Russia sent four Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets to Syria – Satellite photo of the Air Base Latakia

Russia sent 4 multirole jet Sukhoi Su-30SM to Syrian Air Base Latakia. Jets came just hours before U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to his Russian counterpart about Moscow’s deepening role in Syria, a call that ended a long pause in high-level military communication between the U.S. and Russia.

Russia landed there to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime, which fight for a years against rebels or terrorists, and now against Islamic State army which violate the region. Looks like this situation unite Russia and USA against IS terrorists, which behavior put both sides to the table and unite. Of course, there are other interests on both sides. Russia playing role as allied to Syrian regime and all the time Bashar al-Assad had support from Putin side. Also, there is Russian naval facility / port in Tartus city.

On the othabd7d637f8eaer side, White House playing role to change regime in that country and gave support to rebels/terrorists….until Islamic State showed their role of real Devil.

Russia sent few huge lift jets Antonov An-124 with cargo shipments, probably to send technical support to those Sukhois, few days before Su-30SM arrived to Syria. Probably we can expect attack helicopters Mi-28 Havocs or Mi-35M Hind there, together with tanks and armored vehicles soon. Anyway, Russian boot is there, and things are changing. Hope this will do a part for eliminating the Devil from there.


Today appeared video clip on YouTube where we can see Russian four Sukhois Su-24 Fencers and Air Tanker Ilyushin Il-78 Midas near Latakia Air base, probably to join already landed Su-30SM. This showing huge steps by Russia to Syrian conflict. What Kind of jets Russia sent to Syria, you can read if you click HERE

Here you can see video:

Indian air force found unique use for Su-30MKI – transporting donated organs

Indian Air Force used their most advanced fighter jet for unique operation – transporting donated organs from Pune to Delhi. Everything was done with great precision and planning by few agencies in Pune to ensure that kidney and liver reach the patients which are waiting for transplants at Delhi hospitals.


Started with Lalita Sarvade`s son Ganesh which decided to donate his mother`s organs. The 45 year old houswife had suffered head injury in car accident on 18th July and was admitted to Army College and Command Hospital in Pune. On 26th July, doctors declared hers brain dead, after which her son decided to donate her organs.


Everything was great organized, documents and papers are finished fast, traffic police was alerted to be prepared for transport to the airport in Pune so organs can be sent fast to Delhi. The traffic cops created a green corridor from Wanowrie, where the Command Hospital is located, to the Airport. The vehicle carrying the organs reached the Airport in eight minutes.

Once at the Airport, the Indian Air Force (IAF), which had already been alerted, loaded the organs onto a Sukhoi Su 30. The fastest fighter jet with the IAF took off from Pune at 11.20 pm and reached Delhi at 40 minutes past mid night.

The organs, which included a liver and a kidney, were to be transplanted in two patients already admitted at the Army Hospital (R and R) in New Delhi. The liver was meant for an ex-serviceman and the kidney was to go to son of a serving Sergeant in IAF. According to an official release, the two patients at Delhi were in urgent need of transplants and in last stages of liver and kidney diseases. At the time of going to press, both the transplants were said to be successful.


Su-34 Fullback overrun runaway at Voronezh airbase

On 4 June 2015, at the airbase near Voronezh on approach turning, multi role jet Su-34 Fullback with number red 28, overrun runaway / crashed. After the routine training flight, drag chute did not deploy, so Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback finished on his back. Neither of the plane’s crew-members were seriously hurt.

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NEWS: U.S Navy destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) Observes the Video Overflight by a Russian Su-24 Fencer Aircraft

“USS Ross (DDG 71) observes the overflight by a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer aircraft while both were operating in international waters and airspace. Ross continued on her mission after observing the aircraft return to base. At no time did Ross act aggressively nor did she deviate from her planned operations. The conduct of her crew has been and continues to be professional. Ross’ Sailors observed that the SU 24 carried no weapons – wings were “clean.” The U.S. Navy operates ships in the Black Sea on a routine basis, consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.” Courtesy Defense Media Activity – Navy.“

New Russian aerobatic team “Wings of Tavrida”

8GDPMTAThe name of the latest Russian Air Force aerobatic team will be “Wings of Tavrida”. Tavrida is the ancient name of Crimean Peninsula, which became part of Russian Federation.

