Russian Navy to Receive New MiG Fighter Jets


The Russian navy has taken delivery of its first four series-produced MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighter jets, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

“The MiG aircraft-manufacturing corporation has handed over two MiG-29K single-seat and two MiG-29KUB twin-seat carrier-based fighter aircraft,” a spokesman said.


The Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract with MiG in February 2012 for delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB fighters by 2015.

DETAIL_PICTURE_572333According to the head of the Russian Navy Naval Aviation Igor Kozhin, the aircrafts for the State Defense Order are manufactured with a new technical view meeting the requirements of the Defense Ministry.

General Director of MiG Company Sergei Korotkov said that the corporation plans to increase the supply of combat MiG-29K/KUB for Russian Ministry of Defense.

The aircraft will be deployed on Russia’s sole serving carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, based in Murmansk with the Northern Fleet.

The Admiral Kuznetsov currently operates Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighter aircraft.

fazotronThe MiG-29K is a naval variant of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jet, and has folding wings, an arrester tail-hook, strengthened airframe and multirole capability thanks to its Zhuk-ME slotted array radar, MiG says.

They are designed to solve problems of air defense of naval forces, air supremacy, hitting of surface and ground targets with precision weapons, day and night in all weather conditions.

Jets have improved airframe with a high proportion of composite materials, wire aircraft control system with quadruple redundancy, significantly reduced radar signature, increased fuel capacity and payload, open architecture of avionics.

BkGxTUnlike the Su-33, which is capable of air defense missions only, the MiG-29K can be armed with a wide variety of air-to-surface as well as air-to-air weaponry and laser-designation systems.

The aircraft is also capable of “buddy” refueling other MiG-29Ks using the PAZ-1MK refueling pod.

So far, the aircraft has only entered service with India, for use on the refitted Russian-built carrier INS Vikramaditya, which was handed over to the Indian Navy on November 15.

It should be noted that currently Russian designers are developing the MiG-35 fighters. The MiG corporation will have three years to perfect the design of its MiG-35 aircraft and prepare its smooth transition to mass production.


The MiG-35, an advanced derivative of the MiG-29, can be armed with air-to-air and air-to-surface guided missiles and is fitted with the Zhuk-A advanced multimode radar, according to MiG. In April, MiG’s CEO Sergei Korotkov said he expected the company would sign a deal to sell the aircraft to the Russian Air Force.


Defense Ministry to Prepare a New Weapon Program Until 2025


Defense Ministry intends to change since 2015 its military-technical policy and bet not only on the amount of modern technics supplied to the troops, but rather on the quality of weapons. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov reported this to the press agency.

sub_line-up01According to him, the military have long been working on the State Armaments Program for 2025, which will start in two years.

“We prepared the large number of necessary regulatory documentation, source data. We refined the estimated data, including doctrine and scenic character of the use of the Armed Forces in different kinds of conflicts. We evaluated the potential of the global arms market”, said Borisov and added that the focus of prospective SAP will also be placed on the standardization and unification during the creating of a new arsenal. And yet – on advising of technics by companies throughout its life cycle, including recycling.

aramata_3v_forwardToday we heard the encouraging news on the tank of a new generation “Armata”. Deputy General Director of Uralvagonzavod Vyacheslav Halitov said the development to be completed in 2015, and in 2016 it will launch the tank into production. And designers are now creating three operating sample based on the unified heavy armor platform of “Armata”. In September, the experimental tank was shown to the country leaders and the military department at the arms fair in Nizhny Tagil.

“We have the harmonized decision with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the advance of financing development projects”, said Halitov.

mig-29_6Here are some results of implementation of the existing weapons programs. For example, in the framework of the SAP -2020 contracts were signed for the purchase of more than 400 new aircrafts. Plans for the 2011-2012 are completely fulfilled by the industry. This year, the Air Force has already received 51 aircrafts, they will be given another 16 before the Christmas holidays. Head of Directorate of military aircraft programs of the United Aircraft Corporation, the former Air Force Commander Vladimir Mikhailov shows dynamics of combat aircrafts incoming to the troops in recent years. If in 2011, the Air Force received 19 cars, last year – 35, this year we are talking about 67 planes.

