Rokot launch vehicle with 3 military satellites set off from Plesetsk spaceport

Rokot launch vehicle with 3 military satellites set off from Plesetsk spaceport

MOSCOW, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Rokot launch vehicle with a batch of military satellites has been set off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Defense Forces Colonel Valery Zolotukhin told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

“On Friday, May 23, 2014, an operational crew of the Aerospace Defense Forces at 09:27 Moscow time (05:27) carried out a successful launch of the Rokot light rocket carrier with a batch of military satellites from launch pad No.133,” Zolotukhin said.

He added that the Rokot launch had been carried out “under the general supervision of Commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko.”

The calculated time of the three satellites’ placement into the final transfer orbit is 11:12 Moscow time (07:12 GMT) on May 23.

Topol’s start: RVSN tested a new warhead

Topol’s  start: RVSN tested a new warhead

05/23/2014 Russian newspaper

Correspondent of “RG ” learned the details of test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile RS -12M ” Topol”, which started Tuesday evening from Kapustin Yar in Astrakhan region . It went to sky at 21.08 Moscow time. And later, the Defense Ministry reported that , quote, “a training warhead missiles with a given accuracy struck conditional goal at the Sary -Shagan in Kazakhstan .”

More precisely, the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms the putting of new combat equipment on the old carriers like “Topol” is prohibited. Under the agreement with the United States the missile RS -12M can not have a separated warhead . And nobody enhances more powerful warhead. But the prohibition to use the carrier as a kind of simulator for testing warheads for other missiles also does not exist. Therefore, from the standpoint of Russia’s international obligations everything is clean.

Simple Switch to US Nuclear Fuel for Ukraine Plants Impossible – IAEA Official

Simple Switch to US Nuclear Fuel for Ukraine Plants Impossible - IAEA Official

MOSCOW, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – Simply switching from Russian-made nuclear fuel to its US equivalent for use in Ukrainian reactors is impossible, Miroslav Lipar, an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

The Ukrainian Energy Ministry has recently announced plans to diversify the country’s supply of nuclear fuel to reduce the current dependency on a single supplier – Russian state-controlled nuclear fuel producer TVEL.

Ukraine’s national nuclear power agency Energoatom earlier agreed to extend a fuel supply agreement with US-based company Westinghouse until 2020. Some experts consider the deal a threat to nuclear safety in the region.

“If Ukraine decides to change all fuel, then from the IAEA’s point of view it’s impossible, because this is not a simple metal part, this is very important from the safety viewpoint,” Miroslav Lipar, Head of the IAEA Operational Safety Section, told reporters on Wednesday.

“Any country that wants to adopt new fuel must carry out a lengthy operational testing of new fuel assemblies and evaluate the impact of their use on safety. Only after that they can change the entire core with permission from the [nuclear] regulatory body,” Lipar said on the sidelines of an international conference on nuclear power safety and efficiency in Moscow.

“We have the example of the Rivne nuclear power plant, when they replaced a small metal part, which was not authentic, on a safety valve. It led to a [unexpected] shut down of the safety valve,” the IAEA official added.

MiG service center responsible for maintenance of MiG-29 fighters to open in India next year

MiG service center responsible for maintenance of MiG-29 fighters to open in India next year

Russian Military Technologies, 22.05.2014

May 22 – A service center for maintenance of MiG-29 aircraft will be opened in India next year, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to CEO of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG), Sergey Korotkov.
“This year we must deliver equipment to the service center constructed under an agreement. It will open next year in accordance with the contract obligations of both parties. RAC MiG is implementing this contract in cooperation with Indian enterprises”, – Sergey Korotkov noted.
It was reported earlier that RAC MiG signed two additional contracts with Basant Aerosrace Privet Limite (India) in the network of a general offset contract with Indian air forces at MAKS-2013. The contracts are valued at $55 million.

