Foreign customers eye Russian robots after Syria operation — state arms exporter

Uran mine-clearing robot

Uran mine-clearing robot

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BANGALORE (India), February 16. /TASS/. Foreign customers have started to file more applications for Russian-made Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers, the export modification of Kalibr cruise missile systems and Uran mine-clearing robots, the head of the delegation of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport at the Aero India 2017 exhibition said on Thursday.

Rosoboronexport delegation Head Sergei Goreslavsky said that the Russian military hardware had proved its worth as “reliable, qualitative and trouble-free weaponry capable of successfully performing missions in real combat conditions.”

“Naturally, this has been noticed by foreign customers and, correspondingly, the number of inquiries to Rosoboronexport about the types of armaments used in the operation has increased. From among aircraft, customers have displayed interest in multipurpose and combat helicopters, multipurpose fighter jets, fighter-bombers and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Goreslavsky said.

“Higher interest has been displayed in Club-N and Club-S integrated missile systems [the export modification of Kalibr missiles], as well as in various Russian robotized complexes, including from the Uran family,” the Rosoboronexport official said.

Russia launched its anti-terror operation in Syria in late September 2015. The operation involved upgraded Su-30SM and Su-35 multipurpose fighter jets, modernized Su-24 frontline bombers and Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-34 fighter-bombers and also deck-based Su-33 and Mikoyan MiG-29K/KUB planes.

Besides, Russia used multipurpose and attack helicopters, including Mil Mi-28N and Kamov Ka-52 gunships while drones were employed to reconnoiter and monitor the situation. The strikes against militants in Syria were delivered with Kalibr cruise missiles both by surface ships and submarines of the Russian Navy while the Russian military used Uran robots for mine-clearing operations.


Russian Helicopters to Take Part in India’s 8th Vibrant Gujarat Forum

Russian Helicopters to Take Part in India's 8th Vibrant Gujarat Forum

The Russian Helicopters company, part of the Rostec state corporation, is taking part in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 regional investment forum in India’s Gujarat state, the company said Tuesday.

    The eighth biennial Vibrant Gujarat forum is taking place in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar on January 10-13 and is due to kick off in several hours. This year’s event focuses on sustainable economic and social development. It is the largest regional forum in India, in which business leaders, government representatives and experts from India and all over the world take part. The forum aims to attract investments to the state’s economy and develop regional industry.
   Today, India is one of the main operators of Russian helicopters. It is worth mentioning that the country’s authorities are also showing an interest in civilian vehicles. India already operates civilian Mi-172 helicopters… We are interested not only in selling military equipment, but also in setting up long-term relations with our Indian partners and are ready to offer them a number of additional services, including after-sales services,” Russian Helicopter Deputy CEO Alexander Shcherbinin was quoted as saying in a company statement.
     India currently operates some 400 helicopters made in Russia and intends to further boost this number, according to the company.
     India uses a broad range of Mil Mi-17 and Mi-8 transport helicopter variants. These are used in search and rescue operations, passenger transport and are involved in the protection of forests and fisheries.

Russian Su-35 May be Last Fighter Jet Imported by China as Beijing Bets on J-20



Su-35 super maneuverable multirole fighter


   On December 25, China received the first shipment of Russian-made Su-35 fighter jets, as part of a deal between Moscow and Beijing on delivering a total of 24 aircraft.

    Russia and China signed a contract on the delivery of 24 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft, estimated to be worth $2 billion, in 2015.

   The S-35 is a 4++ generation, twin-engine, highly maneuverable multirole fighter jet. It has a maximum speed of 1,553 mph (2,500 kmh) with advanced dry thrust and afterburner capabilities that enhance the aircraft’s dogfighting maneuverability and semi-stealth design that makes it possibly the most lethal fighter jet in the sky.

   The fighter jet is an upgraded version of the Su-27 multirole fighter. It was first introduced to a foreign audience at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

   The Su-35 is Russia’s top air-superiority fighter, until the fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter comes into production.

   According to the Chinese newspaper The People’s Daily, the reason for such smooth procurement of the Su-35 for the Chinese military is the recent debut of the domestic-designed J-20 fifth-generation fighter.

   Of course, the deal on delivering Su-35 jets to China was a result of close military and technical cooperation between Moscow and Beijing.

   However, according to the newspaper, the Russian side expects that once the J-20 enters service with the Chinese armed forces the “Su-35 will soon lose its value in the Chinese market.”

   China unveiled two Chengdu J-20 stealth fighters at the Airshow China-2016 in Zhuhai in early-November. The aircraft was developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation. The J-20 conducted its first test flight in early 2011.

