Russia will not get involved in arms race, but has to eliminate shortfalls — Putin

It is necessary to eliminate the lagging behind that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the Armed Forces and defense-industrial complexes were underfinanced, the Russian leader says

SOCHI, November 11. /TASS/. Russia has no intention of being involved in the arms race, but its defense industries will have to do away with the lagging behind that developed over the previous decades, President Vladimir Putin told a conference devoted to the development of the armed forces on Wednesday.

“We are not going to join some arms race,” Putin said. “Nor have we any intention to catch up with or overtake somebody. We are to just eliminate the lagging behind that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the Armed Forces and defense-industrial complexes were chronically underfinanced.”

Putin recalled that the theme of today’s meeting, a third in the current series of conferences on the development of the armed forces was progress in the implementation of the state defense contract. He said that measures would be identified to determine the effectiveness of interaction by the Defense Ministry and arms manufacturers.

The national state defense order fulfilment is going as scheduled and new weapons are intensively used, Russian President added.

“The state defense order fulfilment indicators for the first three quarters of the year suggest that defence industry enterprises and the Defence Ministry are meeting the schedule,” Putin said. “In 2015, the troops received by a quarter more new and upgraded samples of weapons than in 2014. It is important that the supplied modern weapons are intensively used.”

Putin said that the state defense order financing is going as planned under the state armaments program until 2020. “This is not some kind of above-plan urgent work. It’s planned work. We had made up these plans 10 years ago,” the president said.

According to him, the improvement of the efficiency and quality of combat training has been confirmed by military manoeuvres and drills, including surprise inspections. “I hope this will continue,” he said.

“[Import substitution in the defense technology sector] exactly is the high-technology development of individual branches of our industry and, in my opinion, should also positively influence on nondefense segments,” Putin said.

Such trends also exist in other countries, the head of state said. “We should ensure that we have the same ones,” he added.

“It is important to continue import substitution of foreign assemblies and components used in manufacturing of weapons and materiel,” the president said. “Now we have to substitute more and more sophisticated assemblies, parts and packages,” he added.

Russian Army Ready for Any Developments in Ukraine, World

Russian Army Ready for Any Developments in Ukraine, World

MOSCOW, June 18 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Army is ready for any developments in Ukraine or anywhere in the world and Russian defense industry can quickly replace any imports, including those from Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a State Duma meeting behind closed doors.

“A question was asked whether our army is ready to defend the motherland in the circumstances of a more complex international situation. We received a positive, life-affirming answer. Everyone’s ready, combat efficiency is at a high level,” Mikhail Yemelyanov, first deputy head of A Just Russia parliamentary faction, told RIA Novosti.

He noted that another issue up for discussion was replacement options for imported equipment in the defense industry.

“I asked a colleague of mine how the shortages of supplies from Ukraine will affect our defense capabilities. He said he was confident that they won’t, that everything could be replaced,” said Yemelyanov. According to Shoigu, Russia can replace its military imports relatively quickly, Yemelyanov said.

Another parliamentarian, Vadim Solovyov noted that “concering the situation in Ukraine it was said that we are ready for any developments and it all depends on specific situation, first of all, the position of our western partners, army is ready to accomplish any task set by the country’s government and the Commander-in-Chief.”

Russia Plans to Have 4 ‘Massive’ Military Training Ranges

Russia Plans to Have 4  'Massive' Military Training Ranges

MOSCOW, November 30 (RIA Novosti) – Each of Russia’s four military districts will have its own training range capable of hosting large-scale exercises involving all branches of the armed forces, a senior defense official said Saturday.

First Deputy Defense Minister, Gen. Arkady Bakhin, said in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio that the first such training range, dubbed Mulino, is being constructed in the Nizhny Novgorod region for the Western Military District.

According to Bakhin, construction of the Mulino training range is expected to be completed in summer next year.

“A contract for the construction of the second range, based on the Ashuluk training facility in the Southern Military District, has been signed,” Bakhin said.

Its size and advanced equipment will allow the Defense Ministry to train and inspect combat capabilities of large military units, including entire armies, the official said.

The expansion of the Ashuluk facility in the Astrakhan region is expected to be completed in 2017, he added.

The third training range will be built near the town of Tsugol in Siberia for the Eastern Military District, while the site for the training facility in the Central Military District has not yet been determined, the general said.

The Russian army held about 3,000 drills in 2013, including some 400 involving multiple army branches, Bakhin said.

This year’s biggest drill, West-2013, took place in the Russian western exclave of Kaliningrad and the neighboring Belarus, Russia’s major European ally.

Bakhin announced Saturday that the Russian military would hold its biggest drill of 2014 in the country’s east.

New deals clinched at MAKS-2013 Airshow

New deals clinched at MAKS-2013 Airshow

ZHUKOVSKY, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – Day 2 at the MAKS-2013 international air and space show just outside Moscow saw more contracts signed and important initiatives announced.


Russia’s MiG fighter jet maker has signed two additional contracts with India worth a total $55 million, the corporation said Wednesday. They are part of a general contract with India’s air force.

Under the first, $43 million contract, a servicing center will be established in India for maintenance and repair of Zhuk-ME on-board radars, MiG representatives said. The second, $12 million contract provides for the creation in India of a servicing center for modernized MiG-29UPG fighter jets.

