Two Chinese jets fighters conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of US aircraft over the East China Sea, according to military sources.
The ‘nuclear sniffer’ plane was sent to monitor radiation levels in the area, in accordance with international law, and regularly completes missions in North East Asia, according to Air Force spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge.
In the past, the planes have been used to gather evidence of possible nuclear tests by North Korea.
On Wednesday, the two Chinese jets came within 150 feet of the sniffer plane, according to US Air Force, and one flew upside down directly above the American plane.
“While we are still investigating the incident, initial reports from the US air crew characterised the intercept as unprofessional,” Lieutenant Colonel Hodge told CNN.
“The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,”
The incident was the second stand-off between US and Chinese military in seas surrounding China this year.
In February, a US Navy spy plane and a Chinese military aircraft came within 1,000 feet of each other over the South China Sea. At the time, US officials US officials called an “unsafe” close encounter over the South China Sea in February.
In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a US Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and leading Washington to cut military relations with China after that episode.
There are long-running territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas.
Both China and Japan claim 200 miles from their coast as an Exclusive Economic Zone (a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations), but the East China Sea is just 360 miles long.
The Russian Su-30 fighter raised on May 9 alarm over the Black Sea for the “greeting” of the American reconnaissance aircraft did not take undue risk, but acted in accordance with the established rules for such meetings.
The first to intercept an American airplane was reported by the NBC television station referring to the US Navy spokesman Capt. Pamela Kunze, who said that the Russian Su-27 fighter had become close to the P-8A Poseidon when the American aircraft was carrying out its mission in the international airspace over the Black Sea. It was noted that the Russian fighter flew on May 9 at a distance of seven meters from a reconnaissance aircraft of the US Navy.
By the US Navy encounter that occurred on Tuesday was described as “safe and professional.”
“Distance is only one of many variables considered when defining what is safe and professional,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said. “For aviation interactions, distance, speed, altitude, rate of closure, visibility and other factors impact whether an event is characterized as safe or unsafe, professional or not professional.”
A US defense official told CNN that the Russian aircraft was armed with six air-to-air missiles and that the pilot took photos of the US plane during the encounter.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, “The Russian fighter carried out a ‘greeting’ maneuver. After that, the US surveillance aircraft changed his flying course away from the Russian border.”
The aircraft were operating 65 miles south of the Sea of Azov, which separates Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea.
“The US Navy does, on a normal and routine basis, operate ships and aircraft in the Black Sea consistent with international law,” Kunze said.
The Russian government statement described the Russian jet as an Su-30 while US officials referred to it as a Su-27.
Russia has conducted several flights off the US coast in recent months.
Last week, two Russian bombers, flanked by a pair of fighter jets, were intercepted by stealth US F-22 aircraft off the coast of Alaska.
And during a stretch in April, Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska four times in as many days.
A Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Wednesday 15.03.2017 crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, leaving three villagers injured.
Both the pilots ejected safely.
“The Sukhoi aircraft crashed near Barmer while on a routine training sortie. Both the pilots ejected safely,” Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.
District Collector Sudhir Kumar Sharma while confirming the incident said,” A fighter jet crashed near Shivkar village in Sadar police station area and the area has been cordoned off.”
“Air force and police officials have been rushed to the spot,” he added.
According to the Air Force, the jet took off from Jodhpur and after a technical snag crashed in Barmer.
Meanwhile, fire spread to three hamlets in the vicinity charring some huts but no casualty has been reported.
The incident took place after hours after a Chetak helicopter of the Indian Air Force crash landed in Uttar Pradesh, moments after it took off from an airbase on the outskirts of Allahabad this morning. No casualties have been reported, defence officials said.
Last year, in September, a MiG-21 aircraft had crashed in the same area.
The Russian Knights aerobatic group will fly the most advanced Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets at Victory Parade on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, Air Force Commander and Aerospace Force Deputy Chief Lieutenant-General Andrei Yudin said on Wednesday.
The aerobatic group earlier flew one-seat Su-27 and two-seat Su-27UB fighter jets for air stunts.
“The Russian Knights pilotage group will fly the new Su-30SM fighter jets for performance in its full composition at the Victory Parade on May 9,” the general said at the LIMA-2017 international maritime and aerospace show in Malaysia.
Currently, four Su-30SM fighter jets have been prepared and are now demonstrating aerobatic maneuvers at the aerospace show in Malaysia. Six such planes will be prepared shortly, he added. The program of rearming the Russian Knights aerobatic group with Su-30SM fighter aircraft has been finished by now, he said.
Russian Knights Commander Andrei Alekseyev has said the group’s entire flight personnel have been retrained to fly the most advanced fighter jets.
“Each pilot from the Russian Knights group logs more than 200 flight hours annually. The overall flying rate of each pilot is 2,000-2,500 hours,” the commander said.
The quartet of Su-30SM planes demonstrating aerobatic maneuvers at the Malaysia aerospace show has been prepared over just one month, he added.