726224The corporation did not hide their hopes to conclude other contracts with the Defense Ministry. In particular – on the modernized MiG- 29 SMT. This aircraft represents a qualitatively new version of light tactical fighter and has a wide range of different aircraft armament air-to-air and “air-surface”. The machine is capable to destroy with high efficiency air, land and sea targets. Because of the modernization, the combat effectiveness of the MiG- 29 SMT compared to the baseline MiG has increased on average three times, and the cost of its operation has declined by about 40 percent. Vladimir Mikhailov said that the documents have been prepared to sign a contract for the supply of the fighter in the Air Force in 2014-2016, respectively.

S-400_001The CEO of Concern PVO “Almaz-Antey” Vladislav Menshikov lift the veil of secrecy over the program of improving anti-aircraft missile system S-400. The company has just completed work on manufacturing for S-400 the missiles of increased range. Moreover, the plant group are now making initial batch of ammunition. Concomitantly “Almaz-Antey” establishes the production of components for the new missiles. If all goes according to plan, after the tests the concern will sign a contract with the Defense Ministry for the serial production of advanced munition. Recall that while the S-400 is equipped with missiles that hit airborne targets at a distance of 250 kilometers.

Russia to Increase Helicopters Export


Rosoboronexport is expected to export more than 130 combat and military transport helicopters this year, marking a tenfold increase in sales over the past 12 years.

rosoboronexport_newThe number of military helicopters Russia exports is set to rise by 20 percent in 2013, while air defense systems will see a leap in exports of 30 percent.

“We exported only 12 helicopters in 2001, while the plans for this year are for over 130 units,” Rosoboronexport representative Mikhail Zavaliy said Friday.

Zavaliy said there had been increased international demand for helicopters, which Rosoboronexport has exploited through successful marketing.

“We have managed to substantially broaden our deliveries geographically, including to the Middle East, where our potential is not bad,” he said.

As an example, Russia is offering Egypt combat helicopters and air defense systems, as well as repairs and overhauls of military hardware previously supplied to the troubled Middle Eastern nation.

The two countries agreed Thursday to start drafting documents to lay the foundation for close cooperation in the defense sector, paving the way for future purchases and licensed production of Russian-made weapons in Egypt.

mikhail_zavaliy“We are offering Egypt modern helicopters, air defense systems, repairs and modernization services for previously acquired military equipment,” said Mikhail Zavaly.

Rumors about Egypt turning to Russia for military assistance to meet its security needs after the partial suspension of military aid and equipment deliveries from the United States have been circulating in the media since early November.

r_seaman@hotmail.comReports had indicated that Egypt, which has not made large-scale purchases of Russian weapons for four decades, may be seeking ways to buy around $4 billion of advanced weaponry, including MiG-29 fighter jets, from Russia.

Earlier Iraq took collection of the first four Russian-made Mi-35 helicopter gunships sold to the Middle Eastern nation as part of a multibillion dollar weapons deal.

Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki posted pictures of the aircraft on his official Facebook page.

mi35_largeAbbas al-Bayati, a lawmaker with al-Maliki’s ruling faction in parliament, told RIA Novosti that Iraq expects to receive a consignment of around 40 Mi-35 and Mi-28NE attack helicopters by the end of the year.

Iraq is looking to use the newly bought military materiel to bolster its borders and for use in antiterrorist operations.


Russia became the world’s second-largest arms exporter after the United States in 2011, generating $11.3 billion in revenues.

In 2012, it exported $15.2 billion worth of weaponry while adding Afghanistan, Ghana, Oman, and Tanzania to a list of foreign customers counting some 80 countries.

Rosoboronexport said Friday that helicopters and air defense systems accounted for 58 percent of Russia’s arms exports last year.

Russian Tor-M2 Air Defense System to Recieve Upgrade


Russia’s Almaz-Antey defense corporation said Thursday that it had developed an advanced version of the Tor-M2 air defense system, featuring an extended firing range, improved precision and greater ammunition-carrying capacity.

almaz-antey-logo-t“We can say now that a unique air defense system in its class with an astounding precision and range has been created. Its performance surpasses all planned parameters,” said Sergei Druzin, head of research and development at Almaz-Antey.

The Tor system is a low- to medium-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for intercepting aircraft, cruise missiles, precision-guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets.