The team will fly Yak-130 aircraft painted in red and white colors, as the first public appearance will be a fly over the Red Square in Moscow during the Victory Parade at May 9. The rumors about new Russian Air Force aerobatic team that have to fly Yak-130 planes appeared in 2010, when the Russian Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov signed an order on June 9 to disband Russian Knights and Swifts demonstration teams.

11Then some sources announced that the both teams would merge in one flying Yak-130 aircraft. Fortunately, this not happened. In December 2012, The Commander of Russian Air Force Gen. Lt. Viktor Bondarev announced the establishment of completely new aerobatic team to fly Yak-130 and the equipment of the Russian Knights and Swifts with new fighters.



American RC-135U intercepted by Russian Su-27 over Baltic – April 7th 2015

Vigilant Eagle 13

Photo from Vigilant Eagle 2013

U.S. RC-135U reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet over the Baltic Sea near Russia’s Kaliningrad Region, according to the Pentagon, which accused the Russian pilot of coming dangerously close to the US aircraft.

“On the morning of April 7, a US RC-135U, flying a routine route in international airspace, was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) cited Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez as saying.

The official said that a Russian Su-27 (NATO designation – Flanker) passed within a few meters of the unarmed reconnaissance aircraft, whereas the Sukhoi’s wingspan is 14.7 meters. The Pentagon spokeswoman dubbed the behavior of Russian pilot “reckless” and endangering the safety of the RC-135 crew.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said that the interception was launched after “Russian air defense radars spotted an unidentified air target over the Baltic Sea making steady progress toward the national border.” The aircraft had its transponder turned off, Konashenkov said.

The Sukhoi Su-27 dispatched to intercept the target identified it as a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U and reported the aircraft’s type and tail number to headquarters. After the Su-27 made several fly-bys around the spy plane, the RC-135U altered course and moved away from Russian border.

“No emergency situation was reported during the fly-by of the American reconnaissance aircraft,”Konashenkov said.

The RC-135 is a military version of a Boeing-707 and the intercepted RC-135U version is code-named Combat Sent, specializing in gathering intelligence on “enemy electronic signals and radar emitters.”




No details have been released on the mission of the RC-135, but the aircraft was reportedly in a position to monitor Russian military activities in western Russia and Kaliningrad.

It is in the Kaliningrad exclave where Moscow recently decided to deploy Iskander-M nuclear capable tactical quasi-ballistic missile systems.

The head of Russia’s Upper House Committee for Foreign Relations, Konstantin Kosachev, called on to NATO to stop their “hysterics” over flights by the Russian Air Force, “presenting them as aggression and demonizing Russia.”

“In connection with the incident over the Baltic one should keep in mind that Russia is a Baltic country, whereas the US is not,” Kosachev said.

On Tuesday, the same day that the incident with the RC-135U took place, the commander of the US Northern Command, Adm. William Gortney, expressed concern at the increase in Russian military flights.

“They are messaging us,” he told reporters at the Pentagon. “They’re messaging us that they’re a global power – we do the same sort of thing – with their long-range aviation,” Gortney said, noting that Moscow has adopted a new strategic doctrine.

Details about RC-135U Airplane:

The RC-135U Combat Sent is designed to collect technical intelligence on adversary radar emitter systems. Combat Sent data is collected to develop new or upgraded radar warning receivers, radar jammers, decoys, anti-radiation missiles, and training simulators.

