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Russia will hand over the third Kilo submarines 636 class for Vietnam by year-end 2014


The  third Diesel-electric submarines 636 Project will be transferred to Vietnam Naval Forces before the end of this year.

A senior source in the Russian shipbuilding industry said the fourth submarine will be delivered to customers in 2015. The fourth Kilo submarine will conduct tests in this year.

The multipurpose diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 belong to the third generation. They are considered one of the quietest in the world, and the submarines can cruise underwater at a speed of 20 knots and has a cruising range of 400 miles.

Israeli Company Elbit Systems to upgrade main battle tank for a customer in Asia-Pacific region


  The Israeli Company Elbit Systems has been awarded a $290 million contract by a customer in the Asia-Pacific region to perform a tank upgrade program. The contract will be performed over three years. The tank upgrade includes night vision technology integration. Elbit Systems will also provide equipment such as gunner sights and fire control systems.

Elbit Systems said that the upgrade program will provide the tanks with night operation capabilities through advanced systems such as gunner sights and fire control systems.

Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said, “We are very pleased to be awarded this significant contract, demonstrating our unique capabilities and experience in upgrading main battle tanks. Asia-Pacific is one of Elbit Systems’ key markets and we are very glad to announce yet another success in this region.”

The new contract is a timely boost for Elbit Systems after yesterday’s disappointing fourth quarter and full year results for 2013 saw the company’s share price fall 3.67% on Nasdaq to $59.64, giving a market cap of $2.52 billion.

The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence ("SIGINT") systems, data links and communications systems and radios.

The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

9,900 people died in traffic accidents in 2013


  According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, from November 16 2012 to November 15, 2013, there was 31.3 thousand traffic accidents, 9.9 thousand killed and wounded 32.2 thousand people.

  Compared with 2012, the number of traffic accidents decreased by 13.8%, the number of deaths increased by 0.1% and the number of injuries decreased by 15.5%.

   Number of fires in the country increased in 2013. From November 15 2012 to November 15, 2013, occurred 2.5 thousand fires, 65 explosions, causing 127 deaths and 339 people injured.

Russia delivered the submarine training center for Vietnam


  November 5, the Russian contractor has delivered submariner training center at Cam Ranh bay for the Vietnam People's Navy.

  Center consists of two buildings block. The firths building containing a simulated submarine with 30 separate training equipments and to be connected to a network. The training equipment simulator exact control of the  sailors. The performance indicators, such as depth, speed, target status, the device will use a simulated electronic equipment.

  A second building contains a training device to train the ability of the crew to survive. In this building, the sailors to learn how to handle the haze conditions, fires, and the way out of the ship through the torpedo launchers.

  To simulate the real conditions, the training center has a water tank with a 533 mm torpedo launchers, and increasing pressure. The Vietnam's submariner sailors must be evacuated from submarine training under the supervision of the coach.



"Admiralty Shipyards" will deliver the first Kilo 636 for Vietnam on November 7


The first export Kilo 636 diesel submarines - Project 636, was built in the "Admiralty Shipyards", will be delivered to  Vietnam on November 7, "Interfax - AVN "received notification from the Russian shipbuilding industry.

"All test submarines finished successfully. The transfer of the ship to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Navy will take place on November 7. The receipt of the product will be signed late in January, when the submarine was taken to Cam Ranh Bay, "- said the source.