“Cosmos” docking history

КРЭТ's photo.
KRET,  28.10.2014

October 30, 1967 for the first time in space  it was made ​​automatic docking of ships.

It was the Soviet apparatus of  “Cosmos” series – “Cosmos-186” and “Cosmos-188” is a prototype spaceship “Soyuz”.

By the way, the technique for satellites “Cosmos” series was produced from 1962  on  Ufa instrument production association, now part KRET

After the accident, the Antares rocket will get the engine of the “Angara”

31/10/2014 Izvestiya.ru

American “Orbital”  held a tender among the suppliers of rocket engines – triumphed by Khimkinskoye NGO “Energomash” with RD-193

After an accident with Antares, its manufacturer – American company Orbital Sciences Corporation – will change the supplier  of rocket propulsion engines. According to a senior source in the Russian Space Agency, the  Orbital held a tender among manufacturers of engines for carriers Antares, which will be released in 2017.

The engine RD-193 of NGOs Khimki “Energomash” won the tender – Roskosmos spokesman told to “Izvestia”. – We learned it long ago. Now the parties in a process of  agreement on the format of the announcement..

Pentagon Delegation in Talks on Post-Sale Servicing of Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan

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Photo: Pentagon Delegation in Talks on Post-Sale Servicing of Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan

October 29 – A delegation from the Pentagon is presently in Moscow discussing the details of post-sale servicing of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military, a deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday.
"A US delegation is currently in Moscow holding negotiations. They expressed a strong desire to continue cooperation with Russia. The issues of post-sale servicing and the deliveries of spare parts for the Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan military are being discussed," Anatoly Punchuk said on the sidelines of the Euronaval-2014 exposition in Paris.
Earlier in October, US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told reporters that Russian the Mi-17 helicopters had been a "game changer" in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents.
Russia will complete its contract with the Pentagon at the end of October on the delivery of 63 Mi-17V5 tactical transport helicopters for the Afghan military. An official ceremony handing over the last four aircraft will be held on October 29 at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.
The United States sanctions, imposed on Russia for its alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis, did not affect the supply of Russian helicopters to Afghanistan. Apart from the helicopter deliveries Russia also ships spare parts for helicopters to the Afghan army and trains specialists on helicopters maintenance at a training center based at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant.
October 29 – A delegation from the Pentagon is presently in Moscow discussing the details of post-sale servicing of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military, a deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday.
“A US delegation is currently in Moscow holding negotiations. They expressed a strong desire to continue cooperation with Russia. The issues of post-sale servicing and the deliveries of spare parts for the Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan military are being discussed,” Anatoly Punchuk said on the sidelines of the Euronaval-2014 exposition in Paris.
Earlier in October, US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told reporters that Russian the Mi-17 helicopters had been a “game changer” in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents.
Russia will complete its contract with the Pentagon at the end of October on the delivery of 63 Mi-17V5 tactical transport helicopters for the Afghan military. An official ceremony handing over the last four aircraft will be held on October 29 at the Kazan Helicopter Plant.
The United States sanctions, imposed on Russia for its alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis, did not affect the supply of Russian helicopters to Afghanistan. Apart from the helicopter deliveries Russia also ships spare parts for helicopters to the Afghan army and trains specialists on helicopters maintenance at a training center based at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant.

Russia to Deliver Four S-300 Missile Complexes to Belarus by Year’s End: Defense Minister

 Russia will deliver four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Belarus by the end of this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.
“If we speak about the summary for 2014, then this year we will finalize the delivery of four S-300 Zenit missile systems that will be handed over [to Belarus]. I think they’ll enter into the Belarus military service in 2015,” Shoigu said during a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart in Minsk.
The contract for the supply of four S-300 systems to Belarus was signed in July.
S-300 is a family of air defense missile systems capable of engaging aerial targets from helicopters to cruise and ballistic missiles.
The systems are capable of simultaneously tracking up to 100 targets while engaging 12 at a range of up to 200 kilometers (124 miles) and a height of up to 27 kilometers (nearly 17 miles).

