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Russia to start exports of new T-90SM/MS

Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant

Uralvagonzavod, the maker of T-90 tanks, says it is ready to begin exports of the vehicle’s latest variant.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Feb. 20, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Feb. 20 (UPI) — Russia’s Uralvagonzavod scientific-production corporation is ready to export the latest variant of the T-90 main battle tank, Russian news agency Tass reports.

General of the Army Alexei Maslov, the special representative of UVZ for military-technical cooperation, was quoted by the news agency as saying the decision comes as production of the T-90MS is ready to accelerate.

“We have established the low-rate initial production of these vehicles,” he said at the IDEX 2017 trade show in Abu Dhabi. “It has been almost mastered, and we are ready to conduct export deliveries.

“… The serial production is set up in the interests of both Russia’s Ministry of Defense and foreign customers. The technological processes that allow increasing of the serial production volumes have been fine-tuned,” Maslov said.

On Monday, also from IDEX 2017, Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Tass, “A large-scale contract was signed with a Middle East country in December. Another contract on this type of military output is expected to be signed soon.” Manturov did not identify the country.

Maslov said the T-90MS tank features a high degree of process automation. It can conduct self-testing and self-diagnostics and can be integrated with foreign components, such as communication systems and air-cooling units.

After-sales support and a crew training system are offered with the tank.

“We offer a full system of technical maintenance for the whole life cycle of the vehicle,” Maslov said. “The technical solutions can be implemented in both stationary service centers and field environment.”

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Russia and UAE to work on future light 5th generation jet

Russia and UAE to start working on 5th generation fighter 2018

February 20, 2017 TASS

Russia and the United Arab Emirates will get down to joint work on a future light 5th generation jet on the basis of MiG-29 as of 2018, the chief of Russia’s Rostec corporation, Sergey Chemezov, told the media on Feb. 20.

“We believe we shall start working on this plane as of next year. It will take seven to eight years to develop,” Chemezov said on the sidelines of the international weapons show IDEX-2017.

“A future fifth generation plane will be created on the basis of Russia’s Mig-29,” he added.

Earlier, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that Russia and the UAE had concluded an agreement on industrial cooperation in military engineering, which enabled them to launch a fifth generation fighter project.

The head of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar said the work on the plane was at the initial phase and Russia was in the process of drafting proposals. The UAC would participate in the project as the leader organization, and Sukhoi and MiG as co-contributors.

Source: TASS

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Poghosyan: the task of creating a 5 th generation light fighter is not a priority for the KLA

MOSCOW, April 12th. (ARMS-TASS). The task of creating 5th generation light fighter is not currently a priority for the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). This ARMS-TASS, Mikhail Pogosyan, president of the KLA.

“I do not exclude the possibility of creating a light aircraft 5th generation, but this problem is not in the operational plans of the corporation”, – Pogosyan said.

Poghosyan noted that the immediate tasks in the field of lightweight fighters is the development of the MiG-29 program, build the functionality of these aircraft, and upgrading to the level of the MiG-35.

Contracts with Indian and Russian defense ministries on the MiG-29K / KUB dictate the need for “maximum concentration KLA efforts towards the completion of construction of these complexes,” said president of the corporation.

The head of the KLA said that after the completion of the MiG-29K / 35 will need to determine the vector of further development, “whether the work to go in the direction of the unmanned aerial vehicle, or light fighter of the 5th generation.”

Talking about the technical possibilities of the creation of the 5th generation of light fighter, the president of the KLA said that copying American counterparts will be ineffective for several reasons.Soviet and Russian aircraft has always developed their own scenario in accordance with the current military doctrine, he said.

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S-400 will allow China to control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace

Russia’s S-400 to help China control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace – expert


If Russia will supply its high-end S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China equipped with 40Н6Е missiles, it will give China a tool to have a full control of the airspace over Taiwan and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Vasily Kashin explains why the S-400 is such a crucial purchase for Beijing.

A recent statement by the Rostec’s director for international cooperation Victor Kladov about the production of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system for China was mistakenly interpreted by many media outlets as a “beginning of production” of these systems.

His statements did not mean that production had just begun. Most likely, this happened earlier, as the contract to supply China with four divisions of S-400 complexes was signed in the fall of 2014.

Judging by Kladov’s words, it can be assumed that the first batch of S-400 will be delivered in 2017 or perhaps early 2018.

In 2016 Rostec’s head Sergey Chemezov told media outlets that the system will arrive in China “not earlier than 2018.” At the same time, one cannot rule out some acceleration of this process.

