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NORWAY OFFERS AMRAAMS
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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F-35 firing an AMRAAM

Source: U.S. Air Force


F-35 firing an AMRAAM

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Norway for AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 14, 2017.

Norway requested the possible sale of 60 AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAMs and four AMRAAM guidance section spares. Along with other items and support services, this deal is worth $170 million.

This sale will enhance the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s ability to defend Norway against future threats and contribute to current and future NATO operations. This is a follow-on buy of additional AIM-120 C-7 missiles.

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona.

Source:  DSCA
Associated URL: http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/norway-aim-120-c-7-advanced-medium-range-ai
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
RUSSIA TO FLOAT OUT NUCLEAR SUBMARINE
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Borei class nuclear submarine

Source: Russia MoD


Borei class nuclear submarine

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MOSCOW - Russia will soon launch a new nuclear submarine.

At a ceremony planned for November 17, 2017, Russia will launch 'Prince Vladimir', the latest Project 955 'Borei' nuclear submarine and the first of the modernized 'Borei-A' submarines.

Russian Navy spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said, "After leaving the slipway, the nuclear-powered underwater missile cruiser Prince Vladimir will undergo all the stages of shipbuilders’ and state trials that will be arranged by the Sevmash Shipyard’s delivery team and the sub’s crew under the command of Captain 2nd Rank Vladislav Druzhin."

The submarines displace 24 tons submerged and have a length of 170 meters. While submerged the submarines can travel up to 29 knots.

Russia is planning further Borei-A submarines.

Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolyov stated, "Currently, work continues at the slipway of the Sevmash Shipyard to build four more Project Borei-A serial-produced hulls of nuclear-powered underwater cruisers armed with ballistic missiles. These are the Prince Oleg, the Generalissimus Suvorov, the Emperor Alexander III and the Prince Pozharsky."

Russia intends to commission both Prince Vladimir and Prince Oleg, the fifth submarine, in 2018. The latter submarine has not yet been launched and its delivery to the Navy may be delayed over financing issues. United Shipbuilding Corporation President Alexei Rakhmanov noted in an interview earlier this week that his company aimed to get the submarine delivered on time but that financial issues might delay it.

Source:  Tass Russian News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/975859
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
RUSSIA ROLLS OUT FIRST TU-160M2
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Tu-160M2 under contruction at the Kazan aircraft plant

Source: Russia MoD


Tu-160M2 under contruction at the Kazan aircraft plant

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MOSCOW - Russia has rolled out the first prototype of the Tu-160M2 strategic bomber.

Russia officially rolled out the first Tu-160M2 strategic bomber prototype Nov. 16 at the Kazan Aviation Plant. Production of the prototype began earlier this year and, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Russia anticipates the aircraft beginning flight testing in February 2018.

Russia opted to resume production of the Tu-160M2 after a decision in 2015. The newly-modernized aircraft is slated to enter serial production between 2021 and 2023.

In addition to the production of new aircraft, the current Tu-160s in service will undergo modernization, as well.

Once production lines open, Russia expects to produce two or three bombers annually, with a goal of eventually producing between 30 and 50 bombers for the Russian Aerospace Forces. The size of the order depends on the progress of the PAK DA advanced bomber development program. Russia hopes that, eventually, the PAK DA will replace the Tu-160s as well as other bombers in service, but the expensive development process has likely pushed the aircraft's introduction into service out significantly.

In April, Tass News Agency quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov as saying, "We expect the first flight somewhere in 2025-2026 and the beginning of its serial production in 2028-2029." He referred to the PAK DA.

Source:  Izvestia
Associated URL: https://iz.ru/671735/2017-11-16/novyi-raketonosetc-tu-16-vykatili-v-kazani
Source Date: November 16, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 

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