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    Post  nemrod on Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:04 pm

    The bad points are:
    - Russia foresees to build at least 200 PAK T-50
    - Russia foresees to give up the modernization of its wonderfull fleet of IL-76-the best, and the more reliable transport aircraft in the world-.
    - Not enough SU-35, and Mig-35. It would be optimal if Russia builld at least 400 SU-35, and 400 Mig-35, instead of the cumbersome, and the costly SU Pak T-50.


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    Russian Air Force capabilities and procurement plans

    And here is the last installment of my three Oxford Analytica briefs on Russian military procurement plans. This one was originally published on October 20, 2014. As with the others (on the Navy and Ground Forces), I have not updated the content, though I have restored some material that was cut from the published version due to space constraints.

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    As part of the State Armament Programme (SAP-2020), the Russian Air Force is set to receive a large number of new aircraft and to modernise at least half of those aircraft that are not being replaced. The service is strongest in combat aircraft, while transport and refuelling aircraft remain a weak point. Russia was relatively late in starting to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), though some progress is now being made in this area. Increases in transport capabilities will increase the mobility of the Russian military, though they will continue to lag well behind those of NATO competitors and will only be sufficient to make part of the Russian military a mobile force capable of rapid response.

    Impacts

    The next generation of Russian combat aircraft will be broadly comparable to fifth-generation US fighter planes
    Russian long-range bombers will continue their recently increased deployment patterns, patrolling near the borders of NATO states
    Greater in-air refuelling capabilities will extend bomber ranges but will be insufficient fully to meet all Russian tactical aviation needs
    Violations of NATO and other Western airspaces to test response times and radar/intelligence capabilities of host countries will increase

    ANALYSIS: Despite the decay of the 1990s and early 2000s, the Russian Air Force remains the second largest in the world. It has approximately 2,500 aircraft in service, 75-80% of which are operational. Since the 2009 reform, the Air Force has been divided among over 60 bases, each of which reports to one of four operational strategic commands. The Russian Army and Navy are undergoing similar rearmament/reform programmes.

    Fighters

    Throughout the post-Soviet period, Russia’s air combat forces have consisted primarily of six types of aircraft:

    The venerable Su-24 strike aircraft was introduced into the Soviet Air Force in 1974. It is gradually being replaced by the Su-34, though approximately 100 remain in service.
    The Su-25 close air support aircraft was introduced in 1981; about 150 are in service.
    The fourth-generation Su-27 fighter was introduced in 1984; about 350 are in service.
    A modernised version of the Su-27, the Su-30 was introduced in 1992; about 45 are in service.
    The fourth-generation MiG-29 fighter was introduced in 1983; about 250 are in service.
    The MiG-31 interceptor was introduced in 1982; about 130 are in service and operational.

    New aircraft have been received as well, primarily 35 Su-35 ‘fourth-plus-plus-generation’ fighters and 46 Su-34 strike aircraft. These planes will remain the primary combat aircraft in the Russian Air Force for the next decade.

    Bombers

    The current inventory of long-range bombers consists of three types:

    The 16 Tu-160 strategic bombers are supersonic long-range bombers designed in the 1980s that have been in limited service since the 1990s. They have a maximum speed of Mach 2 and a range of over 12,000 kilometres (km). They can be armed with either conventional cruise missiles or nuclear missiles.
    The 32 operational Tu-95MS strategic bombers are turboprop planes that have been in service since the 1950s, though the version currently in service was built in the 1980s. These have a maximum speed of 920 km/hour and a range of 15,000 km. They are armed with conventional cruise missiles.
    The 41 operational Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic bombers, built in 1970s and 1980s, have a maximum speed of 2,000 km/hour and a range of 6,800 km.

    Bombers’ resurrection

    Russia’s bombers were virtually inactive until 2007, when continuous patrols resumed. Since then, they have averaged 80-100 hours’ flying time per year. Overall, Russia’s existing long-range bombers can be expected to continue to operate for at least the next two decades.

    Currently, 4-6 Tu-95s and 2-3 Tu-160s are being modernized each year, primarily including improvements in targeting and navigational systems. Overall, Russia’s existing long range bombers can be expected to continue to operate for at least next two decades, so the air force certainly has time on its side in developing a new design for a next generation long range bomber.

