Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces again dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States

 12/09/2014

 12:48 p.m. Moscow Time

MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces again dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States.

“These statements are yet another attempt to find out the location of the space object after the United States has lost track of it,” Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

He reiterated that all Russian spacecraft function in normal regime and ground control services have steady control over them. No malfunctions have been reported in the past days, according to the spokesman.

No malfunctions have been reported in the past days, the spokesman said.

A spokesman for the US Strategic Command told RIA Novosti earlier in the day that the Russian reconnaissance satellite re-entered the atmosphere and crashed last week.

On September 3, the American Meteor Society revealed more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses who said they had seen a big fireball streaking across the sky. Website spaceflight101.com, dedicated to covering spaceflight events, assumed the fireball could have been Kosmos-2495 falling apart in the air.

Kosmos-2495, a member of the Yantar Russian satellite series, was launched on May 6, 2014, designed to operate on a low Earth orbit.

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“Rosoboronexport” is taking part in the debut exhibition ADEX 2014

09.11.2014 JSC “Rosoboronexport”

“Rosoboronexport” is participating in the first international Azerbaijani exhibition of  defense industry ADEX 2014, which runs from September 11 to 13 in Baku Expo Center. ADEX 2014 – the first in the country and  in the Caucasus the demonstration of modern weapons and equipment. More than a hundred companies from three dozen countries present their products for military use .

Putin Orders Combat Readiness Checks in Russia’s Eastern Military District

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to hold snap combat readiness drills in Russia’s Eastern Military District starting Thursday, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

11/09/2014

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to hold snap combat readiness drills in Russia’s Eastern Military District starting Thursday, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

“In accordance with his [Putin’s] instructions, air defense forces, as well as military units on the region’s territory should be put on full combat alert starting from 10:00 a.m. Moscow time [6:00 a.m. GMT],” he said.

Russian Soyuz Spacecraft With International Crew Lands in Kazakhstan as Scheduled

The descent capsule of Russia’s Soyuz TMA-12M manned spacecraft with international crew on board has successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

11/09/2014

KOROLYOV, September 11 (RIA Novosti) -The descent capsule of Russia’s Soyuz TMA-12M manned spacecraft with international crew on board has successfully landed in the pre-planned area about 147 kilometers southeast of the city of Zheskazgan in Kazakhstan, the representative of the Mission Control Center told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

“Landing succeeded,” reads the sign on the Mission Control Center’s screens.

The returnees, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson have spent 170 days in space.

Russian cosmonaut Maksim Surayev, US astronaut Reid Wiseman and the European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst continue their work at the International Space Station (ISS).

The safety of the Soyuz spacecraft landing was ensured by about 200 servicemen, 14 helicopters Mi-8, three planes AN-13 and AN-26 and six cross-country vehicles.

On September 26, next crew of the ISS expedition, consisting of Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, is due to launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14M.

Malaysian Defense Minister Arrives in Moscow to Coordinate Investigation of MH17 Crash

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region in this July 22, 2014 file photo.

MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) – Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein arrived in Moscow, where on Wednesday he will hold a meeting to coordinate the investigation the crash of Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

“Just arrived in Moscow: another long day of back to back meetings tomorrow. I pray that all goes well,” Hussein said on Twitter. It remains unknown who the minister is going to meet in Moscow.

Earlier it was reported that after the visit to Russia, the defense minister will travel to the Netherlands.

On Tuesday, Hussein met with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Committee on the crash investigation Volodymyr Groysman. Following the meeting, the Malaysian official said Kuala Lumpur does not want to risk the safety of its experts by sending them to the MH17 crash site.

According to the statement, Hussein and Groysman also discussed the preliminary report on the investigation into the crash of the MH17 plane, released by the Dutch Safety Board earlier on Tuesday.

Flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17 in the Donetsk region, killing all 298 people on board. The cause of the crash is still unclear. The Ukrainian government claims that independence supporters in the country’s eastern regions shot the plane down but it has not provided any evidence to support those claims. Local militia leaders insist that they do not have weapons capable of shooting the MH17 aircraft down.

 

 

Russia Successfully Test-Fires Bulava SLBM

Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from its Borey-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered submarine.

10/09/2014
 

MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has successfully test-fired a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from its Borey-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear-powered submarine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

The missile was launched from a location off northwest Russia’s White Sea and hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula.

The missile – developed specifically for the new Borey-class – has suffered a string of failures in past tests.

The Borey class, the Russian Navy’s first post-Soviet ballistic missile submarine design, will form the backbone of the fleet’s strategic nuclear deterrent force after older boats are retired by 2018. Russia expects eight of the boats to enter service by 2020.

Russia and Iran to mull UAC producing Tu-204SM planes in Iran Tue

09.09.2014   Siberian Insider

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A Russia-Iran intergovernmental commission will discuss whether United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will organize the production of Tu-204SM planes in Iran on Tuesday, an Iran federal government official told PRIME.

“The possibility of organizing the production of Tu-204SM planes in Iran is in the agenda of the intergovernmental commission. However, it is not the first time the issue has been discussed in this or that form,” the official familiar with the agenda said.

UAC declined to comment.

The contract, under which UAC was to supply Tu-204SMs to Iran was blocked several years ago due to the US position, as the rights for the engine installed on the plane were owned by Pratt & Whitney. In February, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Yury Slyusar said Russia has bought the rights for the engine.