Russia to produce T-95 tanks, Mig-35 fighter jets

Last Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 18:11

Moscow: Russia will begin the serial
production of its new state-of-the-art weapons which include a
new Main Battle Tank T-95 and a multi-role fighter jet Mig-35,
as the country braces to compete for a share in the global
arms market, with India being a potential buyer.

"The specifications of new main battle tank T-95,
to be serially produced from 2010, are being tightly kept
under the warps of secrecy," defence expert Igor Korotchenko
told state-run Vesti FM radio.

"However, judging from the reports it would
provide better survivability for the tank crew in the battle
field, which will sit in an armoured capsule inside the T-95
MBT," Korotchenko said.

Russia`s RAC MiG - part of the United Aircraft
Corporation is also beginning the serial production of
four-plus generation MiG-35 MMRCA, which is also bidding for
the Indian Air Force`s global tender for the acquisition of
126 fighters, according to Vesti FM radio.

In January-February Russia is also beginning
flight tests of the prototype of new fifth generation fighter
aircraft (FGFA) T-50 developed by Sukhoi Corporation under the
secret PAK-FA project, in which India is also a partner.

In December at the KNAAPO aircraft plant in
Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the far eastern part of Russia the
taxiing trials of the prototype were successfully carried out.
"A satellite cluster of American CIA and Google,
which is also a cover for CIA is constantly monitoring the
airfield of KNAAPO, to get the glimpse of T-50, developed to
counter US F-22 Raptor," a defence analyst Ruslan Pukhov told
Vesti FM radio.

He also said in 2010 Russia`s global satellite
navigational system (GLONASS) would be fully operational.

Under an agreement signed in 2005, Russia has
agreed to provide India with the access to military segment of
GLONASS.

IAF`s Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter fleet is equipped with
dual band GPS/GLONASS receivers to avoid a Balkan like
situation, when Pentagon had switched off GPS before striking
at Serbia.

Despite repeated failures in 2010 Russia will
continue the development of multiple warhead submarine
launched (SLBM-MIRV) `Bulava` nuclear missiles, which would be
able to pierce present and future American missile shields,
the Vesti FM radio said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 18:11

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