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Russia’s Kovrov Electromechanical Plant (KEMZ) is set to begin producing licensed copies of Takisawa’s TMX-4000 five-axis digital milling machine. KEMZ and Japan’s Takisawa have a contract for joint production of six machines before the end of 2021. The first is due in April 2020 and will be exhibited at Metal Working-2020 in Moscow in May.
According to a November 8 press release:
The transition to new generation digital equipment will substantially increase the volume of high technology civilian products. At KEMZ we are beginning to produce five-axis milling centers which have not been manufactured in Russia until now. One of these centers can replace several three-coordinate lathes and reduce the production cycle by several times. Potential buyers — Rostekh’s manufacturing enterprises and companies of the shipbuilding and oil processing sectors — are already interested in the model.
The advanced milling machine is designed to make complex parts for, inter alia, aircraft engines, hydraulic systems, and nuclear reactors with 5-micron accuracy. Only seven companies in the world can make such a machine, according to the press statement.
KEMZ and Takisawa have collaborated since 2013, producing six models of machine tools jointly and more than 30 modifications to systems now produced locally in the Russian Federation.
The TMX-4000 and other, essentially foreign, CNC milling systems will make much more than “high technology civilian products.” KEMZ belongs to Russian government-owned NPO Precision Systems (Высокоточные комплексы) which holds companies producing:
- a wide variety of small arms and ammunition
- grenade launchers
- anti-tank missile systems
- laser-guided munitions
- aircraft- and helicopter-mounted guns and cannons
- naval close-in weapons systems
- Bakhcha and Berezhok turrets for armored vehicles
- Arena and Drozd active armor defense systems
- Pantsir-S1 gun-missile systems
- Strela-10 and Igla-S SAM systems
- Iskander-M SRBMs
One of Precision Systems’ main holdings — KBP — has been under U.S. DOT OFAC sanctions since 2014.
Precision Systems is controlled by government-owned conglomerate Rostekh which is also under U.S. …read more
From:: Russian Defense Policy