RC-135 U

Distinctly identified by the antennae arrays on the nose, tail, and wing tips, three RC-135C aircraft were converted to RC-135U (63-9792, 64-14847, & 64-14849) in the early 1970s and 63-9792 was converted to Rivet Joint, late 1978, and all aircraft are based at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Minimum crew requirements are 2 pilots, 2 navigators, 3 systems engineers, 10 electronic warfare officers, and 6 area specialists.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 27: 3 pilots, 2 navigators, 22 rear-crew members
  • Length: 136 ft 3 in (41.53 m)
  • Wingspan: 130 ft 10 in (39.88 m)
  • Height: 41 ft 8 in (12.70 m)
  • Wing area: 2,433 ft² (226 m²)
  • Empty weight: 175,000 lb (V/W models) (79,545 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 297,000 lb (135,000 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 322,500 lb (146,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × CFM International F-108-CF-201 turbofan engines, 22,000 lbf (96 kN) each


  • Maximum speed: 580 mph (933 km/h)
  • Range: 3,450 mi (5,550 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,900 ft/min (1,490 m/min)

Source:, Wikipedia

This year no airshow in Kecskemet, Hungary


Su-27P Russian Knights aerobatic team

Russian Knights at Kecskemet, Hungary airshow 2013 had great display. Unfortunately, this year we will not see airshow there, because HuAF is very busy this year. They are doing air policing missions in Slovenia and the Baltics also, and get the close air support – CAS ability of course outside of their main mission, protection of the Hungarian airspace.

The airshow, that has now 14 years of history, has established a great reputation and appreciation throughout Europe as well as around the World. In 2013 it was the 9th time that an airshow was held at Kecskemét, and if we take into account all the country’s airshows, then it was the 14th time an international airshow took place in Hungary. One of the biggest open air events in Hungary, it has attracted more than 100000 spectators, but the future of it is still not visible. The Hungarian Defense Ministry told that in next year there won’t be an air show, it is possible in 2016 at the latest.



Russia and India modernizing Su-30MKI and SM to carry supersonic cruise missiles

Flight tests started in India with 1st Su-30 MKI  Flanker-C, multi-role fighter jet modified by mutual, Russian and Indian team of specialist to carry BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missiles.

Russian made Su-30MKI will get an upgrade to carry supersonic cruise missiles. Jets will be modernized for both ari forces, Indian and Russian.


India already started flight tests on 1st Su-30MKI modified by Russian and Indian experts, to carry BrahMos missiles.

2nd Su-30MKI jet is continuing and will be ready during this year.

BrahMos Aerospace head confirmed that flight tests would be over this year.

India invested already $1.1 billion to purchase 200 BrahMos missiles which will carry Su-30MKI fighter jets. Total 42 Su-30MKIs will modernize in India HAL corporation facility to carry modern supersonic cruise missiles BrahMos-A.

Russia will modernize their Su-30SM fighters at irkut Aircraft Corporation, to carry supersonic cruise missiles, said Irkut CEO Oleg Demchenko at LIMA 2015 air show.

Related post HERE with description about BrahMos missile


Source: TASS Agency


NEWS: Su-30 and Su-24 from Crimea practicing attack on NATO ships in Black Sea !!!

Russia’s newest Su-30 multirole fighter jets, together with Su-24 attack bombers have been using NATO ships’ movements in the Black Sea to practice attack scenarios.


Su-24 Fencer

Russia’s newest Su-30 fighter jets and Su-24 attack bombers are using two NATO ships in the Black Sea to practice penetrating anti-air systems, a source at the Sevastopol naval base told RIA Novosti.

“These ships’ crews are doubtlessly conducting exercises in repelling air attacks from our planes, which gives our pilots the opportunity to gain experience in maneuvering and conducting aerial reconnaissance both in the range of anti-air systems and outside their range.”

Other than that, the jets are monitoring the movements on the two ships, the USS Vicksburg missile cruiser and the Turkish TCG Turgutreis frigate, which are located in the southwestern part of the Black Sea. On Tuesday, three Su-30 jets and four Su-24 bombers conducted monitoring flights over these ships from the Novofedorovka air base.

“Our pilots are first of all, tracing the headings of the NATO ships and monitoring the assignments they are performing during their sea voyage.”

On 3rd March, formation of 3 x Su-30 and 4 x Su-24 overflew the NATO warships to practice penetrating AA systems.



