Some Russian defense news from June 27, 28, and 29 . . .
A few stories from Technologies in Machinebuilding — 2012 now playing at Zhukovskiy.
A senior VVKO general said a long-range missile for the S-400 is being tested and will reach units soon, RIA Novosti reports.
An Almaz-Antey rep said the fifth S-400 “regimental set” will ready for delivery in September. He also said the company will show the system to the Chinese this fall.
VVS CINC General-Major Viktor Bondarev told the press the first S-500 could reach the forces in 2013.
RIA Novosti quoted First Deputy Defense Minister Sukhorukov on Russia fielding its first strike UAV in 2014. St. Petersburg firm Tranzas will test and deliver it in the same year.
Militaryparitet picked up Arms-Tass about Salyut’s presentation of a modernized AL-31F engine, the AL-31F M2. The new engine is intended for Su-27 variants.
Also at Zhukovskiy, RIA Novosti quoted Deputy PM Rogozin about declaring war on OPK monopolists. Good luck with that.
RIA Novosti reports outgoing OSK head Roman Trotsenko cited conflict with the Defense Minister as his reason for leaving, and he blasted Serdyukov for unwise, unreasonable use of procurement money. Sevmash chief Andrey Dyachkov is taking over OSK.
President Putin greeted and feted top graduates of Russia’s military academies. He told assembled officers the Armed Forces’ combat capability and application of new equipment depends on them. He emphasized resolution of military housing problems and improved living conditions for military families.
According to RG, Putin basically called for reestablishment of voyenpredy in defense plants while answering questions from Federation Council members. Defense Minister Serdyukov has essentially dismantled the old military acceptance system.