Tor-M1 and Tor-M2U variants, armed with 9M331 missiles, are currently in service with the Russian army.

tableThe Tor M2/M2E is a “deep modernization” of the baseline Tor M1 weapon system, available on the legacy tracked chassis, or the entirely new low profile wheeled MZKT-6922 6 x 6 chassis as the 9A332/9A331MK, the latter specifically developed by the Byelorussian manufacturer for this application.

zrk_tor_m2km_2_ngThe Tor M2E has an improved weapon system. The new planar array surveillance radar can track up to 48 targets concurrently, retaining the range performance of the legacy system. The revised phased array engagement radar uses new phase shifters, and is capable of tracking targets within a claimed 30° solid angle around the antenna boresight. Paired command link antennas are mounted on both sides of the array, used to acquire the missiles post launch, while they are out of the field of view of the engagement radar array. Missiles can be launched 2 seconds apart. The manufacturer has identified the missile design as an area of future improvement, the turret permitting the carriage of a large number of smaller and lighter future missiles.

The envisaged Tor M2E battery structure comprises four 9A332/9A331MK TELARs, one 9S737MK Ranzhir-MK mobile command post, two 9T244 transloader vehicles, and one 9V887M2K engineering support vehicle.

 Tor_M2E_maks2009While the Tor M2E offers incremental gains in system capability, its key advance over earlier variants is its much higher in-theatre mobility, and intra-theatre deployability, making it a much more practical asset for defending infrastructure targets than the legacy Tor/Tor-M1 variants, optimised to escort armoured battlefield manouvre formations. The Tor M2E is well suited for the envisaged role of protecting fixed targets and highly mobile S-300PMU2/S-400 missile batteries from PGM attack.

The new system, equipped with new 9M338 missiles, was successfully tested at the end of October.

“We carried out five launches targeting highly maneuverable drones. Three of the targets were hit head-on, while the other two were destroyed by shrapnel from exploding warheads. It is an excellent result, astounding precision,” Druzin said.

9m331In addition, the smaller size of the 9M338 compared with its predecessor has allowed the carrying capacity of the launcher to be doubled, from eight to 16 missiles.

The official said the improved Tor-M2 systems and 9M338 missiles have been approved by a state commission for mass production.

According to Druzin, the next step in the improvement of the system would be for launching missiles at acquired targets while on the move.

The Future of Russian Fifth-Generation Submarines


Russia’s fifth-generation strategic and attack submarines will most likely be non-nuclear-powered, more compact and less “visible,” a senior designer at the Rubin design bureau said Monday.

975596310Large nuclear-powered vessels, including Russia’s Typhoon-class strategic boats, have so far dominated past and current trends in combat submarine construction.

Today, all countries that have their own submarine development programs search for new types of propulsions, alternative hull forms, methods of use of weapons, targeting and information exchange methods based on new physical principles. In this case, in any event automation of fifth-generation submarines will be substantially increased, and the method of their use in combat will be linked with the concept of “network-centric warfare” when the enemy will have to engage in battle not with individual combat units, but with a single, monolithic system that will be composed of surface ships, submarines, air, ground and space-based facilities. All the submarines of the future will be oriented on the functioning of the “network”.

reactor-image1“The fifth-generation boat will also be less ‘visible’ compared with existing submarines. They could also feature a new power plant, including fully electric,” Sukhanov said, adding that changes could affect other sub-systems of future submarines.

The designer said the most likely substitution for a nuclear reactor on strategic and attack submarines would be an air-independent propulsion plant (AIPP), which would make them stealthier than nuclear-powered boats.

The AIPP allows a non-nuclear submarine to operate without the need to access atmospheric oxygen.

sub_line-up01While a nuclear submarine’s reactor must constantly pump coolant, generating some amount of detectable noise, non-nuclear boats running on battery power or AIPP can be practically “silent.”

“The endurance of submarines with this type of propulsion should be sufficient [for patrol or strike missions] – for a month or even more,” Sukhanov said.

He said the construction of fifth-generation submarines in Russia could start in the next 10 to 15 years.

The Russian Navy currently relies on third-generation submarines, with fourth-generation subs of the Project 955 Borey class of strategic boats and Project 885 Yasen class of attack boats just beginning to be adopted for service.


Russia is planning to build eight Borey-class and eight Yasen-class submarines by 2020. They are expected to become the mainstay of the country’s nuclear-powered submarine fleet for at least two decades.

Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missileAt the moment, the first two production boats of this project are actually ready and planned to be transferred to the fleet by the end of this year. Wherein, there is not any point of criticism concerning the boats themselves. “It means that the crew can work out in the sea other combat training missions before resolving all technical issues with the”Bulava,” said to “RIA Novosti” the representative of the General Staff.

Nuclear-powered submarine of the new generation “Vladimir Monomakh” is the third in a series of Project 955 “Borey” – in December will begin the state tests and complete them before the end of 2013, said Sergey Sukhanov, responsible for the creation of nuclear-powered boats.

Russia to Supply Weapons to Egypt


Russia will supply modern weaponry to Egypt, provided that Cairo is able to finance the purchases, a high-ranking official at Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Friday.

Rosoboronexport-russian-company-exporting-arms-to-SyriaRumors about Egypt turning toward Russia for military assistance to meet its security needs, following the partial suspension of military aid and equipment deliveries from the United States, have been circulating in the media since last week.

Egypt is considering spending up to $4 billion on advanced weaponry from Russia following the partial suspension of military aid and equipment deliveries from the United States, a Palestinian online newspaper said Thursday.

According to Donia Al-Watan, Moscow has offered Cairo “a historic deal giving Egypt an option to buy the most advanced weaponry without any restrictions.”

The sources cited by Donia Al-Watan, an independent Palestine territory-based online news outlet, claim that an undisclosed Persian Gulf country had agreed to provide financing.

lsh3Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said earlier Friday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with their Egyptian counterparts during their visit to Egypt on November 13-14.

The Russian delegation will include the first deputy director of the Federal Service on Military-Technical Cooperation, Andrei Boitsov, and Rosoboronexport officials.

“The upcoming visit will help us to outline the prospects of our [defense] cooperation,” the Rosoboronexport source said.

Egyptian officials have been careful to avoid upsetting the United States by openly discussing plans for a new alliance with Moscow. However, U.S. officials said Egyptian presidential aide Ahmad El-Muslimani’s comment that Putin‘s “positive stance” toward “the June 30 Revolution” had increased his popularity in the country was a clear indication the country was moving away from U.S. support.

Tor-MU_ground-to-air_air_defense_missile_system_tracked_armoured_vehicle_Russia_Russian_army_defence_industry_001Egypt is said to be seeking Russian fighter jets and Tor anti-aircraft missiles, along with upgrades of its Soviet-era tanks—all weapons systems that were blocked by the United States.

th17-Radyuhin_GFU38_757564eFor Moscow, the renewal of military ties with Egypt could signify a return in force to the Middle East while US diplomacy is failing all over the region.

The Soviet Union and Egypt enjoyed close ties during the 1960s and early 1970s, when the Arab country was led by Abdel Nasser. Cairo purchased a variety of Soviet-made military equipment, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and fighter jets under Nasser.

But within years after Nasser’s death, the new president Anwar Sadat started reorienting the country toward the West and expelled about 20,000 Russian military advisers stationed in Egypt in July 1972.

Egypt has never acquired Russian weapons since then.

1373194267_0278.250x200Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt later this month as part of a push by Moscow to replace the United States as the Egyptian military’s main patron.

The visit will take place after the Obama administration last month angered Egypt’s military by cutting deliveries of U.S. military arms and aid at a time when the military-dominated interim government is engaged in battles against Islamist terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula, and an insurgent Muslim Brotherhood opposed to the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi last summer.

According to U.S. officials, Putin will visit Cairo where he is expected to announce a major arms sales package as part of efforts to build closer military relations.

Egyptian diplomats visited Moscow last week to discuss the Putin visit to Cairo. News reports from the Egyptian capital said that Russia will resume arms sales, including advanced weaponry, following a cutoff of U.S. arms last month.

Asian Defense & Security Exhibition to Host Rosoboronexport


lyqh8Rosoboronexport, part of the State Corporation Rosteс, will present a wide range of equipment for all branches of the armed forces during the Asian International Exhibition and Conference Defense & Security, which will be held from 4 to 7 November 2013 in Bangkok. The greatest interest is expected to frigates “Gepard 3.9” and project 11356, the submarine “Amur-1650”, over-the-horizon surface wave radar “Podsolnukh-E”, a training aircraft Yak-130 and multi-purpose helicopters, armored personnel carriers BTR-80A, a police version armored car “Tiger” and various modifications of BMP-3. The entire line of Russian air defense systems, particularly anti-aircraft missile system “Buk -M2E” and portable anti-aircraft missile complex “Igla-S” has a great export potential in South- East Asia.

