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2001-08-18, Serge Pod: New Generation of Russian Fighter Aircraft to Be on The Job in 2010 The first experimental fighter aircraft of a new generation will be created and flight- tested in 2005-2006 and will be adopted for service in 2010, General of the Army Anatoliy Kornukov, the air force commander-in-chief, told a news conference at the MAKS-2001 airshow on Thursday [16 August]. He said the tactical and technical assignment for the aircraft has been worked out and endorsed, and the industry started developing the technological outlook of the aircraft. It has not yet been defined but most probably it will combine the best of what has been achieved under programmes for S-37 aircraft of the Sukhoy design bureau and a multifunctional fighter aircraft of the MiG corporation, the air force commander-in-chief said. Kornukov believes the fighter aircraft of the fifth generation will be created by all Russian aircraft construction design bureaus with the leading role of the Sukhoy bureau. This is explained by the fact that the Sukhoy…
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2001-08-18, Serge Pod: Volga Dnepr, Engine Makers Clench Deal to Save IL-76 MAKS-2001 - Zhukovsky Russia`s top cargo airline Volga Dnepr, Perm Engines and JSC Aviadvigatel signed today a memorandum of intentions to equip Ilyushin IL-76 cargo aircraft with PS-90A-76 engines, a spokesman for the airline reported to AVIA.RU. Pursuant to the memorandum, one of the two Volga Dnepr`s Ilyushin IL-76s will be soon fitted with new PS-90A-76 engines, which virtually meet the new ICAO noise and emission regulations. ``The deal is deemed as the first practical step of the Russian cargo airline community towards saving of Ilyushin IL-76 plane`` Volga Dnepr`s DG Aleksey Isaiykin pointed out. Introduction of the new stricter ICAO noise and emission regulations effective from April 2002 will ban IL-76 flights in Europe. The project for saving IL-76 aircraft was initiated early this year by UK`s Air Cargo News with a proactive support of Volga Dnepr. Ilyushin IL-76 is a unique cargo plane equipped with a rear-loading ramp, which avoids the need…
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2001-08-18, Serge Pod: India Drops Hawks to Snap Up Migs India`s reneging on its Hawk deal rocked the world arms market as Russia snatched the most lucrative contract from the British, dramatically changing the ranking of the world`s aircraft makers. It is now safe to say that the scale on one of the world`s most promising arms market that of Asia - is tipping in Russia`s favor. India`s decision to buy MiG-ATs astounded BA Systems, which for two years had been negotiating a contract for Hawk 100 training planes to be supplied to that country. India had agreed to buy 66 such planes from Britain for a total sum of about $ 1.6 billion. In August 2000, India`s then Defense Minister George Fernandes told parliament that a decision on the purchase would be taken within a few weeks. Snatching away a contract from a potential supplier is regarded as normal practice on the world arms market, where suppliers` behavior is anything but gentlemanly. One need only recall how the Americans did Russia out of the contract to sell Greece S-300…
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2001-08-17, Serge Pod: Aeroflot Negotiating Domestic Aircraft Buys The Russian flagship airlines Aeroflot is engaged in active talks at the ongoing MAKS-2001 airshow outside Moscow with Russian aircraft producers on filling out its fleet with domestically-built planes. First Deputy General Director at Aeroflot Anatoly Volymerets has told Interfax that his company has reached strategic agreement with the leasing company Ilyushin-Finance under which Aeroflot confirms its preparedness to consider leasing some new cargo-hauling Il-96-400Ts. The company is talking seriously with KB Tupolev about Tu-334 aircraft for local usage. Aeroflot is also negotiating with the company Sukhoi and the Ilyushin aviation complex on a project for a new regional airplane, Volymerets added. Interfax AVIA.RU - Информационное агентство "Российская авиация и космонавтика"
