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.