Egypt to Buy Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator Attack Helicopters

Ka-52 Alligator helicopter


The Egyptian military has ordered Russian-made Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, a military source said during the MAKS-2015 air show.

Egypt has ordered Ka-52 helicopters but the delivery has not started yet, according to the source that did not specify the timeframe and sum of the contract.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is currently on a visit to Moscow. During talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Sisi reached an agreement to extend Russian grain supplies and switch to ruble transactions in the tourist industry.

At the invitation of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Egyptian leader visited the National Center for Defense Management.

The Ka-52 multirole attack helicopter was designed for destroying enemy armory, personnel and helicopters under any weather conditions at day and night. The Alligator features a coaxial rotor system which allows for superior maneuverability. The machine is capable of flying backwards at speeds of 130 kmh and sideways at speeds of 100 kmh as well as performing aerobatic maneuvers.The Ka-52 has unique crew placement – one pilot alongside to the other. It was designed like this to better coordinate the pilots’ actions in combat. The helicopter is armed with a 30-mm automatic gun and the Vikhr guided missile.

The Ka-52 has been in service in the Russian Armed Forces since 2011. Over 70 machines were produced, and a carrier-based modification was designed.

Putin Prepares Surprise for China During Beijing Victory Parade

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) march during a rehearsal for a military parade in Beijing, August 23, 2015


When the Chinese soldiers took part in the Victory Parade of 2015 on May 9 in Russia, they sang a popular Russian war song “Katyusha.” Now the Russian military is due to take part in the celebrations in Beijing. Will they perform something in Chinese? Chinese website Duowei News deliberated this matter.

According to the Ambassador of Russia in China, Andrey Denisov, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War and the victory of China over Japanese aggression is a special event for Asia and the world.

Russian soldiers will for the first time parade at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square just the way Chinese armed forces marched through the Red Square in Moscow in May. For Russia, these reciprocal gestures are held in high regard.It is known that the Russian President Vladimir Putin will not only take part in the festivities, but will also hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Denisov said.

But the question on whether the Russian military will perform some Chinese song, the ambassador left unanswered, in order to keep the Chinese spectators of the parade to keep assuming till the event.

Denisov hinted that Putin is preparing a surprise for China, “so we will look forward to that,” he concluded.

More than 152,000 spectators visit MAKS’2015 aerospace show on Saturday


ZHUKOVSKY, Moscow region, August 29. /TASS/. Moscow international aerospace show MAKS’2015 hosted 152,300 visitors on Saturday, a spokesperson for the directorate of the show told TASS on Saturday.

“In spite of unstable weather (sporadic short showers – TASS), some 152,300 visitors arrived at the airdrome of the Mikhail Gromov Flight Research Institute,” he said.

A record of attendance in the days of general public admittance was set on the fifth day of the MAKS’2013 show when the venue was visited by 157,000 people – the biggest attendance reported ever since the start of MAKS shows in 1993.

All in all, slightly over 312,000 people have visited the show by the end of its fifth day. The organizers hope the overall attendance will reach 400,000 this year.

The number of visitors reported in 2013 was 340,000 and in 2011, about 440,000.

USS Donald Cook to Enter Black Sea on Friday

USS Donald Cook


The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook is scheduled to enter the Black Sea later in the day “to maintain peace and stability in the region,” US Naval Forces Europe-Africa said in a statement issued on Friday.

“The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability with our allies and partners,” according to the statement.It was mentioned in the statement that the purpose of the vessel entering the Black Sea is to demonstrate US commitment “to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe” as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The operation, which forms part of a series of US and NATO troop deployments and exercises in the region, which began in April 2014, seeks to “deter Russia from regional hegemony,” according to the US European Command.

NATO has been reinforcing its military presence in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea since the outbreak of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine in April 2014.

Russia maintains that NATO expansion close to its western frontier is a threat to regional security.

China to Show its High-Tech Weapons During Massive WWII Parade

Chinese flag bearers practice marching near a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of a Sept. 3 military parade.


Next week’s parade in Beijing is set to be a historic commemoration of the Chinese victory over Japan in World War II. To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, China will showcase its latest high-tech weaponry.

The festivities will feature one of the most large-scale parades in the nation’s history. Nearly 12,000 troops will take part, but the Chinese government will also take the opportunity to highlight its latest military hardware, most of which will be unveiled for the first time.

“They represent the new development, new achievements and new images of the building of the Chinese armed forces,” said Qu Rui, a military official organizing the event, according to Reuters.

On display will be 500 pieces of equipment, including modern tanks. A number of long-range ballistic missiles have been spotted during rehearsals, and according to Xinhua news agency, the Second Artillery Force, the military’s nuclear division, will showcase seven different types of missiles.

“The scale and number of missiles will surpass any previous outing,” an official told Xinhua.

The parade will also feature nearly 200 aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and carrier-based aircraft. The latest J-15 carrier-based fighter has been spotted during rehearsals, and a lead pilot told Xinhua that an upgraded long-range bomber will fly overhead.

A squadron of military helicopters has also been observed during warmups.

A record number of foreign leaders will be in attendance, and military delegations from ten nations – including Russia – will also take part.

“At the moment, 30 heads of state confirmed their consent to participate in the events, it will be the largest event in the history of China regarding the number of participating heads of states,” Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said during a press conference on Thursday.

A number of world leaders, however, have refused Beijing’s invitation. Both US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have declined, sending ambassadors instead. Most European leaders have made similar arrangements.

By skipping the event, Western leaders are attempting to signal their displeasure with what they see as Chinese aggression in the East and South China Seas. Despite the parade’s true intentions, many experts predict that the event will be seen as aggressive by rival Pacific nations.