New missiles

The geo-political raifications of the delivery of the S-400 to China will depend on what specific missiles will it be equipped with.

The most important innovation of the complex should be the 40N6Е missiles with the range of 400 km and active radar homing in the terminal phase.

Long term production trends suggest that Russia will eventually supply the 40N6Е missiles. However, according to open sources, sophisticated and expensive tests of these missiles were repeatedly delayed.

Without these missiles, the S-400 is just a small upgrade of the S-300PMU2. China had earlier purchased 15 divisions of the S-300. The S-400 has a wider range of target detection, better management tools and advanced types of missiles, but it will not be a radical improvement unless equipped with the 40N6Е.

If it is equipped with the advanced missiles, China’s S-400 will be enough to fully cover the airspace over Taiwan, at least for non-maneuverable aerial targets such as airborne and early warning and control aircrafts (AEW&C), reconnaissance and transport aircrafts.

It may also help impose a ban on flights of fighter aircrafts in the region. In case the S-400 are deployed on the Shandong Peninsula they will be able to target aircraft over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

Thus, the system could give China a significant advantage in two areas where the PLA has to deal with strong and technically well-equipped opponents.

The system can play an important role in preventing or obstructing deployment of American forces in the Western Pacific if the U.S. attempts to support its allies.

A temporary solution

The purchase of only four divisions perhaps is only a temporary solution that will allow China to raise the capabilities of its air defense until it has its own anti-aircraft systems. China is actively engaged in this work. In case the development of Chinese systems will face additional challenges, we are likely to see additional procurement of the S-400 systems.

Chinese military planning has given priority to long range ground-based air defense systems. Beijing believes that these kind of systems can compensate for many of the U.S. Air Force’s strengths, such as better equipment, and the high training and extensive combat experience gained in many wars. In this regard, the Chinese generally follow the Soviet and Russian approach to the confrontation of American air power.

While figuring out when the new system can begin to exert real influence on the balance of power in East Asia, it is also important to take into account the extreme complexity of its operation and maintenance. It may take upto a year to train the Chinese personnel to use the systems.

Even if you install the systems well in advance, the divisions equipped with it will have to undergo the cycle of combat training in China to be fully ready to perform their tasks.

Of course, if at the time of delivery of the S-400 there is a serious destabilization of the situation in the region, such as an acute Sino-American confrontation, all the necessary interim stages in the preparation of the system can be accelerated.

Vasily Kashin is a senior research fellow in the Moscow Based Institute for Far Eastern Studies and in the Higher School of Economics. Views expressed are personal.

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Moscow military expert – Israeli ‘Pythons’ won’t Make Vietnam’s Air Force Any Better

‘Waste of Money’: Will Israeli ‘Pythons’ Make Vietnam’s Air Force Any Better?

17:04 17.02.2017(updated 17:42 17.02.2017)

A Vietnamese online paper recently published an article, whose author tries to justify the need to arm the country’s Russian-made Su-27/30 fighters and Su-22 fighter-bombers with Israeli-made Python-5 air-to-air missiles.

The author writes, citing information provided by the Stockholm-based International Peace Research Institute, that an unspecified number of Python-5 missiles have been supplied to Vietnam for use by the country’s Israeli-made Spyder-SR short and medium range mobile air defense system, and that some of these missiles can be installed on Soviet and Russian made warplanes.

In an interview with Sputnik, Moscow-based military expert and a seasoned Air Force pilot Makar Aksyonenko said that even though the Pytnon-5 missile is a versatile weapon currently used by missile defense systems and Israeli F-15, F-16 and Kfir fighter jets, it’s characteristics are equal to the R-73 missiles found on the Su-27 and Su-30 [planes and notably inferior to Russia’s latest R-73M and R-74 missiles.

“The R-73M heat-seeking missile has greater range and can ‘see’ targets to 60° off the missile’s centerline. It can also be backward fired at an enemy plane attacking from behind and targeted by a helmet-mounted sight allowing pilots to designate targets by looking at them, which is vital during highly maneuverable dogfights,” he said.

The R-73M missile is also used by MiG-29 and MiG-31fighters, Mi-24 and Ka-52 land- and ship-based helicopter gunships.

“This means that the Israeli missile is in no way better than ours,” Aksyonenko added.

He also mentioned the problems that could arise when adapting foreign-made missiles for use on the Sukhoi fighters.