Connected post: Su-27SM2 and Su-30M2 flying to Crimea/Belbek


Source : Sputniknews – Read more:

Russia`s state defense order in 2015.


2014.: Rearmament rate in the Russian Armed Forces  has risen by 7%, operability has risen by 5% (to 85%).

2015.: The Russian Defense Ministry is set to continue the rearmament program in the armed forces this year.

Here are orders and plans for modernizing:


Southern Military District will receive new Su-34 and Su30SM and more in 2015

In 2015., pilots of the Southern Military District (Южный военный округ) are waiting to receive more than 50 units of Su-34 Fullback, multi-purpose fighters Su-30SM and Su-30M2, amphibious aircraft Beriev Be-200 and more than 20 helicopters as transport Mi-8 AMTŠ, and combat Mil Mi-28N.

During 2014., district received more than 40 new and upgraded aircrafts and helicopters equipped with modern weapons, latest communication systems, and more effective fire control systems,etc.

All deliveries of the aircraft and helicopters for Black Sea Fleet are based on pre-approved plan.


Kazakhstan will get Su-30SM Flanker C

Looks like Kazakhstan decided to modernize their Air Force and will get multi-role fighter Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker C.On 4th February Kazakhstan government announced this news.

Commander of Kazakhstan Air Defense Forces visited Irkutsk Aviation plant and disclosure this. In Irkutsk Aviation Plant is production line for Su-30SM.


The government announcement did not disclose aircraft numbers or delivery timelines.

The two-seat Su-30SM features an improved radar, communications, and ejector-seat system.  Su-30SM is developed from Indian Su-30MKI and is in service in Russian Air Force to feel gaps until Su-35 and PAK-FA enter service.

Kazakhstan, as a former Soviet Republic and member of Collective Security Treaty Organization, and as a good relation with Russia, have felt they need to follow Russian platform for their Air Force and Defense.

Kazakhstan Air and Air Defense Forces using Soviet-era jets, like Su-27 Flanker, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Su-25 Frogfoot, MiG-27 Flogger and MiG-31 Foxhound which are inherited from Soviet Air Force.


Kazakh Su-27 UB




Evolution of Sukhoi PAK-FA (T-50) stealth multirole fighter fifth generation

On this infographic you can see potential evolution for Russian PAK-FA T-50 stealth multi-role fighter fifth generation, which will receive code Su-50, when production line starts serial production. Plan for serial production was on January 2016, and will fly under flags of Russia, South Korea, India and Iran.

There are already 5 prototypes.

Sukhoi wants to start producing of special version for Indian Air Force (IAF), which will gets code Su-50E.

If ever South Korean choose to buy Su-50 as their new fighter, they will getting version with local avionics, and jet will get code Su-50EK.

Su-50E have chance to get brother twin seat version co-developed with India for IAF around 2020. year.

In the same year, Sukhoi plans to share with the world Su-55-FGFAM, modernized version of twin seater.

At the end, around 2022. year Iranians are planning to get their Su-50ES version (if ever)

1st air test launch BRAHMOS missile from Su-30MKI in March 2015.

Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu, along with a high-level delegation, visited the headquarters of BrahMos Aerospace Headquarters in New Delhi today (21.01.2015.)

The Minister was briefed on the progress made by the interface of BrahMos air version with Su-30MKI, with the first test launch expected in March 2015. HAL Nasik Division, which is being mandated to undertake the missile integration work on the Sukhoi, had recently conducted the critical Ground Vibration Test (GVT).


BrahMos Aerospace has been successfully delivering BrahMos weapon systems to the Indian Armed Forces since 2005. The Indian Army has operationalised the supersonic cruise missile system in its arsenal and further orders are in pipeline. Indian Navy has installed the universal weapon system on its destroyers and frigates, and many of its newly-built frontline warships will be fitted with BrahMos in the coming years. The Indian Air Force has also placed orders for land and air-launched version of BrahMos for Su-30MKI aircraft. The 290-km range tactical missile is slated to be test-flown this year in its air-to-ground configuration.


