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    Status of Russian Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

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    Post  franco Wed Jun 28, 2023 11:57 am

    MOSCOW, June 28-RIA Novosti. The Techmash concern has received the Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) plants for the implementation of the cannon-shot system, which will increase the production of artillery systems, the press service of Rostec told RIA Novosti.
    "The Supervisory Board of Rostec State Corporation has approved the decision to transfer Plant No. 9, Central Research Institute Burevestnik and Uraltransmash to Uralvagonzavod Concern under the management of Techmash Concern. In addition, shares of the Central Research Institute of Materials (TSNIIM) will be transferred to Techmash, "representatives of the state corporation noted.

    In total, Rostec will receive 15 state-owned powder factories from the state. The press service added that the consolidation of assets for the development and production of artillery systems as part of one structure "will help to increase the production of this most important product for the country's defense capability."
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    "The goal of regrouping is to create a single system based on the "gun — shot"principle. Competencies in the development, production, repair, maintenance of artillery systems and the production of ammunition for them are now concentrated in the contour of "Techmash". This concern has historically been the flagship of the Russian ammunition industry, " said Bekhan Ozdoev, Industrial Director of the Arms, Ammunition and Special Chemicals Cluster of the corporation.
    At the same time, according to him, Uralvagonzavod will focus on the production of its main products — tanks.
    Rostec stressed that the transfer of factories between two structures in the corporation's contour will not affect the teams that will remain in their places, and will not affect the civil projects of these enterprises.
    Factory No. 9 is a manufacturer of barrel artillery systems, in particular D-30A howitzers, T-72 tank guns. Ural Transport Engineering Plant (Uraltransmash) produces Msta-S self-propelled howitzers. Central Research Institute "Burevestnik" develops mortars and artillery systems, including portable mortars 2B11, 2S12 "Sani", installations for naval artillery, uninhabited combat module with 57-mm cannon AU220M "Baikal". TSNIIM specializes in the development of special materials and technologies, including high-strength steels.

    https://translated.turbopages.org/proxy_u/ru-en.en.80250e2c-649c0297-d738ed8f-74722d776562/https/ria.ru/20230628/tekhmash-1880822331.html

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    Post  lancelot Wed Jun 28, 2023 12:49 pm

    I think it is ok to put the SPG artillery factories under UVZ. There is a lot of overlap there. But putting the gunpowder factories also under Rostec is something I am less keen on. Rostec already has way too much power and influence as it is.
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    Post  GarryB Thu Jun 29, 2023 4:26 am

    Don't think of it as power... think of it as accountability.

    If they control their subcontractors for raw materials then they can't blame someone else if they decide to ramp up production and their raw materials producers can't keep up.

    They should be able to better understand the market and availability of resources and plan ahead to boost production or extraction of necessary raw materials to meet projected or expected needs.
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    Post  franco Tue Jul 11, 2023 12:13 pm

    MOSCOW, July 11-RIA Novosti. Kurganmashzavod (part of Rostec's High-Precision Complexes) will increase the production of infantry fighting vehicles and vehicles based on them by another 30% in the second half of 2023, the press service of High-Precision Complexes told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, citing the plant's executive Director Pyotr Tyukov.

    Earlier on Tuesday, High-precision Complexes reported that Kurganmashzavod delivered ahead of schedule another batch of BMP-3 and upgraded BMP-2M with the Berezhok combat module, closing contracts with the Russian Defense Ministry in June with a deadline of November. In total, in the first half of 2023, 95% of the output for the entire 2022 year was produced.

    "The production program for the second half of the year will be even tougher. We will have to produce 30% more products than in the past six months. It seems unrealistic, but the team of Kurganmashzavod, as the more than 70-year history of the enterprise proves, will make every effort to make the impossible possible. At the cost of a huge concentration of strength and will, a high patriotic spirit, "said Peter Tyukov, Executive Director of Kurganmashzavod.

    The press service of the holding reminded that the plant's staff has been working six days a week for 12 hours for almost a year, and at some production sites – in shifts around the clock.

    https://translated.turbopages.org/proxy_u/ru-en.en.1907cab6-64ad27ac-51faf30c-74722d776562/https/ria.ru/20230711/kurganmashzavod-1883416284.html

    NOTE: my take is production almost doubled (190%) first half of 2023 over 2022, and production rate will be at 225-250% by the end of year.

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    Post  franco Tue Jul 11, 2023 9:12 pm



    Enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex (MIC) managed to increase the production of particularly popular weapons for military combat missions in a short time. This was stated to journalists on July 11 by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

    "In the shortest possible time, the defense industry enterprises managed to increase the production of particularly popular types of weapons, military and special equipment and means of destruction necessary for performing combat tasks. And, most importantly, to ensure their accelerated delivery to the troops, " he said.

    According to him, since March 2022, the number of purchased and upgraded main types of weapons, military and special equipment supplied under the state defense order has increased by 1.8 times, and in 2023 — by more than five times compared to the beginning of 2022.

    As an example, the minister cited the indicators of deliveries of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "Orlan-10" and "Orlan-30", which increased 53 times. He added that KAMAZ increased the supply of multi-purpose vehicles by 17.6 times, and Uralvagonzavod increased the supply and overhaul of T-72 and T-90 tanks by 3.6 times.

    The head of the Defense Ministry also noted that in 2023, Russia increased the number of ammunition produced by the domestic industry by more than 10 times compared to the beginning of last year.

    Earlier in the day, Shoigu checked the implementation of the state defense order at enterprises located in the Republic of Tatarstan.

    During the inspection, Shoigu visited the Kazan Aviation Plant named after Gorbunov, which produces strategic missile carriers Tu-160, carries out their repair, as well as modernization of long-range bombers Tu-22M3. There he was informed that the Russian Armed Forces will receive two new and two upgraded Tu-160 strategic missile carriers in 2023.

    Earlier, on July 4, at a joint board of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the heads of departments Shoigu and Denis Manturov discussed the issue of fulfilling the state defense order. At the end of the meeting, instructions were issued to the relevant military management bodies and heads of the defense and industrial complex (MIC).

    Before that, in June, Manturov said that the Russian defense industry enterprises currently fulfill the state defense order by almost 100%. According to him, the schedules that were approved for 2023 are sometimes even ahead of schedule.

    On May 28, Mishustin noted that the defense industry has significantly increased production for the needs of the special operation to protect the Donbass. He specified that there is a continuous improvement of weapons and equipment samples. The head of the Russian Defense Ministry thanked those who work in defense factories for this.

    https://translated.turbopages.org/proxy_u/ru-en.en.167e2295-64ada5d2-471b8dc0-74722d776562/https/iz.ru/1542772/2023-07-11/shoigu-zaiavil-o-narashchivanii-predpriiatiiami-opk-vypuska-vostrebovannogo-vooruzheniia

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    Post  franco Tue Jul 11, 2023 9:18 pm

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced a two-fold increase in the supply of Ka-52 helicopters to the ranks of army aviation. Deliveries of Mi-28s have tripled.

    Deliveries of UAVs "Orlan-10" and "Orlan-30" increased by 53 times. The Uralvagonzavod enterprise was able to increase the supply and overhaul of T-72 and T-90 tanks by 3.6 times.

    Shoigu noted that the Kurgan Machine Plant was able to increase the supply and overhaul of the BMP-3 by 2.1 times. Arzamas Machine-Building Plant increased the supply of BTR-82A fourfold, and Tiger-M doubled.

