Ukraine Su-27 Flankers with U.S. Air National Guard F-16s

Two U.S. Air National Guard F-16 aircraft, left, fly in formation with two Ukraine SU-27 aircraft over Mirgorod Air Base, Ukraine, July 22, 2011, during Safe Skies 2011. Safe Skies is a joint U.S., Ukraine and Polish exercise during which Air National Guard pilots fly engagements with Ukrainian SU-27, Mig-29s and Polish F-16s in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics and 2012 EUROCup and 2014 Winter Games in Europe. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. James D. Berg, U.S. Army/Released)

SAFE SKIES 2011: A two-week multinational flying event

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.


Su-27UB taking off over F-16

An Ukrainian Su-27 UB takes off from Mirgorod Air Base Ukraine while two Alabama Air National Guard F-16Cs rest in the foreground. The Air National Guard is in Ukraine supporting SAFE SKIES 2011, a two-week multinational flying event preparing Ukraine and Poland to better protect their airspace during the 2012 EUROPCUP. (Photo by: Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

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