Some Russian defense news from June 8, 2012 . . .
Kremlin.ru and other sites noted several designers of the prefab or modular Voronezh BMEW radar have received a 2011 State Prize for Science and Technology. The new system can be deployed 3-4 times faster, costs four times less to operate, and requires six times fewer personnel to service than the previous generation of radars, according to press reports. TsAMTO carried the story as well as a review of the state of Voronezh deployments.
Izvestiya reported details on a consolidation of Russia’s munitions producers. It’s been predicted for many months. The country’s 56 producers will be reorganized into 5 holdings, with Bazalt, Pribor, and Mashinostroitel leading three of them. A Bazalt rep basically admits the sector’s a mess, and it’ll take several years to organize the industry.
But Bloomberg and other media reported U.S. defense firms are actually looking to Rosoboroneksport for the purchase of munitions from Russian producers.
Topwar.ru carried an Interfaks story saying Delta IV-class SSBN Novomoskovsk is nearing the end of a modernization to extend its service life to 2021. The sub went to sea for some trials last week. It is, by the way, the newest of the class. Zvezdochka is also working on Verkhoturye, and both SSBNs will reportedly return to service by the end of 2012. See this earlier-posted related item.
RIAN reported an OSK source claims the Navy will buy up to ten support ships per year starting in 2013 to rebuild Russia’s naval auxiliary fleet.
General Staff Chief Nikolay Makarov addressed the possibility of Finland joining NATO while in Helsinki. He said this threatens Russia’s security. But there were Western news service reports saying he said Finland’s military cooperation with NATO by itself is a threat to Moscow. Voice of Russia covered the negative reactions of Finnish politicians as well as Russian commentators pointing out that the general’s view on another possible broadening of NATO is understandable. VPK.name highlighted the story.
NVO interviewed new Ground Troops CINC, General-Colonel Vladimir Chirkin on his plans for army acquisition. Chirkin said UAVs, reconnaissance systems like Strelets, Rys armored vehicles, S-300V4, Buk-M3, Tor-M2, and Verba SAMs, Iskander-M, Tornado-G (S), Msta-S, and Khrizantema-S missile and artillery systems, comms equipment, T-72B1(2), and BTR-82A will be procured out to 2015. RIAN carried the abridged version.