, while Russia and the USA are close to finalising a $350 million order to buy 21 Mil Mi-17 transports for Afghanistan. Deliveries of the Kazan-built aircraft should start next year.

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20 juin 2011 1 20 /06 /juin /2011 12:45
Le Mistral accueillera des hélicoptères russes Ka-52

LE BOURGET, 20 juin - RIA Novosti


Des hélicoptères de combat russes Ka-52 seront déployés à bord des porte-hélicoptères de classe Mistral livrés à la Marine russe, a annoncé lundi aux journalistes Anatoli Issaïkine, PDG de l'Agence russe d'exportation d'armements (Rosoboronexport), lors du salon aéronautique du Bourget.


"Nous envisageons de déployer des Ka-52 russes à bord des Mistral", a déclaré M. Issaïkine.


Le 17 juin, un contrat d'achat de deux porte-hélicoptères de classe Mistral a été signé.


Le Kamov Ka-52 Alligator est un hélicoptère polyvalent en mesure d'effectuer des missions de reconnaissance et de coordonner les actions de groupes d'hélicoptères de combat.

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6 juin 2011 1 06 /06 /juin /2011 12:05
Le contrat des BPC Mistral russes sera signé dans une forme incomplète


6 juin 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Le contrat franco-russe prévoyant la livraison de 4 BPC Mistral sera signé avant le 21 juin, mais dans une forme incomplète, indique une source industrielle russe.


Le document fera référence à des protocoles additionnels pour les points toujours en discution.


Le contrat prévoira la livraison à la Russie de 2 BPC Mistral, construits en France, et la construction en Russie en 2 autres porte-hélicoptères du même type.


Les bâtiments seront vendus avec le système de données tactiques Senit-9, que la France ne voulait au départ pour installer sur les Mistral exportés. Cependant, la version installée sur les BPC russes ne sera qu’une version de base, incomplète par rapport à la version installée sur les bâtiments français.


Les parties ne sont toujours pas tombées d’accord sur les paramètres du prix du contrat et sur l’étendue des transferts de technologies.


Le cout global de 4 BPC type Mistral est évalué à environ 2 milliards €.


Référence : RusNavy (Russie)

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16 avril 2011 6 16 /04 /avril /2011 13:00
Défense antimissile en Europe: aucune entente Russie-OTAN à Berlin

BERLIN, 15 avril - RIA Novosti


La Russie et l'OTAN n'ont pas réussi à s'entendre à Berlin sur la création d'un système de défense antimissile en Europe, a annoncé vendredi le secrétaire général de l'Alliance Anders Fogh Rasmussen à l'issue d'une réunion du Conseil Russie-OTAN. "Nous ne sommes pas parvenus à un accord à ce sujet", a indiqué M.Rasmussen. Le représentant spécial de la Russie pour la coopération avec l'OTAN Dmitri Rogozine a annoncé antérieurement que la Russie comptait obtenir des garanties de sécurité. Selon M.Rogozine, l'Alliance devrait promettre que le futur système de défense antimissile européen ne visait pas le potentiel stratégique russe.

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13 mars 2011 7 13 /03 /mars /2011 23:58
La décision de déplacer à St Pétersbourg l’état-major de la marine russe n’a pas encore été prise


11 mars 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. LE PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


La décision de transférer l’état-major de la marine russe de Moscou à St-pétersbourg n’a pas été prise pour l’instant. Les 2 possibilités sont à l’étude : soit l’état-major reste à Moscou, ou il est déplacé vers St-Pétersbourg, a indiqué une source de haut-niveau au ministère de la défense. Selon cette source, si l’état-major reste dans la capitale, cela serait bénéfique en terme d’efficacité opérationnelle ; s’il est déplacé vers St-Pétersbourg, il serait plus proche des installations scientifiques et de construction de la marine. Selon lui, les arguments pour ou contre sont actuellement étudiés, dans l’étape finale de la réforme des forces armées. "Néanmoins, aucun document définitif n’a encore été approuvé", a indiqué le responsable. Selon cette source, la nécessité d’un contrôle intégré sur les forces nucléaires stratégiques resterait à déterminer. "Par conséquent, le commandement de la marine, sous la forme de l’état-major de la marine, ou disons du ministère de la marine, est nécessaire pour une coordination uniforme entre la stratégie d’engagement de la marine et les nouveaux commandements régionaux", explique la source. Il a ajouté que la définition des commandements stratégiques "Ouest", "Est", "Sud", et "Centre" avait été terminée, bien qu’il n’y ait pas de répartition différente des fonctions de contrôle sur les forces d’usage général et les forces nucléaires stratégiques.


Référence : RusNavy (Russie)

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2 mars 2011 3 02 /03 /mars /2011 23:05

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2 mars 2011 3 02 /03 /mars /2011 21:53

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27 février 2011 7 27 /02 /février /2011 18:45


24.02.2011 by pravda.ru

Russian warships will be equipped with foreign arms soon. Admiral Vysotky, the commander of the Russian navy, considers an opportunity to install artillery systems of foreign production on board Russian frigates, or anti-boat vessels. According to Vysotsky, it goes about the French-made 100-millimeter Creusot-Loire Compact artillery system and the Italian 127-millimeter OTO-Melara 127/64LW. Moreover, the admiral said that Russian vessels could be equipped with diesel engines and air conditioning systems - all made outside Russia. The surprising statement from the admiral coincided with the testing of Russian state-of-the-art anti-boat guns, particularly A-192M Armat artillery system. The tests were supposed to end in 2012. Needless to say that the performance of Russian systems is not worse than that of foreign complexes. Nikolai Novichkov, chief editor of ARMS-TASS news agency, told Pravda.Ru that Russia had started paying more attention to foreign defense technologies during the recent years. "At first they said that they would be willing to purchase unmanned aircraft from Israel. Then they said that Russia could launch the production of Italian armored vehicles. Some time later, they announced the intention to purchase Mistral helicopter carriers from France. It seems that the military have every reason to believe that the Russian defense industry has lost the technologies for making high-quality arms. The situation in the national military and industrial complex has been aggravating steadily for years already," the expert said.

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26 février 2011 6 26 /02 /février /2011 20:17



21 02 2011 Atlas-defense.com / Ria novosti


La Russie et la Jordanie entameront d'ici peu la construction des lance-roquettes anti-char RPG-32 Hashim, a annoncé lundi à RIA Novosti le frère du roi jordanien, le Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein. "La construction de RPG-32 est notre premier projet conjoint. Il sera mis en œuvre rapidement", a indiqué le prince. Selon lui, la coopération russo-jordanienne, qui existe depuis longtemps, se développe avec succès, notamment dans le domaine militaire. En novembre 2010, la Russie et la Jordanie ont signé un accord, prévoyant la création d'une entreprise conjointe pour construire des lance-roquettes RPG-32. Cette entreprise, qui doit être construite sur le territoire de Jordanie fin 2011 ou début 2012, assemblera les lance-roquettes anti-chars (LRAC), tandis que la Russie fournira les pièces pour lage. Le lance-roquettes anti-char RPG-32 Hashim a été conçu en 2005 par l'entreprise russe d'armement Bazalt, suite à une commande jordanienne. Elle représente un armement moderne, possédant les caractéristiques techniques les plus puissantes de sa classe.


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