Russian manufacturer begins shipping of Buk missile system components to foreign customer

The START Research and Production Enterprise has been exporting military equipment to the CIS, as well as countries of the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia and Africa since 1996

© Yuri Belinsky/ITAR-TASS

YEKATERINBURG, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s START manufacturer (Yaskin Research and Production Enterprise START) have begun the delivery of equipment from the Buk air defense missile system to a foreign customer, the company’s press service told TASS on Monday.

“The 9T243 transport vehicle and 9T458 missile maintenance workshop vehicle have successfully passed the inspection of Rosoboronexport [Russian arms exporting company] that checked the configuration and appearance of the vehicles. During November 2015, START will complete the shipment of the vehicles to a foreign customer,” the press service said.

According to the company CEO Vladimir Tretyakov, the contract was concluded in 2013. “The START Research and Production Enterprise fulfils its contract obligations and ships the equipment on time, which was confirmed by the Rosoboronexport inspection,” he said.

The START Research and Production Enterprise (part of the Aviation Equipment Holding of Rostec State Corporation) has been exporting military equipment to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as countries of the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia and Africa since 1996. The company is a leader in the development of launch vehicles and mechanisms for anti-aircraft missile and missile defense systems, shipboard launchers, airborne launchers and ejection systems, complexes for ground servicing of the sea-based and air-based missile systems. Since its establishment, START has developed and transferred to serial production more than 320 new weapon models.

US Actions May Prompt Russia to Consider Increasing Nuclear Arsenal


 Mikhail Ulyanov, the Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that US measures undermining global strategic stability may force Russia to grow its nuclear arsenal instead of carrying out further disarmament.

Mikhail Ulyanov, the Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that US measures undermining global strategic stability may force Russia to grow its nuclear arsenal instead of carrying out further disarmament.


Speaking at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York on Friday, Ulyanov stated that the US proposal to reduce the total number of deployed warheads by a third is based on their understanding that they will remain able to adequately defend themselves and their allies. Unfortunately, the official noted, “US actions have led to the appearance of completely contradictory factors which, in some circumstances, may even push Russia to begin increasing [its nuclear arsenal].”


Ulyanov clarified that “at the moment, we are not planning to do so, but what is being done by the Americans makes it very difficult, and maybe impossible, to see real prospects for further steps toward nuclear disarmament.”


Speaking of the factors standing in the way of further disarmament, Ulyanov cited the US missile defense program, the US refusal to negotiate on the ban on weapons in outer space, the US military’s Prompt Global Strike (PGS) system, Washington’s de facto refusal to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the serious imbalance in conventional weapons in Europe.


Ulyanov emphasized that Russia would continue to fulfill all its obligations under the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms. He noted that during the previous Review Conference, held in 2010, Russia had a total of 3,900 nuclear warheads. “Today, five years later, we have 1,582 warheads. This constitutes a reduction of two and a half times,” the diplomat highlighted.

Ulyanov also noted that Russia remains “quite satisfied” with the START, adding that “at the moment, there are no factors which might make our continued participation in the treaty incompatible with the interests of the Russian Federation, although in theory, due to the actions of the United States, such a situation may arise, although we would not like it to.”


Last month, Ulyanov stated that Russia is prepared for a dialogue on the question of nuclear disarmament, although it must be serious and devoid of what he called “double standards.”

New Russian Heavy Ballistic Missile Sarmat to Be Test Launched in 2016-2017

Military aviation exercise in southern Russia

The Sarmat ICBM, with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers, will replace the world’s largest strategic missile Voevoda (NATO reporting name – Satan) between 2018 and 2020.

MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Full-scale testing of the new Russian Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile may be held in a year or year and a half after the drop tests scheduled in 2015, Lenta.Ru reported Thursday.

“If the drop tests go according to the plan and the missile performs well, it will be test launched in a year or a year and a half” according to a military source.

In the missile industry, the drop tests are primary tests aimed at performing the starting procedure of the missile.