So, what is BRAHMOS:

Brahmos is two stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and than gets separated. The liquid ramjet or the second stage then takes the missile closer to 3 Mach speed in cruise phase. Stealth technology and guidance system with advanced embedded software provides the missile with special features.



Surface-launched, Block I
  • Ship-launched, anti-ship variant (operational)
  • Ship-launched, land-attack variant (operational)
  • Land-launched, land-attack variant (operational)
  • Land-launched, anti-ship variant (In induction, tested on 10 December 2010)
Surface-launched, upgraded variants
  • BrahMos Block II land-attack variant (Operational)
  • BrahMos Block III land-variant (being inducted)
  • Anti-aircraft carrier variant (tested in March 2012) – the missile gained the capability to attack aircraft carriers using the supersonic vertical dive variant of the missile that could travel up to 290 km.
  • Air-launched, anti-ship variant (under development)
  • Air-launched, land-attack variant (under development)
  • Air-launched, miniaturised variant (under development)
  • Submarine-launched, anti-ship variant – Tested successfully for the first time from a submerged pontoon on 20 March 2013.
  • Submarine-launched, land-attack variant

The missile has flight range of up to 290km with supersonic speed all through the flight, leading to shorter flight time, consequently ensuring lower dispersion of targets, quicker engagement time and non-interception by any known weapon system in the world.

It operates on `Fire and Forget Principle`, adopting varieties  of flights on its way to the target. Its destructive power is enhanced due to large kinetic energy on impact. Its cruising altitude could be up to 15km and terminal altitude is as low as 10 meters. It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs.

Compared to existing state-of-art- subsonic cruise missiles, BRAHMOS has:

– 3 times more velocity

– 2:5 to 3 times more flight range

– 3 to 4 times more seeker range

– 9 times more kinetic energy


Brahmos air-launched version is getting ready to be soon test-flown from Su-30MKI fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF)

The development work related to the Air launch version of the missile is complete. Work has begun with Sukhoi design bureau, HAL, and the IAF for interface requirements and installation of Brahmos on Su-30MKI. Integration of the air-launched version of Brahmos is currently at an advanced stage.


Two aircraft have beed earmarked by the IAF for the initial launch trials which will commence from 2014. onwards, so that the induction can start in this year. Installations on other aircraft will depend on user requirements.

Su-30MKI has max. speed of 2 Mach with a single in-flight range of 5200km. A total of 8.000kg payloads can be carried by it in a maximum altitude of 17km.


Russian Black Sea Fleet received new jets and UAVs

Black Sea Fleet has received miltirole fighters Su-30 and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) Orlan-10, said the Russian Defense Ministry

“Multi-purpose fighter Su-30 is intending to replace the Su-24 jets, which are now basis of aviation Black Sea Fleet,” – said in the press service of the Black Sea Fleet, which was received by the Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.



“Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets will eventually replace Sukhoi Su-24 jets which currently constitute the core of the aviation of the Black Sea Fleet,” says a report of the fleet press service seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

“Black Sea Fleet UAV pilots are also successfully training to use Orlan-10 UAVs, which Black Sea Fleet as Naval have not operated before,” the report said.

Black Sea Fleet pilots “have started flying Sukhoi Su-30 supersonic multirole fighters stationed at an airfield in Crimea,” it said.

“The first three warplanes have performed flights in the airspace of the peninsula. Five Black Sea Fleet crews were trained to fly new types of aircraft last year. Another team of pilots is being trained in Yeisk starting today,” the ministry said.

Small-sized Orlan-10 drones are equipped with photo and video cameras to collect data and conduct aerial reconnaissance in any weather. “Unmanned aerial vehicles’ operator crews perform daily flights above fleet ranges for monitoring combat training,” the report said.


