Russia Supplies Mi-26TS Heavy Transport Helicopter to China

Versatile, wide-body caro helicopter Mi-26T


The Russian Helicopters company on Thursday announced that it had supplied the fourth Mi-26TS heavy transport helicopter to China.

 The Mi-26TS is an export version of the Mil Mi-26T helicopter. Russian Helicopters signed the supply contract with China’s Lectern Aviation Supplies Co Ltd in 2014. China has been operating three such helicopters to date.

“The Russian Helicopters holding has supplied an Mi-26TS heavy lift cargo helicopter to the People’s Republic of China. The helicopter was built at the Rostvertol plant. The helicopter took off from the plant’s flight test station on June 23… Its arrival to China is expected on July 2,” the manufacturer said in a statement.

The Mi-26TSs currently being operated by China are being used by the State Forestry Administration to put out forest fires, according to the statement. It was noted in the press release that the new helicopter is due to enter service in July.”The supplied helicopter was procured for the needs of the Shandong province where there is active ongoing work to preserve and extend forest cover being carried out. The helicopter will be used to tackle blazes and transport equipment and bulky cargo,” deputy CEO of the Russian Helicopters Alexander Shcherbinin was quoted as saying in the statement.

The Mi-26TS was developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and is produced by the Rostvertol plant located in Rostov-on-Don. The aircraft has a total payload of 20 metric tons and is equipped with modern electronic systems.

Russian Envoy to Iran Hopes Moscow to Fulfill S-300 Delivery Before 2017

An S-300 surface-to-air missile system


Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan expressed hope on Thursday that Russia would complete the supply of S-300 air defense systems to Iran by the end of 2016.

On April 11, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that Russia had made the first contracted delivery of the S-300 systems as scheduled. Iran unveiled its first S-300 systems during an annual Army Day parade in mid-April.”I very much hope that the Russian side will fulfill all of its contract obligations and I hope that this is done by the end of the year,” Dzhagaryan told reporters.

Earlier in June, the Iranian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik that the implementation of the Russia-Iran agreement on the delivery of S-300 air defense systems is proceeding as planned, with Tehran counting on all systems being delivered by the end of the year.

The $900-million Moscow-Tehran contract to deliver five Russian S-300 systems to Iran was signed in 2007. It was suspended after the adoption of UN Security Council sanctions on Iran in mid-2010.

In April 2015, Russia resumed the talks on S-300 deliveries following a framework agreement on the landmark deal ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program. The first delivery under the contract took place earlier in April.

Armenian Parliament Ratifies Treaty on Joint Air Defense System With Russia

S-400 Air Defense Systems


Armenia’s National Assembly ratified an agreement on Thursday on creating a unified air defense system in the Caucasus region together with Russia.

YEREVAN      A total of 102 out of the parliament’s 131 lawmakers voted in favor of the deal, while eight voted against it.”In peacetime, the sides will be able to make their own decisions on how to use the troops under their control. The sides will need to notify each other of these decisions and actions,” Armenia’s Deputy Defense Minister Ara Nazaryan said presenting the deal.

“Armenia will have a right to use its air defense to the extent and for the purposes it deems necessary,” he underlined.

Syrian Army Repels Attack of al-Nusra Front Terrorists in Latakia – Source

Al-Nusra Front fighters. (File)


The Syrian army repelled an attack of al-Nusra Front terrorists on villages in the western province of Latakia, a military source told Sputnik on Wednesday.

DAMASCUS         According to the source, the attack was carried out by militants of al-Nusra Front and other extremist groups.

“The terrorists suffered losses, including influential field commanders,” the source added.

The source noted that the terrorists managed to take control over just one village in the province, but the Syrian army was trying to liberate it.

The Russia-US brokered ceasefire in Syria came into force on February 27. Al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorist groups, which are outlawed in Russia, are not part of the ceasefire deal.

Over 400 Russian defense enterprises to take part in Army 2016 international forum

Army 2015 international forum

Army 2015 international forum

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KUBINKA /Moscow Region/, June 29. /TASS/. More than 400 enterprises of Russia’s defense and industrial sector and about 100 foreign delegations will take part in the Army 2016 international military and technical forum, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.

The Army 2016 international military and technical forum will be held in the Moscow Region on September 6-11, he added.

“More than 400 Russian defense enterprises and about 100 foreign delegations are planned to take part in it [the Army 2016 forum],” Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s board.

The participants in the forum will be able to present their static expositions at the new versatile training and demonstration center.

“The center will accommodate defense developments and achievements, as well as the national expositions of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and other countries,” Shoigu said.

For the first time in the history of the forum, the capabilities of military and special hardware will be demonstrated at the Alabino practice range in the Moscow Region, as well as in all military districts and the Northern Fleet.

It was reported earlier that more than 100 items of military hardware and equipment were planned to be shown at the forum.

“The 1st Smart Industrial Technologies 2016 international exhibition will be held within the framework of the Army 2016 forum,” he said.

“The Smart Industrial Technologies 2016 exhibition will display highly efficient equipment and technologies for industry retooling,” Shoigu said.


