19 November 2010
India and Russia to Sign Contract about Preliminary Design
of Fifth Generation Fighter at Year's End
((Dmitriy Medvedev will sign during a trip to India in
December. Not further translated.))
Source: 19.11.10, Avia.RU
Russian Knights Prohibited Execution of "Cobra"
The Russian air force headquarters has forbidden airmen of the
Russian Knights aerobatic group to perform the "Cobra" aerobatic maneuver,
Nakanune.RU reports the commander of the Russian aerobatic team, Guards Lieutenant
Andrey Alekseev, announced. According to him, reason for the prohibition was the
age of the air fleet - "the airplanes we have, to put it mildly, are used,
high-G flights have been made on them for 20 years already."
"A very geometrically precise is needed for doing the "Cobra" maneuver,"
Alekseev said, noting that this parameter can be violated in "used" airplanes.
In addition, the Russian Knights commander noted that test pilots must give permission
to perform the aerobatic maneuver after trial flights on one airplane or the other.
"It is an exclusive which they demonstrate
at air salons in a solo aerobatic complex - a specific man on a specific airplane,"
In Alekseev's opinion, almost any pilot would be able to do the "Cobra"
after special training. There are four airmen in the Russian Knight's team who have
full permission for executing aerobatic maneuvers using extreme regimes, zero speeds
and outrageous angles of attack.
The "Cobra" is among the ultra-complex aerobatic maneuvers. Upon execution
of this maneuver, the airplane sharply lifts up the nose until rotating backwards,
but at the same time maintains the direction of flight. After that, the airplane
returns to normal flight regime while practically not losing altitude at the same
Source: 18.11.10, Avia.RU
18 November 2010
OAK: Russian Federation and Ukraine to Return to Production
of "Ruslan" in 5 Years
Resumption of series production of An-124 "Ruslan"
transport airplanes will require not less than 5 years, Rosbalt reports the
head of OAO Unified Aircraft Building Corporation, Aleksey Fedorov, has
"We are transitioning to new technologies and new digital technologies are
being introduced at the Ul'yanovsk Aviastar-SP aviation plant. Therefore, it is
hardly advisable to resume series production of "Ruslans" on the
prior technological and construction base," Fedorov noted.
According to him, Aviastar's primary partner in construction of the An-124, the
Antonov State Enterprise (Ukraine), is supposed to do a lot of work in this
The OAK head said one of the main customers for these airplanes is the Russian
Federation defense ministry. "We can talk about specific order parameters
from the ministry only after affirmation of the state arms program in the long
term," Fedorov noted. He also emphasized that the Ul'yanovsk ZAO
Aviastar-SP in the OAK structure is defined as a primary area for construction
of medium and large capacity transport airplanes.
Source: 17.11.10, Avia.RU
FSVTS: Rosoboronehksport will deliver Mi-171 to Afghanistan
The Russian Federation Federal Service for Military and
Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) has informed the United States that the primary
company to realize the contract for delivery to Afghanistan of Mi-171
helicopters will be Rosoboronehksport, RIA Novosti reports the FGUP Rosoboronehksport deputy general
manager, Aleksandr Mikheev, announced on Tuesday.
It concerns the delivery of 21 helicopters.
"We are ready to give Afghanistan a complete package, from delivery of the
helicopters themselves to creation of an infrastructure and rendering of
technical support in the creation of repair enterprises and the provision of a
whole program of post-sales service," Mikheev said.
According to him, Rosoboronehksport is ready to discuss the helicopter's aspect
while negotiations are underway.
"All helicopters will go to the Afghanistan air force. It (the Mi-171) is
ideally suitable for that country's weather conditions," Mikheev added.
The United States made the proposal to Russia to deliver helicopters to
Source: 18.11.10, Avia.RU
Russia to Transfer Six Mi-24 Combat Helicopters to Lebanon
Russia will transfer a huge batch of weapons to Lebanon,
including combat helicopters, tanks and artillery guns, ARMS-TASS reports
referring to an announcement by Lebanon's prime minister, Saada Hariri.
"It will be 6 Mi-24 helicopters, 31 T-72 tanks, 36
130-milimeter artillery pieces, and also ammunition for all these
weapons." By the way, a significant part of the tanks in our inventory are
of your manufacture," the Lebanese premier noted.
According to Hariri, part of these arms Lebanon "will
buy, part will be received free of charge." Earlier Russia had intended to transfer to
Lebanon as a gift 10 MiG-29 fighters; however, Beirut refused the airplanes. "The
Lebanese military at this stage needs helicopters more than fighters,
especially considering our country's small size," the premier noted. He
recalled that the last time the Lebanese military rearmed was 40 years ago.
The indicated batch of weapons may be delivered either
through Rosoboronehksport or from the Russian defense ministry. As they
explained at Rosoboronehksport, this enterprise "is ready to make such
deliveries if it gets corresponding instructions of the country's
Source: 17.11.10, Avia.RU
17 November 2010
Tu-204 Will Still Fly
The state will continue production of these airplanes
article points out Russia government will not halt the Tu-204SM program, as the
Red Wings airline is ordering 44 of the aircraft. Rest of article, snipped, re-hashes old
Kommersant, Correspondent: Aleksandr
Russia Concludes Mi-171E Helicopter Deliveries to Iraq
last two of eight ordered. Iraq now ha 16
Mi-17 and 8 Mi-171 helicopters. Not
Source: 17.11.10, Lenta.RU
China Intends to Obtain Fourth Mi-26TS Helicopter from
((In addition, a contract is being fulfilled for Mi-17 type helicopters. The PRC also is showing interest in the
Ka-32A11VS. So far, nearly 270
helicopters have been delivered to China.
