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Russia’s New Mi-38T Military Transport Helicopter Already with a Debut Flight



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KAZAN, the Russian Federation ( – Test pilots of the Mil Rotorcraft Factory of Russian Helicopters Group, which is part of the state-run corporation Rostec, conducted the debut flight of Russia’s new military transport helicopter Mi-38T. It was performed under the program of preliminary trials, reports a correspondent from the scene, cited by TASS, learn

In front of the journalists, Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky presented the current transport helicopter as the version which was manufactured by the joint work of the Kazan Rotorcraft Factory, the Mil Design Bureau and the Group, under a technical assignment approved by the Russian Ministry of Defence. Mi-38T is based on the civil helicopter Mi-38, and its production has been organized at the Kazan Helicopter Factory. Andrei Boginsky stressed the fact that the helicopter has all the basic certificates of Rosaviatsiya, and defined it both as a continuation and a possibility for new market.

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To emphasize how important is the work for the Group and its colleagues, the Design Bureau and the Factory, he said “this will help utilize the enterprise’s capacities, create jobs and ensure tax receipts in the region. This opens prospects for work on the external market. This work with our colleagues from Rosoboronexport has already begun. Jointly with them, we are offering this type of the helicopter for our foreign customers – the defense ministries of various countries.”

All Mi-38T systems and equipment will be checked whether they meet the requirements, set in the technical assignment of the Russian Defence Ministry, during joint special flight trials.

Due to the fact that the new military transport helicopter is based on Mi-38 certified civil helicopter, it has been re-equipped in order to deal with transportation and troop landing tasks. The Mi-38T can be equipped with additional fuel tanks to extend the flight range and features the capability of reconfiguration in an ambulance helicopter.

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So far, the Russian Defence Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of two Mi-38Ts scheduled to begin in 2019. And as the Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky stated the work for promoting the new helicopter on foreign markets is underway.

According to Vadim Ligai, the Deputy Managing Director of the Kazan Rotorcraft Factory the Mi-38T can accommodate up to 40 passengers on its board. He also revealed that the rotorcraft, which is made of 99% made domestic components, is equipped with TV7-117V highly efficient engines, production of the Klimov United Engine-Making Corporation. Mi-38T features capabilities such as an integrated digital pilot navigation system which data shows on five liquid crystal displays, an explosion-proof protected fuel system and additional landing gear struts which enable the helicopter to land on soft ground and snow.

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Sergey Shoigu Outlined the Plans of Russia’s MoD for 2019 at the Ministry’s Annual Board Meeting



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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, ( – The annual report of Russia’s Ministry of Defence that outlines its plans for 2019 was made today by the Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu at the annual board meeting of the ministry, chaired by President Vladimir Putin. During the session, Russia’s Minister of Defence presented various statistics related to the Army’s work in 2018 as well as the MoD’s plans for the next year, learned

In 2019, Russia’s MoD is scheduled to finish the establishment of the infrastructure for placing air defense systems and air control centers on the Wrangel Island (the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea), Sredniy Island (Arctic Ocean, the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago), and Cape Schmidt (ChukchiSea). The Russian Defence Minister added that reconstruction works such as renovating the landing strip, constructing launch pads and building residential buildings for military personnel, were carried out at the Severomorsk-1 airfield, under the program of establishing the Arctic infrastructure. Similar activities continue to be conducted at the Temp airfield on the Kotelny Island, which is located between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in the Russian Arctic.

Again in 2019, the Russian Armed Forces will receive medium-range reconnaissance and attack drones, work on which is nearing completion. Annually they get more than 300 short-range aircraft in accordance with the defense procurement plan, now the number has exceeded to 2,100 drones in the Army, reports Sergey Shoigu.

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The Russian Navy will put on combat duty 12 warships, combat boats, two submarines, 12 support vessels and four Bal and Bastion mobile coastal defence missile systems. The Defence Chief said: “As a whole, the task is to raise the share of modern weaponry in the Navy to 64%.”

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The Russia’s Aerospace Force, naval aviation and the Navy’s air defence forces, on the other hand, will accept 143 new and advanced aircraft, two regiments of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems and the first S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air complex as well as seven battalion sets of Pantsyr air defence missile systems. The Defence Minister noted the share of modern weaponry, military and special weapons and equipment will reach 81.8% in the Aerospace Force and 65% in the Air Force.

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During today’s meeting, also were stated the plans to be delivered 719 modern armored vehicles, one brigade set of Iskander-M missile systems as well as two brigades of S-300V4 and Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile complexes. 11 large units and military formations will be placed in the Russia’s Ground Forces, thus the share of modern weaponry will reach 50.8%. The MoD’s annual report says that in 2018, “the task of raising the level of modern armament in the Army was 2.3% over-fulfilled,” and within this year the armed forces had been strengthened with ten new large units, military formations and 2,200 new and upgraded weapon systems.

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As a priority task was pointed out the Russian Strategic Missile Force to put into service 31 Yars and Avangard ICBMs in 2019. As it was reported earlier by the Commander of the Strategic Missile Force Sergei Karakayev, the first Avangard missile complexes armed with the hypersonic glide vehicle will enter combat duty in the Dombarovsky missile division in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals.

Speaking on the the military exercise planned to be held in 2019, Sergey Shoigu told that Russian strategic nuclear forces will hold the military exercise Grom (Thunder). Along with it and the command-and-staff exercise Center 2019, in total 18,500 different war games and military trainings will be planned and conducted by Russia’s MoD.

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To sum up the results of 2018, the Defence Minister noted that the task to bring the share of advanced weapons to 82% in the strategic nuclear forces has been successfully completed and they “are maintained at the level that guarantees nuclear deterrence.”