“Any unauthorized use of non-standard weapons on Su-27/30 fighters, and attempts to upgrade them is fraught with serious breakups and the manufacturer’s refusal to service them any further.”

Makar Aksyonenko noted that maximum reliance on standard-issue weapons and their latest versions used in Russia would be the best way to go.

“In a word, any attempts to arm Su planes with foreign-made weapons are just a waste of money with very questionable results. This would hardly help improve the combat capability of the Vietnamese Air Force,” he emphasized.

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Full Sphere IR Air-to-Air Missile


Python-5 is a fifth generation air-to-air missile and the latest member of the Python family. The missile provides the pilot engaging an enemy aircraft with a revolutionary full sphere launch capability. Python-5 can be launched from a very short range to beyond visual range with greater probability of kill and excellent resistance to countermeasures. The missile is also offered in an air defense configuration.

  • Full sphere launch envelope from very short to beyond visual ranges
  • Excellent acquisition and tracking performance
  • Target Lock-On-Before and After Launch capability
  • Excellent resistance to countermeasures
  • Greater probability of kill


R-73M short range air-to-air missile


The R-73 short-range, close-combat standardized missile was developed in the Vympel Machine Building Design Bureau, and became operational in 1984. The R-73 is included in the weapon complex of MiG-23MLD, MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters and their modifications and also of Mi-24, Mi-28 and Ka-50 helicopters. It also can be employed in flying craft which do not have sophisticated aiming systems.

The missile is used for engaging modern and future fighters, attack aircraft, bombers, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles, including those executing a maneuver with a g-force up to 12. It permits the platform to intercept a target from any direction, under any weather conditions, day or night, in the presence of natural interference and deliberate jamming. It realizes the “fire and forget” principle.

The missile design features a canard aerodynamic configuration: control surfaces are positioned ahead of the wing at a distance from the center of mass. The airframe consists of modular compartments accommodating the homing head, aerodynamic control surface drive system, autopilot, proximity fuze, warhead, engine, gas-dynamic control system and aileron drive system. The lifting surfaces have a small aspect ratio. Strakes are mounted ahead of the aerodynamic control surfaces.


The combined aero-gas-dynamic control gives the R-73 highly maneuverable flight characteristics. During flight, yaw and pitch are controlled by four aerodynamic control surfaces connected in pairs and by just as many gas-dynamic spoilers (fins) installed at the nozzle end of the engine. Control with engine not operating is provided by aerodynamic control surfaces. Roll stabilization of the missile is maintained with the help of four mechanically interconnected ailerons mounted on the wings. Drives of all missile controls are gas, powered from a solid-propellant gas generator.

The passive infrared homing head supports target lock-on before launch. Guidance to the predicted position is by the proportional navigation method. The missile’s combat equipment consists of an active proximity (radar or laser) fuze and impact fuze and a continuous-rod warhead.


The engine operates on high-impulse solid propellant and has a high-tensile steel case. Russia’s Vympel weapons designers have developed a one-of-a-kind air-to-air missile, which NATO has dubbed as AA-11, for use on foreign fighter planes. Techically and militarily the new missile, meant for quick-action dogfights, leave its foreign analogues far behind. Vympel experts have also made it possible for the new missile to be easily installed on all available types of aircraft. The AA-11 can also be used on older planes which will now be able to effectively handle the US’ highly maneuverable F-15 and F-16 jets. The AA-11 missile is based on all-new components, use new high-energy solid fuel and an advanced guidance and control system which has made it possible to minimize their size. Their exceptionally high accuracy is ensured by the missile’s main secret, the so-called transverse control engine, which rules out misses during the final approach trajectory. The transverse control engine is still without parallel in the world.


Russia has offered the export-version R-7EE air-to-air missile system for sale so that it can be fitted to foreign-made fighter aircraft. Developed by the Vympel state-sector engineering and design bureau, the R-7EE is designed for close-quarters aerial combat. Vympel specialists have developed a way of ensuring that the missile system can be fitted to virtually any type of aircraft. It can be fitted to older aircraft, which feature heavily in third-world countries’ air forces.