The total will be approximately 300 when all those on order have been
delivered. Not further translated.))
16 November 2010
Gidromash Plans to Start Series Production of Components for
OAO Gidromash (Nizhniy Novgorod) plans to start series
production of T-50 fifth generation fighter assemblies, the Interfax Agency
In the coming years, Gidromash plans to continue work on
tests and tweaking of T-50 fifth generation fighter assemblies, and from 2012
to start their series production.
Also in the enterprise's plans are the development of
landing gear and hydraulic units for the MS-21 medium range passenger airplane
and assembly of an experimental batch of units in 2012, a large production
volume and tests of MiG-29K airplane landing gear and hydraulic system
components for Syria and India, and in the future also for the Russian air
Source: 16.11.10, Avia.RU
Ukraine Suspends Financing of An-70 Project until 2014
Ukraine has suspended financing of the state programs for
creation of the An-70 military transport airplane and the upgrade of Mi-24
helicopters until 2014, Ukraine's defense ministry director of the finance
department, General-Lieutenant Ivan Marko, reported to journalists.
According to him, these programs are not included in the forecast financing
volumes of defense expenditures in 2011. "We are directing 1.7 billion grivens
(more than 200 million dollars) at the development of armaments for the first
time. True, this resource does not pertain to the Helicopter programs and also
to the An-70," I Marko reported.
The finance department director expressed hope at the same time that the
financing of these programs will begin in 2013 - 2014. "We are not
stopping the programs, but we are suspending financing," he specified.
As has been reported, Ukraine's defense ministry in fact had ceased financing
the program for the development and creation of the An-70 military transport
airplane at the end of 2006.
Source: 16.11.10, AviaPort.RU, Correspondents: Natal'ya Pechorina
Sukhoy Company Refutes Reports about Resumption of
Negotiations with China on Su-33 Deliveries
They have refuted media reports at the Sukhoy company about
resumption of negotiations with China on Su-33 ship-based fighter deliveries,
"I have been reading this information and don't understand where itís
coming from. We concluded negotiations on ship-based aircraft 2 years ago, and
since then havenít returned any more to this subject," the Sukhoy company
deputy director and manager of its offices in Beijing, Sergey Sergeev,
Negotiations on the delivery of Su-33 fighters China needed for outfitting its
own future aircraft carriers reached a deadlock because of differences on the
minimal size of a batch. "Both the Russian and the Chinese sides were
interested in such cooperation in principle. But inasmuch as the sides had
radically different approaches, we decided to call a halt to this
subject," Sergeev said.
"Inasmuch as these airplanes haven't been produced for a long time, we
would want to understand the perspective of cooperation. If the Chinese
partners decide on the perspective, let's say, in 5 - 10 years, we are ready to
discuss it. Otherwise, there is no sense for us to start up the production line
again," the company representative explained.
Sergeev noted that its own rather broad scale work on ship based aviation is
underway in China. Information has appeared in the press that two types of
ship-based fighters already have appeared in the PRC. One of them was created
based on the Su-33 -- based on a prototype received in due course from Ukraine
-- the T10K airplane of Soviet times.
As regards the possibilities for purchases from Russia of the Su-33,
"Chine still has no interest and the approaches are totally different. Therefore,
the subject is closed for today," Sergeev stated. "In case the
Chinese partners will want to resume it, we are ready to negotiate with them. But
they must be held while adhering to the principle of profitability."
He added that the longer such an indefinite situation continues, "the less
we ourselves are interested" in the resumption of this cooperation. "It
is exactly right, because we already have many other orders and to be involved
with an airplane we stopped manufacturing 15 years ago is becoming of ever less
interest to us," Sergeev summarized.
Source: 16.11.10, Avia.RU
15 November 2010
Indian Air Force Testing "Bramos" Missiles on
((Title says it all.
Not further translated.))
Source: 12.11.10, Avia.RU
Ul'yanovsk Aircraft Building Plant Moving to Manufacture
Heavy Transport Airplanes
The Ul'yanovsk Aviastar-SP plant plans to fully begin
producing heavy transport airplanes by 2016, primarily the Il-476, ARMS-TASS
According to the enterprise's general director, Sergey Dement'ev, "they
will transfer the first example of this liner for certification tests."
"All preparations for production are supposed to be completed in 2013, and
by 2015, the task assigned for 10 Il-476 airplanes a year at the
facility," Sergey Dement'ev emphasized.
Moreover, Aviastar-SP was selected as the main production facility for
realization of the joint Russo-Indian project for manufacture of the new MTA
liner. Work already has begun on the Indian side. It is planned to produce the
first flying example of the airplane by 2015.
A program also is being realized at the enterprise for major upgrade of An-124
"Ruslan" airplanes for the Russian Federation defense ministry.
Nearly 20 "Ruslans" are supposed to be upgraded before 2020.
Moreover, according to Sergey Dement'ev, the management of the unified aircraft
building corporation is continuing cooperation with the Russian Federation
government regarding questions of renewal of the series production of an
upgraded version of the An-124 "Ruslan" aircraft. The plant may
produce up to three airplanes of this modification annually.
It is planned to produce Tu-204SM liners before 2016. The first airplane of
this series will be transferred for certification flight tests in December. At
the present time, five such liners re in various degrees of readiness and three
of them already have been moved to the final assembly shop.
Source: 15.11.10, Avia.RU
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