(Translated by Roy Cochrun)
(Translating the Russian Aviation News for You since Spring, 2000)
Date Posted 14 January 2011
Ukraine Halts Deliveries of Armor and Airplanes to Iraq
The Ukrainian side has halted deliveries of BTR 4E armored
personnel carriers and An-32B airplane to Iraq, writes the journalist Mustafa Naiem in his blog on "Ukrainskaya Pravda."
Source: 13.01.11, Lenta.RU
Heading for the Skies
The civil modification of a Russian anti-submarine helicopter will operate in Europe
Russian civil helicopters are conquering a place in the
skies of the world's states: in 2010 six Ka-226 and two Ka-32 were sold. Contracts
have been entered into for the delivery of 14 Ka-32 helicopters and 12 Ka-226
helicopters for 2011. The fact that the Ka-32A11VS has become the first Russian
helicopter recognized in Europe has enabled the advancement of Russian
rotary-winged aircraft more than a little: it
possesses a European EASA certificate which allows it to carry out civil
operations, for example to put out fires.
((Cost of fighting forest fires and different means to combat them in different countries snipped)).
Ka-32 helicopters of various
modification operate not only in Europe, but also in South Korea, in Algeria,
Chile, Mexico, Thailand and even Papua, New Guinea. Overall, the Russian
helicopter equipment is being used by more than 30 countries of the world.
Source: 13.01.11, Finansovye Izvestiya, Correspondent: Zhanna Lokotkova
Date Posted 13 January 2011
An-70 Will Fly to Ul'yanovsk
Russia's interest in the An-70 project is taking shape in specific steps: the manufacturing facility for the airplane already has been chosen, and 60 units of the equipment have been laid out in the budget before 2020.
Experts connect the activation of our partners with the lack of success on other military transport projects - the Il-112 and the Il-476.
Ukraine and Russia will assemble the military transport
airplane at two main production facilities - in Kiev (the Aviant plant) and
Ul'yanovsk (Aviastar-SP), they reported at the Antonov State Enterprise press
service. Such a decision was adopted at a joint meeting of Russian and
Ukrainian aircraft industry representatives in Kiev. Moreover, a plant in
Kazan' (Gorbunov KAPO, included in OAK), at which they will assemble the wing
for the An-70, will be active in the manufacturing process. The parties have
not named possible schedules for start of assembly of the An-70 in Russia,
indicating only that it will take place after completion of the airplane's
certification tests. In the opinion of the Antonov deputy general designer,
Aleksandr Kiva, 1.5 - 2 years will be needed for them to take place.
Source: 12.01.11, Ehkonomicheskie Izvestiya
Date Posted 12 January 2011
In Far-Away Places
At the end of last year, Long-Range Aviation chief of staff, General-Major Aleksandr Afinogentov, was a guest on the program "Military Advice" which is broadcast on the Ekho Moskvy ((Echo of Moscow)) radio station and the Zvezda ((Star)) television channel.
((This translation is extracted from the longer interview. It also discussed other topics, such as living conditions and flying hours, which are not translated here.))
"A significant fleet of the combat equipment in our
military though highly reliable nonetheless requires significant renovation. Do
you have the same situation?"
"One of our listeners asks, 'Is
work underway on replacing the Tu-160?'"
Source: 12.01.11, Krasnaya Zvezda, Correspondent: Andrey Gavrilenko
Tu-95MS Bomber Flights Resume
((The bombers were grounded on 29 December 2010 after the crash south of Tula of an An-22, which uses the same engines as the Tu-95MS. Not further translated.))
Source: 12.01.11, Avia.RU
India to Order 42 Su-30MKI Fighters
((India should have 272 Su-30MKI in the inventory before 2020, including those built by HAL under license. Not further translated.))
Source: 12.01.11, Avia.RU
Date Posted 11 January 2011
They Will Offer T-50 Fighter for Export No Earlier than 2018 - Makienko
((Exports will begin not earlier than 2018 - 2020, according to deputy manager of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makienko. The somewhat longish article discusses prospects for export of the T-50, its costs and who may buy it. Not further translated.))
Source: 11.01.11, RIA Novosti
Mi-28NEh Will Strengthen Russia's Positions in Worldwide Helicopter Market
On the eve of the Aero India-2011 international air salon, which will take place in Bangalore from 9 through 12 February, the magazine ESDPA Review of the European Security and Defence Press Association published in its first edition an article, "The Mi-28NEh Will Strengthen Russia's Positions in the Worldwide Helicopter Market." ((After this introduction, the Russian translation of the original English-language article appears. It is not translated here.))
Source: 11.01.11, ARMS-TASS
Date Posted 10 January 2011
OAO Tupolev General Designer Igor' Shevchuk Dies
Russia's aviation industry and OAO Tupolev have sustained a heavy loss -- Tupolev general designer Igor' Sergeevich Shevchuk has died in the prime of life, they reported at the company.
"His whole work history was connected to our enterprise - after graduation from the Moscow Aviation Institute and until the last day of his life, Igor' Sergeevich worked at our experimental design bureau, proceeding along the path from young specialist to general designer. The burden of managing the enterprise lie on his shoulders in the difficult years for the aviation industry -- it is enough to remember 1997 and the state of destruction in which he took over the enterprise. From 1998 Igor' Sergeevich was chairman of the OAO Tupolev board of directors, from 2001 the general designer, and then OAO Tupolev president and general designer. The idea advanced by him for the creation of a model line of Tupolev civil airplanes was to a significant degree realized in the Tu-204/214 and Tu-334 family of airplanes. A large part of the line of airplanes was developed and certified under his management and with his active participation as an engineer. His influence was marked by the Russian Federation State Prize. Igor' Sergeevich devoted much time and effort to restoration of the potential of our combat complexes. In 2006, the Tu-160 was adopted into the inventory, in the years of I.S. Shevchuk's management the size of the state defense order increased significantly, and the upgrade of combat complexes was begun. He was not only the manager for many people, and not only at our enterprise, he was a close friend and comrade-in-arms for domestic aviation. He was a good man, father and grandfather - he spoke with delight about his grandchild," it says in the Tupolev press service's report.
Igor' Sergeevich Shevchuk, honored designer of Russia, Knight of Honor, honorable aircraft builder, made a huge contribution to the development of domestic aircraft construction.
Source: 08.01.11, Aviation Explorer