India Successfully Test-Fires Surface-to-Air Missile Barak 8

Barak-8 missile


The Indian Defense Ministry on Thursday successfully carried out the test of a long range surface-to-air-class missile (LRSAM) system, dubbed Barak 8, manufactured jointly by India and Israel, local Odisha TV broadcaster reported.

NEW DELHI                    The test was originally planned to be held on Wednesday, but was postponed at the last moment.According to the broadcaster, Barak 8 was test-fired from launchpad No.3 of the Chandipur Integrated Test Range (ITR) in the Odisha state.

Barak 8 was developed by the Indian Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The long-range rocket can identify and hit an air target within a range of 70 kilometers, or some 43.5 miles.

Russian-Indian Company to Test Su-30 Fighter Equipped With BrahMos Missile

Su-30 MKI


Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited is going to test a Su-30 MKI fighter jet equipped with a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in fall.

Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited is going to test a Su-30 MKI fighter jet equipped with a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in fall, the company’s spokesman Praveen Pathak told Russian media.

“In September-October we are going to hold the first practical air launch of the missile. We have already completed 90 percent of works on the complex. Our military are inspired by fire power and range capability, which will be provided by the deadly combination of the most progressive fighter and our missile,” Pathak told the Izvestiya newspaper.

He added that in order to equip the fighter with the BrahMos missile, it was necessary to make changes in the jet’s design.

The company carried out a demonstration of a Su-30 MKI fighter equipped with a BrahMos missile on June 25.

BrahMos is a short-range supersonic missile, which has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005. The missile has a range of 180 miles and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 660 pounds.

All New Russian Navy Ships, Submarines to Be Equipped With Fizik-1 Torpedo

The Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine crew at a welcome ceremony for the navy's new Borei-class project 955 vessel at the Kamchatka's Vilyuchinsk permanent base.


All new Russian Navy ships and submarines will be equipped with the Fizik-1 universal deep water homing torpedo which has a target range 2.5 times greater than the USET-80, currently in service, a military source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

 The source added that although the same size, the torpedo had a broader range, a more powerful warhead and a perfected homing system.

“The Russian Navy began rearmament using the new 533-millimeter caliber Fizik-1 torpedo with an increased strike range of up to 50 kilometers [31 miles],” the source said.

The new torpedo is estimated to be 7.2 meters (23 feet) long, weigh 2,200 kilograms (4,850 pounds) and have a warhead weighing 300 kilograms. The engine uses specially designed fuel instead of oxygen and water.

Move Over, Musk: Russia’s Reusable Winged Carrier Rocket to Fly Like Plane

The first stage of the Russian reusable carrier rocket will be winged to enable it to return to a spaceport like an ordinary plane.


The first stage of the Russian reusable carrier rocket will be winged to enable it to return to a spaceport like an ordinary plane.

MOSCOW  Russian space agency Roscosmos is ready to begin the development of a flying prototype of a reusable first stage of a carrier rocket.

“The department for reusable space launch vehicles has been restored. It happened just a month ago. We invited the people who used to work on the Buran [space shuttle]. The department is headed by Pavel Lekhov, one of the designers of the Energia-Buran system,” Roscosmos General Designer Alexander Medvedev was quoted as saying by the Russian Izvestia newspaper.

It is planned that the first stage of the carrier rocket will be winged to enable it to return to a spaceport like an ordinary plane, according to the news outlet.

The idea for a winged first stage of a carrier rocket has been in the works in Russia for some 20 years, according to Medvedev.The first stage of the rocket is the most expensive to manufacture since it is equipped with boosters that define its missile capabilities, the newspaper explained. The cost of building the first stage of a rocket varies between $10 to $70 million.

Roscosmos is a state corporation responsible for overseeing and implementing comprehensive reforms to the Russian space industry.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (June 28, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreement with representatives of an inhabited area in the Homs province has been achieved.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 166.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed opposition detachments active in the Damascus, Homs, and Daraa provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 61.

Ceasefire observation

The ceasefire has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Within last 24 hours, 4 ceasefire violations have been registered in the Damascus province. Jaysh al-Islam formations, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, have performed mortar shelling of positions of the Syrian Armed Forces in Jaubar, Harasta, Haush al-Hayat, and Huteita al-Jarash inhabited areas.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

Citizens of Duer district of Damascus have received humanitarian cargos with food products and sweets for children.

Additional information

Groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra international terrorist organization do not stop making attempts to break the ceasefire regime.

Within last 24 hours, terrorists have shelled Handrat, Kudehi, amd al-Hader inhabited areas (Aleppo province), Sheikh Maqsood, al-Zagra, and Meidan quarters of Aleppo, and al-Nayrab airport in the Aleppo city with MLRS and mortars.

Terrorists have also shelled following inhabited areas: Huteita al-Jarash, Blelije, Bahariyah, and a railway bridge near Meida village (Damascus province), Fuah (Idlib province), Rasha (Latakia province), and Tel Jdid (Hama province).