4 The Exercises of Engineering Troops

The Exercises of Engineering Troops

In late May 2015, engineering troop exercises took place in the city of Murom, in the Vladimir region. A 250-meter wide river named Oka was forded as part of the exercises - quite a spectacular event, and we present here a photo report about how the Oka is crossed not only by the 40-ton tanks but also a 100-ton strategic missile system. The official name of the event was: "Special
tactical exercises with the military engineering units to fulfill the tasks of engineering support in fording water obstacles. Army and attack aircraft were involved to complete the task. The exercise included a crossing of training mobile ground missile complex "Yars" with a test weight using a pontoon bridge of double width PP-2005" Let us explain:

2 Production of Il-96-300 and AN-148.

Production of Il-96-300 and AN-148.

From "Flying tank" to board №1. In the shops of the Voronezh aircraft factory several legendary aircrafts were produced for 85 years of its history. During the war - the famous Il-2 (the designers called it "Flying Tank"). At the end of 1960-s - the world's first supersonic passenger airliner Tu-144. Today the plant produces the aircraft IL-96, AN-148, as well as individual units for SSJ 100 and MS-21 aircraft. Work on transport aircraft IL-112 is
resumed. Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Company (VAMC) produces the main Russian aircraft - a presidential Il-96, better known as the board №1. The decision about the organization of the plant made in 1929. Before 1966, the plant had only numbered titles: firstly №18, then №64. During the war, production lines were evacuated to Kuibyshev (now - Samara), after the Victory factory in Voronezh was actually rebuilt.

4 In Moscow They Restored the Soviet Unique All-terrain Vehicle

In Moscow They Restored the Soviet Unique All-terrain Vehicle

One of the copies of the car "Blue Bird", developed for searching for landed astronauts, has been fully restored. The SUV in the photo is a legendary "Blue Bird", a unique tri-axle floating SUV, designed for search and evacuation of landed spacecraft
crews. To rescue space explorers, these cars have to swim, go through trees, to overcome the absolute off-road ... Besides "Blue Bird" is not just an all-terrain vehicle, but the whole complex, which includes screw-propelled vehicle.

1 Excursion to the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

Excursion to the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics

Miles of underground passages, particle accelerators, lasers, plasma generators and other wonders of science are in this report. Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics is the largest academic institution of the country, one of the world's leading centres in the field of high-energy physics and
accelerators, plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. The Institute carries out a large-scale experiments in elementary particle physics, modern accelerators, intense sources of synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers. For most of its areas, it is the only institute in Russia.

3 Eric Sabo and His Famous Car Projects

Eric Sabo and His Famous Car Projects

A Russian artist Eric Sabo deserves the title "classic of Soviet design" for the creation of the minibus "Youth". Actually, Mr.Sabo is the author of dozens of projects, many of which were translated into serial production. In 1957,
Eric Sabo, a graduate of the Moscow School of Industrial Art (the famous "Stroganov"), was sent to the Likhachev plant. To check the "professional suitability", the fellow had to update the appearance of the ZIS-110.

3 Minsk vs IBM

Minsk vs IBM

Exactly 35 years ago, the first IBM PC in history went on sale, but long before that day — in the 1960's, one of the centers of Soviet Cybernetics was in Belarus. Let us remember the story of a family of computing machinery "Minsk" which won All-Union glory, and then lost it. The gap between the USSR and the western countries in the field of computer technology in the 1950's, according to the most optimistic estimates, was at least 10 years. Therefore, in August 1956, the decision of the USSR Council of Ministers was the start of the expansion of the production of
electronic computers across the country. The resolution also provided for the establishment of centres for their production, design and development, one of which was supposed to stay in the BSSR. Soon in Minsk, the Ordzhonikidze Plant was opened, and by 1958, the Special Design Bureau (SDB) was set up to support and upgrade the computer. Subsequently, the SDB was transformed into an independent design and research company - NIIEVM - which is still working to this day. "Minsk-1" - the first original Belarusian computer
7 The Most Northern Railway

The Most Northern Railway

Norilsk railway - this is one of the most northern railway of the world, certainly in Russia. Moreover, it is the largest isolated railway network of broad gauge (1,520 mm) in the territory of the former USSR. The nearest network Railways station is approximately in 700 kilometers. By the way, it is not included in the structure of Russian Railways, and has been a part of Norilsk Nickel. It passes a large part of cargos of the Polar Division. This year, it has a great holiday, February 12, it celebrated its 80th anniversary. Many in childhood,
surely dreamed of in-cab ride trains, ride this powerful iron horses, but I'm lucky to be here just now, in Norilsk town, and this is my story today. After the Government of the USSR in 1935 year decided to build in the Norilsk Iron and Steel Works, they also decided to build a the narrow-gauge railway next to it. Its construction began in the fall of 1935 year. The first locomotive was launched on February 12, 1936 year from Norilsk to Valek Airport (in Krasnoyarsk krai). 1945. Overhaul of the locomotive

0 Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation

Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation

In early July, the plant's leadership went to meet the leadership of our Omsk Spotting Club, and an they
organized a photoshoot for us. MI-8 meets us on a pedestal near the plant entrance checkpoint.

0 Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation

Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation

*The second Life of helicopters: Blog Tour at Omsk Plant of Civil Aviation* 1. On February 5, 1945, based on production of aircraft repair base no. 406 capacity in Aktyubinsk town (Kazakhstan) there was
created "Omsk aircraft repair workshops no. 41 West Siberian management of civil aviation". From 1945 to 1956 years in the workshops there was overhauled 1235 aircrafts Po-2  and 2008 engines M-11.

8 Chinese Tanks and Chinese Flying Leopards Arrived to Russia

Chinese Tanks and Chinese Flying Leopards Arrived to Russia

As announced on July 23, 2016 by the Kaliningrad branch of the "Vesti-24" TV channel, a team of Marines from China arrived at the main base of the Baltic fleet of the Navy of Russia, Baltiysk (the
Kaliningrad region) to participate in the international competitions in field training "Marines 2016." The Chinese team brought with them four modern Chinese marine corps combat vehicles ZBD05.