   According to Air Force Commander General Ma Xiaotian, China will not put the J-20 on the global market.

   While the detailed specifications of the new jet have been kept secret, to all appearances the jets have been designed to match the stealth capabilities of fifth-generation fighter aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and Russia’s Sukhoi PAK FA.

   However, military experts noted that another possible reason behind China’s interest for the Su-35 is its engine, the AL-117S turbofan.

    China has put much effort in developing its own turbofan akin to the Su-35’s, known as the WS-10 turbofan, but it continues to underperform the Russian-made AL-117S. If Chinese engineers manage to reverse engineer the Russian technology they may be able to narrow the technological gap with Russia and the West.

Philippines Ready to Buy Arms From Russia Amid Crisis in Relations With US


 The 10th Russia Arms Expo international exhibition's opening

   Philippines are ready to buy arms from Russia if there is money amid a rift in relations with the United States, the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday.

On November 8, Duterte claimed he would cancel an order for 26,000 US-made M16 rifles, originally intended to arm the country’s national police, to “look for a cheaper source.”

   “He [Russian President Vladimir Putin] was pleased to hear our offer of friendship, pleased with the fact that the initiative came from us. Not because we need money … or arms. If we have money, we will buy them [arms],” Duterte told the Rossiya-24 broadcaster.

   The Philippine president stressed that his country did not participate “in any military blocs.”

   “We have not discussed anything similar neither with Russia, nor with China, except the issues of trade, finance and economy. But, perhaps, in the future we will have to do business with the European Union and Russia in the area of arms trade since it seems that the Americans have canceled orders on arms supplies [to the Philippines],” Duterte said.

  On November 19, Putin was taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council the Peruvian capital of Lima. On the sidelines of the event, the Russian leader held a separate meeting with his Philippine counterpart.

Iran’s demand for Russian weaponry is estimated at $10 bln

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TEHRAN, November 14. /TASS/. Iran’s demand for Russian military hardware is estimated at about $10 billion, the chairman of the Federation Council’s defense and security committee, Viktor Ozerov, told the media on Monday.

He recalled that formally anti-Iranian sanctions had been lifted, which enabled the Russian president to give a go-ahead to the supply of S-300 air defense systems.

“The same UN Security Council resolution says that armor, artillery systems, planes and combat aircraft may be provided without UN Security Council’s permission up to October 2020,” he said.

“The package of contracts that have been discussed by now and Iran’s demand are estimated at about $10 billion. It is not an amount to be provided over one year. It will take far more time,” Ozerov said.

Offensive weapon systems may be provided on the condition there must be a request from Russia or Iran for such permission, he explained.

“There’s been no such request so far, but work on such issues is in progress. If the United States and Europe fail to grant permission, then we will get back to this issue in October 2020, when the formal legal aspect of this will be gone,” Ozerov said.


Russia to Churn Out First Batch of Ka-52 Choppers for Foreign Customers in 2017


 Kamov Ka-52

   Russia will manufacture the first batch of hi-tech Ka-52 gunships for foreign purchasers in early 2017.

   ZHUHAI (China),  The first batch of Ka-52 helicopters manufactured for foreign purchasers will be ready for delivery in 2017, Russian Helicopters holding Deputy CEO Igor Chechikov said.

   “Our factory is booked with export orders until 2020. We are planning to manufacture the first batch of Ka-52 Alligator helicopters [NATO reporting name: Hokum B] in the beginning of 2017,” Chechikov told RIA Novosti in an interview.

   On October 18, Anatoly Punchuk, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), said that Egypt had appealed to Russia to supply Ka-52 helicopters for Mistral helicopter carriers.

    Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopter is designed to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. Ka-52 could also perform fire support operations, as well as patrol and escort missions.

Equipment installed on Russian jets supplied to China won’t be illegally replicated

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ZHOUHAI, November 1. /TASS/. Russia has started acting on the first set of its liabilities under the contract with China for the supply of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, the deputy chief of the federal service for military-technical cooperation, Vladimir Drozhzhov, has told TASS.

“The delivery of the contracted planes to China is being carried out within the established deadlines. At the moment work is in progress to comply with the first set of contractual liabilities,” Drozhzhov said.

The governments of Russia and China, he went on to say, had concluded a special agreement on intellectual property protection matters. Russian equipment installed on these planes will be immune from illegal replication.

“To implement this agreement in practice a Russian-Chinese working group has been set up. Last time it met in session in September 2016,” Drozhzhov said.

Russia and China in November 2015 signed a contract for 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets. The value of the contract is estimated at no less than $2 billion. The terms of the agreement include the supplies of ground equipment and spare engines.

