The Russian Navy is expected to receive 40 new warships and auxiliary vessels this year, according to RIA Novosti.
In addition to surface ships of various classes, the navy will also commission the third Borey-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, and a Varshavyanka-class diesel electric submarine, Rear Admiral Viktor Bursuk, a deputy commander of the Russian navy was quoted as saying in the report.
Russia will continue the repair and overhaul of the Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered missile cruiser and three nuclear-powered attack submarines this year, the report said.
The Kirov-class cruiser, known as the Kalinin until 1992, was commissioned in 1989 and mothballed in 1999. It has since been docked for upgrades at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk, on the White Sea.
The Admiral Nakhimov is expected to rejoin the Russian navy in 2018 with the most advanced weapons systems for its vessel type, the Sevmash shipyard said in June last year.
Auxiliary ships to be commissioned by the end of 2014 include the Igor Belousov, an advanced search-and-rescue ship designed to boost the navy’s ability to rescue submarines and ships in distress, Bursuk added.
The Russian Air Force is planning to order an additional batch of new Yak-130 combat trainers because demand for the aircraft is growing, according to RIA Novosti. The current contract with Russias Irkut aircraft corporation stipulates the delivery of 55 Yak-130s to the air force
Russia is upgrading its short-range Pantsir-S air defense systems with an improved capability to intercept unmanned aerial vehicles, a Defense Ministry official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “The modernization of these unique systems aimed at increasing their effectiveness against UAVs has already started,” Col
Russias Strategic Missile Force will deploy a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile no later than 2020. “We are counting on introducing into the armory by 2018-2020 at the outside a new missile system with specifications not inferior to its predecessor,” Lt
Russia confirmed that it deployed tactical ballistic missiles near the borders shared with NATO, assuring non-violation of international agreements. Russia had “quietly” moved 10 Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) missile systems into its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and along its border with the Baltic States and NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, according to Bild newspaper
Russia receives the final batch of Su-34 fighter jets under a 2008 deal with Sukhoi aircraft maker to deliver 32 of the two-seat bombers, according to RIA Novosti. The aircraft, also known by the NATO codename Fullback, were handed over at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant, which is part of the Sukhoi holding company
Russia is planning to quadruple its annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 in a race for the top spot on the global arms exporters list, a senior government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “Not counting inflation, I think we could reach $50 billion [in arms exports] annually by 2020,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in Moscow
The Russian Air Force will get about 20 new flight simulators for training fighter and ground-attack crews later this year, according to RIA Novosti. The trainers are to simulate a number of new types of aircraft now entering service, including new variants of Sukhoi and MiG fighters and ground-attack aircraft, as well as the Mi-8 AMTSh transport and Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters
Russian shipbuilders are gearing up for India's $11.8 billion “stealth” diesel-electric submarines tender, with plans to offer its fourth-generation Amur-1650 boats, in order to accommodate Brahmos missiles and an Indian-made air-independent propulsion system
The Russian Navy will deploy total six Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines by 2016, with second boat to float out in May this year, according to RIA Novosti. The much anticipated delivery of the submarines, dubbed “black holes in the ocean” by the US Navy because they are nearly undetectable when submerged, is a key part of Russias naval strategy in the Mediterranean, where Moscow has recently deployed a permanent task force consisting of some 10 surface ships
The refit of one of Russias four heavy nuclear-powered missile cruisers has begun after years of delays, according to RIA Novosti. The work on the Admiral Nakhimov will revamp its firepower and set the stage for the revitalization of the Russian Navys capital ships, which have not been modernized in the post-Soviet era
The Russian Aerospace Defense Force will add dozens of radars this year, a defense official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The list includes six Nebo-M active electronically scanned arrays (AESA) and a mix of 23 Podlyot low-altitude and Sopka medium- and high-altitude radars, an unspecified number of modernized Kasta and Desna radars
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