    Military transports

    The transport aviation branch has been expanded in recent years. In addition to its traditional transport function, it now operates airborne warning and control system (AWACS) planes and is responsible for transporting airborne troops. The mainstay of the existing transport fleet is the Il-76, with approximately 100 operational. These still have 2-3 decades of life, so there is no need for wholesale replacement, especially with a planned modernization that will include new engines and improved electronics. Thirty-nine modernized Il76-MD aircraft are on order. Transport aviation also operates a variety of Ukrainian-built Antonov planes, largely left over from the Soviet days. Plans to replace them with more modern variants have been in flux over recent years and are likely to be canceled given the suspension of military cooperation between Russia and Ukraine.

    Transport aviation now operates 18 A-50 AWACS aircraft, including three that have been modernized. In the medium term, the military plans to produce a new generation A-100 AWACS plane based on the Il-76MD body.

    Refuelling shortage

    The big problem is a severe shortage of refuelling planes, with only 20-25 Il-78 tankers available. Most of these planes are committed to serving long-range aviation, which limits their ability to train with combat and transport aircraft. An additional 40 planes are on order, which will help somewhat to reduce this limitation.

    Procurement plans

    SAP-2020 contains an ambitious agenda for modernising Russia’s military aircraft, allocating over 4 trillion rubles (130 billion dollars) to re-outfitting the Air Force. The investment would result in the acquisition of more than 600 modern aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters, as well as more than 1,000 helicopters and a range of air defence systems.

    Over the last four years, Russia’s aircraft industry has been relatively successful in meeting the targets set by SAP-2020 for combat aircraft. In just the last two years, it has built 28 Su-35S and 34 Su-30 fighters, as well as 20 Su-34 strike aircraft. Future plans call for the production of an additional 13 Su-35S and 83 Su-34 aircraft over the next six years, as well as the start of serial production of the T-50 fifth-generation fighter.

    If all plans are carried out, by 2020 Russia will have 50 T-50, 90 Su-35 and over 60 Su-30 fighters, as well as 120 Su-34 strike aircraft. This will allow the Russian Air Force to retire all of its old Su-27 and Su-24 aircraft. Russian analysts believe that 50-55 MiG-35 fighter jets may also be ordered, starting the replacement of aging MiG-29s.

    Sukhoi’s T-50 fifth-generation fighter

    Russian strike aircraft are of fairly high quality, with the main problems revolving around the age of the air frames rather than their capabilities. Although it is a formidable aircraft, some questions have been raised about the feasibility of the development time-lines for the T-50 and how genuine are the capabilities of its fifth-generation technology. Nevertheless, the Russian military will have a fifth-generation strike fighter in serial production sometime in the next decade.

    Ending cooperation with Ukraine

    More significant is the revitalisation of less glamorous parts of the aviation industry, especially transport and refuelling aircraft. The construction of new production lines for these types of aircraft will go a long way towards the government’s stated goals of making the Russian military more mobile and extending the range of its attack aircraft through aerial refuelling.

    However, gaps in both transport and refuelling capacity will remain a problem well into the next decade, due in part to the end of military cooperation with Ukraine.

    UAV development

    The military is also likely to benefit from relatively rapid growth in UAV capabilities as new designs reach the production stage. However, Russia’s UAV capabilities are likely to remain well behind those of its Western competitors for the rest of the decade.

    CONCLUSION: Future development will focus on a new long-range bomber, which may be capable of hypersonic speeds, with production expected to start around 2020. Serial production of the T-50 fighter jet will continue to expand, with expectations that a total of 250 aircraft of this type will be produced over the next 15 years. Finally, Russian aircraft designers are currently developing a strike UAV that they hope will be ready to enter production by 2020.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  GarryB on Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:25 am

    What a pathetic article.

    Violations of NATO and other Western airspaces to test response times and radar/intelligence capabilities of host countries will increase

    It is hilarious that the Ukraine is none of Russias business, but NATO airspace stretches well beyond their legal airspace boundaries and into international air space... go fuck yourself NATO.


    Russia does not need more inflight refuelling aircraft because it only has enough for its strategic bomber force and not enough for its tactical fighters.... the MiG-31 and Su-27 have excellent range even without external fuel tanks let alone inflight refuelling... and you can pretty much guarantee if they need inflight refuelling aircraft for their strategic bomber force their tactical fighters wont be doing all that much anyway.

    Russia wont be invading Iraq or Iran for that matter so having lots of inflight refuelling aircraft on hand is not that critical.

