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).

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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.

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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.

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Variants

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
  • Air-launched, anti-ship variant (under development)
  • Air-launched, land-attack variant (under development)
  • Air-launched, miniaturised variant (under development)
Submarine-launched
  • 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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 (http://fotografersha.livejournal.com/)

 

Novosibirsk aviation plant filled 2014 annual plan for Su-34

Ria Novosti wrote few days ago that Novosibirsk aviation plant (“НОВОСИБИРСКИЙ АВИАЦИОННЫЙ ЗАВОД им. В.П. ЧКАЛОВА”) has filled annual plan for 2014. about supplying Russian Air Force with Su-34 Fullbacks, on time and as was ordered by Ministry of Defense.

0_1d29f_de8d6e30_XLConstant modernization of Russian Air Force doing well in last few years and today, and situation is much better than before. Airbases are getting new planes or modernized, all the time, but there are still hard jobs to make Air Force more stronger, even they are now well prepared for any alert actions. They still needs more new planes such as multirole jets Su-35 and Su-34, to be absolutely sophisticated, to make them total air superior air force.

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Plant already sent 16 machines to Air Force, and until end of year will send two more – said president of the region.

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Novosibirsk aviation plant is one of the largest aircraft manufacturer companies in Russia. Since the early nineties to the present, the company produces multi-purpose fighter Su-34 Fullback.

As a part of the Holding company Sukhoi, in Novosibirsk aviation plant is working on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100), Russia’s new regional aircraft.

 

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source: Ria Novosti

 

Russian base in Belarus 2016.

Russia will establish airbase in Babruysk, eastern Belarus, in 2016. and transfer there Su-27 jets, said Commander of the Russian AF (Colonel General Bondarev) in October 2014.:

“The airbase of the Russian and Belarusian Air Force will be created in 2016. Su-27 fighter jets will be based there”

Sukhoi`s will be stationed at military airfield, which need recovery, so reconstruction is expected there.

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Previously, starting this year Russia, decided to transfer 24 jets Sukhoi Su-27SM3 to Belarus airbase Baranovichi, to provide inviolability of the airspace of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

Later this year, Russian defence minister, Sergey Shoigu said : “Next year we will deploy 12 combat aircraft Su-27 and two training aircraft Su-27 in addition to a fleet of four Mi-8 helicopters at the airfield in Babruysk. It is support aviation”. Russia will also send four sets of S-300 complexes to the Belarus Army.

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Later, due to the situation in Ukraine and the NATO activities, Minsk offered to receive Russian planes to its territory. As a result, 6 Russian fighter planes Su-27 and three military transport planes have flown to the airfield Babruysk.

 

 

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

Based on ITAR TASS news agency, Russia send jets as replenishing to Crimea. Ten fighters Su-27SM and four Su-30M2 landed on Belbek (Crimea) on Wednesday. These 14 jets will make total number of 24 jets at Belbek + six training combat jets. First training flights are planned for 1st December. The 62nd air regiment of fighter jets, which is incorporated in the 27th combined air squadron, is based at the Belbek air base.

 

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Hellenic Air Force buying Su-35 ?

Story about Greece is buying Su-35 is again in the air. Based on story from defencenet.gr, its again actual. For years, this is rolling story.

Rosoboronexport (Russian export/import weapons agency) sees Greece as a potential new owner of this 4++ generation bird. Story is about Russia will sell 40 jets to HAF.

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Turkey will receive F-35 in next years, so, HAF need to refresh their fleet. Price is very cheaper than western fighters, but nothing will change in avionics and armament than original Su-35.

Not sure how this will go, because whole Hellenic AF is absolutely sided to western technology and armament, and also one very important point is, Greece is NATO country. How will react Nato officials on this…not sure.

Hellenic army already bought equipment from Russia in past, Navy hovercrafts ZUBR class LCAC, but it wasnt strategic important like buying Su-35 jets. Hellenic army already meet Russian SAM systems S-300, TOR, GOA, but some of these systems were adopted from Cyprus after conflict on Island with Turks. On the other side, is there a Russian wish to sell 4++ jets to one Nato country so western technology can see whats inside in modern Su-35 jets? Those are not small questions…Russians are very positive about this, but nothing official from Greek side about this. Is this just story or true, we need to wait and see.

(source: defencenet.gr)

 

India`s back in the air their Su-30 MKI fleet

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Su-30 MKI of IAF will fly again soon, after crash of Su-30MKI near Pune on 14.October.
Investigation showed that accident near Pune appeared to be automatic firing of the seats.
17India Air Force chief said that jets will be back within next weeks. This was longest period of suspending Su-30 MKI jets, since 2009. 
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A team of 10 experts from Russia is currently in Pune, the Su-30 MKI base, probing the crash that took place on October 14 with both the pilot seats ejecting without any command during landing.
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The pilots were safe but the aircraft crashed about 20km short of the runway.
This was the fifth accident involving a Su-30 MKI since 2009. and the fleet has at least been grounded twice earlier.