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2001-08-17, Serge Pod: Russia, China Moot Joint Aircraft Production Russia counts on the signing of a new agreement with China in early September on the reciprocal recognition of airworthiness of civil aviation equipment, Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov told journalists on Wednesday [15 August] after talks with a delegation from China`s main civil aviation administration. According to Klebanov, the signing of the agreement is expected to take place during Premier Zhu Rongji`s visit to Russia at the beginning of the coming autumn. The Russian deputy prime minister said: ``China confirmed its intention to buy Russian-made Tu-204 planes.`` More, both sides are now mulling proposals for supplies to China of the latest modifications of the Il-96-300 and Il-76 planes, as well as the Il- 114. Klebanov noted that many officials from a number of Chinese airlines arrived at the MAKS-2001 aerospace show and showed an active interest in the Russian aviation equipment on view here. Russia is also drafting an intergovernmental agreement…
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2001-08-17, Serge Pod: Krasnoyarsk to Host Its First Air Show East Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk this year will host Siberia`s first-ever aerospace show from 1-4 December 2001. This announcement was made on Wednesday [15 August] at the international aerospace show in Zhukovskiy by KrasAir [Krasnoyarsk air] general director Boris Abramovich. He said the Siberian show of the latest achievements in the field of Russian and foreign aviation and space equipment expects to put on view exhibits adapted for operation in Siberia`s harsh climate with its low temperatures and in areas distant from the industrially developed regions. The idea of the Siberian aerospace show has been approved by the Russian president`s representative in the Siberian Federal District and the administration of Krasnoyarsk Territory. According to expert estimates, between 200 and 300 foreign and domestic companies will take part in the show. Itar-tass AVIA.RU - Информационное агентство "Российская авиация и космонавтика"
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2001-08-17, Serge Pod: Boeing to Open Moscow Training Center Hoping to boost expertise at its Eastern European operations, Boeing Co. and the Russian aerospace company Ilyushin Aviation Complex will open a Moscow-based training center to develop computer skills for engineers, the two companies announced Tuesday. The center will train Russian aerospace engineers in CATIA, the computer software Boeing uses to design its aircraft, the company said. The center, which can train up to 50 engineers at a time, also will offer English-language classes. Engineers will be trained to work at the Moscow-based Boeing Design Center, which does work for the aerospace giant`s commercial airplanes division. Sergei Kravchenko, Boeing`s vice president for cooperative programs and business development in Russia, said the company also plans a major investment in upgrading technology at the training center. ``We believe that the center soon will become the leader of computer design training in Eastern Europe,`` he said. Boeing contracts with more than…
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2001-08-17, Serge Pod: Russia Challenges Pretenders to Role of India`s Military Supplier Russia is pushing its way back into the competition with Britain, France and Israel to offer high-technology defence equipment to its long-time military ally, India, reports AFP. A flurry of high-level visits has brought Russia back into the reckoning after India looked to be favouring technologically superior Western armament firms. Moscow`s most recent achievement has been to rekindle New Delhi`s interest in the Russian version of the Advanced Jet Trainers AJT required by the Indian Air Force. The 1.66-billion-dollar contract seemed to have been sealed by British Aerospace with its ``Hawk`` AJTs being favoured above the French Alphajet and Russian MiG-AT. But now the Russians would appear to be back in the running. ``We accepted the MiG-AT as an option after they made a presentation during Defence Minister Jaswant Singh`s visit to Moscow in June,`` an Indian defence ministry spokesman said. ``The deal is, however, not yet clinched and is…
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2001-08-17, <au>: … Sputnik v 750 tonn???!!