8722fced0fThis year the exhibition will be visited by more than 300 delegates from 25 countries, including Brunei, India, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan, etc.

Subject of the exhibition – weapons and equipment of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as weapons and ammunition, optical and electronic equipment, facilities, designed for special operations.

Camero Defense & Security 2013The total exhibition area is about 100 thousand square meters (13,500 sq. m. in closed halls and 85,500 sq. m. in open areas).

In 2013, more than 400 foreign companies from 50 countries announced their participation. 15 countries will be represented by national pavilions: Belarus, Germany, Israel, Italy, China, Korea, Poland, Russia, Romania, Singapore, United States, Thailand, Ukraine, Czech Republic and South Africa.

1224948638Particular attention will be paid to the meetings with the Thai partners. Military-technical cooperation with Thailand began in 2009 with the supply of Kalashnikovs for police, and then it was signed contracts for the purchase of Mi-17V-5 and MANPADS “Igla-S”. In 2013, additional agreements in the framework of previously signed contracts were concluded.

iglasRosoboronexport also plans to discuss joint projects for the creation and promotion of weapons and equipment, the organization of licensed production with the largest regional producers.

“South- East Asia and the Asia- Pacific region take nearly half of the exports of Russian military equipment and weapons, but we are convinced that we have more points of growth, given the plans of a number of countries in the global modernization of its armed forces. In some niches, we are ready to compete also at non-traditional markets for us, despite the very strong competition. We have such an experience, but most importantly – our technology effectively solves the major problem in the harsh climatic and field conditions. When you really need it – the policy goes by the wayside,” said Victor Brakunov, the head of the foreign relations of Rosoboronexport and head of delegation at the exhibition.

kedb23The Rosoboronexport booth will also present the products of Zlatoust Machine-Building Plant (in particular, sub-machine gun “Kedr”). In addition, the united Russian exposition will bring together Research and Production Corporation Tehmash and Tula Instrument Design Bureau.

Sukhoi T-50 Fighter Jet to Launch New Test Program


A fifth flying prototype of Russia’s future T-50 fighter jet has flown for the first time at a manufacturing plant in the Far East of Russia, the Sukhoi aircraft maker said.

PAK-FA_comparisonsThe 50-minute flight at the Gagarin factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur has successfully tested the aircraft’s overall performance, including its stability in the air and the work of its engines.

“The aircraft performed well in all phases of the planned flight program. The pilot confirmed reliability of all systems and equipment,” Sukhoireported in a statement.

The T-50, which will be the core of Russia’s future fighter fleet, is a fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft featuring stealth and nano-technology, super-maneuverability, super cruise capability (supersonic flight without use of afterburner), and an advanced avionics suite including an X-band active phased-array radar, according to Sukhoi.


India will also buy a fighter aircraft based on the T-50, known as the FGFA (fifth-generation fighter aircraft).

The preliminary testing program conducted by Sukhoi has so far involved six prototype airframes, including four flying, one static and one systems test airframe. More than 450 flights have been carried out to date under the program.

182996268The four flying prototypes have already been transferred to the Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow prior to state flight tests, which are scheduled to begin in 2014. The aircraft is expected to enter service with the Russian Air Force in 2016.

At the same time Russia is developing an unmanned combat air vehicle based on the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, the United Aircraft Corporation said Friday.

The drone is still mostly on the drawing board, however, as development is currently at a “preliminary research stage,” in accordance with plans approved by the Russian Defense Ministry, the United Aircraft Corporation president Mikhail Pogosyan said at the MAKS-2013 airshow near Moscow.

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With the significant technological head start provided by the T-50 program, it will be relatively easy to go ahead with the practical realization of the drone project once the fundamental specifications are agreed upon, Pogosyan said.

032a2def77ad8exlThe T-50, which will make up the core of Russia’s future fighter fleet, is a multirole warplane featuring stealth technology, super-maneuverability, super-cruise capability, and advanced avionics including an active electronically scanned array radar, according to its designer Sukhoi.

The T-50, currently undergoing tests in prototype form, made its first public appearance at the MAKS airshow two years ago.

The T-50, also known as PAK-FA (future tactical fighter aircraft), first flew in January 2010 and was unveiled to the public at the MAKS air show near Moscow in 2011.