“It’s possible that Japan and Southeast Asian countries will interpret this as a kind of warning to them,” political scientist Xie Yue told Reuters. “I can’t say whether that’s warranted or not.”

The Chinese government, however, has repeatedly stressed that the parade is about commemorating a historic event.

“The parade is intended to commemorate history, cherish the memory of our fallen revolutionary soldiers, uphold peace and usher in the future, with no other countries targeted,” Qu said.

The event will be held in Beijing on September 3. To honor the victory of Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, the parade will march through Tiananmen Square.

MAKS 2015: Russia’s new Ka-35 AEW helicopter enters service



Russia’s latest Kamov Ka-35 airborne early warning (AEW) helicopter has entered service with the Russian Navy, an industry source told IHS Jane’s at the MAKS-2015 air show.

The new Ka-35 is both designed as a replacement for the Russian Navy’s ageing Ka-31 ‘Helix’ AEW helicopters and to have a wider capability set than the older platform. “This is a relatively old machine” the source stated of the Ka-31, adding: “It was created in its time for fulfilling, in particular, such missions as protecting Project 1143 vessels [Kiev-class aircraft carriers], and it did the job well.”

The new AEW helicopter has built on the legacy of the older aircraft, the source stated.

Russia delivered a batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq


Another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters was delivered to Iraq by An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, a source told TASS at MAKS-2015 airshow.

In accordance with the delivery schedule, Iraq took delivery of four Mi-35M and four Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The vehicles feature the full combat configuration and are fitted with the night vision equipment, TASS reports with reference to a military attaché.

It was reported earlier that Baghdad would take delivery of 43 combat helicopters by 2016 (24 Mi-35M and 19 Mi-28NE vehicles). These helicopters will be used to fight terrorist groups in Iraq. So far Iraq have taken delivery of 16 Mi-35Ms and 11 Mi-28NEs.

The contract for delivery of military equipment and vehicles worth $4,2 billion between Russia (Rosoboronexport) and Iraq was signed in 2012 during a visit of Iraqi President to Moscow. The contract is implemented by Rostvertol (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company), which manufactures Mi-35M and Mi-28NE combat helicopters, as well as Mi-26 heavy transport helicopters. According to experts, the cost of the delivered vehicles, including ground equipment and weapons, exceeds $1 billion.

India, France May Sign 36 Rafale Fighters Deal Next Week

Rafale fighter jet aircraft, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA.


New Delhi and Paris could sign a contract to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets as early as next week, The Times of India reported on Friday, citing defense sources.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — According to the newspaper, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the Rafale deal, which could be followed by the signing of a commercial contract.In April, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande agreed to supply the Indian Air Force with 36 French-built Rafale fighters.

The contract is still at the discussion stage, with the negotiating committee considering the 50 percent offset requirements, as well as the arms and equipment the fighters will be fitted with, The Times of India reported.

According to the newspaper, the delivery of the first aircraft to India will take place about two years after the contact is signed.

India and France have been negotiating the deal for over three years, during which time the deal’s budget has almost doubled.The initial price quoted to India for each of the 36 Rafale aircraft was 25 percent higher than the $200-million price tag offered to the Indian prime minister during his April visit to France.

The Rafale is a French fourth generation multirole twin-engine fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.

Irkut Corporation demonstrates Yak-130 jet fitted with laser rangefinder at MAKS-2015 airshow for the first time ever



Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation) demonstrates Yak-130 operational trainer fitted with laser rangefinder at the static display of MAKS-2015 international airshow for the first time ever. The rangefinder is intended for visual identification of ground and surface targets by the crew, and measurement of slant distance to them, the corporation reported.

“Yak-130 (tail number 01) was upgraded by Yakovlev design bureau (part of Irkut Corporation) in accordance with the requirements of foreign customers; the upgrade is focused on increasing the jet’s combat effectiveness (Yak-130 may be used as a light attack aircraft). The laser rangefinder allows operating Yak-130 jets in mountainous regions with ravines, improves the accuracy in the area of target location and usage of weapons,” Irkut Corporation noted.

Air-launched variant of Russian-Indian BrahMos missile to undergo flight tests next March


ZHUKOVSKY /Moscow region/, August 27 /TASS/. The test trials of an air-launched variant of the BrahMos cruise missile are due to begin in March 2016, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, director-general of the BrahMos Aerospace Company, told TASS at the MAKS-2015 Air Show.

“We have modified a Su-30MKI fighter jet for the installation of a BrahMos cruise missile. The launching pad, which is currently undergoing qualification tests, has also been modified,” Mishra said.

According to the company’s director-general, the qualification tests are to be over by December 2015. The launching pad and the missiles will then undergo flight tests on the Su-30MKI jet.

He said the program had been fulfilled by 90%.

Meanwhile, Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace has received an order for delivery of two regimental sets of BrahMos cruise missiles for Indian ground troops, Sudhir Kumar Mishra went on to say.

We have received an order for delivery of two regimental sets of BrahMos cruise missiles for the Indian ground forces, Mishra told TASS at the MAKS-2015 Air Show. He added that other branches of Indian Armed Forces were planning to commission BrahMos cruise missiles in the next two months.

Mishra said that the Indian Armed Forces had already commissioned the missiles for five of its squadrons and that more than ten Indian warships had been equipped or were being equipped with adapted modifications of BrahMos missiles.

Mishra also noted that government organizations in Russia and India had invested about $3 billion in a joint venture whose cost had risen to $7 billion by now.