23 july 2012

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits the Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau in Kolomna


During his visit to the design bureau's testing ground, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was shown samples of weapons developed by the company.

In particular, the prime minister was shown a modernised self-propelled anti-tank missile system Shturm-SM that can locate targets at night. The system is equipped with an Ataka missile with radar and laser-beam control channels, CEO and Senior Designer Valery Kashin told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, adding that Shturm SM systems are installed on Ka-52 and Mi-28N combat helicopters and on exported Mirage boats. Official testing of this complex begins on Tuesday, Mr Kashin said, adding that the Russian army has several hundred such self-propelled anti-tank systems. "We can upgrade them during turnaround maintenance," he told the prime minister.

Dmitry Medvedev was also shown an export version of the first all-weather multi-channel self-propelled anti-tank missile system Khrizantema-SE. This system has for the first time been equipped with a radar operating in the millimetre frequency range. "What is this range for?" the prime minister asked. "It helps the azimuth station form a narrow beam to improve targeting," Valery Kashin said.

Then Prime Minister Medvedev toured the Luchnik self-propelled system. Mr Kashin said that it was designed for export and is equipped with missiles that are used in portable air defence systems (MANPADS) Igla-S, adding that Igla-S complexes are superior to their foreign counterparts due to the more advanced warheads and contact fuse. Mr Kashin said MANPADS Igla-S form the bulk of the company's revenue. "Of the total 12 billion (of revenue), eight billion come from MANPADS," he said.

Mr Kashin also reported that the Igla-S was used to develop weapon systems for Ka-52 and Mi-28N helicopters and a ship-based version of the system that is already being installed on the first batch of ships for the Caspian Flotilla.

The prime minister asked Mr Kashin and Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov about the organisation of MANPADS export control. "We have a provision in every contract that we have the right to conduct an inspection," Mr Kashin said. "Right, so as to make sure that everything is in place," Mr Medvedev said.