A source in the military-technical cooperation system told TASS earlier the contract would be implemented within three years. The governor of the Khabarovsk Territory where the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft-building plant (the manufacturer of Sukhoi-35) is located said earlier a batch of the first four planes would be handed over to China by the end of this year.

The Sukhoi-35 is a multi-role extra-maneuverable fighter jet (generation 4++). It is equipped with a phased array antenna radar and variable thrust engines. It can develop a speed of 2,500 kilometers per hour. The maximum range without refueling is 3,400 kilometers and combat radius, 1,600 kilometers. The fighter is armed with a 30-mm gun and has 12 suspensions for bombs and rockets.


Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu participated in the session of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission for military and technical cooperation


Today, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu jointly with the head of the Indian military department Manohar Parrikar held the 16th session of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission for military and technical cooperation.

Speaking at the session, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu stated that double, and usually, triple standards could not be used while fighting terrorism.

According to Sergei Shoigu, military departments of Russia and India have achieved progress in joint projects, including ones concerning S-400 air defence systems.

He stated that there was a separate large-scale project concerning the fleet.

In his turn, Manohar Parrikar stated that recently signed intergovernmental agreement concerning S-400 complexes and joint production of Ka-226 helicopters had become the evidence of progressive development of military and technical cooperation between two countries. According to him, there good prospects in the nuclear field, too.

The members of the commission summed up results of the last year work, and assigned high-priority tasks in the field of military and technical cooperation of two countries.

The sides have also discussed issues of enhancing bilateral cooperation in accordance to agreements, which had been achieved in course of the visit of the President of the Russian Federation to India on October 15-16, 2016.

Moreover, they exchanged opinions on issues of regional security.

Today, the Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has held negotiations in the field of defence with his Indian counterpart.

The Head of the Russian defence department invited the Indian specialists to participate in the ARMY-2017 international military and technical forum. He also suggested holding joint exercise of engineer troops of both countries aimed at humanitarian mine clearing on the base of the Russian International Mine Action Center, the specialists of which had taken part in mine-clearing operation in Palmyra.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu expressed his gratitude to the Indian military servicemen and highly assessed their actions during the International Army Games 2016 and invited them to take part in the Games next year.

Syria campaign raises interest in Russian weapons and naval hardware

Russian fighter jets and bombers at Hemeimeem air base in Syria

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LE BOURGET (France), October 19. /TASS/. Russia’s anti-terror operation in Syria has increased the interest of foreign customers in Russian weapons, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk told TASS on Wednesday.

“No doubt, during the ongoing Syria operation, the Russian combat hardware has demonstrated its high tactical and technical characteristics in combat conditions. The successes of our anti-terror contingent have increased the interest of foreign customers in the entire range of Russian-made military products, including naval hardware,” he said at the 25th Euronaval-2016 international naval show.

Russia launched its anti-terror operation in Syria on September 30, 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The anti-terror operation involves Russian combat aircraft, including strategic bombers. The operation’s active phase lasted until March 15, after which Russia withdrew its basic contingent from Syria.


Russia proposes to South Africa industrial cooperation in defense sphere

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PRETORIA, September 13. /TASS/. The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) has for the first time proposes South Africa to engage in joint industrial research in the defense sphere.

“South Africa has a major industrial potential while Russia can offer a lot in the sphere of defense, security and law enforcement. We proposed long-term hi-tech cooperation,” FSVTS Deputy Director Anatoly Punchuk told Tass on Tuesday after the first bilateral seminar held on the eve of the biggest Africa Aerospace & Defense (AAD-2016) show.

The seminar was attended by over a hundred experts from both countries who discussed organizational and legal aspects of military-technical cooperation between Russia and South Africa, business specifics in each country, copyright protection and other issues.

“We discussed what to begin with, i.e. various models of industrial cooperation, including financial aspects. We have high-tech platforms which can be integrated with existing South African systems or maybe even with future jointly created new technologies,” Punchuk said.

Russian exerts at the seminar stressed that technological platforms of the T-72 tank have not been surpassed and that in aircraft, air and missile defense technologies Russia “is in the first line”.

South African experts demonstrated big interest in Russian helicopters, coast guard ships and armor. Secretary of Defense Sam Gulube said his team was “enthusiastic and interested” in industrial cooperation with Russia but stressed no contracts could be expected overnight.

“As leaders we have to give a start to the process so that our people deal with specific issues. It is like marriage. When you meet a beautiful girl at a party you do not marry her the next day but ask her telephone number. This is a networking seminar that will yield result with time,” he said.

The seminar was followed by a meeting of the joint intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation. On the sidelines of AAD-2016 Punchuk is scheduled to meet South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.