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2001-08-16, Serge Pod: SA Shows Right Stuff above Moscow SA`s Armscor will launch an unusual bid for international aerospace business when an SA Air Force Mirage F-1 is exhibited and flown at the annual Moscow air show starting next week. The aircraft, piloted by Maj Johannes Joubert, made its first test flight at the Zhukovsky military aerodrome, outside Moscow, last Thursday. Earlier, the plane had been disassembled and transported to Moscow from SA by a Russian transport aircraft. Russian officials said Thursday`s flight marked the first time a foreign-made military aircraft had ever taken off at Zhukovsky. The air show display of the SA aircraft, which has been modified to use Russian-made engines, is also a first for a foreign aircraft. Armscor and its Russian counterpart, the government-owned arms export agency Rosoboronexport, have already agreed to work together to market modifications of the French-built Mirage F-1, using SA know-how, western avionics, and the Klimov SMR-95 engine. The engine was originally supplied to…
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2001-08-16, Serge Pod: Russia Aircraft Makers Seek Support A primary target for U.S. spy satellites during the Cold War, this air base near Moscow attracted thousands of spectators who came to see Russia`s top-of-the-line jets at the Moscow International Air Show, which opened Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin was the star guest, making a dramatic arrival in a helicopter at the base just 15 miles southeast of Moscow. ``Economic difficulties have taken their toll on the aviation industry, but despite that, our aircraft makers have found their niche in the global market,`` Putin said. He walked briskly past a line of wide-bodied Tupolev airliners, sleek fighter jets and helicopter gunships, peering into their cockpits and listening to their designers` pleas for state support. By the end of Putin`s three-hour inspection, the presidential entourage had grown into a colorful mixture of officials, journalists, curious children and security service snipers armed to the teeth. Most Russian aircraft makers found themselves struggling for…
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2001-08-16, Serge Pod: Putin Gets Air Show Off the Ground President Vladimir Putin swooped down on Zhukovsky in a helicopter Tuesday to open the Moscow Air Show with a brief speech peppered with praise for the Russian aviation industry. ``The difficulties of the past years in the economy could not help but influence the aviation industry,`` Putin said. ``At the same time, aircraft manufacturing companies - and these are people we remain proud of - have found a niche of their own in the international market.`` Bodyguards then beat a path through the crowds for Putin to make a three-hour tour of the show, the largest ever in its 10-year history. Russian aviation, which stagnated through much of the 1990s, got a shot in the arm this year with the signing of multibillion-dollar agreements with Boeing Co. of the United States and Airbus maker EADS of Europe. Military jet sales to other countries are also on the rise. Putin expressed great interest in the exhibits put on by Boeing and EADS. He then examined the wares of Russian fighter…
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2001-08-16, Serge Pod: Mi-8 Helicopter Crash A helicopter carrying paratroopers crashed in a gorge in southern Chechnya on Tuesday killing at least three people, officials said. The Mi-8 helicopter crashed about 15 kilometers south of the mountain village of Tuz-Kharoi, some 2,000 meters above sea level, according to border guards spokesman Viktor Nosatov. The paratroopers were on their way to replace another group of paratroopers stationed there. Meanwhile, paratrooper commander Georgy Shpak denied reports that Chechen rebels had recaptured the town of Benoi-Yurt in the Vedeno district, also in the region`s mountainous south. Residents who fled the region said Monday that rebels held control of a key road running through the area. AP AVIA.RU - Информационное агентство "Российская авиация и космонавтика"
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: Atlant-Soyuz Eyes Buying Five PS-90A Engines Atlant-Soyuz is looking to buy at least five PS-90A engines from Perm Engines at the forthcoming MAKS-2001 Air Show in Zhukovsky, Stanislav Leychenko, DG reported. The carrier contemplates installing the four engines on its first IL-96-400 cargo plane refurbished at a production line in Voronezh. The remaining engine will be used as a back-up. According to Leychenko, Atlant-Soyuz and Perm Engines had already agreed and signed off on the conditions of the deal, aiming to sign the accord on August 15 or August 17 during the Air Show. The first two engines will be delivered straight after signing of the deal, with the others to follow soon. By estimate, refurbishment of IL-96T to IL-96-400 version will take 6-7 months. Ilyushin IL-96-400 boasts practically the same performance as IL-96T but costs twice less. IL-96-400`s price tag is 40 mln US dollars apiece, compared to 40 mln US dollars per IL-96T. AVIA.RU
