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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:25 pm

    Yes you are right. There are in process 2 big contracts to be signed in 2018, one for Yak-130 and one for Su-30SMs.

    "As for Yak-130 planes, ninety-two are already operating. We have plans to buy more. We will discuss a long-term contract. We plan to sign it this year," he said, adding that a big contract for Su-30SM planes will be signed under the state armaments program.

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:42 pm

    I believe Su-35 as well.
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  AMCXXL on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:40 am

    miketheterrible wrote:I believe Su-35 as well.
    not necessarily now
    In 2018 are necesary the Su-30SM and the Yak-130 as productions cannot stop.
    Also MiG-35 contract is necesary for start serial production soon.The Su-57 probably will start serial production of first batch in 2019.
    Su-34 will end contract in 2019 and Su-35 in 2020, so at the moment it is not in a hurry to sign new contracts, although the total number will be planned in SAP 2018-2027

    This year will be received 40 combat aircrafts:
    16 SU-34 ?
    10 Su-35
    14 SU-30SM

    Next years the numbers will increase slightly with the new MiG-35 and Su-57.
    Also Su-35S procurement will be increased after China received all the 24 Su-35, while Su-34 probably will be lower when Algeria receive their airplanes
    In 10 years of sustained production, about 450 or 500 new combat aircraft can be manufactured for Russian Ministry of Defence, without great efforts

    ALso:
    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3087140.html
    The contract for the first 12 serial Su-57 fighters of the installation batch will be concluded in 2018
    Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Yury Borisov during his visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Yu.A. Gagarin (KnAAZ) of Sukhoi Company, said that in 2018 a contract will be signed for the delivery of the installation lot of the fifth generation of Su-57 fighters created under the PAK FA program. "We will first contract the first squadron - 12 aircraft," - specified Borisov.
    According to Borisov, the first two planes from this party can enter the troops already in 2019. He added that earlier in the framework of development work on the PAK FA, 12 machines were manufactured, 10 of which are actively involved in flight tests.
    "We are taking the Su-57 already for the experimental-combat operation, and the state tests of the first stage are over," Borisov said.
    Answering the question about the work on the new engine for the PAK FA, the defense secretary said: "It's hard to judge, because we had just one flight." It's all OK, but you understand, it's a test complex, you have to fly a long time.As a rule, such tests last two or three years. "
    Also, when visiting KnAAZ, Yuri Borisov said that in 2018 the plant will produce 10 new Su-35 fighters for the Russian Defense Ministry and will modernize six Su-27 aircraft to the level of the CM-3.
    The aircraft of the installation lot, according to known information, must be made in the technical face of the experienced fighters T-50-9 / T-50-11 and equipped with engines of the type "117". Presumably, after the production of this installation lot, within the framework of the adopted State Arms Program for 2018-2027, a new contract for the production of 12-15 Su-57 aircraft of the installation batch in the form of the "second stage" should be followed, with the "engine 30" fitted with a prospective engine. Actual full-scale production of Su-57 fighters for equipping the linear parts of the Russian military spacecraft will apparently be carried out in the shape of the "second stage" after 2027.


    So it seems large scale production , will be after the production of Su-35, as logical
    No sense to produce all airplanes at same time.

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  George1 on Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:24 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:I believe Su-35 as well.

    10 x Sukhoi-35S and 6 x upgraded Su-27SM3 to be transferred to the Russian MoD from Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant (KnAAZ) in 2018:

    https://t.co/0XxCmXKzkE
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  eehnie on Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:24 am

    AMCXXL wrote:
    Kimppis wrote:Well, I think his numbers for 2027 are generally accurate, especially when it comes to tactical aircraft. I and AMCXXL have come to very similar conclusions on this very forum.

    Are you saying that they are only going to order Su-57s after 2018/20? That Russia is going to stop buying additional Su-35s and Su-34s, in particular? Why? How?  

    All the remaining planes are going to be replaced by Su-57s? That they're going to somehow order more than a squadron worth of Su-57s annually?

    1. keep in mind that Russia didn't order more than a hundred Su-35s between 2010 and 2020, so how many Su-57 could they possibly have in 2030? and 2. that Su-57 is Russia's F-22, not F-35, there were never any plans to procure more than 200-250 of them for the RuAF.  