UAV Orlan – 10


“The Black Sea Fleet’s seaborne aviation will continue to receiving brand new weapons this year,” the fleet staff reported.
Source: Interfax-AVN

UAV photo Vitaly V.Kuzmin

Ukraine received back two Su-27 and two MiG-29 after overhauling

Ukraine has returned into service two Su-27 and two MiG-29 which were under overhauling, announced by president office on 5th January.

Ceremony of returning back two Fulcrums and pair of Flankers was at Ozerne Airbase, and president Petro Porosenko was attended to ceremony.

Together with 4 fighter jets, around 150 vehicles and other weapon systems were back to army hands after overhauling.


When situation with Russia started, early 2014., Ukraine has returned scores of aircraft to service that would otherwise have become non airworthy due to a lack of investment in the country’s armed forces. These have included MiG-29s and Su-27s, as well as Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer and Su-25 Frogfoot strike aircraft, and Antonov An-26 Curl transport aircraft.


Ukrainian Air Force, or lets say whole Ukrainian army suffered because of non investing for years, and in the moment when Russian forces entered Crimea, had instant disadvantage.

On 21st March 2014. elite Russian Brigade Spetsnaz  took / overrun Air base Belbek and Ukraininan Air Force lost 45 jets, including MiG-29 Fulcrum and L-39 trainer/light strike jet.

Fact is that yearly non investing showed results during conflict in eastern part of Ukraine. Poorly maintained combat jets and outdated, as well as poorly trained pilots.

So many transports, fighters and helicopters were shot down in last year, at least about 20 of them. Air Force suffered high loss during 2014. Now are trying to catch the last train, with overhauling of present equipment.

On paper, Ukraine AF have very strong Air Force but real situation is very bad if you compare with paper.

After SSSR breaking up, 1992. Ukraine AF had very powerful aviation. They have inherited from SSSR:

– strategic bombers Tu-160 (about 20) + Tu-95 Bear (about 27)

– Tu-16, Tu-22 i Tu-22M

– Su-24,Su-25,Su-17(Su-22), MiG-23, MiG-25

– on that time very modern fighters jets MiG-29 (217 aircrafts) and Su-27(65 aircrafts)

– lot of transport helicopters and aircrafts + combat helicopters Mil Mi-24

On paper they have now about 170 combat aircrafts and many of them are not flyable. If they are on 50% of paper possibilities, they are good. Situation is very bad. Overhauling plants in Ukraine had and have possibilities to do overhauling, modernizing, maintenance servicing, but non-investing for years has taken its toll.

MiGs-29 which were on Belbek and overtaken by Spetsnaz are returned to Ukraine later, but most of them were non flyable. Maybe about 20 of all MiGs are flyable. Situation with Su-27 is not much better, or almost the same, about 20 are flyable.

Source: IHS Janes



“Libyan National Army claims to have received four new Sukhoi jet fighters“???

“Libya Herald“ (the Independent Libya online daily)  yesterday published information that Libyan National Army received 4 (four) NEW Sukhoi jet. They wrote that Libyan National Army (LNA), i.e. Air Force, representing the House of Representatives (HoR)/ Abdullah Thinni government based in eastern Libya, claimed yesterday that it has received four new Sukhoi SU-27 fighter jets.


Ukrainian selling their flyable Flankers?


On the other side, there is no confirmation for this, but that “informed military sources in the LNA confirmed on monday that 4 new Sukhoi fighter jets effectively joined the squadrons of the Libyan Air Force“. These information they received from official pro HoR LANA news Agency.

Some of the words from their text we are forwarding here in origin:

-These jets would strengthen the capabilities of the LNA in the war it is waging against the ”extremist and terrorist militias” in any place in Libya, the source added .

– The report said that the source informed that the SU-27 has a 150 round G-301 gun and a number of rockets including medium range radar directed R-27R1 and R-27T1 rockets and air-to-ground munitions with weights of 100, 250 and 500 kg.

– The new Sukhoi jet fighters, the source claimed, are capable of remaining in the air for longer periods and can ‘’maneuver and re-attack once, twice, three times’’, the source concluded.