Russia, China May Modernize Mi-26 Helicopter

Russia, China May Modernize Mi-26 Helicopter

MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and China may develop a new modified version of the Mi-26 Halo heavy-lift helicopter, Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev told journalists at the HeliRussia exhibition in Moscow.

“Mi-26 is a platform for talks with the Chinese side, this year we will define its design,” Mikheev said, adding the new version will be of a “completely different weight.”

The Mi-26 Halo, a heavy transport helicopter with civilian and military applications, is the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production.

During a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s to Shanghai this week, Russia and China signed over 40 important documents on trade, energy and cultural exchange, including a 30-year deal to supply gas to China.

On Tuesday, the leaders of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of a new wide-body long-range passenger airliner.

No Plans to Export Russian Alligator Attack Helicopters Before 2016 – Arms Exporter

No Plans to Export Russian Alligator Attack Helicopters Before 2016 – Arms Exporter

MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Talks with foreign partners to purchase Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters will begin in earnest in 2016 or 2017, a representative of Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday.

The Ka-52 was unveiled internationally at the 50th Le Bourget airshow last June.

“This is the case of a prospect of 2016-2017,” Vladislav Kuzmichev told RIA Novosti at the HeliRussia 2014 expo in Moscow.

Kuzmichev added that the the helicopter is currently being demonstrated to potential customers.

The Ka-52 Hokum-B is a modification of the Ka-50 Hokum. It has a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour, a flight ceiling of 5,500 meters, and a range of over 1,000 kilometers.

Russia Sees End to Cooperation With US on Helicopter Supplies

Russia Sees End to Cooperation With US on Helicopter Supplies

MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Russia sees no future prospects for cooperating with the United States in delivering additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Afghanistan, a representative of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday.

“We see no further prospects of cooperation with the Americans, especially since they are planning to leave Afghanistan,” Vladislav Kuzmichev told RIA Novosti at the HeliRussia 2014 expo.

It was reported yesterday that Russia was ready to send another batch of nine Mi-17V-5 helicopters to Afghanistan.

Russia has already delivered a total of 45 of the military transport helicopters to Afghanistan. The first contract for the supply of 21 helicopters was signed in 2011 by the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the US government and has already been completed.

In 2013, Russia finished delivering 12 additional Mi-17V-5 helicopters under a 2012 option. Later that year, Rosoboronexport signed another contract for the delivery of 30 helicopters. The overall contracts for the 63 Mi-17V-5 helicopters are estimated to be worth around $1.3 billion.

In light of the Ukrainian crisis, the US and EU imposed sanctions against Russia. Following the decision, lobbyists tried to nullify the contract for helicopters, but the Pentagon refused, saying that the existing contract must be executed.

Moreover, the Pentagon opposed sanctions against Rosoboronexport. As a result, the company remains unaffected by the Western sanctions.

Ukraine ‘Poking Nose’ Into Russia’s Affairs by Urging Halt to Aviadarts 2014 Drills

Ukraine ‘Poking Nose’ Into Russia’s Affairs by Urging Halt to Aviadarts 2014 Drills

VORONEZH, May 21 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine is meddling in Russia’s affairs by asking Moscow to stop the Aviadarts 2014 international competition, calling it a military exercise, the commander of the Russian air force said Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urged Russia to cancel the event, scheduled for May 21-27 in the Voronezh region bordering Ukraine, saying it would escalate tensions.

“The Ukrainian side does not know what it is doing itself and it is prying in other people’s affairs,” Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told journalists.

Aviadarts is a contest aimed at showing piloting skills, he stressed. Pilots will compete in the precision firing of unguided air-to-surface missiles and shooting ground targets with their aircraft’s guns.

The pilots will also try to overcome air defense systems, including the newest Pantsir-S1 missile air defense systems and the Kornet anti-tank guided missiles. Unmanned aircraft will control the aerospace.

The official opening ceremony for the Aviadarts 2014 competition is due on Wednesday at the base of the Air Force Academy in Voronezh. The international stage of the competition will take place in mid-July.