    The number of ammunition produced has increased by more than 10 times compared to the beginning of last year, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    Shoigu noted that Kyiv did not achieve the goals of the counteroffensive in any of the directions. The enemy has lost 26 thousand militants since the start of the counteroffensive.

    https://tvzvezda-ru.translate.goog/news/20237111832-jJlHM.html?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-GB&_x_tr_pto=nui&_x_tr_hist=true

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    Post  franco Tue Jul 25, 2023 1:10 am

    The NATO proxy war in Ukraine has become a testing ground for weapons makers from across the world. Who are the top five largest arms manufacturers and are they worth their salt?

    The Ukraine conflict has given a boost to defense contractors on both sides of the Atlantic. Russian enterprise KB Mashinostroyeniya – part of the High Precision Complexes Holding of Rostec State Corporation – has ramped up the production of some of its weaponry by up to 2.5 times since 2022. KB Mashinostroyeniya is famous for its cutting edge 9K720 Iskanders (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone), a mobile short-range ballistic missile system.
    American producers of Javelins, HIMARS, and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) are racing against time to produce more weapons as Ukraine burns through these arms faster than the US can manufacture them. European arms makers are trying to catch up as the Old Continent's industrial base is "still in tatters" following decades of under investment, per the Western press. So, which are the top five countries mastering themselves in weapons production?

    Many countries around the world produce excellent weapons, but the top five manufacturers calling the shots in the global arms market are:

    1. The United States
    2. Russia
    3. France
    4. China
    5. Germany

    How Big is the US Weapons Industry?

    The US tops the list of global arms manufacturers and exporters, as per the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The nation boasted a market share of 40% in international arms exports between 2018 and 2022, up from 33% in previous five years. In general, the US supplied weapons to 103 countries, which is over half the nations on the planet.
    Per SIPRI, a total of 41% of US arms exports went to the Middle East in 2018–22, down from 49% in 2013–17, with Middle Eastern states being among the top 10 importers of US weapons. Saudi Arabia accounted for 19% of US arms exports, Qatar 6.7%, Kuwait 4.8%, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 4.4%.

    Asia and Oceania accounted for 32% of total US weapons exports, with Japan (8.6%), Australia (8.4%), and South Korea (6.5%) being top three importers in the region. At the same time, a total of 23% of US arms exports went to Europe, mostly to Washington's NATO partners, the UK (4.6%), the Netherlands (4.4%), and Norway (4.2%). Since 2022, the volume of US weapons supplies to Ukraine has soared sharply.
    The top five US defense contractors benefiting the most from the nation's weapons exports are: Lockheed Martin Corporation; Raytheon Technologies Corporation; The Boeing Company; General Dynamics; and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

    What Weapons Does Russia Manufacture?

    Russia is ranked second with a 16% share of total global arms exports. In 2018-2022, Russia delivered major arms to 47 states.
    Asia and Oceania accounted for 65% of total Russian arms exports, with India and China heading the list of Russia's major regional importers; Middle Eastern states received 17%; and Africa got 12%. Per SIPRI, between 2018 and 2022, almost two thirds of Russian arms went to India (31%), China (23%), and Egypt (9.3%). India remains Russia's largest customer.

    Per international observers, Russian warplanes and combat helicopters have been among the nation's main export items since 1992. In 2018–22, Russian state-of-the-art combat aircraft accounted for 40% of the country's arms exports. Among them are fighters of the "4++" generation such as the Su-30 of various modifications; the multifunctional front-line MiG-29; Mi-17V-5/Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters; Mi-35M transport/attack helicopters; Ka-226T light multipurpose helicopters; as well as Mi-26 heavy transport helicopters.

    Western observers admit that Russia is also the world’s leading supplier of capable and cost-effective lower-tech weapons such as Kalashnikov assault rifles, towed artillery pieces (the D-30), self-propelled howitzers (the 2S1 Gvozdika and 2S19 Msta), self-propelled multiple rocket launchers like the BM-27 Uragan and BM-30 Smerch, and armored personnel carriers such as the BMP-3 and BTR-70. When it comes to air defenses, Russia's S-300 and S-400 are still second to none.
    The list of Russia's six largest defense contractors in terms of highest total sales include: United Aircraft Corporation (fixed-wing airplanes); United Shipbuilding Corporation (submarines, corvettes, frigates, aircraft carriers); Tactical Missiles Corporation (air- and naval-based missiles); United Engine Corporation (military aviation, rocket engines, and marine gas-turbine engines); and Uralvagonzavod (main battle tanks).

    Does France Produce Weapons?

    France is a mature weapons producer and is reportedly challenging Russia as second biggest arms exporter behind the US. According to some estimates, at the end of 2022 France had more weapons on order for export than Russia.
    Meanwhile, in 2018-22, France accounted for 11% of the global total arms exports, which was 44% higher than in the period between 2013 and 2017. The lion's share of French arms went to Asia and Oceania (44%) and the Middle East (34%). All in all, France delivered weapons to 62 states between 2018 and 2022, with the three largest recipients being India, Qatar, and Egypt. Together, the three got a whopping 55% of French weapons exports. Among, them India emerged as France's largest military customer in the chosen period. In addition, in 2022, France struck a deal with Indonesia for the delivery of 42 combat aircraft.

    The ongoing surge in France's arms exports are mainly due to sales of Dassault Rafale fighter jets made by Dassault Aviation. Rafale fighters went primarily to India, Qatar, and Egypt in 2018-22. The second company contributing to the rise in French weapons sales over the past several years was Naval Group, a major French industrial group specializing in naval defense design, development, and construction. The company supplied submarines to Brazil and India, frigates to Malaysia and the UAE, as well as mine-sweepers to Belgium and the Netherlands.
    France's top defense contractors are: Airbus SE; Naval Group; Thales; Safran; and Dassault.

    Does China Produce Its Own Weapons?

    China ranked fourth, with 5.2% of total global arms exports in 2018–22. Most Chinese arms exports (80%) went to countries in Asia and Oceania. In general, China supplied weapons to 46 states in 2018–22, with 54% of those exports going to Pakistan. The nation has also been the primary buyer of China’s arms since 1991.
    Pakistan and China also jointly manufacture some Chinese-origin weapons systems, such as the Al-Khalid tank and the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet, as well as anti-tank missiles, portable surface-to-air missiles, and missile boats.

    In Southeast Asia, China delivers weapons mainly to six countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, and Thailand.
    It sells weapons to Africa, too: in particular, the Central African Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Sudan. However, sales to the region constitute only around 19% of Chinese exports. Latin America is yet another destination for Chinese arms: Argentina, Bolivia, and Venezuela all receive either Chinese arms or private security services.
    In April 2022, China started to deliver its FK-3 medium-range, road-mobile, surface-to-air missiles to Serbia. In June 2022, Argentina expressed interest in acquiring the China-made JF-17 fighter jets.

    Moreover, China has recently emerged the world’s largest exporter of drones, in particular, Wing Loong and the CH-4 models. According to Western observers, China is poised to dominate the low end of the arms market in the future.
    China's top five defense corporations include: China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) (tanks, long-range suppression weapons, and air-defense); Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) (jet-fighters, trainers, military helicopters, and other airborne weapons); China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) (defense electronics); China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC) (light vehicles and firearms); and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation.

    Who are the Biggest German Weapons Manufacturers?