    Besides we are talking about the planning period up to 2020... who knows what will be in the next budget period...

    plans to replace or upgrade existing Antonov aircraft with new aircraft joint developed with Antonov are dead, which means the Il-76 and its upgrades will continue to be upgraded and produced new because the An-70 is now dead. Brand new all Russian aircraft will be built to fill the gaps of all the Antonovs... namely the Rysachok will replace the An-2, the Il-112 and Il-114 or upgrade of Il-112V will replace the An-24 and An-26 and An-32, while the MTA with India will replace the An-12 and of course the Il-476 will be used instead of the An-70. They are working on a family of new aircraft with two, four, and six engines to replace the An-22 in the 80 ton payload class, the An-124 in the 120-150 ton payload class and the An-225 in the 250 ton payload class.

    This suggests that by 2025 there should be no need for Antonovs in Russian military service and those that remain will be used up and retired as soon as practical.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  medo on Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:23 pm

    Paradigm of RuAF is also changing. At the end of the year RuAF will have more than 100 Su-30SM and Su-35 fighters, which have IFR. Count here also new Su-34, MiG-29SMT and MiG-29K, which also have IFR and you could see, that the number of tactical combat planes with IFR in RuAF is growing as IFR is now a standard equipment in new planes. They have no more thousands of MiGs to cover any corner without IFR, so the smaller number of fighters will have to cover larger areas of Russian air space, specially in Arctic region and in Russian Siberia and Far East. They will have to increase the number of tankers and around 100 tankers will be optimal for RuAF. Getting better power projecting capabilities is just a bonus here.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:29 am

    That is a misnomer... the vast majority of MiGs are based in the area they are supposed to operate and 90% of Flanker missions they don't even fly with full internal fuel let along external fuel... the aircraft are not short ranged and don't actually require inflight refuelling during normal operations.

    If you want to redeploy a group of aircraft from one side of the country to the other then it might be useful but rather unlikely as both sides of the country already have aircraft based there in numbers anyway.

    It is merely a case that the US has lots of inflight refuelling air craft so where are Russias...

    the simply fact is that Russia will generally fight from home and does not need them.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  medo on Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:17 pm

    it's not only about distance and size of area to cover, but also about time the plane is flying in and near combat zone. With air refueling the plane doesn't need to return to base and take fuel if it still have armament, but could refuel in the air and return to combat zone. Planes on the airfield are vulnerable. Larger number of planes could give more waves of fighters to protect airfields in time of rearmament and refueling, but with smaller numbers you have less waves available, so you need fighters for a longer time in the air. Anyway, planes with IFR capabilities and larger number of tankers give also good offensive capabilities outside the Russian air space. This doesn't mean, that Russia will attack someone, but that they could defend their airspace far outside from their own airspace in case of conflict or war.

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  GarryB on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:42 am

    Tankers would require further assets... ie fighters to protect them... it makes rather more sense to return the aircraft to the air base to refuel an rearm and swap out the pilot for a rest and debrief, than to keep them up for more than 6 hours at a time.

    Tankers would be incredibly vulnerable and not a great use of resources.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  henriksoder on Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:00 am

    GarryB wrote:What a pathetic article.

    Violations of NATO and other Western airspaces to test response times and radar/intelligence capabilities of host countries will increase

    It is hilarious that the Ukraine is none of Russias business, but NATO airspace stretches well beyond their legal airspace boundaries and into international air space... go fuck yourself NATO.

    Russia wont be invading Iraq or Iran for that matter so having lots of inflight refuelling aircraft on hand is not that critical.

    Besides we are talking about the planning period up to 2020... who knows what will be in the next budget period...

    Russian airspace should be strongly covered by modern technology aircrafts with the expanding military budget and Russia must also take in account all their present force they can get to strongly support the army on the ground and defend Russian airspace strongly enough, in the sense that Russia must be able to defend their values home and at the same time participate in peacekeeping actions if the situation is need it.

