Russia’s delay in launch of its new “Tundra” advanced early warning system satellite will weaken Russian ballistic missile detection and early warning system, Russian Kommersant newspaper reported.
According to the newspaper, Tundra was to replace ageing satellites that are part of Oko program as they have already exceeded their life-span. Tundra satellites are capable of tracking tactical as well as ballistic missiles. The last two satellites (Oko) have been offline since January this year.
Tundra was scheduled to be launched in 2013 which was delayed by technical problems and was rescheduled in 2014. That deadline has also been missed. It is now being scheduled to June 2015, according to the newspaper report.
Russia’s early warning system for missile launches is at risk by the loss of geostationary satellites. Currentl;y, the loss is currently compensated by radar systems on the ground located in various regions of the country, as claimed by sources at the Russian Defense Ministry.
Argentina is likely to buy more Russian Mi-171E helicopters, Russias Ambassador to Argentina Viktor Coronelli said Wednesday. “In 2011, two Mi-171E helicopters, modified for civilian use, were delivered here, which were bought by Argentinas Defense Ministry in order to participate in and support the Antarctic campaigns
Rostec, Rosoboronexprot, Almaz-Antei and 38 other Russian defense firms will be attending Aero India Airshow later this month, Indian Defense Ministry reported Tuesday. United Aircraft-Building Corporation Sukhoi, MiG, Irkut civilian and military aircraft manufacturers are other companies that will be at the air show
Russian holding, Aviation Equipment has been authorized to participate in tenders to supply components for Russian aircraft used by the Indian Air Force, the companys press service announced on Tuesday. The registration of Aviation Service Center of Aviation Equipment by the Indian Air Force gives the holding the right to participate in tenders to supply parts to transport airplanes An-32 and Il, and also Mil helicopters Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-171V, Mi-25/Mi-35
The Russian Armed Forces has approved the first fifth-generation aircraft, the T-50 (PAK FA), to enter the services, Yury Slyusar, head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said. The PAK FA will be subjected to qualification testing directly in the service of the armed forces
Russia will produce a new generation of assault rifles, AK-12 and A-545, this month to replace Kalashnikov AK-74M for Ratnik soldier modernization program. AK-12 and A-545 will also become part of the Ratnik standard issue soldier outfit slated to enter service this coming spring, Izvestiya newspaper was quoted as saying by Sputnik on February 4
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