Saudi FM certain contract on Russian Iskander missile supplies will be signed soon

Over the past two months there have been several visits by Saudi Arabia’s military delegations to Russia


MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. Saudi Arabia is discussing buying Russia’s Iskander tactical missile systems, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

“Saudi Arabia is set to intensify relations with Russia in all the spheres, including in the military field,” al-Jubeir said.

In general, the deliveries of Russian armaments are being actively discussed and a contract may be signed soon, the Saudi foreign minister said.

“In the past two months, our military delegations have made several visits to Russia to hold substantive talks on the types of armaments,” he said.

“I’m sure such a contract will be signed soon,” he added.

Iskander tactical ballistic missile systems are capable of hitting both small-size and large-area targets at a distance of up to 500 km to destroy missile and multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery guns, aircraft and helicopters at aerodromes, command posts and communications centers.

The Iskander tactical ballistic missile complex includes a launcher, a loader-transporter, a routine maintenance vehicle, a command post vehicle, an information post, an ammunition equipment set and training aids.

Russia offers newest rockets S-8OFP



Russia offers its partners in military-technical cooperation newest rockets S-8OFP, CEO of concern “Tekhmash” (part of “Rostec”) Sergey Rusakov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“Now in the final stages of development there are 32 main battle and 50 auxiliary samples (weapons). They include self-propelled guns ammunition “Koalitsiya-SV” high-performance and multi-purpose anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades, as well as a new aircraft missile “Broneboishchik” (S-8OFP) we also offer foreign partners,” said Rusakov.

Russian space agency to replace Ukraine’s Zenith launchers with new Angara rockets — media


February 02,  MOSCOW
The satellites that were supposed to be launched by Zenith launchers will be orbited by new launchers of the Angara class

The Angara carrier rocket

The Angara carrier rocket

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MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, will not any longer buy Zenith rockets produced in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk, Izvestia daily writes on Monday referring to representative of Roscosmos Igor Burenkov.

He said the agency would not buy any Zenith launchers, and the satellites that were supposed to be launched by them will be orbited by new launchers of the Angara class.

“Our industry has just finished work on a modern rocket that can carry out any tasks, and thus we don’t need to buy rockets from Ukraine any longer,” the newspaper quotes the representative.

Izvestia writes, Roscosmos planned three launches of Zenith rockets for 2016-2018, and two more were due this year – meteorology satellites Elector-L and scientific apparatuses, like the Spektr-RG Observatory.

Engines for Zenith rockets are produced in Russia, not far from Moscow, where Izvestia learned the company has five ready engines for Zeniths – they were produced in 2013-2014.

Head of the Energia Space Corporation, producing the engines, Vladimir Solntsev, told the newspaper the company suggests using the engines for a new launcher of the super-heavy class.

Russia Launches Soyuz-2.1b Rocket Carrying Satellite: Defense Ministry

Russian Defense Ministry's spokesperson said that Russia has launched Soyuz-2.1b

Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesperson said that Russia has launched a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a communications satellite.

MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) – Russia has launched a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a communications satellite from the Plesetsk space center located in the north of the country, the Defense Ministry’s spokesperson told RIA Novosti Thursday.

“On Thursday, December 25, 2014, at 06:01 a.m. Moscow time [03:01 GMT]…a successful launch of a medium-class space rocket “Soyuz-2.1b” was carried out,” Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces said.

Minutes later, Zolotukhin informed RIA Novosti that the satellite had been successfully put into orbit and all of its functions were in the normal range.

This was the sixth Soyuz-2.1b rocket launch carried out by Russia in 2014.

On December 1, the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket put into orbit the new-generation Russian navigation satellite Glonass-K.

The satellite was also launched from the Plesetsk space center, which has been the site of Russia’s GLONASS satellite launches since February 26, 2011, when the first new-generation GLONASS-K spacecraft was put into orbit by the Soyuz 2.1 medium-class carrier rocket.

GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), which was launched in 1993, is considered to be Russia’s answer to the American Global Positioning System (GPS).

There are currently 24 operational GLONASS satellites in orbit. The network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.

New Russian heavy rocket launched successfully


MOSCOW December, 23. /TASS
Twelve minutes after the liftoff, the orbital unit separated from the third stage

MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. A new Russian heavy rocket was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on Tuesday as planned at 08:57am Moscow time.

The head unit has separated from the third stage of the Angara rocket, the Russian Defense Ministry press service confirmed. Twelve minutes after the liftoff, the orbital unit separated from the third stage, the press service said. The Briz-M upper stage will carry the orbital unit to the planned geostationary orbit.

Indeed, this is a great and very important event for our rocket-and-space sphere, and for Russia in general,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Russia places serious hopes on the Angara. After tests, Russia plans to launch space vehicles of all types from its territory and ensure independent guaranteed access to space. It is one of priority projects of the Russian space industry.

Various Angara rockets are developed from light to heavy class, capable to carry from 1.5 to 25 tons.

The light-class model was tested last summer. The rocket successfully reached the designated area within the Kura range on Kamchatka, 5,700 km from the launch site.

Angara-A5 is capable of carrying 3-24.5 tons and can replace the Proton carrier. The heavy Angara is not designed for manned flights.

Russia’s Proton Places Telecommunications Satellite into Orbit


The Briz-M upper stage and Yamal-401 telecommunications satellite separated from the Proton-M carrier rocket, which was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This information was presented by the press service of the Russian Space Agency.

“The spacecraft was put into orbit at 12:17 Moscow time,” the press center of the Federal Space Agency reported.

It should be noted that the Yamal-401 satellite designed and built by ISS Reshetnev Company for the Russian operator Gazprom Space Systems is capable of relaying continuously signals in Europe and Asia. The satellite is fitted with 53 transponders and six antennas in C/Ku-bands. The Yamal-401 is the third spacecraft created on the basis of the heavy-class Express-2000 platform. The weight of the satellite is 2,976 kilograms, the power used to carry a payload is 11 kW, and the life span is 15 years.

Russia has decided to suspend deliveries of rocket engines to Ukraine for payment reason

23.10.2014 Infox

Planned for this year the launch of  the first Ukrainian geostationary satellite broadcasting “Lybid” have to be postponde to a later date. The reason is that the manufacturer of the launch vehicle of this satellite – Dnepropetrovsk, “Yuzhmash” – has problems.

Russian suppliers  moved  the payment system with the Ukrainian company to the same approach  as the “Gazprom” with “Naftogaz” – that is, the pre-payment. As a result, “Yuzhmash” still can not get from Russia the RD-171M engine and instrumentation control system  for  “Zenit” rocket.