    Russia must take a leading step in getting effective and needed high-technology aircraft which effectivly can do it's orders in keep Russian airspace clean from alien aircrafts. Russia must also get effective and high-tehcnology aircraft's which is able to bomb exactly and precise. But Russia must also get basic aircrafts which should be able to defend Russians sky. Cool

    Russian pilots must be trained with abilities which should promote a safe airspace and where the pilots abilities is adapted to the military situation in Russia and adapted to Russian Air Force missions, challenges och requirements to uphold Russian security and Russian values. The air force military bases should be placed to defend Russian Air Space strongly and also to relation to alien powers air force to violate Russian airspace. The helicopters and aircrafts must be strongly coordinated to create a strong airspace, and at the same time defend Russian values on the ground in a good coordination and military action.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  medo on Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:57 pm

    Russia for sure have very strong IADS with very powerful ground based early warning and electronic warfare capabilities, which could as well support air force operations inside Russian air space and in the near zone. But this doesn't mean, that RuAF doesn't need their own flying command posts, ELINT and EW planes, AWACS planes, tankers to support their operations, etc. They are included in IADS as well, same as satellites in space, but they could also enable RuAF operations outside of IADS. It's not a waste of resources, they could be needed when they will support their allies or for other means.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:09 am

    I very much agree they need AWACS and JSTARS like aircraft.... both manned and perhaps unmanned and large and expensive (but capable) but also smaller and affordable for filling gaps or assisting in areas that might get swarmed.

    I think mini versions of JSTARS and AWACS would be ideal in the form of carrier based fixed wing aircraft as a gap filler and aircraft that can be sold to allies like Iran and China and India and Syria etc etc to improve their air defences.

    What I don't think they should do is try to mirror exactly the forces of the US because Russia has no world empire to intimidate with force and it certainly does not need world ranging drones to kill people the way the US does.

    Perhaps instead of building more Il-476 tanker aircraft they might develop fully autonomous tankers that just keep flying till they are empty and then take off and orbit for days where Russia aircraft can take on fuel as they need it...


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:16 am

    Sukhoi aircrafts planned deployment at the beginning of 2016

    Угловая [22 IAP, TSB] - 14 Su-35, Su-30M2 4, 15 Su-27SM
    Dzemgi Airport [23 IAP, TSB] - 24 Su-35, Su-30M2 3, 16 Su-27SM
    Lipetsk [4th PPI] - 4 Su-35, Su-34 3. 5 Su-27SM
    Voronezh [47th SMAP, ZVO] - 24 Su-34
    Morozovsk [559 th obap, JUVO] - 36 Su-34
    Krymsk [3rd SMAP, JUVO] - 6 Su-30M2 and 14 Su-27SM (3)
    Besovets [159th GIAP, ZVO] - Su-30M2 5
    Khurba [277th BAP, TSB] - 8 Su-34
    Belbek [38 IAP, JUVO] - 2 Su-30M2 and 12 Su-27SM
    Ahtubinsk [929 th glycyl] - 6 Su-35, Su-34 3

    If this information is correct (and they look believable and indirectly confirmed by other sources), it is possible to draw conclusions about the plans to supply military aircraft production to Russian Air Force in 2015 in the specific parts:

    14x Su-35S (the last contract in 2009 for 48 cars)

    18x Su-34 bombers

    4x Su-30M2 (the last in contract in 2012 for 16 cars)

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1251939.html

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    Post  franco on Sat May 02, 2015 1:11 pm

    George1 wrote:Sukhoi aircrafts planned deployment at the beginning of 2016

    Угловая [22 IAP, TSB] - 14 Su-35, Su-30M2 4, 15 Su-27SM
    Dzemgi Airport [23 IAP, TSB] - 24 Su-35, Su-30M2 3, 16 Su-27SM
    Lipetsk [4th PPI] - 4 Su-35, Su-34 3. 5 Su-27SM
    Voronezh [47th SMAP, ZVO] - 24 Su-34
    Morozovsk [559 th obap, JUVO] - 36 Su-34
    Krymsk [3rd SMAP, JUVO] - 6 Su-30M2 and 14 Su-27SM (3)
    Besovets [159th GIAP, ZVO] - Su-30M2 5
    Khurba [277th BAP, TSB] - 8 Su-34
    Belbek [38 IAP, JUVO] - 2 Su-30M2 and 12 Su-27SM
    Ahtubinsk [929 th glycyl] - 6 Su-35, Su-34 3

    If this information is correct (and they look believable and indirectly confirmed by other sources), it is possible to draw conclusions about the plans to supply military aircraft production to Russian Air Force in 2015 in the specific parts:

    14x Su-35S (the last contract in 2009 for 48 cars)

    18x Su-34 bombers

    4x Su-30M2 (the last in contract in 2012 for 16 cars)

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1251939.html

    No mention of the Su-30SM in those totals either but a good find.