At the annual meeting, Colonel-GeneralAlexander Dvornikov, the Commander of the Southern Military District said that this year, the rearming of the air defense units in Crimea with the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems, was completed and “today they are on combat duty, reliably protecting the airspace over the entire Crimean Peninsula.”

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The Infrastructure for Deploying the Sarmat ICBMs is Already Fully Prepared



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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, ( –  Today, the Russian daily business newspaper Kommersant published an interview with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence Timur Ivanov, who revealed that the infrastructure for deploying the most advanced RS-28 Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile, has been fully prepared, learned

The business daily cited the statement of the Deputy Defence Minister that during the past few years, the Russian MoD has built modern infrastructure for the Yars intercontinental missile complexes deployment and the building of this for the Sarmat ICBMs, is already completed. According to him, the most complex facilities are already operational as well as the radar stations that are already put on combat duty.

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Along with it, Russia has also created 11 hydro-technical structures and 23 coastal facilities for its Navy, as well as reconstructed 19 airfields for the Aerospace Force. Timur Ivanov defined the results as “substantial” and noted that the pace of building the infrastructure will be sped up.

Another interview, this time with the Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) Colonel General Sergey Karakayev, published in Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, states that the flight tests of the complex will start in the nearest future, given the fact that the necessary infrastructure is already constructed at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north Russia. He also confirmed the information that the rearmament of the RSMF with the advanced silo-based missile complex will begin in 2021, with the Uzhur-based strategic missile force division that currently operates the Sarmat ICBM’s predecessor – the Voyevoda missile complex.

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This year, the Sarmat ICBM successfully has completed the pop-up tests. Its serial production is expected to start from 2020 and in 2021, when and the first regiment armed with this missile is expected to assume combat duty. In late December 2017, the Russian media reported about conducting of the first successful pop-up test of the Sarmat ICBM.

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The First Prototype of Russia’s Next Generation Armored Vehicle Tigr-2 is Expected to be Ready in Spring



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MOSCOW, the Russian Federation ( – According to a source in Russia’s Ministry of Defence, who was cited today (14th December) by the Russian state media, the first prototype of the next generation armored vehicle Tigr-2, currently under development by Military Industrial Company, will be ready in spring next year, learned

The latest modification of multi-role military vehicle is expected to be finished in March or April 2019 after some adjustments are made, according to today’s information, which is not officially confirmed. Previously, the Russian manufacturer of armored military vehicles and armored personnel carriers – Militaryand Industrial Company, said that the Tigr-2 prototype would be made by the end of this year.

However, the ministry source unveiled that some of the requirements set by the Russian Ministry of Defence have changed and now the developer has to make some adjustments in the design of the armored vehicle, which have impact on the timeframe, but not too much. In particular Tigr-2 is seen to be ready in April 2019, and may be even earlier – in March. The source did not specify the new requirements.

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In the official information, released earlier by the company, it was noted that the new vehicle will be shielded against explosives with a weight of up to 2kg  in TNT equivalent, it will feature enhanced ballistic endurance to the 6a class according to technical standards and load capacity – increased to 2 tonnes. In comparison, the current Tigr-M vehicle that is in service, features anti-mine endurance of up to 0.6 kg in TNT equivalent and 5 class ballistic protection, with its load capacity rising up to 1.2 tonnes.

The development of the next generation armored vehicle Tigr-2 takes into account the experience of using Tigr-M vehicles in real combat conditions, including those in Syria. The enhanced load capacity of the new vehicle will allow it to be fitted with new modules with heavy armament on it.

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The Tigr is a class of Russian armored vehicles, with its modifications being manufactured at the subsidiary of Military Industrial Company – Arzamas Machine-Building Factory since 2005.

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Defence Ministers of Russia and India Discussed the Start of Joint Production of Kalashnikov Guns in India



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NEW DELHI, India, ( – A mass production of Kalashnikov submachine guns is determined to start in India, next year. This was one of the topics discussed during today’s meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military technical cooperation, held in New Delhi, India, reported the Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin, after the session, learned

During the meeting co-chaired by the defence ministers of the two countries- Sergei Shoigu of Russia and Nirmala Sitharaman of India, both collocutors held talks on a draft program for military-technical collaboration till 2030. Another topic was the organization of the production process of Ka-226T multirole helicopter on the territory of India, explains further Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence.

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On the background of the repeated request by India’s army to acquire the latest weapons in order to meet its needs, today’s talks also covered and detailed consideration of the steps toward the start of Kalashnikov submachine guns production in India, starting in 2019.

The participants in the session paid close attention to the quality of after-sales services. They also have signed an agreement to establish a Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on military and military technical cooperation, which to complete the restructuring of the intergovernmental commission and to allow establishing closer cooperation in the defence area.

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Previously, the Russian Minister of Defence Sergey Shoigu said that the meeting of the Russian-Indian inter-governmental commission on military and technical cooperation, which was held today, aims to sum up the results of the commission’s work in the current year, as well as to be found out prompt and effective ways in the implementation of the agreements secured by the leaders of both countries, during the visitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin in India in October 2018. He also stated that the regular meetings of the Russian and Indian leaders are “a vivid proof of constructive bilateral relations.”

During the talks with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman, Russia’s Defence Minister defined the level of cooperation in military technology transfer between India and Russia as ‘unprecedented’, adding that Russia is ready to enhance its military-technical collaboration with India in the long term. He expressed his confidence in the strong ties with New Delhi in the area of armament and military hardware transfer, saying that “no other state cooperates with India… as close as Russia.”

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Sergey Shoigu pointed out as an example the signed with India contracts for the delivery of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems and Project 11356 frigates, despite the external pressure.

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