    Germany's top five weapons manufacturers are: Rheinmetall AG; Krauss-Maffai Wegman (KMW); MBDA Deutschland GmbH; Leonardo S.p.A; and Thyssenkrupp AG.
    Germany accounted for up to 4.2% of the global total arms supplies in 2018–22 which was 35% lower than in 2013–17. The largest share of German arms went to states in the Middle East (36%), Asia and Oceania (32%), and Europe (20%). The country's largest customers are the Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

    Germany's major exports include infantry fighting vehicles (Puma and Lynx); self-propelled howitzers (such as the Panzerhaubitze 2000); tanks (most notably the Leopard 2); cruise missiles (in particular, Taurus long-range bunker-buster air-to-ground cruise missiles); and air-defense systems (such as the IRIS-T a medium range infrared homing air-to-air/ground to air anti-missile system), to name but a few.
    When it comes to warplanes, the German Air Force is largely reliant on the Eurofighter Typhoon, a European multinational multirole fighter jet manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems, and Leonardo, which operate under the auspices of a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH.
    Even though the conflict in Ukraine been a boon for German defense contractors, the nation is also facing certain constraints, crippled by de-industrialization, unfolding recession, and uncertainty surrounding future energy supplies.

    https://sputnikglobe.com/20230724/which-country-is-the-largest-weapons-producer-1112116067.html

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    Post  Hole Tue Jul 25, 2023 12:10 pm

    Comparing the size of weapons production/exports in Dollar terms is  censored

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    Post  GarryB Tue Jul 25, 2023 1:28 pm

    Yes, it is why big rich western firms stay rich... two sellers of rings... one sells 50,000 rings per year and makes $20 per ring on average, the other guy sells expensive rings but not very often... he sells 4 rings a year but sells them for 2 million dollars each... one million dollars revenue for the first seller and eight million for the second seller... which is the biggest ring seller?

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    Post  franco Tue Jul 25, 2023 1:57 pm

    Hole wrote:Comparing the size of weapons production/exports in Dollar terms is  censored

    You have to give the "masters of the universe" their due (cut) drunken
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    Post  lancelot Tue Jul 25, 2023 2:07 pm

    Russia has lost a lot of weapon sales ever since the US started the CAATSA. Examples of this are the fighter aircraft sales to Indonesia and Egypt. In some other cases Russia lost weapon sales because of sanctions on weapon component imports. For example the Gepard frigate sales to Vietnam. In other cases you can attribute missed sales due to issues with Russia's own MIC in delivering products on time like the Tigr corvette sales to Algeria, or the Lada submarine sales to Indonesia.

    Algeria started buying ships from China and might buy other systems where previously they only bought weapons from Russia. And Vietnam also started buying weapons from Israel and other countries. A lot of the countries which would have bought fighters from Russia, which did not because of CAATSA, switched to French fighters instead.

    India seems to be going into the Western orbit by joining AUKUS and letting the US Navy use their ports. They increasingly also are buying more weapons from the West.

    China is increasing making their own weapons.

    Russian successes in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts and continued expansion of BRICS might turn the situation around however. If Russian weapons are perceived to be more cost effective, and Russia is perceived as someone you can rely upon to defend your country on a pinch, weapon sales will likely increase again. If countries are more economically integrated and have SWIFT alternatives then sanctions will also lose a lot of their bite.

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    Post  GarryB Wed Jul 26, 2023 3:05 am

    While the US dollar has value the US has power, but its use of its dollar as a weapon weakens it as an effective weapon.

    Like a solid gold sword... looks damn impressive and expensive but it would not take a lot of actual use as a weapon before you realise it is too soft to hold a useful edge and it very quickly becomes useless.

    Nobody likes being bullied and while factions in Indonesia are probably very happy about not getting Russian weapons, there are likely quite a few other factions that really resent being forced to choose things that are not in their interests...

    Using foreign components in military equipment is actually quite normal, but the US using this to force them to stop using imported components means future sales wont include western companies making any money at all... which is actually a good thing because while in the past Russia has exported its things to all sorts of countries, it often did it through European ports on European ships with European insurance so Russian trade was generating income for Europe.

    Well the west is busy burning those bridges now too... which is good for Russia and good for the rest of the world.

    The abysmal performance of western weapons should be a real eye opener for most countries, but then actual weapon performance has never had very much to do with US and western weapon sales.

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    Post  PhSt Thu Jul 27, 2023 2:23 am




    The Omsk plant looks like a promising heavy vehicle manufacturing complex, its far away enough from the European theater which makes it safe from potential Ukrainian, Baltic, Finnish and assorted NATO drone and medium range ballistic and cruise missile attacks.

    There are a lot of comments in the video suggesting that the plant looks kind of outdated, I think its in the best interest of the Russian MIC to update this plant and expand its production capacity as well as build a research and development complex nearby to upgrade this plant from just manufacturing tanks to developing newer and advanced weapon systems. attack
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    Post  lancelot Thu Jul 27, 2023 2:31 am

    To me the factory looks clean and even has been freshly painted. Given that the factory originally serially produced T-80 tanks you can also hardly expect it to be highly automated for T-72 upgrades. Upgrades imply a lot of work checking individual parts to see if they are operational and this needs to be done by hand basically. I think in the long term however Russia needs to reactivate the tank upgrade and repair centers and dedicate large factories such as this to new tank production.

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    Post  flamming_python Thu Jul 27, 2023 8:33 am

    PhSt wrote:The Omsk plant looks like a promising heavy vehicle manufacturing complex, its far away enough from the European theater which makes it safe from potential Ukrainian, Baltic, Finnish and assorted NATO drone and medium range ballistic and cruise missile attacks.

    There are a lot of comments in the video suggesting that the plant looks kind of outdated, I think its in the best interest of the Russian MIC to update this plant and expand its production capacity as well as build a research and development complex nearby to upgrade this plant from just manufacturing tanks to developing newer and advanced weapon systems. attack

    To start with they can at least get it back to actually manufacturing tanks, or anything really, as right now it's just a glorified repair plant

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    Post  ALAMO Thu Jul 27, 2023 9:52 am

    As long as there are a few thousand tanks left in storage, it will work just fine.
    You still don't take into account that Russia does produce fresh new tanks. What can't be said about any NATO country other than Turkey.
    If some accountings made public that at least 120+ T-90M has been made in the last year, this number is insane and higher than all tanks NATO refurbished. Adding Koreans.

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    Post  xeno Thu Jul 27, 2023 10:17 am

    Anyone realized it is a video from 10 years ago?
    The TV program called polygon I used to watch.
    So it has nothing to do with the factory nowadays.

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    Post  lyle6 Fri Jul 28, 2023 1:06 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    To start with they can at least get it back to actually manufacturing tanks, or anything really, as right now it's just a glorified repair plant
    And yet that glorified repair plant can only do everything between restoring old obsolete MBTs into zero hour condition and modernizing them into cost-effective yet very capable T-72B3s. About the only thing it can't do is manufacture turret and hull shells from scratch.

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    As long as there are a few thousand tanks left in storage, it will work just fine.
    You still don't take into account that Russia does produce fresh new tanks. What can't be said about any NATO country other than Turkey.
    If some accountings made public that at least 120+ T-90M has been made in the last year, this number is insane and higher than all tanks NATO refurbished. Adding Koreans.
    Nobody knows just how much T-90Ms UVZ is churning out on surge wartime rates. But its a lot - they have no real bottlenecks. Based on the Ukrainian tear-down of the T-90M's electro-optics and comms gear much of the components are Russian-made - anything that isn't like microchips are sourced practically everywhere its impossible to control. They also have a large and growing personnel base that cut its teeth on the sizeable T-72B3 and export T-90 orders from the past decade, now fully oriented towards domestic production.

