Two consecutive successful tests of the new Bulava submarine-launched strategic missile suggest that the core troubles with the new primary weapon of the strategic nuclear forces’ naval component are rooted in production and have no relation to the concept and engineering development of this missile system.
Over its half-century history the Mars Research and Production Association JSC (Russian acronym NPO Mars), a federal research & production center, has developed and put into service three generations of combat management systems intended for all national aircraft carrying and other surface ships of various classes and projects, and two generations of automated command & control systems (ACS) for the Navy.
Ametist-developed multifunction radar/optronic fire control systems
Since the 1950s, the Ametist Design Bureau has been a flagship designer of fire control radars and optronic fire control systems for naval and coastal guns operated by the Russian Navy. Within this period the Ametist Design Bureau has developed almost all fire control radars mounted on national combat ships and vessels of more than 20 foreign customers.
Radio-electronic systems developed by the Granit-Electron Concern JSC for export ships and new-generation submarines
When designing and manufacturing surface ships and new-generation submarines, Russian design bureaus and shipyards widely use radio-electronic systems developed by the Granit-Electron Concern JSC famous for its airborne and shipborne radar systems.
The Salyut Research and Production Enterprise JSC incorporated into the Morinformsistema-Agat Concern is one of Russia’s flagship enterprises developing, manufacturing and repairing radars for combat ships and ground-based radar surveillance stations. Established in 1942, the enterprise has gained a vast experience in radar equipment development and production.
Package approach to after-sales service: A crucial factor in the export of defense products
Analysis of the world arms market trends pinpoints a number of factors determining the competitiveness of Russian defense products supplied to foreign customers. After-sales service that supports products throughout their life cycle is one of the key factors.
Underwater surveillance systems
An underwater surveillance system allows its owner-state to monitor littoral areas on a non-stop basis. Such a state is called a naval power, rather than a country bordering on a sea. The Central Design Bureau of Hydroacoustics of the Kliver Science & Production Association has developed several versions of an underwater surveillance system.
The Special Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau (Russian acronym KBSM), a joint stock company founded in March 1945 as the Central Naval Artillery Design Bureau, currently is a diversified design organization and part of the Almaz-Antey Air Defense Concern. It is engaged in the development of launch complexes and equipment for virtually all services and arms of the Russian Armed Forces.
State and prospects for using thermal power in naval undersea weapons and other underwater vehicles
Currently, naval undersea weapons (NUW) equipped with thermal propulsion systems undoubtedly offer the best range and operating characteristics as evidenced by a comparative analysis of both domestic and foreign torpedoes. At the same time, the development of thermal torpedoes requires more sophisticated technologies.
Central Research Institute of Marine Engineering celebrates its 40th anniversary
The Research and Production Association comprising the Proletarsky Plant and the Central Research Institute of Marine Engineering was established in 1970. This step resulted from the necessity to develop a modern well-equipped navy based on large-scale scientific research.
The Kurs Company has been engaged in developing and producing modular rigid inflatable boats (RIB) since 1995. Such boats offer excellent seaworthiness and are widely used by various law-enforcement agencies throughout the world to perform specific tasks, counter the terrorist and subversive activities, patrol coastal areas, conduct rescue operations, combat piracy, etc.
Following a technical inspection, the US Navy was forced to withdraw from its inventory five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships based in Bahrain, in September. Operation of five other ships of this class deployed at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base (NAB), Virginia, was simultaneously limited. The reason for the withdrawal was the deformation of steel hull frames caused by intensive operation of the ships.
Naval research and development at Krylov Center after 1991
The Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute (KSRI) is a major naval research and development center in Russia and the world. Its history dates back to 1894 when Russia’s first model basin for development (optimization) of hull shapes, propulsors, shipbuilding materials investigations, mechanisms and others was built in St. Petersburg.
Network-centric warfare requires a centralized monitoring of data sources, controls, weapon platforms, and weapons proper. In other words, the chain of command of the Armed Forces acquires and processes a huge amount of information fed by all external sources thus ensuring «superiority in knowledge» about the enemy.
Export Submarines of the Rubin Central Design Bureau of Marine Engineering
In 2011, the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering will celebrate its 110th anniversary. On January 4, 1901 (December 22, 1900, Old Style), the Submarine Construction Commission was established to become the first Russian professional organization intended for design and construction of submarines.
The Zelenodolsk Design Bureau saw two major events in late August 2010. The second Gepard-3.9-class frigate developed by the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau for the Vietnamese Navy sailed from the Zelenodolsk Plant named after A.M. Gorky to Kronshtadt on August 25, 2010. Both Gepard-class frigates will leave for Vietnam by the turn of the year after undergoing sea trials.
The Vikramaditya aircraft carrier currently being upgraded by Russia for India is changing its appearance right before one’s eyes. Both national experts and Indian Defense Ministry officials note changes in the aircraft carrier being retrofitted at the Sevmash shipyard. The enterprise has recently been inspected by a team of Indian experts headed by Vice Admiral Nadell Niranjan Kumar, Controller Warship Production & Acquisition Integrated Headquarters, India’s Ministry of Defense (Navy).
The Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, offers customers a complete cycle of ship construction from structural and low magnetic steels, aluminum, and fiberglass. Its shipbuilding program encompasses ships of various types: missile boats, naval minesweepers, patrol ships, work and passenger vessels.
The Project 12150 Mangust fast patrol boat (PBF) is a fast skimming boat featuring an aluminum-magnesium alloy V-shaped hull. It is designed to operate in territorial waters on call, enforce the specified navigational discipline in outer and inner harbors and littoral areas, and discharge tasks facing maritime police, customs services and the fishery protection inspection in offshore areas.
On March 12, 2010, in the course of his visit to India, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a supplementary agreement on financing further modernization of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier into the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy. It is worth mentioning that the first contract was signed in New Delhi on January 20, 2004. Back then Russia undertook a commitment to retrofit the Admiral Gorshkov for US$ 974 mln.
Former Chief of Operations of the Russian Navy General Staff Vice Admiral Victor Patrushev has recently offered an opinion that diesel-electric midget submarines (SSW) are the best choice for defending Russia’s national interests in the Baltic, the Black and the Caspian seas. «Such midget submarine fleets could operate off the Kurils or anywhere else where it is necessary to ensure security with the help of small but efficient means during the threat period.»
Currently, the Concern Avrora Scientific and Production Association is the largest designer of shipborne automatics, manufacturer and supplier of control equipment mounted on surface warships, auxiliary vessels, hydrofoil ships, and air-cushion craft. The association substantially contributed to developing and improving shipborne automatics in the past few decades. This process has covered the following development stages:
I always feel proud when I see Project 14310 Mirazh and Project 12150 Mangust fast patrol boats built by our shipyard. These patrol boats developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau are boatbuilding masterpieces. Their high speed, outstanding maneuverability and stability make them indispensable for protecting littoral areas, ports and naval bases. They are a perfect choice for search-and-rescue and special operations. It is not by chance that these patrol boats are procured by various Russian law-enforcement agencies.