Russia to Fully Cover Arctic Radar Field in 2014

29.10.2014  Siderian Insider

Photo from siberiantimes.com

Russia in 2014 will fully cover the Arctic radar field, and in 2015 will be ready “to meet the intruders” from the North and East, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

The Minister recalled the expanding of Russia’s military presence in the Arctic and said that at the present time three missions to build the infrastructure are effectuated on the Arctic islands.

Defense Minister also recalled that it was recently began the restoration of airfields on the New Siberian Islands, Franz Josef Land, as well as reconstructed northern airfields Tixi, Naryan-Mar, Alykel, Vorkuta, Anadyr and Rogachevo. All of these actions will allow, according to the Minister, to protect national interests in the region.

St Petersburg enterprise to supply arresting gear for INS Vikrant

Russia&India Report     31/10/2014

The Proletarski Zavod will supply arresting gear and breaking machines for the aircraft carrier that will be commissioned in 2018.

St Petersburg enterprise to supply arresting gear for INS Vikrant

The INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India. Source: AP

St. Petersburg’s Proletarski Zavod  (Proletarian Factory) will supply arresting gears and breaking machines for the under construction INS Vikrant aircraft carrier. The Russian enterprise has already supplied similar equipment for the INS Vikramaditya, Yury Skorikov, the factory’s general director told Tass.

“A contract has been signed with the Indian side. We are making arresting gears for the Vikrant aircraft carrier,” Skorikov said. He added that the enterprise is now considering an agreement on post-guarantee servicing of the arresting gears that are already found in the Vikramaditya since the basic time period of the warranty has already run out.

“We’ve already put braking machines on the Vikramaditya and are manufacturing them for the Vikrant aircraft carrier. Presumably the breaking machines for the Vikrant will be supplied in 2015,” Skorikov said.

The St. Petersburg enterprise also produces arresting gears for naval aviation pilot training complexes in Yeysk, Russia as well as in the Indian state of Goa. “Four arresting gears were delivered to Yeysk and the first machine has already been installed,” said Skorikov. “Deliveries were completed in 2013. Right now the equipment is being mounted.”

Proletarski Zavod is one of the oldest machine-building enterprises in St Petersburg. It specialises in marine and power engineering. According to its website, ship mechanisms, systems and complexes, that in certain cases do not have any analogues in home industry, are created at the factory.

The INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India. The ship was “launched” in 2013 and construction is expected to be completed by 2016. The first ship of the Vikrant class of aircraft carriers is expected to be commissioned in 2018. Work is currently going on in the Cochin Shipyard in the Indian state of Kerala.

The aircraft carrier is 262 metres long and 60 metres wide, and displaces about 40,000 metric tons. The deck will be able to accommodate 30 aircrafts and is expected to host MiG 29K and Tejas aircrafts, as well as Kamov Ka-31 aircrafts. India will keep a squadron of 17 MiG 29s on the INS Vikrant to protect its eastern seaboard. Russia will deliver the second squadron of aircraft meant for the indigenous aircraft carrier by 2015.

The Russians are coming! UK media hypes up RAF interception of Latvian plane

Eurofighter Typhoon jet from the British Royal Air Force (RAF) (AFP Photo / Paul Ellis)

Eurofighter Typhoon jet from the British Royal Air Force (RAF) (AFP Photo / Paul Ellis)

Two Royal Air Force jets reportedly threatened to shoot down a Latvian cargo plane, rushing at supersonic speeds to intercept it, after the plane failed to respond to air traffic control over Kent in Southern England and sent authorities into panic mode.

“I am instructed by Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom to warn you that, if you do not respond immediately to my orders, you will be shot down,” radioed one of the jets, according to an audio recording circulating in UK media.

The incident occurred at about 5pm local time after the Latvian Antonov An-26 aircraft failed to make contact with air traffic controllers.

British Typhoons were tasked with intercepting the cargo plane. “To fulfill their quick reaction role, they were cleared to travel at supersonic speed,” an RAF spokesperson said, adding that the speed explains the loud noise people heard in the air.

Many locals took to Twitter, describing how their houses shook after the loud bangs.