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    Im not sure what kind of cooperation agreement has been agreed between the two parties, but I think Russia can benefit greatly from North Korean labor and perhaps even know how in some areas of security and defence tech, perhaps even partner with North Korean intelligence community in foreign territory to steal South Korean, Taiwanese, NATO defense technologies or even civilian tech like those related to semiconductor manufacturing to help grow Russian and North Korean microelectronics industry.

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    Post  GarryB Sun Aug 06, 2023 4:12 am

    I think it is ok to put the SPG artillery factories under UVZ. There is a lot of overlap there. But putting the gunpowder factories also under Rostec is something I am less keen on. Rostec already has way too much power and influence as it is.

    Comment number two in this regard... apart from what I already mentioned above about them controlling all aspects of production meaning they can ensure they have what they need when they need it because then raw materials will be included in the long term planning, I would also say that Rostec is a large and impressive company that does a lot of new research into chemicals and nano projects which would likely benefit gunpowder factories and lead to improved formulations and technologies that might lift performance of all weapons with cleaner burning more efficient propellents... and perhaps even exotic things like liquid propellents and new chemicals that burn faster and hotter and cleaner and are cheaper to make or safer to use and store perhaps.

    Regarding North Korea there is a lot of areas where Russia and NK can trade and cooperate to improve the situation in both countries... a rail link through North Korea to South Korea would be very useful for South Korea, and China and Russia because products from South Korea could simply be put onto a train and then ride the silk road and rail project to everywhere that is open to it, and goods and materials can flow back on the same rail lines... and NK could earn income from that traffic.

    AFAIK the only thing stopping them is objections from the US.

    NK is a country of millions of people, there is enormous potential for mutually beneficial cooperation and trade, but if the delegation is military then it will be interesting to see what they are cooking up... maybe they want to show them some British drones that they might like to replicate and test out in that part of the world...

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    The international military-technical forum "Army-2023" will be held in Kubinka near Moscow from August 14 to 20. Traditionally, most of the exposition of the exhibition will be occupied by stands of holdings and enterprises that are part of the Rostec State Corporation. They will present about a thousand samples of weapons and equipment. On the eve of the exhibition, Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy General Director of Rostec, spoke in an interview with Dmitry Reshetnikov, Deputy Head of the Military Editorial Office of RIA Novosti, about the study by enterprises of the experience of using weapons in the NVO zone, expanding the range of guided missiles for MLRS, creating long-range artillery to parry NATO howitzers, about the start of production new remote mining systems, deliveries by corporation enterprises of new body armor to the NVO zone, stopping Western sniper bullets.

    – What is Rostec planning to present at the forum this year?
    – For us, this is one of the most important platforms for interaction with partners and customers. The plan of business events is rich, a number of signings and meetings are planned. And, of course, almost the entire range of weapons and equipment of our production will be presented - only about one thousand samples. These are aviation, armored vehicles, small arms and equipment, artillery and air defense and electronic warfare equipment, communications equipment and systems, and the widest range of ammunition.
    I note that almost all of these products are currently used in the NWO zone. You will be able to see with your own eyes the weapons and combat vehicles that are now fighting on the front lines. Many samples have been significantly improved based on the results of combat use, taking into account the recommendations of military personnel. Thus, the audience will be able to see Su-57, Su-35S , MiG-35 and Su-30SM fighters . Attack helicopters Mi-28NE , Ka-52M and Ka-52E. Heavy flamethrower systems TOS-1A "Sun" and TOS-2 "Tosochka". Undoubtedly, the "Agriculture" remote mining engineering system will be of particular interest. Modern tanks will be presented, as well as lightly armored vehicles - BMP-3M, BMD-4M, BTR-MDM and BT-3F. I am sure that equipment and equipment for combating drones will receive great attention. Drone-related threats are on the rise. This is not only about military operations, but also the use of UAVs for sabotage, espionage, and so on. We will present the "Serp-VS5" anti-UAV complex, the "Kupol-PRO" portable complex. As well as a number of other developments in the field of electronic suppression, which are able to "land" the drone. And, of course, we will demonstrate air defense systems for the physical destruction of drones. These are "Pantsiri", portable anti-aircraft missile systems "Verba", "Igla-S" and others.
    Special attention this year is to the means of protecting military personnel and equipment. In particular, we will show the new Amulet body armor produced by the Tula Oktava and the new RDG-U smoke grenades from TSNIITOCHMASH for protection against high-precision weapons.
    I will also note the means of protecting armored vehicles from reconnaissance and attack drones, high-precision projectiles. For example, active protection systems for tanks and lightly armored vehicles, including Arena-E, various types of smoke ammunition and heat traps.

    – You mentioned "Obereg" bulletproof vests. What is their advantage over analogues?
    – We wanted to create a body armor that would protect the health and lives of military personnel at a qualitatively new level. At the same time, it would remain light and convenient, since nothing should interfere with the fighter during the task. And we succeeded.
    The weight of "Amulet" is only about 11.7 kilograms. The novelty was tested not only with standard 7.62x54 mm bullets for the Br-5 class, but also with bullets of a more powerful caliber - 8.6 mm. The ceramic plate withstood such a hit. We also carried out shootings of American and Chinese classmates. Tests have shown that foreign vests are powerless against such a test and give up.
    The servicemen on the front line have already received an experimental batch of our bulletproof vests and were satisfied. However, we continue to improve "Amulet". In the modified version of the ammunition, we have achieved very high performance - it is lighter by almost two kilograms, while protecting the fighter just as reliably.

    - Tell us about the special "Cape" coating, which is designed to protect tanks on the battlefield. How does it work, what are the development prospects?
    “This is the real antidote to satellite and airborne intelligence. It was created by the Kalashnikov enterprise - the Research Institute of Steel. Let me remind you that this company is also developing dynamic protection for armored vehicles. The masking material reduces the visibility of tanks and other military equipment in a wide range of wavelengths. Protects from detection by radar and thermal imaging devices, and its deforming color provides optical masking. Manufacturers of armored vehicles have already received the first samples of the Cape. I am sure that tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in the future will definitely be equipped with this protective material.

    - How does the onboard helicopter defense complex "Vitebsk" show itself in the NVO zone? Is it planned to be further improved taking into account the experience of the NWO? Are there other projects of complexes for the protection of army aviation? On other principles?
    – This development demonstrates high efficiency in the NWO zone. Reliably protects helicopters from MANPADS, including Western-made ones. According to the testimonies of the pilots, thanks to this equipment, it was possible to reflect several launches of anti-aircraft missiles of various modifications at once and safely return to the airfield. In recent years, "Vitebsk" has gone through several stages of modernization, taking into account the recommendations of the military.
    In general, the evolution of airborne protection systems is a continuous process. After all, the guidance systems of anti-aircraft and aircraft missiles are constantly improving, their noise immunity is growing. Under these conditions, of course, work is underway to create promising airborne defense systems using both traditional and other principles of construction. They will make it possible to protect aircraft from guided weapons, including those with combined guidance systems.

