MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian naval ship will visit Israel for the first time in the country’s history, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
The Azov, a Ropucha II-class landing ship from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, will call at the port of Haifa from May 1-3, the ministry’s press service said.
The visit is timed to coincide with the 68th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II, a press service representative said.
“The visit is the initiative of veteran organizations in Israel,” he added.
The program of the visit includes performances by the Black Sea Fleet orchestra for Israeli war veterans and Haifa residents. The warship will also be open to the public for visits.
A reception on board the Azov will be organized for World War II veterans living in Israel.
MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – The fate of a new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle developed for the Russian army will be decided during the state acceptance trials due to begin in June 2013, Russia’s largest firearms manufacturer, Izhmash, said.
“In the interests of the Defense Ministry, Izhmash is working on the modernization of the AK-74 and AK-100 assault rifles in service with the Russian army, as well as developing a [new] standard assault rifle on the AK-12 platform which will undergo state acceptance trials in June 2013,” Izhmash’s chief designer, Vladimir Zlobin said on Monday.
If the trials are successful, the new assault rifle will be put in production and will be adopted as a service weapon for the military.
Development of the AK-12 began in mid-2011. The new weapon retains the overall layout and features of the AK-74, in service with the Russian army since the 1970s, but features several modifications and ergonomic changes.
The new assault rifle has being developed as a basic platform for nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon. It could be adapted for cartridges varying from 5.45×39 mm to 7.62×51 NATO.
According to Izhmash designers, they “have adapted the weapon to modern combat requirements, having preserved Kalashnikov’s unique qualities – simplicity, reliability and relatively low production cost.”
The rifle features three firing modes: single shot, three-shot burst and automatic fire. The muzzle of the AK-12 has been designed to shoot foreign-standard barrel-mounted grenades.
The weapon is also equipped with Picatinny rails to mount optical, and night sights, grenade launchers, target indicators and other special equipment.
The AK-12 has a folding stock, and a height-adjustable heelpiece. The weapon can be used by both left-handed and right-handed people, and can be easily handled with one hand.
TSAMTO, April 30. The company “Airbus Militaire” military plans to complete certification of aircraft A-400M «Atlas” in the near future and pass the first aircraft to the French Air Force in the second quarter of 2013.
It is reported by “Jane’s Defence Weekly,” with reference to the official representative of the company.
At the request of the manager of market development for A-400M Damian Allar, a military certificate must be obtained prior to the delivery of the first aircraft (w / o MSN007) French Air Force.
Currently, “Airbus Militaire” in talks with the French government about the place and time of the handover ceremony.
Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Sunday April 28, 2013, in the near future the country will demonstrate the anti-missile system of long-range, similar to the Russian S-300.
“This system, called Bavar (belief) 373 , is being developed in the country and will be officially presented soon,” – said Lieutenant-capitan of independent Iranian forces of Jihad under the command of the Army Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri .
He noted that the missile defense system Bavar-373 has reached the production stage.
Earlier this year, senior military officials said that Iran had tested subsystem missile defense system Bavar 373.
The solemn ceremony for a diesel-electric submarine (SSK of) the Indian Navy “Sindurakshak”, renovated and modernized in Severodvinsk center of repairing “Zvezdochka”, held today, April 29, 2013, in the Indian port of Mumbai.
Participating in the ceremony:
CEO of ” Zvezdochka” Vladimir Nikitin
Representatives of the Embassy and the Consulate General of Russia
senior employees of the Group of Russian military experts in India of Rear Admiral Litenkov
Submarine “Sindurakshak” Project 877 EKM (NATO – Kilo) was laid down on one of the oldest Russian shipbuilding companies – “Admiralty Shipyards” (St. Petersburg) in 1995 for the Indian Navy.
The submarine start from Russia to India in January 2013. “Sindurakshak” accompanied by Russian icebreakers through the Northern Sea Route – the first of its transition, made in the ice conditions.
The contract for the performance of medium repair and modernization of diesel-electric submarines “Sindurakshak” was signed on June 4, 2010. This is the fifth Indian ship, the last upgrade at the “Zvezdochka”
TSAMTO, April 29. Generating unit staffed by engineers of the State Flight Test Center Chkalov. They inspect aircraft-equipment on the aircraft carrier “Vikramaditya”, the press service of the “Sevmash”.
The tasks of the experts GLITs Chkalov is to check all the systems that are associated with the flight and aircraft based aboard the aircraft carrier.
Engineers are taking factory products for compliance with standards of operational documentation. Acceptance of aircraft maintenance system began in 2012. With the release of the aircraft carrier to state tests were stopped. Now the work resumed.
MURMANSK, April 29. (ARMS-TASS). In the Northern Fleet on April 28 honored the crew of the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser “Peter the Great”. The flagship of one of the associations of the Russian Navy is 15 years old.
Heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great” (project 11442, code “eagle”) – the pride of the Russian navy.
Designed for the destruction of important surface targets, attacks on shore targets with the use of sea-launched cruise missiles, providing air and missile defense compounds ships. The ship is the latest improved version of Project 1144 (new air defense systems and some systems REV).
In the armed cruiser are SCRC “Granit” c 20 RCC. Air defenses: 2 multi-channel SAM Collective (zone) defense, “Fort”, “Fort-M” and 1 SAM self-defense “dagger”, 6 combat units SPAR “Dirk”. Firepower ship complemented by 130-mm AK-130. The ships are equipped with radar complex MR-800 radar in the MP-600 and MP-750, GAK and MG-355 fully loaded (with towed antenna).
Experts estimate that the total cost of the USSR and Russia for the construction of this ship have exceeded $ 1.2 billion.