– The new Sukhoi jet fighters, the source claimed, are capable of remaining in the air for longer periods and can ‘’maneuver and re-attack once, twice, three times’’, the source concluded.

– The statement about the Sukhois claims that they are ‘’new’’, but did not clarify if they were brand new purchases or a new addition of renovated old jets to the existing Air Force squadrons. It is not clear if these are brand new Sukhois or old Sukhoi’s repaired or loaned to Libya from neighboring states or allies.

– Libya is not listed as an official purchaser of the Russian made Sukhoi SU-27. And nor is Egypt or the UAE. However, the Ukraine is, and at an official price tag of US$ 30 million each, it is being speculated that Libya is more likely to have purchased second hand or renovated Sukhois. There is no confirmation of this, however.

If this report of the arrival of new fighter jets to one of the Libyan rivals in Libya’s bloody and destructive conflict is accurate, this could possibly mark a watershed point in the escalation of the Libyan conflict. Monday’s scheduled UN sponsored talks between the two sides were postponed ostensibly because there could not be an agreement on where to hold the talks.

Yesterday, HoR President, Ageela Salah, told the media that he did not see a military solution to Libya’s current problems and that he welcomed dialogue. Today, the General National Council (GNC) released a statement on its version of LANA saying much the same.

What is clear is that the pro-HoR LNA is seeking to achieve an aerial advantage to make up for its ground disadvantage in western Libya. LNA fighter jets have carried out numerous air raids at the foot of the Nefusa Mountains, near Zwara and Abu Kamash, in Maetiga airport and in Misrata.

At the time that both sides are saying that they are interested in dialogue, they have both been simultaneously ratcheting up the fighting.

Meanwhile, in a further development, the LNA Air Force yesterday threatened to shoot down any Sudanese or Turkish aircraft, military or civilian, that enters Libyan airspace. Turkish airline flights to Libya have been, and are still suspended until further notice. The Sudanese airlines has not been flying to Libya.

Libya Herald, 6.January 2015.


Our conclusion for this text from Libyan Herald is: first – that there is no such NEW Sukhois Su-27. Su-27 are not in production line for many many years already.

Second:There is a chance that Ukrainian offered them some used Flankers, but think its not a good moment for themselves because of situation in their local conflict and situation with Russia. So, are they ready to sell some useful fighter jets in this situation? We think no, but cant bet on that.

Third: they need trained pilots for Su-27 Flanker fighter jets, which need more than few weeks. Libyan Air Force had at the moment just few fighter jets: Mirage F1, MiG-21 and MiG-23, not more than 10. So, no Sukhoi Su-27 experience. Maybe will fly some pilots from country they bought (if they) Sukhois for start and in meantime will training new Libyan pilots….cant say yes or no but its possible. But at least one Su-27 need to be in version UB (training two seater ).

I cant see any of countries which have Su-27 in flyable condition to offer them jets except Ukraine.

And at the end, what they can do with 4 fighter jets Su-27 against terrorists on ground? For that job they have already MiG-23Well trained pilots on Migs they have now can do a job against terrorist in the air at any time.

Libya already showed interest to buy some western made jets, Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoons and other equipment, so why they now search for Sukhois?

Not sure this is true information, but lets see…maybe we receive some confirmation about Libyan Sukhois in meantime.


Real Flight Simulator Su-35

Recently journalists had chance to visit OKB “Sukhoi” and  see and look at the new training simulator designed for training pilots multipurpose fighter Su-35.


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The Su-35 is a deep modernization of the Su-27 and belongs to a generation 4 ++. The aircraft is designed for air superiority, as well as to destroy air ground and surface targets.

Inside fighter Su-35 is fifth-generation technologies that provide superior fighter in its class. Distinctive differences of the Su-35 to Su-27 are new engines with increased thrust TVC, wide range of aircraft weapons, new avionics based on digital information management system and software, a new set of on-board radio-electronic equipment with a phased array radar and two-stage hydraulic drive, etc… Radar of the Su-35 can detect the type of fighter with the goal of flight efficiency dispersion in three square meters at a distance of about 400 km.