    Russia will continue buying Su-34 , Su-35 and Su-30SM in the same rates that now (aproximately)
    Russia will buy every year at least one squadron of Su-35 and Su-34 until Su-27 and SU-24 are totally replaced.
    In the case of Su-30SM about 20 airplanes/year for VVS and Navy
    For 2020 the most of soviet not-modernized combat airplanes shuold be replaced (Su-27, Mig-29,Su-24) or modernized (MiG-31 , Su-25)
    Only a few MiG-29 (mainly two seaters of instruction units) and the Su-24MR will continue in service after 2020 , waiting for replacement of MiG-35 and Su-34M

    The Su-57 Project is still green. For 2020 only 12 airplanes and after that low rates of purchases, not more of 8-10 per year for at least ane dozen of years
    In adition Rusia cannot buy all the airplanes they need in 10 years. The VVS rearming is a long-term planning of at least 20 years
    Su-57 is not a priority rigth now, but it is a neccesary step for 6º generation. I dont think that finally Russia will purchase more of 4 or 5 regiments
    You ony have to think that USA has 160 really full-equiped F-22


    I think this is a preview that leads to a total production of Fighters (FAS and FMR) significantly higher than what can be expected as average production for the following years and in the long term.

    In order to create not expectations about a level of produciton that would not be near the reality, somethings about projections for the long term must be explained. You can read about it here:

    http://www.russiadefence.net/t7032p50-state-armament-program-2018-2027#216051
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  AMCXXL on Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:53 pm

    http://mosaica.ru/ru/federal/news/2018/01/25/v-2018-godu-rossiiskaya-armiya-poluchit-na-vooruzhenie-18-su-34
    In 2018, the Russian army will receive 18 Su-34
    Deliveries will be made by the Novosibirsk plant.
    Until the end of 2018, the Russian army will receive 18 Su-34 fighter-bombers.
    This was stated by Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov: "We have a long contract with the Novosibirsk plant - the manufacturer, and the number of the last one is the same. It should have been 16, it will be 18, "RNS agency quotes him. Earlier it was reported that the Russian army would receive the Drel airbomb, as well as hypersonic missiles in the framework of the new weapons program


    Then , the number of combat airplanes to produce in 2018 by Russian Aerospace Industry:

    18 Su-34 (Enough for complete the Chelyabisnk regiment)
    14 Su-30SM  (Also other 4 for Belarus, 4 ? for Kazhalstan , and perhaps 2 Su-30SME for Burma/Myanmar, totalling 24 ? produced by IAPO)
    10 Su-35S (Also 10 SU-35 for China that ends the contract of 24 with that country, totalling 20 produced by KnAAPO)

    The total number of 42 is according with the numbers last year.
    About MiG-35 it is still not clear of in 2018 will start the procurement to the tropos, as the announced contract is still not signed


    About modernizations, were announced:
    6 Su-27SM(3) that will complete the Krymsk regiment
    13 MiG-31BM that probably will end the modernization BM
    For the moment it s not clear if will be more Su-25SM(3) , despite was announced more Su-25SM(3) for the east regiments

    Also, still are pending to send to the homebase 16 Su-25SM(3) produced last two years and flying in Kubinka since november.
    Also about half a dozen of MiG-31BM are pending to fly to Perm regiment, of the production of 23 in announced in 2017
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    Russian military will buy more than 35 Su-30SM fighters for 70 billion rubles

    Post  AMCXXL on Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:17 pm

    https://www.vedomosti.ru/politics/articles/2018/08/16/778384-do-kontsa-goda-ne-menee-istrebitelei
    Until the end of the year, the Ministry of Defense will purchase at least 36 Su-30SM fighters
    This will be one of the largest contracts of the Ministry of Defense in 2018
    At the end of 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry may purchase, in the framework of a three-year contract, at least 36 Su-30SM multifunctional fighters for the Aerospace and Aviation of the Navy produced by the Irkutsk Aircraft Plant (IAZ, which is a part of the Irkut-based United Aircraft Corporation "), An interlocutor in the aircraft industry told Vedomosti and was confirmed by a man close to the Defense Ministry. According to him, the contract value will be about 70 billion rubles. On Tuesday, in an interview with Vedomosti, UAC President Yury Slyusar said that the contract for fighter of this type planned for signing in 2018 "will ensure the loading of the IAZ in the coming years at the level of 12-14 cars per year". In addition, according to Slyusar, the Su-30 is good.
    In total, since 2012, the Ministry of Defense has contracted 116 Su-30SM fighters based on the Su-30MKI fighter developed for India. 88 vehicles were ordered for VKS and 28 for naval aviation of the Navy, and their deliveries under existing contracts would be completed in 2018. In addition to India, such vehicles were also exported to Malaysia, Algeria, Kazakhstan, and in the future, these aircraft can be delivered to Myanmar and Belarus.