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: India Prefers MiG-AT to Hawk A ?1bn deal between India and BAe Systems to buy 66 Hawk jets appeared in deep trouble last night, after reports suggested India had ``regrettably`` decided to buy a cheaper Russian aircraft. India said on Thursday it had lost 71 military aircraft in accidents over the last three years and would buy new trainer planes and simulators to cut down the casualty rate. Junior Minister of Defense U.V. Krishnam Raju told parliament the 71 lost air force aircraft included 10 helicopters. He said that of the 59 lost fighter planes, 35 were Russian-made MiG-21s. The government`s statement came amid fresh doubts over a US$1.42 billion proposed deal to buy 66 trainer planes from Britain. Media reports in India and Britain said long-running negotiations between BAe Systems PLc and the Indian defense ministry for supply of Hawk trainer jets had run into fresh trouble due to a dispute over price. According to sources in the Indian defense ministry, the government had virtually ruled out…
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: MiG in Austrian Tender In a move that could give MiG Corp. a chance to win a multimillion-dollar defense contract, the Austrian Finance Ministry has requested that the country`s Defense Ministry revise the conditions of a tender for the purchase of new fighter planes, Jane`s Defense Weekly reported. The Finance Ministry said the Defense Ministry will also have to explain why it turned down the comparatively cheap Russian fighters in February. Austria had planned to spend some $1.6 billion on 30 new fighters while the CMT-2 version of the MiG-29 could be purchased for between $30 and $35 million. The tender has yet to be announced, but the present conditions are seen as favoring Sweden`s Grippen fighter, according to Vedomosti. MiG Corp. is back in the running primarily because the Austrian Finance Ministry wants to use up to 20 percent of the value of the contract as payment for debt, the maximum permitted under European Union regulations, Vedomosti cited a government source as saying. As part of the…
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: Russia Looks to Asia to Finance Fighter Russia may pool resources with China or India to build a costly new-generation fighter intended to re-equip its air force and secure a competitive edge in the global market against prospective U.S. and European designs, a top Cabinet official said Thursday. China and India have become the top customers for Russia`s beleaguered aircraft makers, who have received almost no orders from their own government in the decade since the Soviet collapse. Both countries have recently bought large batches of Sukhoi fighter planes, and purchased licenses to manufacture more. But Russian Aerospace Agency director Yury Koptev warned that Russia risks being edged away from lucrative export markets unless it urgently starts work on a new fighter. Russia is currently the world's fourth largest arms exporter, behind the United States, Britain and France, and fighter jets have been its top export item. ``Such planes as the Su-27 and the MiG-29 and their modifications can stay competitive…
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: Ka-26 Destroyed by Fire in Accident in Siberia A helicopter was consumed by fire in Kashtan, Krasnoyarsk territory, Siberia as a result of an accident. The Ka-26 helicopter belonging to a Transsibneft oil-pumping facility hit a fuel tank with its rotor during takeoff at about 4:40 p.m. Moscow time on Thursday, Interfax was told at the territorial interior department on Friday. Preliminary reports attribute the steep bank of the helicopter to a strong headwind. The fuel from the damaged tank started burning and a fire broke out at the oil facility. The 39-year-old pilot was hospitalized with severe burns. Interfax AVIA.RU - Информационное агентство "Российская авиация и космонавтика"
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: Upgraded Su-35 on Display at MAKS In the opinion of Vladimir Babak, Chief Designer, Sukhoi Design Bureau, the current fleet of Su-35 Scorpion strike fighters needs an urgent upgrade to improve the accuracy of bombing by three to four times. Babak has come to that conclusion, based on the experience of using Su-25 strike fighters against Chechen guirillas in the North Caucuses. According to Babak, an upgraded example of Su-25 is in the final assembly at a production line in Kubinka. The modernized aircraft will be featured at Sukhoi`s stand during the MAKS 2001 Air Show in Zhukovsky. The plane`s fighting capabilities reportedly increased fivefold over the non-modernized version. AVIA.RU
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: MiG Offer to Hungary Russia reaffirmed on Tuesday its offer to overhaul NATO member Hungary's aging MiG-29 fighter fleet and rejected criticism by Hungary`s prime minister that the planes were not good enough. ``This aeroplane is not a `lame duck`, but rather a flying Hungarian eagle,`` Russian Ambassador to Budapest Valery Musatov told a reception honoring Hungarian Air Force Major Gyula Vari, who last week won the world`s ``Top Gun`` best fighter pilot title at a British air show for a record third time. Vari achieved the feat flying a MiG-29, but that was little comfort to Russia, which stands to lose a small but long-standing customer for its military hardware. Hungary, which joined NATO in 1999, is pondering replacing its 28 Russian-made MiGs with either U.S.-made F16s or Swedish JAS Gripens. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said last week that Hungary was NATO`s ``lame duck`` with its MiGs, and the government would decide this month on a replacement. Orban added that Hungary did not have enough…
