Russian knights received the second installment of Su-30sm

Airport Kubinka:

Aerobatics Air-group “Russian Knights” received the four fighter Su-30sm, and on 1th December, will start to fly on the new technique, reported in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.




“The second batch of Su-30sm have just arrived in Kubinka from the factory. “Russian Knights” is fully equipped with new fighters, so from 1 December, the pilots will fly a new aircraft.” – representative of the Russian military department said. He added that the air group pilots passed the theoretical and simulator training on the Su-30cm in Lipetsk Air Base, and have already performed several flights with an instructor pilot.

“Squadron, which formed on the basis of air group” Russian Knights “, will now fly on airplanes of two types – the Su-27 and Su-30sm”, – noted in the Ministry of Defense.

Su-30cm is a super-maneuverable multifunctional fighter generation “4 ++”, with combined functions of a fighter, attack aircraft and bombers, equipped with radar with a phased antenna array, engines with thrust vector control and canards.



Why did a Russian MiG-29K crash into the Mediterranean?

A Russian fighter trying to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier after flying a mission as part of Russia’s Syrian operation on Nov. 13 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea due to the failure of both engines, according to sources in the Russian Defense Ministry.





A source familiar with the organization of flights on the aircraft carrier told that the MiG-29KR from the Admiral Kuznetsov missile aircraft carrier had fallen into the sea because both of its engines broke down in mid-flight.

The source added that the fighter’s pilot, who is chief of the service for Black Sea aviation flight safety and who ejected from the plane, has more than 200 landings on the Admiral Kuznetsov under his belt.

A source from the Defense Ministry also said that the pilot is highly qualified and is “one of the most experienced” of those trained in deck landings.

After the incident the Defense Ministry’s information and mass communications department made an official statement explaining the reason for the plane’s technical malfunction.

Urgency during landing

The source told that the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov has four arresting gears.

When carrying out a landing the pilot must try to have the plane’s tailhook catch the second cable or if it can, the third (there is even a fourth, reserve cable). If the pilot tries to catch the first cable, there is a danger the tailhook may touch the ship’s deck, especially since at sea the aircraft carrier is subject to rocking.

On Nov. 13, the day of the accident, three MiG-29KRs took off from the aircraft carrier. After completing their flight missions the planes returned to the ship. The landings were to be conducted at an interval of three-four minutes.

The first fighter landed without any complications.






The second MiG-29KR caught the second arresting cable, tore it and in the end caught the fourth, reserve cable. The torn second cable got tangled up with the third cable and incapacitated it for a plane’s landing.

For some time it was basically impossible for the planes to land on the aircraft carrier. At that time the third MiG-29KR was approaching.

Since the aircraft carrier’s team needed some time to fix the arresting cables, the flight supervisor told the pilot of the third plane to land after circling the ship a second time.

While the plane was waiting to land both of its engines broke down. According to a preliminary theory, fuel had stopped entering the engines. In such cases, a jet plane plummets like a rock and the pilot can do only one thing: eject.


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Russia’s new combat aircraft A-60 to be armed with high accuracy laser — KRET

Russia’s newly-developed combat aircraft A-60 will be capable of destroying enemy targets with a high accuracy laser, an adviser to the deputy CEP of Russia’s Concern of Radio-Electric Technologies (KRET, an affiliate of Rostec), Vladimir Mikheyev, has told TASS Russian news agency.


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“It will boast super-accurate navigation. The crew are to be able to precisely determine the plane’s position to direct the narrow laser beams at the selected targets,”






The airborne laser will be so powerful that the plane itself will have to be properly protected.

KRET is the manufacturer of an overwhelming majority of avionics installed on Russia’s aircraft. The new plane will be very special and equipped with a heavy-duty electric power supply system and protection from enemy radio-electronic jamming.
Also, the plane will have a very powerful onboard defense system providing protection from the most sophisticated means of attack.

Attempts at creating an airborne laser were made back in the Soviet era. The first sample of the A-60 aircraft, based on the Ilyushin-76MD transport plane was flight-tested in 1981. Several years ago the media said the project, mothballed for quite a while, was resumed. The United States conducted its own research into an airborne laser. The program that produced an experimental combat aircraft, Boeing YAL-1, was curtailed at the end of 2011.


United Engine Corporation is resuming production of engines for deck-based fighters Su-33



According to the report, the new engines for marine heavy fighters will be produced with the introduction of improvements that have already been applied to a family of engines AL-31F series of modern appearance. The Su-33 armament naval aircraft engines will go after all the testing phases.





Turbofan engines are the fourth generation of the AL-31F and designed for installation on the Su-27 and its modifications (Su-30MK, Su-33, Su-34 and others). A feature of the AL-31F series 3 is the possibility of introducing an additional special mode that is used when the aircraft take-off from the deck with a full combat load or emergency care in the second round.
















