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.