The drop tests check the separate stages of the missile, according to the source.”We use a special platform for checking the missile’s lift capacity,” the source said.

The schedule of the drop tests is difficult to ascertain now, but in the industry they are usually performed at the end of the year, the source added.

Earlier, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the drop tests of Sarmat were scheduled to his year. Besides, Russian Strategic Missile Forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said the new missile was set to enter service by 2020.

The Sarmat ICBM, with an operational range of no less than 5,500 kilometers (over 3,400 miles), will replace the world’s largest strategic missile Voevoda (NATO reporting name – Satan) between 2018 and 2020.

While the technical specifications are currently unknown, the missile has been designated as heavy. Earlier Borisov said Sarmat’s payload would be roughly 10 tons.

According to the classification of the START treaties, a heavy missile is a missile weighing more than 105 tons. Satan is 211 tons in bulk and has a payload of 8.7 tons.

START Treaty Vital for US, Russia Despite Differences on Ukraine

Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of US Strategic Command

US Strategic Command, Adm. Cecil Haney stated that Complying with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and maintaining a transparent relationship with Russia is vital for Washington and Moscow despite current differences on Ukraine.


WASHINGTON, January 15 (Sputnik) — Complying with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and maintaining a transparent relationship with Russia is vital for Washington and Moscow despite current differences on Ukraine, commander of US Strategic Command, Adm. Cecil Haney said on Thursday.”Being able to have this transparency through the START treaty is very important to both our nations [US and Russia],” Haney said at the event in Atlantic Council in Washington. “That’s why it’s important I think that we continue that kind of business, even through Ukraine and Crimea we have continued to inspect each other per plan associated with that [START] treaty,” he added.

Earlier in the week, the head of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said that Moscow might revise its commitment to the START treaty in response to unfriendly US actions.

Ulyanov warned that Russia’s response could involve revising cooperation with Washington both within the framework of the New START treaty and in the area of non-proliferation.

The new START treaty was signed between Russia and the United States in 2010 and came into force the following year. The new START limits the number of deployed ballistic missiles and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments to 700, the number of deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550, and deployed and non-deployed launchers to 800. The treaty is valid until 2021.

The relations between Russia and the United States deteriorated amid the current situation in Ukraine, as the US and its partners repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs – a claim that Russia denies. However, the two countries continued cooperation in a number of spheres, including the arms reduction.


Russia could revise key nuclear arms treaty over growing US antagonism – official

January 14, 2015

Topol-M ground missile launcher (RIA Novosti /
Ramil Sitdikov)

Topol-M ground missile launcher (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov)

A senior Russian diplomat has admitted that the unfriendliness by the US could cause Moscow to review its approach to the START agreement on cutting nuclear weapons and their delivery.

So far we have not taken any particular steps in this direction, but I cannot exclude that in the future Washington would force us into taking them, into making corrections to our policies regarding this direction,” the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Security and Disarmament Department, Mikhail Ulyanov said in an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency. “This would only be natural, considering the unfriendly character of the US actions,” the Russian official added.

However, at the moment the strained relations between Russia and US have had no effect on the nuclear disarmament programs, the top Russian diplomat said.

The treaty is being implemented and it is implemented well. Both the American and the Russian sides agree that the process is progressing and neither of the parties have any complaints about the other. We hold that the circumstances that would force us into reviewing our attitude to the treaty have not happened yet,” Ulyanov told reporters.

The active Russia-US nuclear weapons reduction treaty, the New START, allows each side to possess a maximum of 1550 nuclear warheads and 700 deployed carriers, such as missiles and bombers. The treaty came into force in 2011 and will expire in 2021.

When US President Barack Obama suggested further cuts in nuclear arsenals in a speech in June 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin replied that his country cannot afford such steps in the face of the latest US developments in missile defense and conventional strategic weapons.

We cannot afford to disrupt the balance of the system of strategic deterrence, to reduce the effectiveness of our nuclear forces. Therefore, the development of the system of space defense will remain a key direction for the military industry,” Putin said.