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2001-08-12, Serge Pod: Air Force Proudly Puts On a Show and Tell A mammoth An-70 military transport jet lumbered across the sun-bleached skies of the southern Astrakhan region as dozens of foreign military attaches from Arab, African and Eastern European countries craned their necks to get a better view. The Russian-Ukrainian built plane, rejected by European nations as a contender for NATO`s fleet, made a slow, sweeping turn before opening a hatch to drop heavy equipment and paratroopers. All the while, Lieutenant General Yury Klishin, the deputy commander of the air force, kept up a running commentary to his clearly impressed audience perched on wooden bleachers in the parched Caspian steppe stretching for kilometers around the sprawling Groshevo Test Field. ``See the paratroopers go - one, two, three, four,`` Klishin said, counting off each paratrooper until the last and 12th one had jumped in the An-70's first ever parachute drop. ``Now we can congratulate the Antonov team and those at the test field for carrying out such fine…
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2001-08-07, Serge Pod: Russia, Germany to Modernize MiG-29 Fighters Russia and Germany are to sign a large-scale agreement to modernize Russian MiG-29 fighter planes and supply them to Eastern European countries, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Tuesday. The agreement to give the go-ahead to the MiG-29 West program will be signed in Moscow during the MAKS air show, which opens next week, Ivanov told a briefing in St. Petersburg. He said this year`s second meeting between the Russian and German defense ministers ended in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. Under a decision by the Russian president and German chancellor, such meetings are to be informal and held twice a year, Ivanov said. He said his next meeting with German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping will be held in Naples, Italy. The meeting will follow a ``NATO countries plus Russia`` format. European security will also be discussed at a meeting of the defense ministers of the Baltic countries in Sweden. In spring next year, Ivanov plans to visit Scharping`s native…
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2001-08-07, Serge Pod: Boeing`s Participation Larger Than Ever at Moscow Air Show The Boeing Company has been participating in the Moscow Air Show since its inception, and Boeing`s presence at this year`s show - which runs from August 13-19 - will be larger than ever. The Boeing exhibit will have models of commercial airplanes, the Boeing Business Jet, Sea Launch and the International Space Station. There also are Space Station and Sonic Cruiser holograms, Commercial Aviation Services displays, and a limited-edition commemorative poster for those who stop by. Two new videos on Boeing/Russia partnerships and Commercial Aviation Services will round out the exhibit. Representatives will be on hand from Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Business Jets, Boeing Airplane Services, Boeing Capital Corp., and Aviation Partners working with Boeing on the 737 winglets retrofit program . On display outside will be the smallest member of the Boeing family of airplanes, the 717. The airplane is a newly delivered Turkmenistan Airlines 717-200…
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2001-08-07, Serge Pod: Mil Designs New Chopper Moscow`s Mil Helicopter Plant is in the process of developing a new lightweight twin-engine Mi-52 helicopter, a well-informed source reported. According to the source, the plant is currently investing its own funds in the design works due to the lack of external sources. Completion of two examples and conduct of all flight, certification and state tests will require an investment of nearly 15 mln US dollars. Mil is also studying opportunities for engaging outside investments to go ahead with design works. Should the required level of financing be secured, the design bureau pledges to complete and flight-test two Mi-52 examples within the next two years. The Mi-52`s market niche is straight between Ka-226 and Mi-8 choppers, as well as light-engine helicopters designed by the Belkov Company. The new helicopter`s price tag is estimated at 600-700 000 US dollars, twice less the price of Ka-226, Mi-8s and similar western designs. Mi-52 will be available in two versions: single and twin…
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2001-08-07, Serge Pod: VD Carries Helicopters for UN Peace Keepers in Western Sahara Volga Dnepr VD , the world-renowned carrier of oversized and super heavy cargoes, has transported several Mi-8 helicopters together with their aircrews to the UN mission in Western Sahara. Four Mi-8 choppers belonging to Tyumenaviatrans have been loaded to VD`s Antonov An-124-100 cargo hold during several hours at Tyumen`s Roshchino airport. The complexity of loading process was due to the fact that the difference in sizes between helicopters and An-124`s cargo hold was just a few centimeters. After a ten-hour flight, the Antonov An-124 freighter safely delivered the choppers to El Aaiun airport, where they will be deployed to carry equipment and supplies for the UN peace-keeping forces. Delivery of helicopters to Western Sahara marks another milestone in the long-term cooperation between Volga Dnepr and United Nations, which began working together back in 1992. AVIA.RU
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