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    Post  franco on Sat May 02, 2015 1:17 pm

    Have not seen any information in regards to any planned modernization of the Mig-29. The only articles in that regard at all is that last year it was announced that all the Mig-29's in Armenia were now modernized and today that Sokol is getting ready to test fly the Mig's presently under retrofit there, 11 Mig.31 and 2 Mig.29UB.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat May 02, 2015 2:13 pm

    I believe the years of little or no maintainence has taken a toll on the MiG-29 aircraft the Russians have so instead of upgrades they will likely buy newbuild aircraft.

    They will buy batches of MiG-35 but also likely MiG-29M2 later on to fill out numbers.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Sat May 02, 2015 2:30 pm

    GarryB wrote:I believe the years of little or no maintainence has taken a toll on the MiG-29 aircraft the Russians have so instead of upgrades they will likely buy newbuild aircraft.

    They will buy batches of MiG-35 but also likely MiG-29M2 later on to fill out numbers.

    You would expect that the 14-16 Mig-29S's would be upgraded to SM or SMT level so perhaps they were and are the aircraft in Armenia??? That would explain the order last year for another 16 SMT's as their possible replacements in Kursk or Millerovo. Just nothing coming off the press in regards to these that I have seen.

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    Post  TR1 on Sat May 02, 2015 7:56 pm

    franco wrote:Have not seen any information in regards to any planned modernization of the Mig-29. The only articles in that regard at all is that last year it was announced that all the Mig-29's in Armenia were now modernized and today that Sokol is getting ready to test fly the Mig's presently under retrofit there, 11 Mig.31 and 2 Mig.29UB.

    The Armenian ones got an overhaul. Calling them modernized is a stretch to put it mildly.
    Nothing like the SMT in any case.

    Aside from the 16 SMTs to be delivered/finished from stock @ Sokol, the first-gen Fulcrum is on its way out.
    Though shockingly enough even 9-12s continue to fly, albeit in small numbers.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun May 03, 2015 1:01 am

    At least if they buy some MiG-29M2s they can later unify the fleet more easily as they will have MiG-35s and MiG-29M2s which are basically the same airframe and they will be new so upgrades of the 29Ms with equipment and systems from the 35s will make them 35s but stretch out the payments to make it cheaper to do.

    Ie right now the M2s are cheaper but later on when the technology in the 35s is not so new and expensive to make it can be added to the M2s to make them 35s more cheaply.

    Same goes for any aircraft exported which makes the M2s rather more attractive.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Sun May 17, 2015 4:06 pm

    PLANNED AIRCRAFT UPGRADES

    Su-27 - another 36 to go with the already 50 aircraft upgraded to SM2/SM3 standard. There may also be some upgrade to the Su-27P (interceptor). IN PROGRESS
    Mig-29 - unknown numbers modernized to unknown standard. Would expect some sort of upgrade to the Mig-29S model. IN PROGRESS
    Su-24M - 40 upgraded to M2 standard COMPLETED
    Su-25 - 60 upgraded to SM standard and 80 upgraded to SM2 and SM3 standards. There were also a few UB upgraded to UBM standard. IN PROGRESS
    Mig-31 - orders for 50 and 60 to be upgraded to BM standard. Defense officials say could total 130 upgrades. IN PROGRESS

    Tu-160 - 15-16 to be upgraded to 160M standard. IN PROGRESS
    Tu-95 - 35-43 to be upgraded to 95MSM standard. IN PROGRESS
    Tu-22M3 - 30 to be upgraded to 22M3M standard. IN PROGRESS

    Il-76MD - 41 to be upgraded to MDM standard. NOT KNOWN
    An-124 - 20 to be upgraded to 124-100 standard. IN PROGRESS
    Il-78 - 18 to be upgraded to 78M standard. IN PROGRESS
    A-50 - 12 to be upgraded to 50U standard. IN PROGRESS
    Il-20/22 - 20-24 to be upgraded to 20M (ELINT/ECM) and 22M (C3) standards. BELIEVE COMPLETED

    Su-33 - 18 to be upgraded to 33M standard. HAS NOT STARTED
    Tu-142MF/MZ - 15-24 to be upgraded to unknown standard. JUST STARTED
    Il-38 - 15-30 to be upgraded to 38N standard. IN PROGRESS

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    Post  Cyberspec on Mon May 18, 2015 1:36 am

    franco wrote:PLANNED AIRCRAFT UPGRADES

    Good post.