    - What can we oppose today in the field of high-precision weapons?
    - Modern warfare is becoming more and more "sniper". We are working to ensure that the Russian army shoots farther and more accurately. The production of high-precision systems is being increased, and at the same time, work is underway to improve their performance characteristics and create new samples. An example is the well-known "Krasnopol". Work to improve this ammunition is underway, its capabilities will increase. By the way, in the SVO zone, this projectile has proven itself in the best way. It effectively hits targets, including single ones. Allows pinpoint fire to disable command posts and other important enemy targets.
    It can be predicted that in the future the value of precision-guided munitions and the frequency of use will only grow. Their effectiveness will increase, including through modern fire control and reconnaissance systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles. Here I would like to note a novelty from " High-precision complexes ", which can be seen on the forum. This is an updated version of the Tablet-A complex on a new chassis. Let me remind you that the complex is designed to automate artillery fire control. He is able to control all types of artillery weapons and interact with reconnaissance equipment. Provides the commander with information about the situation on the battlefield in real time. Such developments bring artillery to a new level, especially in conjunction with precision-guided munitions.

    - Is the combat experience gained in the course of the SVO used in the modernization and creation of new MLRS?
    - Experience, of course, we apply. We keep in constant contact with the Ministry of Defense. We promptly receive proposals for the improvement and modernization of multiple launch rocket systems. On the basis of information from the advanced, we are forming a scientific and technical reserve not only for the modernization of existing models, but for the creation of advanced weapons. In addition, work is underway to expand the range of guided missiles for various purposes.

    - When is the delivery of self-propelled wheeled howitzers "Malva" to the troops expected? In general, how are things with the "flower" series of howitzers - "Magnolia", "Drok", "Phlox". Which of them went to the troops?
    - "Malva" has already passed state tests. Now its mass production has been launched. The first samples will be delivered to the troops in the coming months. Distinctive features of this howitzer is high mobility due to the wheeled chassis. It contains an automated calculation of the firing parameters for all types of ammunition. A simultaneous fire raid mode is provided - that is, several shells fired one after another will reach the target at the same time. Meanwhile, our developers do not stand still. Now a modernized version of the "Malva" with an increased firing range is being created. Believe me, we will have something to oppose to the long-range Western howitzers, which are now being supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine . As for "Phlox" and "Drok" - they are at the final stage of testing. Serial samples of "Phloxes" will begin to arrive to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the coming months. In turn, the first experimental batch of 2S41 Drok self-propelled mortars has already been sent to the troops. The complex was created on the basis of the armored car "Typhoon" and allows you to fire without leaving the car. As for the promising self-propelled gun "Magnolia", it has passed the first stage of testing. It is being finalized and prepared for testing by the Ministry of Defense.

    - At what stage are the works on the promising self-propelled artillery mount "Coalition-SV"? At what stage is the development of the Tosochka heavy flamethrower system?

    - Testing of the 2S35 self-propelled artillery gun from the Koalitsiya-SV complex is planned to be completed this year. At the same time, its mass production, as well as the production of a transport-loading machine, has already been deployed. We have completed work on Tosochka, they have been completed in full. This heavy flamethrower system confirmed the high tactical and technical characteristics set by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    - For the MLRS "Smerch", the possibility of creating an UAV, which is "sewn" into the rocket, was studied. Today it is more relevant than ever, do you plan to continue work on this topic?
    - We did not stop the work, they are being carried out on their own initiative in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense. The use of reconnaissance and strike drones as part of multiple launch rocket systems is a promising direction. We have all the competencies, including drone production technologies, to make this idea a reality.

    - Is Rostec creating new ammunition production facilities to meet the needs of a special military operation? To what extent have the enterprises of the state corporation been able to increase the production of shells for multiple launch rocket artillery systems since the start of the SVO?
    - Since the beginning of the special military operation, the volume of production of ammunition for cannon artillery and MLRS has increased many times over. If we compare 2021 and 2023, enterprises increased their volumes by 20 times. Deliveries occur without interruption and in the required quantities. To solve this problem, we have expanded production capacity, created new production lines, introduced new equipment. For certain calibers, Rostec enterprises launched previously mothballed capacities. We also involved enterprises of related industries, including civilian ones, in the production of individual components of ammunition. The composition of cooperation for the production of serial products has been significantly expanded. This allows us, on the one hand, to diversify production, on the other hand, to evenly distribute the load on enterprises.

    - Did you manage to increase the production of armored vehicles?
    “ Uralvagonzavod and High Precision Complexes are selflessly working on this . Since the beginning of the SVO, the production of armored vehicles has quadrupled. Often shipments are made ahead of schedule. I note that the vehicles that we send to the front are constantly being refined taking into account combat experience. Their security increases and so on.

    - Not so long ago, a video appeared on the network, which shows the use of the "Agriculture" remote mining engineering system in the NWO zone. How did this technique show itself in real combat conditions?
    – Without exaggeration, this is a unique machine, it has outstanding tactical and technical characteristics. In the NWO zone, the system confirmed its capabilities and received extremely positive feedback. It allows you to quickly install a minefield of the required configuration, as well as assign parameters for the self-destruction of mines at a given time. This facilitates the clearance process after the end of hostilities. Due to its high efficiency and demand, its mass production and deliveries began even before the completion of the R&D.

    - Earlier it was announced that tests of the Hermes missile system are continuing. When can they end? Is there any interest in this complex from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation?
    - Initially, it was an initiative development of "High Precision Systems". We first showed it at the "Army" forum in 2020. Today we have made significant progress in this work. I assure you that "Hermes" will become a new word in the field of high-precision guided weapons. It will have an over-the-horizon firing range of up to 100 kilometers and operate on a "fire and forget" basis.

    - At what stage of work on the project of the robotic BMP-3 with the Sinitsa combat module? Has the "Prometheus" complex designed for the robotization of equipment already been tested?
    - The BMP-3 with the Sinitsa combat module is a successful example of armored vehicle robotization. But we are moving on. Specialists of the VNII "Signal" have created a software and hardware complex "Prometheus", which allows you to robotize any armored vehicles and control it from the remote control. Currently, preparations are underway for a large cycle of testing this complex in various conditions. Based on their results, a decision will be made on its further application and development.

    - Earlier it was reported that VNII "Signal" has developed a new orientation system "Filin" for military equipment. Has the new orientation system been tested in action on combat samples? How significant improvements will it require when installed on existing samples?
    - "Filin" will provide military personnel with a completely new functionality when working with electronic cards. At the same time, due to the modular principle, the orientation system allows you to quickly adapt it to almost any combat vehicles on various chassis. It doesn't require much modification.

    - Have the deliveries of the new Chukavin sniper rifle to the troops begun? When will it be put into service?
    - Last autumn, Russian special forces operating in the NVO zone received a batch of these rifles for experimental combat operation. Reviews are positive. First of all, they say that the weapon has become more convenient, easier to maintain. "Kalashnikov", in turn, continues to hone the rifle, making improvements to the design. As for adoption, we are waiting for the decision of the state.

    - What changes, taking into account the SVO, did the AK-12 receive ?
    – Since 2018, when the assault rifle was put into service, its design has changed significantly. Of course, the experience of using in real combat and the feedback from the fighters were studied very carefully. In particular, the diopter sight has been improved. It has become more versatile and all-weather. The safety control system has become two-way, which is especially convenient for left-handed shooters. The muzzle device on the new model is non-removable, that is, a device for low-noise shooting is now conveniently mounted on top of the flame arrester. Finally, the model received a constructively new, more advanced handguard. In addition, the machine has a number of technological improvements that are invisible to the naked eye.