The Su-30SM planes for the Russian Knights aerobatic group have been produced and delivered by Irkut Aircraft Corporation. As Irkut President Oleg Demchenko told journalists, a decision on the delivery of the most advanced combat planes was made jointly with the Air Force command.
“The planes were delivered as part of the state defense order. Instead of a combatant forces unit that was earlier expected to receive these fighter jets, the Su-30SMs were delivered to the Russian Knights,” Demchenko said.
The Russian Knights are the world’s first pilotage group flying heavy fighter jets that retain the combat capabilities of serial-produced warplanes. The Russian Knights pilots staged their first aerobatic performance aboard the Su-30SM planes at the LIMA-2017 aerospace show in Malaysia. Overall, five Su-30SMs, including a backup plane, have arrived at the aerospace show.
The United Arab Emirates has agreed to purchase a batch of advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia. As of 2017, the Flanker-E is the most capable operational Russian combat aircraft.
The jets would be a major addition to the UAE’s already formidable fleet of American-made Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Block 60 Fighting Falcons. But troubling for the United States, the deal is an indication that the UAE — a long-time U.S. ally — is drifting into Moscow’s orbit.
“We signed an agreement of intent for the purchase of the Su-35,” Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov told the Moscow-based TASS news agency earlier in February 2017.
Chemezov did not offer any details about how many Su-35s the UAE has ordered or when Sukhoi would begin delivering the aircraft. The two countries also recently signed an agreement to co-develop a new fifth-generation fighter.
War Is Boring
This is not the first time the launch of Russia’s T-50 (PAK FA) fifth generation jet fighter has been postponed. Designers and senior officials at the Russian Defense Ministry originally gave 2016 as the year when the new aircraft would go into service, but now the deadline has been postponed indefinitely.
On Feb. 2, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said that as long as there were similar aircraft that meet the requirements of the Armed Forces, there is no need to waste money on purchasing expensive new hardware.
“Most likely this will only happen in the next State Armament Program for 2018-2025,” said Borisov, adding that the T-50 still needs to be perfected.
Experts said it’s wrong to say that the T-50 is “bogged down” because developing an aircraft gradually in stages is common practice. “There have been misleading stories in the media, but the project is not bogged down,” said Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the magazine, Arsenal Otechestva. “All stages of work on the aircraft are on schedule.”
The designers are working on a new fifth generation engine, Izdeliye-30 [Product-30], in order for the fighter to meet all the challenges of the new era. Flight tests of the new engine will start at the end of 2017, or in early 2018. “It will take the designers another two or three years to finalize the project before the aircraft goes into series production and into service with the Russian Air Force,” said Murakhovsky.
Irkut Corporation (a member of UAC) participates in AERO INDIA 2017 Air Show (Bangalore, 14-18 February). The corporate products are represented in models of Su-30MKI, Yak-130, MC-21, and Yak-152 aircraft at the stand of UAC.
Su-30MKI multirole fighters are the exceptional exhibits of AERO INDIA 2017. These aircraft constitute the backbone of the Indian Air Force. Traditionally, Su-30MKIs are presented at static display and in the flight program of the air show.
Su-30MKI program comprising development, deliveries, establishment of licence manufacturing, has become one the most successful Russia’s military-technical cooperation programmes. While participating in numerous international exercises, the pilots of Indian Air Force flying Su-30MKI fighters have been repeatedly winning combat training engagements against modern fighter aircraft of various types.
Currently, Indian enterprises are building up Su-30MKI overhaul infrastructure.
The presentation on Su-30MKI program status is available at the official web-site of Irkut Corporation.
Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet with the new engine will make its first flight in the fourth quarter of 2017, the press service of Russia’s United Engine Corporation said on Tuesday.
“The first flight of the aircraft with the new engine is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017,” said a spokesman for the company that produces engines for military and civil aviation. The project of creating the new engine is “in line with the timeframe,” he added.
Now the Russian fifth-generation jet is fitted with the so-called first-stage 117C engine. The new engine has not yet received its official title and is called the second-stage engine.
The PAK FA plane is a promising fifth-generation fighter jet. It performed the first flight in 2010.The first five serial-produced T-50 fighter jets are expected to be delivered to the Armed Forces this year. The deliveries of the aircraft to the Armed Forces are due to start after 2018.
China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning and its fleet returned to a military port in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, on Friday 13.01, after completing their 20-day actual combat training in the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
All the training and relevant missions were conducted according to schedule. The training has helped lift the officers and soldiers’ combat capabilities, further deepened the integration of ship and aircraft, optimized the process of command and support and explored into new ways for the integration, systematization and actual combat training of the aircraft carrier and its fleet.
During the training, the carrier-borne jet fighters J-15 conducted training in such subjects as carrier-based take-off and landing, air-battle tactics and refueling for each other.