Contractor Vympel
Date Deployed 1980s
Range 20 km (R-73M1)  30 km (R-73M2) 40 km
Speed Mach 2.5
Propulsion One solid-propellant rocket motor
Guidance All aspect Infrared
Warhead 7.4 kg HE expanding rod warhead
Launch Weight 105 kg (R-73M1)  115 kg (R-73M2)
Length 2.9 m
Diameter 170 mm
Fin Span 0.51 m
Platforms Su-27, Su-33, Su-34, Su-35, Su-37, MiG-29, MiG-31, MiG-33, Yak-141, Ka-50, Ka-52

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K-74M2 (izdeliye 760)

Short-range missile is the infrared-homing (“heat seeking”) K-74M2 (izdeliye 760), an upgraded R-74 variant with reduced cross-section for internal carriage – Image:

For the PAK FA, Vympel is developing two new missiles based on R-73/R-74 technology. The first of these is izdeliye 760. Based on the K-74M, this is intended to match the performance of the MBDA Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) and the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder. It will have an improved IR seeker, an inertial control system, a datalink receiver for target updates and an advanced rocket motor with a longer burn time. To make the missile suitable for internal carriage, its cross-section will be reduced to 320×320 mm.

Short-range missile is the infrared-homing (“heat seeking”) K-74M2 (izdeliye 760), an upgraded R-74 variant with reduced cross-section for internal carriage – Image:

To maximise the weapon’s coverage, it can be fired in lock-on-after-launch (LOAL) mode, starting under inertial control before achieving in-flight lock-on. It will be able to engage targets up to 160ⅹ from the aircraft’s heading.

According to a Vympel representative, izdeliye 760 is about to begin flight tests. Development is due to be completed in 2010.

The follow-on K-MD (izdeliye 300) is intended to outperform the ASRAAM and AIM-9X. Although it will draw on the experience gained with the R-73/R-74 series, for most practical purposes it will be an all-new missile.

Its guidance system will be based on a new IR seeker incorporating a focal-plane array (FPA). This will have more than twice the lock-on range of the izdeliye 760 seeker, a high resistance to countermeasures and a target-recognition capability. Source


America’s ‘absence’ a blessing in disguise for Thailand

America’s ‘absence’ a blessing in disguise for Thailand: The Nation Columnist

Kavi Chongkittavorn

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Thailand will soon announce officially the purchase of three Yuan Class S26T Chinese-made submarines worth 13.5 billion baht (S$547 million) each after a

year of negotiations and study. The procurement of such a mammoth amount of military hardware has both symbolic and strategic significance.

The Thai Navy’s long delayed decision could mean the United States-Thai alliance no longer occupies the same stature in the overall scheme of security priorities in Thailand.

The new Thai-China strategic alliance is gaining strength by the day – a virtual alliance in the making. It has become a new barometer showing the Thai security apparatus’ preference towards China for broader security surveillance and protection, especially to address the force imbalance in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand.

Thailand wants to boost protection of its vast maritime resources on both sides of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and to secure the sea-lanes of communication. In addition, the alliance would also serve as a deterrent as maritime security becomes the main focus. If need be, it could perform the so-called “denial accessibility” of the hostile elements.

Indeed, it was a bit redundant for the Pacific Command Chief, Admiral Harry Harris, to praise the Thai-US alliance in his opening speech last week to kick off the 36th Cobra Gold in Chon Buri. He claimed that the US did not treat its alliance with Thailand lightly, as “we are in it together, for the long haul”. But in reality, it was the opposite, the longstanding ties had become hollow due to negligence, unable to yield the dividends befitting the region’s oldest friend.

At this juncture, no other country except China can provide such affordable and extensive maritime security coverage and at the same time be willing to meet all Thai pre-sale demands as much as possible within its economic constraints. The US, which has the capacity to provide assistance similar to China, has never paid sufficient attention – let alone provide a policy response – to Thailand’s faltering 184-year relationship and its perceived external vulnerability.

Like other top American officials before him, Harris reiterated and praised the importance of the Thai-US alliance and wished that a democratic Thailand would return to its pre-eminent position on both the regional and global stage. “We need Thailand’s leadership in Asia,” Harris emphasised. But there is a twist here – Thailand does not have a democratic government. Ironically, the current Thai military leaders attempt to prove to the world, in particular to US policymakers, that they are not dictators; that they are more democratic than over 60 per cent of all United Nations members.

The lingering question is whether today’s Thailand, which has been trying hard to cope with myriad economic and political challenges and reforms, is worthy of US strategic priorities. If it is, it means Washington has failed to communicate effectively with the current Thai leaders. The prevailing strong impression in Washington, that the current military juggernaut plans to continue holding on power as long as possible has done much to undermine the progress of Thai-US relations. After 32 months in power, Thailand has moved on – although some would say just muddled through.