Ria Novosti

Russian operation in Syria: one year on


On September 30, 2015 Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of the two-chamber parliament) voted in support of President Vladimir Putin’s request for permission to use the national armed forces in Syria against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist groups outlawed in Russia)




* The Russian Aerospace group dealt the first strikes against the militants’ positions later in the day.

* Initially, the group consisted of 50 combat planes and helicopters. In November 2015 Russia’s long-range bombers started flowing sorties to Syria.

* With time Russia’s Navy was involved in the operation as well. Combat ships in the land-locked Caspian Sea and in the Mediterranean Sea launched cruise missiles.

* On March 15, the main contingent of the Russian Aerospace group began to be pulled out of Syria on President Putin’s orders, while the Russian support facilities in Tartus and at the air base Hmeymim have maintained routine operation ever since. The remaining Russian planes continued to provide combat support for Syrian troops.

* According to May 2016 statistics more than 10,000 sorties had been carried out and 30,000 targets, including 200 oil extraction and refining facilities, were wiped out.

* The Pentagon estimates that by that time the Islamic State militants lost 45% of the territory they had controlled in Iraq and 20% of the territory in Syria. The Syrian army regained Palmyra to turn the tide of the campaign. The Russian military participated in the operation.
* Russia has airlifted to Syria 1,000 tonnes of foods, medical supplies and essentials.


The first ammunition for T-50

Russia’s first fifth-generation fighter will soon begin military training. Today, news agency RIA Novosti reported that the Scientific and Production Concern “Tehmash”, which is part of the State Corporation “Rostec” produced the first batch of shells for the T-50, also known as the PAK FA.
According to the Group “Tehmash” General Director Sergey Rusakov already made the first batch of 30-mm shells automatic guns 9 A1-4071K. We are talking about the new heat-resistant ammunition, which will soon be transferred to the Sukhoi Design Bureau, engaged in the development and testing of the new fighter.
According Rusakov, the new fighter will be equipped with high-explosive incendiary bombs OFZAB-500 volume-detonating bombs ODAB-500PMV.

Tests : ODAB-500PMV

Ammunition OFZAB-500 and ODAB-500PMV allow the fighter to perform maneuvers with large overloads, as developed for use at high speeds with small heights. Bomb OFZAB-500 is designed to engage manpower and easily vulnerable field installations, warehouses and fuel depots, ODAB-500PMV – to engage manpower, industrial constructions, easily vulnerable technology, light engineering structures, as well as the demining of antipersonnel and antitank minefields.




T-50 (PAK FA) – Russia’s fifth-generation fighter, created to replace the MiG-29 and Su-27. The development of T-50 began in the 80s, but after the collapse of the USSR the project was put on hold until 2001. The first flight of a new fighter aircraft took place in January 2010, and in 2014 began its flight tests. According to plans of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the first production models of the PAK FA must be received by the Russian Army in 2018.




China Acquires Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jets From Russia

The first four Su-35 fighter jets from a 24 aircraft arms deal between the two allies are to be delivered before the end of the year according to a statement by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant.

This week the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, a federal area located in the Russian Far East, said in a statement during the opening of a new aircraft production plant that China will receive the first four Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets in consideration of a 24 aircraft deal between Moscow and Beijing signed in November of 2015.






From 2016 to 2018, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production plant will build and deliver a total of 24 Su-35 combat jets to China, the governor said according to RIA news agency as part of the agreement first forged between the parties in late 2015.

The fighter jet has a maximum speed of 1,553 MPH (2500kmh) with advanced dry thrust and afterburner capabilities that enhance the aircraft’s dogfight maneuverability and semi-stealth design that makes it possibly the most lethal fighter jet in the sky.

The Su-35 is Russia’s top air-superiority fighter, until the fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter comes into production, with a clear maneuverability edge over existing fighter jets and a limited radar cross section after adjustments were made to the engine inlets and canopy as well as a series of modifications including the use of “radar-absorbent material” that gives the flanker a stealth-like profile.






The fighter jet comes armed with K-77M radar-guided missiles with a range of over 120 miles (193km) providing pilots with standoff capabilities ensuring pilot protection, an R-74 infrared-guided missiles that allow for targeting by a pilot using a helmet-mounted optical sight, and a thirty-millimeter cannon with 150 rounds for dogfight battles.

The acquisition of the Su-35 by the Chinese is a major boon for the country’s defense as well as its avionics industry. China has worked to produce its own turbofan akin to the Su-35’s, known as the WS-10 turbofan, but it continues to underperform the Russian-made AL-117S. If China is able to reverse engineer the technology they may be able to rapidly overcome their avionics gap with the West.

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