“This is a landmark, marking a new starting point for the formation and development of combat capabilities of our aircraft carrier and its fleet. We now fully have the reason to believe that we could go further and fly higher in the near future,” said Dai Mingmeng, commander of the carrier-borne air force base.
According to the press service of the Northern Fleet 03.02.2017, the first group of pilots of carrier-based aircraft of the Northern Fleet (NF) made a flight from the heavy aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” from the designated area of the Barents Sea based on the airfield in the Murmansk region, following the successful completion of tasks in Syria.
Among them, the crews of three MiG-29K, Su-33 and three helicopters – the Ka-52, Ka-29 and Ka-27.
Russia’s entire light fighter aviation will soon be armed with Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) aircraft, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev said on Friday.
“Some time will pass and we’ll replace the entire light fighter element precisely with this class,” he said.
MiG-35 fighter jets will also be delivered to the Swifts aerobatic team, which currently flies MiG-29 aircraft, he added.
“I believe that the day is not far away when we’ll retrain the Swifts to operate this splendid plane,” the Aerospace Force commander-in-chief said.
“The development of the MiG-35 is actually a victory,” the general said.
Russia’s most advanced Mikoyan fighter jet will be able to use laser weapons:
“This plane can use all the types of the newest weaponry and laser weapons as well.”
“Thank you very much for this splendid creation, which has confirmed once again that there are no planes better than those in Russia,” the general said, addressing the aircraft designers.
“It is capable of engaging in super-maneuverable air fights and strike targets both at sea and in the air. We’ll always have the best aerodynamics. We had some gaps in the work on engines but we have proved with the development of the Su-30SM and Su-34 aircraft that we have the best engines,” the commander said.
Russia’s United Aircraft-Building Corporation is holding an international presentation of the most advanced MiG-35 fighter whose flight tests began on Thursday. The Mig-35 is a 4++-generation multirole fighter jet developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 aircraft.
It was reported earlier that the Aircraft Corporation MiG was considering developing its own fifth-generation fighter jet as a light alternative to the T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter created by the Sukhoi Design Bureau.
United Aircraft-Building Corporation General Designer Sergei Korotkov who earlier held the post of the MiG Corporation CEO called as “quite probable” the development of a new plane on the basis of the MiG-35 aircraft.
On January 27, 2017 the industrial complex of the Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” will host an international presentation of the MiG-35 aircraft, of the latest multi-functional complex. More than twenty countries around the world confirmed that they will be attending the ceremony.
In addition, today, 26 January, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the industrial complex of the Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” in Lukhovitsy near Moscow, where he was presented, for the first time,a new aviation complex of the MiG-35, developed within the framework of the state defense order of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence.
During the visit, Russian President will visit the first demonstration flight of a multifunctional combat aircraft, as well as to get acquainted with modern aircraft production, will hear a report on the management of the corporation MiG-35 prospects in the Russian army and abroad. After the presentation Russian President held the first 2017 meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission of Russia.
“MiG-35 -. The latest lightweight multifunction aviation complex, developed in the framework of the state defense order of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence of the MiG-35 is designed to work in areas of high-intensity conflicts in the conditions of intensive air defense, capable of hitting air, ground and surface targets Corporation. “MiG” is in talks with potential customers, a number of countries have already confirmed their interest in the supply of combat aircraft export potential to date is a few tens of countries “, – noted in the UAC.
Swedish-made Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet crashed to the ground after going into a stunt maneuver during an airshow dedicated to Children’s Day, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported.
The airport was closed to clear the runaway, the news outlet said, adding that the authorities had open an investigation into the incident. Thailand has purchased 12 Gripen C/D-model single-engine fighter jets from Sweden since 2008
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OPK has completed development of a system of radar identification “friend or foe” for the fifth-generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA), a new set of different immunity to interference and enhanced electronic stealth, said on Wednesday the press service of the corporation.
Work on the creation of this equipment as part of the defense industry leads the Central Research Institute of Economy, Informatics and Management Systems.
“The combined instrument-making company has completed the development of radar identification system” friend or foe “for advanced and modernized aircraft complexes Su-35S, the PAK FA and IL-76,” – said in a statement.
The press service specified that the software and hardware designed to determine the state of aircraft supplies military and civil aircraft and their recognition in order to protect “their” flying machines from the erroneous destruction.
“Most of the identification system” friend or foe “today is already technically obsolete high energy visibility of such equipment is an important factor in unmasking, which can take advantage of the defeat of the enemy at the end.” – Said the first deputy general director CRI EISU Inna Grigorenko, which quoted the press service.
She added that “the new software and hardware complex substantially increased range resolution, provided protection from interference and reduced output power, which can significantly increase the level of secrecy of electronic and energy of the whole system.”
In 2016, the system has successfully passed preliminary tests and showed a high level of performance in a complex electronic environment, as well as extreme temperatures and mechanical damage. The modular construction of the system can be integrated into the avionics like an old fleet and advanced aircraft systems such as the PAK FA and the Su-35S