In fact, the US has been slow in responding to Thailand’s desire for further defence modernisation over the past decades, despite the new strategic landscape. From the Thai perspective, the US rebalancing policy was primarily a self-serving one aimed at maintaining Washington’s foothold in the region.

During the past decade, which coincided with political turbulence inside Thailand, the Thai armed forces struggled to beef up their defence only with limited success with new procurement from non-US manufacturers. Neighbouring countries, however, have all modernised their armed forces.

The current Thai regime mistakenly thought that the new Trump administration would be able to quickly put in place a new comprehensive policy towards the US alliance and address key issues. At the moment, Thailand, which is ranked as the US’s 15th trading partner and enjoys a trade surplus, is shaping its new US approach. Last Friday, former US National Security Council adviser General Michael Flynn had a phone conversation with his Thai counterpart, Thawip Netniyom, and pledged fervently to strengthen the US-Thai alliance and security cooperation.

Both sides also discussed the planned telephone link-up between Trump and Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha in days and weeks to come. Unfortunately, Flynn resigned from his position the next day due to a scandal over his links to Russia. As a result, the latest outcome of the Flynn-Thawip phone discussion has yet to be delivered to the US State Department. That explained why Harris’ speech and his meetings and discussions with the Thai leaders did not reflect the fresh US pledges made by Flynn. Now the plan to have the Trump-Prayut phone conversation has been delayed amid new developments in Washington.

As Thailand and China bolster their defence cooperation, Japan is not far behind. Tokyo is eager to further consolidate their economic-oriented excellent relationship with more strategic frameworks. One is the planned memorandum of understanding to secure a defence equipment transfer from Japan to Thailand, now a top priority for both sides to complete as soon as possible. It must be noted here that Thai officials are not shy, and do not feel intimidated when they discuss and engage with their Japanese counterparts.

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are scheduled to visit Thailand during the first week of March to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died in October last year. They will be the first monarchs to visit Thailand under the new King, His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn or Rama X. The traditional ties between the two monarchies must not be underestimated. They have served as a rock-solid foundation for the healthy and holistic evolution of bilateral relations.

It is now obvious that China and Japan will be two key strategic partners for Thailand’s security needs in coming decades. This will impact directly on the emerging regional security architecture currently under debate. Bangkok’s biggest challenge is to make sure that overall security ties are aimed at strengthening bilateral relations – China-Thai as well as Japan-Thai, and not against each other.

As far as Thailand is concerned, the current ‘absence’ of the US, which was previously a constant balancing force for stability in the region, is a blessing in disguise. It enables Thailand to adopt multi-pronged strategic ties with major powers, breaking the exclusivity of the US-dominated security entrapment.

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Like other top American officials before him, Harris reiterated and praised the importance of the Thai-US alliance and wished that a democratic Thailand would return to its pre-eminent position on both the regional and global stage. “We need Thailand’s leadership in Asia,” Harris emphasised. But there is a twist here – Thailand does not have a democratic government. Ironically, the current Thai military leaders attempt to prove to the world, in particular to US policymakers, that they are not dictators; that they are more democratic than over 60 per cent of all United Nations members.

In fact, the US has been slow in responding to Thailand’s desire for further defence modernisation over the past decades, despite the new strategic landscape. From the Thai perspective, the US rebalancing policy was primarily a self-serving one aimed at maintaining Washington’s foothold in the region.

During the past decade, which coincided with political turbulence inside Thailand, the Thai armed forces struggled to beef up their defence only with limited success with new procurement from non-US manufacturers. Neighbouring countries, however, have all modernised their armed forces.

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Russia to Begin Exporting Il-76MD-90A soon

Russia to Begin Exporting Il-76 When Aerospace Forces Adopt Il-76MD-90A – Rostec

13:34 16.02.2017(updated 13:50 16.02.2017)

Russia will begin supplying foreign customers with its Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifters after the Russian Aerospace Forces put into service its Il-76MD-90A modification, Rostec state corporation’s chief international cooperation official said on Thursday.

BENGALURU (Sputnik) — The 11th edition of the Aero India exhibition kicked off on Tuesday and will be held through Saturday.

The expo organized by the India’s Defense Ministry and taking place at Air Force Base Yelahanka is attended by over 750 companies from India and around the world.

“There are many requests for second-hand IL-76s, but we cannot deliver them because the Russian Aerospace Forces cannot give them away yet,” Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department, told reporters.

“As soon as the Russian Aerospace Forces begin replacing the old fleet with the new Il-76MD-90A, they will give us this fleet for sales,” he said at the Aero India 2017 air show.

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