    - How is the work on increasing the serial production of Su-57 fighters going? When is it planned to install the so-called second stage engine on this aircraft?
    - We fully fulfill our obligations to the Ministry of Defense. Now the aircraft is undergoing trial operation in the Russian Aerospace Forces . This year our cooperation led by UACplans to significantly increase the rate of production of these aircraft in accordance with the state contract. At the same time, the Su-57 platform is evolving. Its combat capabilities are being increased, the most modern technologies are being introduced into the machine. That is, its effectiveness continues to grow. As for the power plants, the Su-57 aircraft is adapted for the use of the engine of both the first and second stages. Even with the engine of the first stage, the fighter meets the basic requirements for a fifth generation aircraft. Aircraft with the engine of the second stage are now undergoing flight tests. Already under the current serial contract, it is planned to supply the Su-57 with a new engine - UEC and UAC are working on this.

    - Su-25 attack aircraft have proven themselves well in the NVO zone. Is the possibility of their modernization taking into account combat experience being considered? What might this upgrade be?
    - According to the results of combat use, the Su-25SM3 variant shows itself to be the most effective. To date, such modernization is being carried out at one of the aircraft repair plants. During the modernization, the aircraft is equipped with new sighting and navigation equipment, a new optical-laser thermal-television sighting system, a new satellite navigation system, as well as an electronic warfare complex and other systems.

    - How are the works on launching Tu-160M ​​missile carriers into mass production? Did you manage to fully establish the technological chain for the production of all components for them?
    - Let me remind you that the mass production of the Tu-160 was discontinued in the 90s. Now we are resuming the construction of these missile carriers in a new look - the Tu-160M. Yes, we managed to completely restore the technological chain of production of all components. The corresponding cooperation of enterprises has been re-formed. As a result, in 2022 we witnessed the first flight of the Tu-160M ​​built from scratch. The combat capabilities of the upgraded aircraft have been significantly increased. The range of armament has been expanded, on-board equipment has been modernized. The aircraft received new engines - NK-32 of the second series, thanks to which the range of its combat use was significantly increased.

    - When is it planned to complete the tests of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range bombers ? How many samples are now connected to the tests? Were weapons tested on them? Have the existing Tu-22M3M prototypes been tested by using weapons against Ukrainian military facilities as part of the NWO?
    - Tests of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range bombers will be completed in accordance with the plan of the Russian Defense Ministry. Approbation of new weapons within the framework of the SVO is the prerogative of the military department. We are ready for this.

    - The PAK DA project has been suspended due to sanctions and NWO, or is it continuing in a benign mode? When can the first flight model of the newest bomber be created?
    - Works under the PAK DA project are carried out in the mode established by the approved schedule.

    How is the work on increasing the production of military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A going? When will the plant in Ulyanovsk be able to produce 10 such machines a year?
    - The production of heavy military transport Il-76MD-90A is growing. At the UAC plant in Ulyanovsk, a comprehensive program is in place to gradually increase the production and supply of aircraft. Last year, production reached five cars a year. This year, two aircraft have already been handed over to the customer. I would like to note that the production of new aircraft is carried out on a production assembly line, which reduces labor intensity. The assembly line is equipped with a laser positioning system for units, which ensures high accuracy of docking of all aircraft elements. Starting from 2025, it will be possible to produce at least 10 Il-76MD-90A aircraft annually.

    What are the conceptual conclusions made by Rostec based on the experience of the SVO? What new approaches will be used in the development and modernization of weapons?
    – The operation of products in real combat conditions has given us invaluable experience and continues to provide a lot of food for thought. Firstly, the NMD confirmed the main trends in the further development of weapons, for example, the growing role of unmanned aerial vehicles and high-precision weapons. Secondly, it showed ways to improve the already supplied products. Even a seemingly insignificant change in the design of the same machine gun can significantly alleviate the position of a fighter at the front, help him in battle. Here we clearly understand that we work for victory and do everything so that our weapons contribute to the fulfillment of combat missions as much as possible.
    We can say that according to the results of the SVO, most of the types of weapons that we produce have undergone improvement to one degree or another - armored vehicles, aviation, artillery and MLRS, electronic warfare equipment, small arms and equipment. We are attentive to the feedback received from the front line and maintain close feedback.

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    Post  xeno Thu Aug 10, 2023 3:55 pm

    This is the most informative post in 2023 until today.
    So informative...
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    Post  George1 Thu Aug 10, 2023 9:55 pm

    Putin supported the transfer of the United Shipbuilding Corporation to the management of VTB

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    Post  LMFS Sun Aug 13, 2023 12:12 pm

    Interview with Rostec, touching all the MIC points we have been asking ourselves for the last months...

    Vladimir Artyakov: the production of armored vehicles has been increased fourfold since the beginning of the SVO

