Some Russian defense news from Friday, April 13, 2012 . . .
An Interfaks-AVN headline:
- Rogozin says new Armata tank will reach troops in 2017.
RIA Novosti reports Rogozin saying UVZ will start producing Armata in 2015.
ITAR-TASS reports burned Delta IV-class SSBN Yekaterinburg will arrive at Zvezdochka to begin repairs this summer.
An OPK source tells the news service the sub will return to the fleet in summer-fall 2014. Fire destroyed its sonar system and seriously damaged the rubber coating of its outer hull. Yekaterinburg was under minor repair following a collision with a tug when it caught fire in the dry dock at Roslyakovo in January. The SSBN had been scheduled for a patrol before it collided with its escort.
ITAR-TASS reported Rogozin remarking that the GOZ may not be fully in place by tomorrow’s deadline.
Today’s Kommersant says the problem (once again) is agreement (or lack thereof) on the price for new Borey-class SSBNs.