    What are these numbers based on ?

    Is it your own list based on previous announcements or a recent list?

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    Post  George1 on Mon May 18, 2015 1:39 am

    franco wrote:PLANNED AIRCRAFT UPGRADES


    Mig-29 - unknown numbers modernized to unknown standard. Would expect some sort of upgrade to the Mig-29S model. IN PROGRESS

    i dont think that there is any contract for this

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Mon May 18, 2015 2:25 am

    Cyberspec wrote:
    franco wrote:PLANNED AIRCRAFT UPGRADES

    Good post.

    What are these numbers based on ?

    Is it your own list based on previous announcements or a recent list?

    My own list based on previous announcements. The aircraft that have various numbers indicate the range of planned numbers that I have seen.


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Mon May 18, 2015 2:32 am

    George1 wrote:
    franco wrote:PLANNED AIRCRAFT UPGRADES


    Mig-29 - unknown numbers modernized to unknown standard. Would expect some sort of upgrade to the Mig-29S model. IN PROGRESS

    i dont think that there is any contract for this

    They announced last year that all the Mig-29's in Armenia had been modernized.
    There are two Mig-29UB's completing upgrades at Sokol right now.
    The Mig-29S's would need upgrading to at least SM status to allow ground attack with guided weapons.
    But I have not seen or found anything in regards to a contract or plans either.

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Mon May 18, 2015 6:01 pm

    George1 wrote:
    franco wrote:PLANNED AIRCRAFT UPGRADES


    Mig-29 - unknown numbers modernized to unknown standard. Would expect some sort of upgrade to the Mig-29S model. IN PROGRESS

    i dont think that there is any contract for this


    It looks like the 50-60 Mig-29 9-13 variant, which were the last produced before the SMT version, along with some of the latest UB's have or are being upgraded to either SM or SMT level. These are the aircraft from Millerovo and Armenia plus a few with training units and the Swifts.

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Tue May 19, 2015 12:23 am

    Confirmed New Aircraft Orders and Deliveries 2014

    T-50 PAK FA - 12 - 0 delivered
    Su-35 - 48 - 34 delivered
    Su-27SM3 - 12 - 12 delivered
    Su-30M2 - 4+16=20 - 16 delivered
    Su-30SM - 30+30=60 - 34 delivered
    Su-34 - 32+92=124 - 52 delivered
    Mig-29SMT - 34+16=50 - 34 delivered
    Yak-130 - 12+55+10+12=89 - 65 delivered

    Il96-400TZ - 2 - 0 delivered
    L-410UVP - 10 - 10 delivered
    Tu-154M - 3 - 3 delivered
    Il-62M - 1 - 1 delivered
    An-148-100E - 15 - 5 delivered
    An-140-100 - 10 - 6 delivered
    Il-76MD-90A - 39 - 1 delivered
    Tu-204R - 4 - 2 delivered

    Mig-29K - 24 - 14 delivered
    Su-30SM - 12 - 3 delivered
    Yak-130 - 5 - 2 delivered
    An-140-100 - 4 - 1 delivered
    Be-200 - 6 - 0 delivered

    Period covers the last 8-9 years.
    Includes only confirmed orders not plans or options.

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  mack8 on Tue May 19, 2015 12:53 am

    Good posts Franco, my vote too. Have you kept track of helicopter deliveries by any chance? Thanks.

    Just to chip in, regarding modernized Su-24Ms there is also the Gefest&T upgrade adding the SVP-24 system, they do fly already in several units, but it's not clear (to me at least) exactly how many, some blogs like bmpd mentioned as many as 50 upgraded as of last year.

    As for the MiG-29s, again it's unclear if the armenian ones and those at Millerovo did received only an overhaul or they were also upgraded, at least one article i read mentioned some sort of upgrade, but if so it's fairly limited, likely focused on the interception capability, so perhaps a N-019M radar, ability to use more modern missiles, GLONASS?


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  TheArmenian on Tue May 19, 2015 12:55 am

    Thanks for the numbers franco. My vote.

    Do you have the numbers for helicopter orders.


    Also can you explain the following:

    - The Il-62M order ?????
    - In the last paragraph, we see Yak-130 and Su-30 orders. Why are they not included in the previous orders mentioned before?

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