Some Russian defense news for April 19-20, 2012 . . .
Krasnaya zvezda covered First Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandr Sukhorukov’s briefing on the progress of GOZ-2012. He said contracting is at 77 percent, ahead of the last two years (50 and 47 percent). The Defense Ministry’s GOZ funding was trimmed by 25 billion rubles, from a planned 704 to 677 billion (isn’t that 27 billion?). GOZ money will be advanced in full, and 53 percent of contracts will be “long term,” according to Sukhorukov.
Sukhorukov's Press Conference
Sukhorukov told the media this year the Armed Forces will receive 28 Pantsir-S1, 58 aircraft, and 124 helicopters. He discussed supplemental contracts for Mi-35, Mi-28N, and Mi-8MTSh helicopters. The total GPV purchase of helicopters will apparently be 1,124.
ITAR-TASS reported Borey-class SSBN Yuriy Dolgorukiy will be accepted not later than mid-June. Unit 2 Aleksandr Nevskiy will be accepted in August according to Sukhorukov.
This item also indicated Borey contracting for this year was almost done, and that units 4-8 will have 20 launch tubes.
Sukhorukov had no other specifics on defense procurement this year.
In its coverage of the press-conference, Arms-Expo.ru asked if GOZ-2012 isn’t broken already, at least in the munitions sector.
Meanwhile, in other OPK-related news . . .
Topwar.ru writes that small arms maker Izhmash’s bankruptcy is “going according to plan.” Rostekhnologii’s plan, that is.
VPK.name reported the chairman of Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich’s board claims Russia will sign a contract for its first An-70 transport this year. The GPV may include up to 60 of these aircraft.
Posted in Defense Industry, Defense News, Force Modernization
Tagged Aleksandr Nevskiy, Aleksandr Sukhorukov, An-70, Borey, GOZ, GOZ-2012, GPV, Izhmash, OPK, Rostekh, Rostekhnologii, SSBN, Yuriy Dolgorukiy
Vedomosti’s Aleksey Nikolskiy sees a possible end to the conflict between the Defense Ministry and industry over the production of strategic nuclear systems. His OSK source claims a multiyear Defense Ministry contract with Sevmash for proyekt 955 Borey-class SSBNs will be concluded in the coming week. This would reportedly leave OSK with just one contract remaining to be completed.
Conclusion of a 40-billion-ruble contract for three proyekt 11356M frigates was announced Wednesday.
Vedomosti’s source said the Defense Ministry and OSK also finished a deal for proyekt 885 Yasen-class SSNs several days ago. The paper once again cites Konstantin Makiyenko’s 500 billion ruble price tag for the new SSBNs and SSNs.
An industry source tells Vedomosti that all MIT’s ballistic missile contracts are complete.
While deals for renovating Russia’s strategic forces are apparently done at last, not all contracts for conventional armaments are finished, particularly those involving Rostekhnologii and its enterprises, according to the director of one of them.
What’s this mean?
The conclusion of submarine / SLBM / ICBM production contracts would be a relief to both sides since their absence has been the biggest GOZ news story. If all this is done, or almost done, one would expect a major government or Defense Ministry press announcement soon.
If the submarine deals are worth 500 billion rubles, that is, once again, apparently closer to Defense Minister Serdyukov’s price than to OSK’s.
The proyekt 11356M frigates are updated Krivaks (or Talwars for India), and they aren’t exactly cheap.
The issue of incomplete contracts with Rostekhnologii’s enterprises is significant given the size and breadth of their work on weapons and military equipment. People will ask which enterprises and systems are in question. It also contradicts Serdyukov’s recent claims that only OSK deals needed to be inked, and implies there are lingering problems and issues in areas other than shipbuilding.
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Tagged Borey, GOZ, ICBMs, Konstantin Makiyenko, Krivak, MIT, OPK, OSK, Proyekt 11356, Proyekt 885, Proyekt 955, Rostekhnologii, Sevmash, SLBMs, SSBNs, SSNs, State Defense Order, Talwar, Yasen
According to ARMS-TASS, Deputy Chief of Rostekhnologii Dmitriy Shugayev told the assembled press corps at the Paris Air Show that Russia’s PAK FA will need about eight years to reach serial production.
This sounds like a very different story from what we’ve heard thus far. Most official pronouncements have talked about starting serial production in 2015 or 2016, and pretty much completing the run by 2020.
No reason or context was given for what seems a pessimistic appraisal of PAK FA’s timeline. However, it might be connected to the challenge of getting “second phase” engines on the aircraft.