August 25th was a big day for Russian weapon-manufacturing, and especially internal orders, as several significant deals were announced during the Army-2020 forum.
The Russian Ministry of Defense and Rostec State Corporation signed a number of agreements totaling more than 300 billion rubles ($4 billion).
The agreements relate to the supply of new equipment and ammunition, the modernization of the existing fleet of military equipment, as well as new promising developments for the Russian armed forces.
Agreements with the Ministry of Defense were signed by the United Aircraft Corporation, Russian Helicopters, Uralvagonzavod and NPO Splav of the Tekhmash holding.
“Today, during Army 2020, we signed contracts for the supply of new aircraft, helicopters, armored vehicles for various purposes, as well as for the repair and modernization of combat vehicles, and for conducting advanced research for the Russian army. The implementation of the agreements will allow equipping the troops with advanced weapons, improving the tactical and technical characteristics of products already in service, creating the necessary scientific and technical groundwork for promising developments,” said Sergei Chemezov, General Director of Rostec State Corporation.
Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko and the head of the UAC Yuri Slyusar signed an agreement for the supply of Su-34 bombers, Su-35 and Su-30SM2 fighters for the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), Su-30SM2 fighters for the Navy (Navy), Yak-130 combat training aircraft and Il-76MD-90A heavy military transport aircraft.
Splav will supply the armed forces with Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems and 122-mm 9M22U rockets for the Grad MLRS.
Uralvagonzavod will repair and modernize the T-80BV battle tanks that are in service.
This will significantly improve the tactical and technical characteristics of the vehicle and bring it to the level of the T-80BVM battle tank.
A contract was also signed for the overhaul with the modernization of the BRM-1K command combat reconnaissance vehicles. Based on the results of the work, a number of technical characteristics will be improved, such as firepower, security, command controllability and mobility.
The Russian Helicopters holding has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense for the development of a promising ship-based helicopter complex.
The new complex will become a universal sea-based helicopter with the ability to perform search and rescue, transport-combat and anti-submarine missions. In accordance with the approved schedules, the first stage of the R&D work is planned to be completed within three years.
The holding will also supply the department with two Mi-38 helicopters with a high-comfort cabin.
Finally, the Navy isn’t being left behind. The Russian Ministry of Defense signed contracts for the construction of two large diesel submarines of projects 636.3 and 677.
Construction will be carried out at the Admiralty Shipyards.
Furthermore, a contract with the Zvezdochka Shipbuilding Center was also announced for “the repair and modernization of Project 971 nuclear-powered submarines of the Northern Fleet.”
Submarines of project 636.3 “Varshavyanka” (according to NATO codification – Improved Kilo) belong to the third generation of large diesel-electric submarines and are among the quietest in the world.
The submarines have a length of 74 m, the maximum displacement is more than 3,900 tons. The robust hull provides the submarine with a working depth of 240 m and a maximum diving depth of 300 m, a cruising range of up to 7,500 miles.
The main armament of the submarines is the Kalibr-PL missile system with cruise missiles of the same name, which are launched through torpedo tubes from a submerged position.
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