    The international military-technical forum "Army-2023"will be held in Kubinka near Moscow from August 14 to 20. Traditionally, the largest part of the exhibition will be occupied by the stands of holdings and enterprises belonging to the Rostec State Corporation. They will present about a thousand samples of weapons and equipment. On the eve of the exhibition, Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy General Director of Rostec, spoke in an interview with Dmitry Reshetnikov, Deputy head of the military editorial office of RIA Novosti, about the study of enterprises ' experience in using weapons in the free defense zone, expanding the range of guided missiles for MLRS, creating long-range artillery for parrying NATO howitzers, launching the production of new remote mining systems, and supplying new body armor by corporation enterprises in the zone of the SVO, stopping Western sniper bullets, and also about increasing the rate of production of Su-57 fighters and the timing of their deliveries with the second-stage engine, modernization of Su-25 attack aircraft, and much more.
    – What does Rostec plan to present at the forum this year?
    – For us, this is one of the most important platforms for interaction with partners and customers. The plan of business events is rich, a number of signings and meetings are planned. And, of course, almost the entire range of weapons and equipment of our production will be presented – only about one thousand samples. These are aviation, armored vehicles, small arms and equipment, artillery and air defense and electronic warfare systems, communication facilities and systems, and the widest range of ammunition.
    I would like to note that almost all of these products are currently used in the Free Trade Zone. You will be able to see with your own eyes the weapons and combat vehicles that are currently fighting on the front line. Many samples were significantly improved based on the results of combat use, taking into account the recommendations of military personnel. So, viewers will be able to see the Su-57, Su-35S, MiG-35 and Su-30SM fighters. Mi-28NE, Ka-52M and Ka-52E combat helicopters. Heavy flamethrower systems TOS-1A "Solntsepek" and TOS-2 "Tosochka". Undoubtedly, the engineering system of remote mining "Agriculture"will be of particular interest. Modern tanks, as well as light armored vehicles – BMP-3M, BMD-4M, BTR-MDM and BT-3F-will be presented. I am sure that much attention will be paid to equipment and equipment for combating drones. After all, the threats associated with drones are growing rapidly. This is not only about military operations, but also the use of UAVs for sabotage, espionage, and so on. We will present the Serp-VS5 UAV counteraction system and the Kupol-PRO portable complex. As well as a number of other developments in the field of electronic suppression, which are able to "land" the drone. And, of course, we will demonstrate air defense systems for the physical destruction of drones. These are Pantsiri, Verba, Igla-S man-portable air defense systems, and others.
    Special attention this year is paid to the means of protecting military personnel and equipment. In particular, we will show new bulletproof vests "Obereg" produced by the Tula "Oktava" and new smoke grenades RDG-U from TSNIITOCHMASH for protection against high-precision weapons.
    I will also mention the means of protecting armored vehicles from reconnaissance and attack drones, high-precision projectiles. For example, active protection systems for tanks and light armored vehicles, including Arena-E ,various types of smoke ammunition and heat traps.
    – You mentioned the Obereg bulletproof vests. What is their advantage over analogs?
    – We wanted to create a bulletproof vest that would protect the health and lives of military personnel at a qualitatively new level. At the same time, it would remain easy and convenient, since nothing should interfere with the fighter during the task. And we did it.
    The weight of the "Amulet" is only about 11.7 kilograms. The novelty was tested not only with standard 7.62 x 54 mm bullets for the Br-5 class, but also with bullets of a more powerful caliber – 8.6 mm. The ceramic plate withstood such a hit. We also conducted shootings of American and Chinese classmates. Tests have shown that foreign vests are powerless against such a check and give up.
    The soldiers on the front line have already received an experienced batch of our bulletproof vests and were satisfied. However, we continue to improve the "Amulet". In the modified version of the ammunition, we have achieved very high performance – it is lighter by almost two kilograms, while protecting the fighter just as reliably.
    - Tell us about the special coating "Cape", which is designed to protect tanks on the battlefield. How does it work, what are the prospects for development?
    – This is a real antidote to satellite and aviation intelligence. It was created by the Kalashnikov Research Institute of Steel. Let me remind you that this company also develops dynamic protection for armored vehicles. The masking material reduces the visibility of tanks and other military equipment in a wide range of wavelengths. It protects against detection by radar and thermal imaging devices, and its deforming color provides optical masking. Manufacturers of armored vehicles have already received the first samples of the "Cape". I am sure that tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in the future will definitely be regularly equipped with this protective material.
    – How does the Vitebsk helicopter defense system perform in the free zone? Do you plan to further improve it, taking into account the experience of the SVO? Are there any other projects of complexes for the protection of army aviation? Based on other principles?
    – This development demonstrates high efficiency in the SVO zone. Reliably protects helicopters from MANPADS, including Western production. According to the pilots, thanks to this equipment, it was possible to repel several launches of anti-aircraft missiles of various modifications at once and safely return to the airfield. In recent years, Vitebsk has undergone several stages of modernization, taking into account the recommendations of the military.
    In general, the evolution of on-board protection systems is a constant process. After all, the guidance systems of anti-aircraft and aircraft missiles are constantly improving, and their noise immunity is growing. Under these conditions, of course, work is underway to create promising on-board defense systems that use both traditional and other construction principles. They will ensure the protection of aircraft from guided weapons, including those with combined guidance systems.
    – What can we oppose today in the field of high-precision weapons?
    - Modern warfare is becoming more and more "sniper". We are working to ensure that the Russian army shoots further and more accurately. The production of high-precision systems is being increased, and at the same time work is underway to improve their tactical and technical characteristics and create new models. As an example, we can cite the well-known Krasnopol. Work on improving this ammunition is underway, and its capabilities will increase. By the way, this projectile proved to be the best in the zone of its own defense. It effectively hits targets, including single ones. Allows pinpoint fire to disable enemy control points and other important objects.
    It can be predicted that in the future the value of precision-guided munitions and the frequency of use will only grow. Their effectiveness will increase, including due to modern fire control and reconnaissance systems, including unmanned ones. Here I would like to mention a new product from "High-precision Complexes", which can be seen at the forum. This is an updated version of the Tablet-A complex on a new chassis. Let me remind you that the complex is designed to automate the control of artillery fire. It is able to control all types of artillery weapons and interact with intelligence tools. Provides the commander with real-time information about the situation on the battlefield. Such developments bring artillery to a new level, especially in conjunction with high-precision ammunition.
    – Is the combat experience gained during the SVO applied to the modernization and creation of new MLRS?
    – We certainly apply our experience. We are in constant contact with the Ministry of Defense. We promptly receive proposals for improving and modernizing multiple launch rocket systems. On the basis of information from the front line, we are creating a scientific and technical reserve not only for the modernization of existing models, but also for the creation of promising weapons. In addition, work is currently underway to expand the range of guided missiles for various purposes.
    – When is the Mallow self-propelled wheeled howitzers expected to be delivered to the troops? In general, how are things with the "flower" series of howitzers - "Magnolia", "Drok", "Phlox". Which of them joined the army?
    - "Malva" has already passed state tests. Now its mass production is launched. The first samples will be delivered to the troops in the coming months. The distinctive features of this howitzer are high mobility due to the wheeled chassis. It includes automated calculation of firing parameters for all types of ammunition. A simultaneous fire raid mode is provided – that is, several shells fired one after another will come to the target simultaneously. Meanwhile, our developers do not stand still. Now an upgraded version of the Mallow is being created with an increased firing range. Believe me, we will have something to counter the long-range Western howitzers that are currently being delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
    As for the "Phlox" and "Gorse" - they are at the final stage of testing. Serial samples of " Phlox "will begin to arrive to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the coming months. In turn, the first experimental batch of self-propelled mortars 2S41 "Drok" has already been sent to the troops. The complex is based on the Typhoon armored car and allows you to fire without leaving the car. As for the promising self-propelled gun "Magnolia", it has passed the first stage of testing. It is being finalized and prepared for testing by the Ministry of Defense.
    – At what stage are the works on the promising self-propelled artillery installation "Coalition-SV"? At what stage is the development of the Tosochka heavy flamethrower system?
    - Tests of the 2S35 self-propelled artillery gun from the "Coalition-SV" complex are planned to be completed this year. At the same time, its mass production, as well as the production of a transport and loading vehicle, has already been deployed. We have completed the work on Tosochka, and they have been completed in full. This heavy flamethrower system confirmed the high tactical and technical characteristics set by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
    – For the Smerch MLRS, the possibility of creating a UAV that is "sewn" into the rocket was being worked out. Today it is more relevant than ever, do you plan to continue working on this topic?
    – We have not stopped the work, they are being carried out on their own initiative in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense. The use of reconnaissance and attack drones as part of multiple launch rocket systems is a promising area. We have all the competencies, including drone manufacturing technologies, to make this idea a reality.
