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ROSTOV-NA-DONU, Russia, June 1 (UPI) -- Russia is preparing to mass-produce an advanced military helicopter.
Following rigorous factory tests in Rostov-na-Donu, the first mass produced Mi-28N Night Hunter "Havoc" military helicopter was transferred to Russia's Defense Ministry on May 30.
The serial helicopter will join two other experimental Mi-28N helicopters being tested by the Defense Ministry, and will have to confirm its performance and undergo avionics tests, including testing of armaments systems."
According to Russian Air Force Commander Vladimir Mikhailov, the Russian Federation Defense Ministry will buy 50 Mi-28Ns over the next four years.
Moscow would have no less than 2,000 nuclear warheads by 2011, when the U.S.-Russian Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT) will be nearing expiry. This is in line with the SORT's requiring that both sides should reduce their nuclear stockpiles to 1,700-2,200 warheads by December 31, 2012.
Importantly, Solomonov said Russia was ahead of the rest of the world in missile defense penetration capability by at least 15 to 20 years. In the light of his earlier remarks that technologically both new missiles could carry no less than three warheads, defense experts are now convinced the announced changes will have to do with the number of warheads per missile.
Moreover, media reports, citing Moscow's recent disclosure of a six-MIRV Bulava, designed as part of Russia's effort to implement the Memorandum to START I (expires in 2009), suggested the number of MIRVs per missile was likely to grow to 10 shortly.
Solomonov made two other remarks that look important enough if put together. As the first road mobile missile regiment is to enter active service in 2008, the SS-NX-30 also has a three-year flight test program ahead, which means that the first Bulava-armed nuclear submarine Yury Dolgoruky (Project 955 Borei) will be commissioned in the same year and, probably, that the date should be seen as the next landmark for the qualitative development of Russia's nuclear capability.
This launch allows us to not simply hope, but be certain that all future missiles that will be put in service starting from the end of this year will be equipped with this warhead," Sergei Ivanov told a government meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin.
The minister said both land and sea-based ballistic missiles would be equipped with either a single warhead or MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle) and deployed by the Strategic Missile Forces and the Navy.
MOSCOW, May 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Armed Forces will get a large procurement of new weaponry by the end of this year, a deputy defense minister said Thursday.
Colonel General Alexander Belousov said the Armed Forces would receive about 30 main battle tanks, 40 infantry fighting vehicles, more than 100 armored personnel carriers, modernized surface-to-air missiles, more than 10 combat helicopters and a regiment of silo-based Topol-M ballistic missiles.
The acquisitions will be made under a major modernization program highlighted in President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address May 10 and in statements by a number of senior military officials.
He said the helicopters, which are equipped with modern navigation and avionic systems as well as thermal imagery devices, would operate in the North Caucasus and Central military districts.
More than 40 helicopters, including the Mi-28 Havoc, Mi-24 Hind PN and Mi-8 Hip TV-5, will be supplied to the Air Force by 2015, Ivanov added.
The helicopter is primarily designed to locate and destroy enemy armored vehicles, personnel, small surface ships, and low-speed air targets and fortifications, and to lay mine fields day or night in adverse weather conditions.
High reliability and powerful weaponry make the chopper competitive on global aircraft markets, Rostvertol said. Military experts said the helicopter's effectiveness was four to five times higher than any existing helicopters of its type.
The S-400 (NATO reporting name SA-20 Triumf) is an advanced surface-to-air missile system designed to destroy aircraft, cruise missiles, and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles).
At this point, 16 countries, including China, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Sweden, Armenia, Tajikistan, Egypt, India, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Iran, Bulgaria and Mozambique have officially confirmed their participation in the Russian Expo Arms 2006 show," the official said.
According to organizers, the previous show gathered 304 participants, including Fehlmann and Scheeberger of Switzerland, France's Huron, Weiler and Wenzel of Germany, Sweden's Seko Tools, Japan's Mitsubishi and many leading Russian arms manufacturers.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
What are you talking abt??!
Originally posted by Crazy_Mr_Crowley
Essentially it is a different aircraft with all the navigation and targeting technology.
Prelude what do you think of a major war between lets say the current east block and the west.
Russia and China as major military allies on top of their ally neighbours and Cuba,Venezuala and their ally neighbours. against North america and western europe.
Situation Iran. If and when America and Israel attack Iran this will cause a huge spark with the rest of the world particularily China due to it's oil investments there.
[edit on 12-6-2006 by Crazy_Mr_Crowley]
Russia to fly fifth-generation fighter in 2009 - Ivanov
16:36 | 20/ 06/ 2006
MOSCOW, June 20 (RIA Novosti) - Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday that a fifth-generation Russian fighter would make its maiden flight in 2009.
"Expect the fighter in the skies with a new engine in 2009," he said.
The commander of the country's air force said June 15 that Russia would launch its first fifth-generation aircraft as early as 2007, although it would be still equipped with fourth-generation engines.
"Several experimental models will take to the skies as early as 2007, but for now they will be equipped with intermediary engines," Vladimir Mikhailov told journalists. "In the future they will get fifth-generation engines, development of which is ongoing."
The general said that Russia's orbital group would receive new satellites, and that Glonass system of navigational and global positioning satellites would be fully restored to operational condition.
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said in March that the Russian orbital group consisted of 96 satellites, of which 59 are used for military purposes. The Glonass system currently has 17 satellites and two laser reflectors in orbit.
Moskovsky also said the Russian Air Force would receive modernized Su-27 Flanker fighters, Su-24 Fencer tactical bombers, and Su-25 Frogfoot close support aircraft, and that the Land Forces would get modernized T-72 and T-80 tanks, and new T-90 main battle tanks.