Lord of the Seas: Russia to Float Out 1st Upgraded Borei-Class Strategic Sub in 2017

Russia’s Borei II-class Knyaz Vladimir nuclear-powered strategic submarine will be floated out in the second quarter of 2017, the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) said Friday.

Knyaz Vladimir is the first Borei-class vessel being built under the modernized Project 955A program, which envisions a number of improvements including arming the sub with enhanced Bulava-M sea-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles.

«Project 955A Borei-class Knyaz Vladimir nuclear-powered strategic submarine is expected to be floated out in the second quarter of this year. The commissioning will take place on schedule,» USC Vice President for Military Shipbuilding Igor Ponomarev 
The Borei-class nuclear-powered subs are to become the mainstay of the naval component of the Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent.

By 2020, the Russian Navy plans to operate a total of eight Borei-class strategic submarines.

Currently there are four Borei-class submarines in the Russian Navy.

Can’t Hide From It: Russia to Test Newest A-100 Spy Jet in July

The A-100 radar surveillance aircraft will commence tests in July.

Tests of Russia’s Beriev A-100 airborne early warning and control (AWACS) prototype aircraft are set to begin in July 2017, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday.

«This is one of priorities of the current arms procurement program. I can tell you that works are on schedule and we will be carrying out state-run joint tests in July,» Borisov told reporters.
The A-100 is based on the Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft, and it is expected to replace the Beriev A-50 Mainstay AWACS aircraft currently in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last year described the A-100 aircraft as superior to its foreign rivals, and said the plane’s advanced reconnaissance and control capabilities would enable it to detect new classes of targets and to improve combat management.

Russian Helicopters wants to offer new light helicopter to U.S. and Europe

Russian Helicopters plans to develop a new light helicopter with the weight up to two tons to be offered on the U.S. and European markets, press service of the holding said on March 15.

«This is a new market segment for Russian Helicopters holding and we therefore face several tasks. Firstly, to develop a product attractive for commercial customers and for private use. Secondly, to enter new markets for us, including in Europe and the United States, through certification of the helicopter in these countries,» the press service said citing Chief Executive of the company Andrei Boginsky.

Light multirole helicopters constitute the largest segment of the global civil helicopter market and are part of the general purpose aviation, Boginsky said.

The new light multirole helicopter will be built using the coaxial rotor system. Its production is expected to start in 2020-2021. The maximum takeoff weight of the helicopter will be 1,600 kg and the flight range will be 760 km. The helicopter will be able to carry up to five individuals or 730 kg of payload. The cruising speed will be 230 km per hour and the service ceiling will be 6,100 m. The company has started work on the engineering design. An application for a type approval certificate is expected to be presented this year.

Tank army in west Russia receives advanced short-range air defense missile systems

Advanced Tor-M2U surface-to-air missile systems will soon assume combat duty in the Moscow Region

Advanced Tor-M2U (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile systems have entered into service with the 1st Guards Tank Army in Russia’s Western Military District and will soon assume combat duty in the Moscow Region, the district’s press office said on Wednesday.

«Now combat crews are learning to operate the systems with the involvement of defense industry representatives at the ground forces’ air defense training center in the city of Yeisk in the Krasnodar Territory. The re-training will end with a live-firing tactical exercise at one of the practice ranges in the Astrakhan Region,» the press office said.

After the drills, the air defense systems will arrive in the Moscow Region where they will assume combat duty, the district’s press office said.

The Tor-M2U is a modern multipurpose short-range antiaircraft missile system characterized by high mobility. It is capable of successfully accomplishing combat assignments in any situation, including amid the enemy’s active jamming counter-measures. Apart from various aerodynamic targets, the Tor is capable of hitting missiles.

Russia offers cooperation in production of components for SSJ-100, MS-21 aircraft to India

Russia offers cooperation in production of air components for SSJ-100 and wide-body MS-21 aircraft to India, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Thursday as he is taking a trip to India.

«We’re ready not only for supplies, but also for cooperation in the area of components production,» he said, adding that the issue is about potential manufacturing of components for SSJ-100 and MS-21

Russian Airborne Force to receive three battalions of BMD-4M fighting vehicles in 2017

Airborne Force units and formations will also be provided with more than 60 BTR-MDM Rakushka armored personnel carriers

Russia’s Airborne Force will receive three battalion sets of BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles and more than 60 BTR-MDM Rakushka armored personnel carriers, Airborne Force Deputy Commander for Logistics Major-General Nariman Timergazin said on Tuesday.

«Beginning with 2014, Airborne Force units and formations have been provided one by one with modern BMD-4M and multipurpose BTR-MDM armored vehicles. By now, two battalion sets of BMD-4M vehicles and about 40 BTR-MDM Rakushka APCs have been operational in the troops. In 2017, our units and formations will receive another three battalion sets of BMD-4Ms and over 60 BTR-MDMs,» the general said, without specifying the number of armored vehicles per battalion set.