    – Does Rostec create new ammunition production facilities to meet the needs of a special military operation? To what extent have the state corporation's enterprises managed to increase the production of shells for multiple launch rocket systems since the beginning of the SVO?
    – Since the beginning of the special military operation, the volume of production of ammunition for barrel artillery and MLRS has increased many times. If we compare 2021 and 2023, the enterprises increased their volumes by 20 times. Deliveries occur smoothly and in the required quantities. To solve this problem, we expanded our production facilities, created new production lines, and introduced new equipment. Rostec enterprises have launched previously mothballed capacities for individual calibers. We have also connected enterprises of related industries, including civil ones, to the production of individual components of ammunition. Significantly expanded the scope of cooperation for the production of mass-produced products. This allows us, on the one hand, to diversify production, and on the other – to evenly distribute the load on enterprises.
    – Did you manage to increase the production of armored vehicles?
    - Uralvagonzavod and High-precision Complexes are working selflessly on this issue. Since the beginning of the SVO, the production of armored vehicles has increased fourfold. Shipments are often made ahead of schedule. I would like to note that the vehicles that we send to the front are constantly being refined taking into account combat experience. Their security increases, and so on.
    – Not so long ago, a video appeared on the network showing the use of the engineering remote mining system "Agriculture" in the SVO zone. How did this technique perform in real combat conditions?
    – This is without exaggeration a unique car, it has outstanding tactical and technical characteristics. In the SVR zone, the system confirmed its capabilities and received extremely positive feedback. It allows you to quickly set a minefield of the required configuration, as well as assign parameters for mine self-destruction at a given time. This facilitates the post-combat clearance process. Due to its high efficiency and demand, its mass production and deliveries began even before the end of the ROC.
    – Earlier it was stated that tests of the Hermes missile system are continuing. When can they be completed? Is there any interest in this complex from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation?
    – Initially, it was an initiative development of "High-precision Complexes", we first showed it at the Army forum in 2020. Today we have made significant progress in this work. I assure you that "Hermes" will become a new word in the field of high-precision guided weapons. It will have an over-the-horizon firing range of up to 100 kilometers and operate on the "shot and forget" principle.
    – At what stage of work on the project of a robotic BMP-3 with the Sinitsa combat module? Has the Prometheus complex, designed for robotization of equipment, already been tested?
    - The BMP-3 with the Sinitsa combat module is a successful example of armored vehicle robotization. But we're moving on. Specialists of the Signal Research Institute have created the Prometheus hardware and software complex, which allows you to robotize any armored vehicles and control them from a remote control. Currently, preparations are underway for a large test cycle of this complex in various conditions. Based on their results, a decision will be made on its further application and development.
    – Earlier it was reported that the Signal Research Institute has developed a new orientation system "Filin" for military equipment. Has the new orientation system been tested in action on combat samples? How significant improvements will it require when installing on existing samples?
    - Filin will provide military personnel with a completely new functionality when working with electronic cards. At the same time, due to the modular principle, the orientation system allows you to quickly adapt it to almost any combat vehicles on various chassis. This doesn't require any major improvements.
    – Have the new Chukavin sniper rifle been delivered to the troops? When will it be put into service?
    – In the fall of last year, Russian special forces operating in the free zone received a batch of these rifles for experimental combat operation. Positive feedback is received. First of all, they say that weapons have become more convenient and easier to maintain. Kalashnikov ,in turn, continues to hone the rifle, making improvements to the design. As for the adoption of weapons, we are waiting for the state's decision.
    – What changes have been made to the AK-12 based on the SVO?
    – Since 2018, when the machine gun was put into service, its design has changed significantly. Of course, the experience of using it in real combat and the feedback of the fighters were studied very carefully. In particular, the dioptric sight was improved. It has become more versatile and weatherproof. The safety control system has become two-way, which is especially convenient for left-handed shooters. The muzzle device on the new model is non-removable, that is, the device for low-noise shooting is now convenient to attach over the flame arrester. Finally, the model received a structurally new, more advanced handguard. In addition, the machine introduced a number of technological improvements that are invisible to the ordinary eye.
    – How is the work on increasing the serial production of Su-57 fighters progressing? When is the so-called second stage engine planned to be installed on this aircraft?
    – We fully fulfill our obligations to the Ministry of Defense. The aircraft is currently undergoing pilot operation in the Russian Aerospace Forces. This year, our cooperation led by UAC plans to significantly increase the rate of production of these aircraft in accordance with the state contract. At the same time, the Su-57 platform is evolving. Its combat capabilities are being increased, and the most modern technologies are being introduced into the vehicle. In other words, its effectiveness continues to grow. As for the power plants, the Su-57 aircraft is adapted to the use of both the first and second stage engines. Even with a first-stage engine, the fighter meets the basic requirements for a fifth-generation aircraft. Currently, aircraft with a second-stage engine are undergoing flight tests. Already under the current serial contract, it is planned to supply the Su-57 with a new engine – UEC and UAC are working on this.
    - Su-25 attack aircraft have proven themselves well in the free defense zone. Is the possibility of upgrading them based on combat experience being considered? What can this modernization consist of?
    – According to the results of combat use, the Su-25SM3 variant is the most effective. Today, such modernization is being carried out at one of the aircraft repair plants. In the course of modernization, new sighting and navigation equipment, a new optical-laser thermal-television sighting system, a new satellite navigation system, as well as an electronic warfare system and other systems are being installed on the aircraft.
    – How are the works on launching the Tu-160M missile carriers into mass production progressing? Was it possible to fully establish the technological chain of production of all components for them?
    – Let me remind you that serial production of the Tu-160 was discontinued in the 90s. Now we are resuming the construction of these missile carriers in a new form – the Tu-160M. Yes, we managed to completely restore the technological chain of production of all components. The corresponding cooperation of enterprises has been re-formed. As a result, in 2022 we witnessed the first flight of the Tu-160M, built "from scratch". The combat capabilities of the upgraded aircraft are significantly increased. The range of weapons has been expanded, and the onboard equipment has been upgraded. The aircraft received new engines-NK-32 of the second series, which significantly increased the range of its combat use.
    – When is it planned to complete testing of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range bombers? How many samples are currently being tested? Were weapons tested on them? Existing prototypes of the Tu-22M3M were tested by using weapons against Ukrainian military facilities within the framework of the Free Air Defense System?
    - Tests of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range bombers will be completed in accordance with the plan of the Russian Defense Ministry. Testing of new weapons within the framework of the SVO is the prerogative of the military department. We are ready for this.
    – Has the PAK DA project been suspended due to sanctions and free trade agreements, or is it being continued in a sparing mode? When can the first flight model of the newest bomber be created?
    - Work on the PAK DA project is carried out in accordance with the approved schedule.
    – How are the works on increasing the production of Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft progressing? When will the Ulyanovsk plant be able to produce 10 such cars a year?
    - Production of heavy military transport Il-76MD-90A is growing. The UAC enterprise in Ulyanovsk has a comprehensive program to gradually increase the production and supply of aircraft. Last year, production reached five cars per year. This year, two aircraft have already been delivered to the customer. I would like to note that the production of new aircraft is carried out on a production line of assembly, which reduces labor intensity. The assembly line is equipped with a system of laser positioning of aggregates, which ensures high accuracy of docking all elements of the aircraft.
    Starting in 2025, it will be possible to produce at least 10 IL-76MD-90A aircraft annually.
    – What are the conceptual conclusions made by Rostec based on the experience of the SVO? What new approaches will be applied in the development and modernization of weapons?
    "Operating our products in real combat conditions has given us invaluable experience and continues to give us a lot of food for thought. First, the SVO confirmed the main trends in the further development of weapons, for example, the growing role of drones and high-precision weapons. Secondly, it showed ways to improve the products already delivered. Even a seemingly minor change in the design of the same machine gun can significantly ease the position of a fighter at the front, help him in battle. Here we clearly understand that we are working for victory and are doing everything possible to ensure that our weapons contribute as much as possible to the fulfillment of combat tasks.
    We can say that most types of weapons that we produce – armored vehicles, aircraft, artillery and MLRS, electronic warfare equipment, small arms and equipment-have been improved to one degree or another as a result of the SVO. We pay close attention to the feedback coming from the front line and maintain close feedback.

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    Post  GarryB Sun Aug 13, 2023 12:48 pm

    So the 8.6mm rounds those vests stopped would be the .338 Lapua long range sniper rounds... pretty impressive.

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