Russia will deliver six MiG-29K Fulcrum “generation 4++” fighters to India this year as part of a 2010 contract for 29 planes worth $1.5 billion, MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov said at the MAKS-2013 international air and space show.

India currently has 21 aircraft. Under the contract, MiG is to deliver 29 planes before 2015, Korotkov said. Last year four aircraft were delivered and one has been delivered so far this year, he added.


In a groundbreaking deal, Russia is to deliver Mi-17 military transport helicopters to Cameroon, a spokesperson for Russian Technologies said Wednesday.

The deal was signed by Cameroon’s Defense Ministry and Russia’s state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport, which is part of Russian Technologies.

“This is the first contract as part of military technology collaboration between Russia and Cameroon,” Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaikin said in a statement. It was not immediately clear how many helicopters Russia would deliver under the contract or when.

In his statement, Rosoboronexport’s CEO explicitly identified expanding exports to countries in Africa as a priority, and said it is seeking to renew ties with Botswana, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.

In February a Russian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and including the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation under Russia’s Defense Ministry traveled to Cameroon and held a series of meetings about bilateral cooperation.


Russia’s Defense Ministry will sign a contract with the Kazan-based Enix company for 34 short-range reconnaissance drones before the end of the year, Enix General Designer Valery Pobezhimov told RIA Novosti.

Deliveries of 17 Eleron-3SV complexes comprising 34 drones should start in the first quarter of next year, he said.

Eleron-3SV is a modernized unmanned aerial vehicle that was approved for service with the Russian Armed Forces earlier this year. The system is about “five times cheaper” compared to its Western analogues, Pobezhimov said.

Civil Aviation

Ukraine’s Antonov aircraft maker has handed over a third An-158 passenger airliner to Cuba and signed a contract for the delivery of three more, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency reported Wednesday.

Ramon Martinez Echevarria, president of the Cuban Civil Aviation Corporation, thanked Russia’s leasing company, Ilyushin Finance Co., and the Antonov aircraft manufacturer for making the deal possible.

The delivery of the other three aircraft has been planned for next year, Echevarria said, adding that they would help boost the tourist flow to and from Cuba.

The An-158 is made by Ukraine, but about 60 percent of its components are Russian-produced, which is why Russia has an interest in facilitating such deals, Russia’s minister for industry and trade, Denis Manturov, told a group of aviation students in Moscow in February.

The aircraft also uses components that are French, German and US made, with the share of this last being under the 10 percent cutoff point that would prevent it being sold to Cuba under US sanctions.

Bombardier Q400 NextGen

Russian state corporation Rostec and Bombardier announced Wednesday that they had signed a letter of intent for the sale of 50 Q400 NextGen aircraft, The Wall Street Journal reported. The two companies also signed a memorandum of understanding to validate the opportunity to set up a Q400 NextGen final assembly line in Russia.

If definitive agreements are reached, a firm-order contract for 100 Q400 NextGen aircraft would be valued at around $3.39 billion, the WSJ said.

Alexei Fedorov, managing director of aviation projects at Rostec, hailed the agreements as “a landmark opportunity for the Q400 NextGen aircraft program.”

Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, was quoted by the WSJ as saying the company had identified Russia as “key to our growth and sustainability.”

At present there are more than 120 Bombardier commercial aircraft in service in Russia and other the CIS states, Bombardier forecasts a market demand of about 400 aircraft in the region over the next two decades, the WSJ said.

Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Airbus and the Rostec Group-affiliated RT-Biotekhprom signed a collaboration deal to speed up the development and commercialization of sustainable fuels for aviation.

“The partnership is aimed at assessing suitable feedstocks to comply with ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria. The sustainability analysis will be managed by Airbus in close collaboration with RT-Biotekhprom,” Airbus said in a press release.

The partnership aims to develop a complete sustainable aviation fuel production capability in Russia, using only sustainable resources.

Airbus will provide support to RT-Biotekhprom in ensuring that the fuel produced meets international aviation standards, the company said.

“We are delighted to be working with our Russian partners RT-Biotekhprom,” said Christopher Buckley, executive vice president of sales at Airbus. “Sustainable fuels are a crucial part of the roadmap to meet the aviation industry’s ambitious CO2 targets.”

“The project will help us to improve the understanding of aviation Biofuels commercialization in Russia, identify the opportunities and challenges, and evaluate the possibility of social, economic, market and technology change and its cost, obstacles and challenges,” RT-Biothekhprom CEO Sergei Krayevoi said, according to the Airbus press release.

Russia set to create National Defence Center

Russia set to create National Defence  Center

RZHEVKA (Leningrad region), July 31 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian military has started work on the creation of the National Defense Center, which will enhance the operational management of the armed forces and ensure prompt response to strategic threats, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

“We have begun the creation of such a center. It is a lot of work. We have already outlined the main criteria for the center,” Shoigu said.

According to the minister, the center will consolidate command over the country’s armed forces, especially the nuclear triad and rapid reaction forces. It will also allow real-time monitoring of day-to-day activities of military units around the country.

Col. Gen. Pavel Popov, who has been deputy emergencies minister since 2008, will be reassigned to the Defense Ministry and oversee the creation of the center, Shoigu said.

The Russian Armed Forces are in the midst of a major program of reform, including a gradual transition to an all-volunteer makeup, organizational changes and re-equipment with advanced weapons.

The current strength of the Russian military is estimated at 1,040,000 personnel in active service and 2,035,000 in reserve.