As compared to the armies of foreign countries, except for China, the Russian Airborne Force’s fighting vehicles are air mobile machines dropped by parachutes, including with crews inside them, from Ilyushin Il-76, Antonov An-12 and, in the future, from An-148 planes, he noted.

Also, only the Russian Airborne Force’s airborne assault vehicles and armored personnel carriers can negotiate water obstacles on the move, without preliminary preparations while same-type vehicles from NATO member states need four hours of preparations on average before crossing a river, Timergazin said.

Moreover, NATO armored vehicles need another 1.5-2 hours after negotiating a water obstacle to start moving on the opposite shore to dismantle special floating equipment, he added.

The Airborne Force deputy commander citied some operational characteristics of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle. Specifically, the vehicle is armed with a 100mm gun — an antitank guided missile launcher and a coaxial gun that are capable of delivering fire at the enemy’s manpower and armored targets at a distance of up to 6,500 km in the daytime and up to 3,000 kilometers at night, which exceeds by more than two times the characteristics of its predecessor BMD-2. The BMD-4M can develop a maximum speed of 70km/hour on roads and 10km/hour afloat.

Electronic visor of Ratnik-3 infantry combat system to boast laser targeting function

The new targeting system will guarantee 100-percent accuracy

The electronic visor of Russia’s future Ratnik-3 infantry combat system will have a laser targeting function designed especially for hand arms, the deputy commander of Russia’s airborne troops for logistics affairs, Major-General Nariman Timergazin, told the media.

«Ratnik-3 will boast an electronic visor and an exoskeleton. The visor will enable personnel to enjoy the advantages of laser targeting while using hand arms in action,» Timergazin said.

The new targeting system will guarantee 100-percent accuracy. Timergazin kept quiet about the parameters of the exoskeleton of the future.

Currently Russia’s airborne troops are being equipped with the Ratnik system, which, alongside bulletproof vests and other gear includes new models of firearms that considerably enhance the personnel’s battlefield capabilities.

Kalashnikov to create 20-ton reconnaissance and attack robot

Russia’s arms manufacturing concern Kalashnikov (an affiliate of Rostec) is creating a 20-ton reconnaissance and attack system, its CEO, Aleksey Krivoruchko, told TASS in an interview.

«It is true that work is in progress on this project. It will be a 20-ton reconnaissance and attack system. The vehicle is already up and running,» Krivoruchko said.

Last year Kalashnikov unveiled its first robotized system Soratnik, developed under a contract with the Defense Ministry.

This tracked armored vehicle is equipped with a computer-based steering and control system, clandestine radio communication channel and observation and target-setting devices.

The machine, capable of carrying a combat module, can operate in combination with other combat robots, including Zala Aero drones.

Rostec Plans to Complete 26% Minus 1 Kalashnikov Share Sales Deal by Summer

Russia’s Rostec state corporation plans to complete a deal to sell 26 percent minus one share of the Kalashnikov firearms manufacturer by the summer, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said in an interview Tuesday.

Kalashnikov Concern, founded in 1807, is one of the largest weapons manufacturing companies. The company’s best known product is the Kalashnikov assault rifle, which is used in service of over 100 countries.
In 2015, Kalashnikov Concern CEO Alexey Krivoruchko announced his company’s plans to produce drones, which he said would be used for border control, reconnaissance and special missions.

He said that the company is also planning the development and production of UAVs for the purposes of monitoring emergency situations and dangerous objects, as well as geodetic research in harsh climate conditions.

«I think that the government will make a decision and give us consent to sell 26 percent minus one share within a month. I think that we will complete the deal in the summer,» Chemezov told Rossiya-24

Army-2016 Expo Optimize Russian Military Development Program

The conferences and discussions held during the Army-2016 Expo in Russia helped to optimize a more balanced approach toward the country’s military and technical policy.
The conferences and discussions held during the Army-2016 Expo in Russia helped to optimize and formulate a more balanced approach toward the formation of the country’s military and technical policy and the development of arms and equipment, Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev said on Monday.

The Army-2016 expo was held in September 2016 in the military-themed Patriot Park in Kubinka near Moscow, as well as other locations in Russia. A number of conferences, discussions, briefings and round tables took place within the framework of the expo, bringing together hundreds of representatives from the Russian defense industry, various national research institutes and universities, as well as foreign companies and delegates.

«The conclusions and decisions made at the conferences and round tables allowed us to find a more balanced approach toward forming military and technical policy of the state, to define key aspects of development of military science, equipment and technologies … for development of advanced weapons, military and special equipment and to modernize the existing ones for the period until 2025,» Makushev, who is also the chairman of the Russian Armed Forces’ Military Scientific Committee, said.

The third international military and technical expo Army-2017 will take place in the Patriot Park on September 22-27