 

Russia possible supply China Su-35

“During the talks, we informed the Chinese side that we can supply a standard version of the Su-35 jet fighters, which has been completed and tested, and received Russian Air Force’s certificate,” said Russian official at the Zhuhai Air Show.

“Only flight tests of all types of missiles used by the Su-35 jet fighter require 1,000 flying hours. We can’t do this,” he said.

“The other thing is that the jet fighters are supplied to the Chinese party, the Sukhoi company will be ready to conduct the additional design and experimental work, complete software and introduce writing in aircraft equipment in Chinese,” the official said.

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But on the other side, “Jane`s“ wrote that Russia and China still at odds over Su-35 sale. Final contract agreement has been hampered by the two sides’ refusal to compromise on certain key negotiating positions.

China has been trying to acquire the aircraft – along with its Saturn 117S jet engine – for more than four years now.

One of the earliest points of contention in this process was Russian insistence on a minimum buy of 48 aircraft: a position that has since softened to a procurement of just 24 units. (source:Jane`s)

 

China is also interested to buy missiles from Russia for their jets. Problem was, or better to say, problem is still actual  – Ukraine conflict:

“Earlier, Ukraine supplied the R-27 air-to-air missiles. Enterprises of the Tactical Missiles Corporation manufactured 80% of components. Now we are fully meeting the needs of China,” Obnosov said. “For us supplies to Ukraine can be an additional source of revenue. That is why if the Ukrainian side makes a decision to continue exports to third countries with our components, probably, we will supply our components to them,” Obnosov said.

Su-27 China Air Force and missile R-27

Su-27 China Air Force and missile R-27

 

 

 

China Air Show 2014.

China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition 2014 (Airshow China 2014) took place from 11.November till 16.November 2014. This show is happening every even year, very successful, starting 1996., in city Zhuhai, southern coast of Guangdong province in China .

This is the only international aerospace trade show in China. China central government endorsed this happening .

China has signed more than 300 trade deals worth a record $23.4 billion during its air show in the southern port city of Zhuhai, organizers said today.

Pakistan officials said that many countries showed interest for their JF-17 jet.

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Pakistan JF-17 Thunder

 

China displayed their J-31 stealth jet fighter, besides some of its new advanced fighter jets.

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J-31 new stealth fighter

 

700+ companies from aviation an aerospace were there from 41 countries around the world. More than 410.000 people visited show for 6 days, organizer said.

More than 130 different types of aircrafts were displayed. One event was originally on show, stunt flying was performed by female fighter pilot China Air Force on J-10 fighter.

Famous Russian Knights acrobatic group, and Sukhoi Su-35BM had performance, fantastic as always.

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More than 130 various aircrafts were displayed at the air show in China and stunt flying was performed by female fighter pilots from the China Air Force with J-10 fighters.

The next China Air Show is scheduled from 1st November to 6th November 2016.

Photos: Marina Lystseva

 

 

 

Russia claims this satellite image shows moment flight MH17 was shot down by fighter jet

‘Experts’ claim the pictures prove the passenger plane was targeted by a Ukrainian warplane and not a surface-to-air missile operate by rebels as previously believed

 

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These sensational new pictures allegedly show Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being shot down by a fighter jet.

The photographs were broadcast tonight by Russian state media as evidence the passenger plane was shot down in July by a Ukrainian warplane and not a ground to air missile as previously believed.

It was claimed that the images were produced by a British or US satellite.

The “leaked” pictures show a missile streaking towards the MH17 flight which was downed, killing all 298 people on board, it was claimed.

TV presenter Mikhail Leontiev claimed the mysterious source who provided the images concluded they showed “how a Mig-29 fighter plane destroys the Boeing passenger plane”.

The West has repeatedly suggested the plane was shot down by pro-Moscow rebels using a Russian-made BUK missile system.

Russia has argued an unidentified plane was in vicinity at the time of the crash, and that Ukraine and the West have hushed up this fact.

The Kremlin-owned channel’s presenter said: “Today we have all grounds to suppose that a State crime was committed by those who deliberately destroyed the plane. And by those who are cynically hiding it, having the full information.”

The extraordinary broadcast came ahead of Western leaders including David Cameron confronting Vladimir Putin over the crash at a summit in Australia.

Channel One claimed: “We have at our disposal a sensational shot, supposedly made by foreign satellite spy during the final seconds of MH17 above Ukraine.”

The reported disputed a BUK missile as the cause of the tragedy.

“To cut it short, it looks like there was no BUK and no launch from the ground. There were dozens professional and thousands of amateur witnesses, and no-one registered it,” claimed Leontiev.

Ivan Adrievskiy,  vice president of Russian Engineers Union, said: “We see a photograph taken from space  from a low orbit. Usually such images are taken for the sake of general reconnaissance of the air and the ground.

“The coordinates of the photograph mean we can suppose that the image was taken by an American or British satellite.

“We have studied this picture in detail and did not find any sign proving it to be fake.”

An “expert” called George Bilt was cited as saying the Boeing was shot out of the sky in “a classic fighter jet attack from the rear”.

source: Mirror.co.uk

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