10679924564_aafbea72e6_oThe aircraft has ultra-high maneuverability at low and near-zero rates. This capability is provided through the use of special aerodynamic design and the latest engines with thrust vector control (TVC).

10679908066_1ac65333a3_oOKB “Sukhoi” plans to make an training complex. It consists of an integrated simulator, procedural and educational computer class flight and engineering technical staff, who are united in a single information and methodological framework that will make all the things complex for training of pilots and engineering staff together.



10679908836_0a2ca3b818_oThe class is theoretical training with an automated control knowledge elements and are processed in a procedural simulator and then on the complex, which looks similar to origin cabin of the Su-35 fighter (closing lantern, safety harness, with a spherical dome visualization 270×110 degrees.), and it can practicing almost all kind of processes and problems.

10679926664_a85975196a_oIt can be used in network so can connect up to 16 simulators and at the same time perform group training pilots. Over time, it will be possible to combine different types of exercise equipment in one information environs – training -simulator complex. In the future its planned to integrate simulators of other Russian developers.

10679907096_844ae8d452_oIntegrated simulator purposely is not equipped with mobility system, because the system can simulate only a small part of a large range of highly maneuverable fighter overload, and with mobility will show and display inculcate false skills.

10679925974_8eb78cdd74_oThe simulator can perform almost all the same tasks as the pilot is in the plane, including air refueling and the most important thing – testing of emergency situations. This simulator even surpasses the real plane because simulate some troubles and failures situation which are in reality very dangerous, and sometimes impossible. And this is one of the key functions of the simulator.

10679907126_e48c157123_oHow does work simulator

Workplace of the Su-35 pilot in full flight simulators is a ventilated enclosed cabin type, where there are everything necessary for comfortable combat mission.
On desk with monitors, outside the cockpit, is instructor place.

The basic controls are: Pilot control stick, engine control levers and pedals.

10679907746_640b9eb5bb_oInformation tools are collimator aviation pilot light with a control panel display, which displays flight information, two MFI-35 (multifunction display) every 15 ” control integrated system backup devices, multi-function remote display with a working field 4×5 ” helmet-mounted display system and a voice alarm system.

Multi-function board with a working field 4×5 ”  is used to configure all aircraft systems, including radar sighting and navigation equipment, weapons, video recording system.

10679925844_968cbc1773_oAutomatic thrust control and automatic control system, allows, pilot to keep control a desired rate of movement in all maneuvers and in any conditions or fully automatically keep the aircraft on the route in accordance with the flight plan. The must-do of the pilot is reduced only to the take-off and landing tasks, as well as deciding on the use of weapons.

How we fly here?

First, the instructor make a flight scenario of the exercises with given tactical and meteorological conditions on a real map in a given area. Also, the instructor can quickly enter into a flight or cause failures and faults by monitoring the reactions of the pilot.

10794903066_068d42c773_oWorkplace of the instructor is desk with multiple monitors. On the three-dimensional map shows the pivot points, the turning points of the route, and some goals. On another monitor instructor is monitoring the reaction of the pilot, authorities and management and flight parameters. On the third display is general view of the simulator, etc …

Any of the buttons, displays, conditions,…instructor have possibility to zoom in virtual on his monitor.

In fact, flight is happening by itself. The learner is in the cockpit, and the instructor at his workplace. After the training, there is debriefing.

In the photo test pilot OKB “Sukhoi” Sergey Chernyshev performs a test flight and shares his impressions with reporters.


According to Sergei, the philosophy of modern combat mission is as follows: a pilot taking off and waits until the plane automatically to reach a given point; then he decides to use of weapons in accordance with the combat mission (presses the button “defeat the enemy”), waiting until the plane comes back to the base. Thats all.

“The list of tasks to be solved and is already doing this plane is huge. It is characterized by an enormous range of altitudes and speeds, impressive range and endurance, a huge range of weapons that can be used at any time and in any weather conditions. And all these possibilities controls only one person! ”

All photos by: Marina Lystseva (


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