Russia/U.S., Neck & Neck In Hypersonic Research; Russia’s Low-Visibility Cruise Missiles

Russia, US Neck and Neck in Hypersonic Research – Rogozin

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

06:37 30/09/2013

Russia develops low-visibility hypersonic cruise missiles

MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and the United States are running neck and neck in their research of hypersonic military technologies, Russia’s deputy PM in charge of the defense industry said on Monday. “Both we and the Americans conduct researches about hypersonic technologies, or speed that is more than six times above the speed of sound. This is not a secret, but everything else is. I can tell you that we are running neck and neck with the Americans as far as these technologies are concerned,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 TV channel. He added that Russia is the world’s second weapons exporter after the United States and vowed that Russian defense enterprises would increase the quality of their products while keeping prices at an acceptable level. Commenting on the recent nuclear submarine fire at a shipyard in Russia’s Far East, Rogozin said that snap inspections will be held at all Russian industrial facilities under his supervision to see how the management follows work and fire safety instructions. “Yesterday I signed a decree to start unscheduled inspections and trainings of various aspects, such as work safety and fire safety, in all our integrated organizations and corporations – in the aviation, shipbuilding, space and nuclear [sectors],” he said.

Russia Develops Low-Visibility Hypersonic Cruise Missiles

On September 16, rubber insulation and old paint inside the K-150 Tomsk nuclear-powered submarine’s main ballast tanks started burning during welding operations, filling the inside compartments with smoke. The defense ministry later said that there was no open fire at the submarine and that 15 servicemen suffered from smoke inhalation.

RIA Novosti

Russia’s New Bomber to Carry Hypersonic Weapons – Source© RIA Novosti. Alexey Filippov

15:32 30/08/2013

Russia Looking at 2020 for New Generation Long-Range Bomber

MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s next generation long-range bomber PAK-DA will be armed with hypersonic weapons, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti Friday. “PAK-DA will be equipped with all advanced types of precision guided weapons, including hypersonic,” the source said, adding that the bomber itself will be subsonic. Earlier this week, Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation, revealed that Russia has developed a hypersonic missile. However, he added that although it has been developed, it can only make seconds-long flights. In September 2012, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, whose brief covers the defense industry, announced plans to merge the Tactical Missile Corporation and NPO Mashinostroyenie. Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, commander of the Russian Air Force Long-Range Aviation, previously said the first PAK-DA bombers will enter service by 2020. In August 2012, Rogozin told the Rossiya 24 TV network “I think we need to go down the route of hypersonic technology and we are moving in that direction and not falling behind the Americans.”
Russian Rocket Successfully Puts Telecom Satellite Into Orbit

Russian Space Programs

Proton-M carrier rocket being launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan

13:50 30/09/2013

MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s first successful launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket since a July disaster has successfully put a European telecom satellite into orbit, a spokesman for the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said. “The separation of the spacecraft from the Briz-M booster has taken place. Control of the satellite has been handed over to the customer – the operator SES Astra,” the spokesman said. The six-ton Astra 2E, manufactured in France for the Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES S.A., will provide television and radio broadcasts, as well as mobile and Internet communications for users in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The launch of the Proton-M from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan was the first since a Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites for the Glonass positioning system, Russia’s answer to GPS, crashed in a ball of flames seconds after blasting off on July 2. The reason for the accident was that three sensors in the rocket had been installed upside down, an investigation revealed. The July disaster strengthened the Russian government’s resolve to revamp the country’s space industry, which has seen a string of failed launches in recent years. A draft of the reform, which proposes to consolidate the 100-plus state-run space industry enterprises into one corporation or half a dozen holdings, was recently filed with the Cabinet and is now under review.

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