    Another contract for 36 Su-30 for 3 years, for continue in a similar delivery rate than this year
    The total number will reach 152 Su-30SM in 2021

    However is not specicied how many are for VKS or the Navy
    While the VKS is near to complete the third regiment of Su-30SM and only Will need small ammount for year, Navy still need several squadrons for replace Su-24´s
    Other posibilite could be a fourt regiment for VKS and the navy will wait after 2020 for get higher numbers
    Antway the Su-30SM purchases will continue for more years


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  miketheterrible on Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:22 pm

    seems your post is jumping here there and everywhere.

    Anyway, what is your prediction now regarding the airforce fleet/numbers? This recent order is rather very small compared to last one.
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:32 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:seems your post is jumping here there and everywhere.

    Anyway, what is your prediction now regarding the airforce fleet/numbers?  This recent order is rather very small compared to last one.

    i transferred it here.
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  AMCXXL on Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:43 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:seems your post is jumping here there and everywhere.

    Anyway, what is your prediction now regarding the airforce fleet/numbers?  This recent order is rather very small compared to last one.

    Well this is not one prder, is only the summer news of one order to sign before the year end
    Previous news sugested a larger contract, including 50 only for the Navy

    If the contract is only for 36 in tree years, we need to see how many are for the VKS and for the Navy
    With the existing regiments, no nore Su-30SM are needed for the VKS except two Su-30SM for each Su-35 squadron delivered.
    Also is necesary to complete the Millerovo regiment (4) and one for rellace the plane lost in Syria, and pehaps one couple more for Lípetsk that only have 4.
    Next year cuold be 4 for Navy (completing squadron of Chernyakhovsk) and 10 for VKS, and the next years one squadron for Navy (12) and only 2 for VKS

    Other posibility os open a new regiment of Su-30 for VKS (I cannot imegina where, perhaps 14º Army-Central District , or other place in the West MD or South MD). but there are no news about that for the moment

    Anyway is very probably will be needed other contracts for replace all Navy Su-30SM´s , and the production could end 2023 or 2024


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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  miketheterrible on Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:45 pm

    By 2025, how do you see complete composition of Russias airforce in terms of fighters/interceptors/non strategic bombers?
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  LMFS on Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:05 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:By 2025, how do you see complete composition of Russias airforce in terms of fighters/interceptors/non strategic bombers?
    Good question, I am also interested on that

    Found the following related to GPV 2027, maybe the knowledgeable guys here can comment on it:

    https://russiamil.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/russian-air-force-procurement-plans-2/

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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  AMCXXL on Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:33 pm

    LMFS wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:By 2025, how do you see complete composition of Russias airforce in terms of fighters/interceptors/non strategic bombers?
    Good question, I am also interested on that

    Found the following related to GPV 2027, maybe the knowledgeable guys here can comment on it:

    https://russiamil.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/russian-air-force-procurement-plans-2/
    Much of this procurement reflects the need to replace aging Soviet aircraft with new airframes with modern electronics and weapon systems. Nevertheless, many Soviet-era airframes remain in service. These include approximately 100 Su-27 and Su-27SM and approximately 150-170 MiG-29S fighter aircraft, approximately 150 MiG-31 interceptors, and over 200 each of the Su-24 bomber and Su-25 strike aircraft.

    This is not realistic because forgets the new aircraft replaces older ones
    Putin himself said clearly about the Air Force: "first replace, then slight increase"

    My point of view is to continue receiving about one squadron per year of each Su-35 , Su-30 and Su-34 , replacing all soviet made Su-27/24 and the most of MiG-29´s
    MiG-31BM near to end the modernization, perhaps also two or tree squadrons more of MiG-31K
    In the next years, also complete the modernization all fleet of Su-25´s


    Then by 2025 Will have 12 squadrons of Su-35 and 2 of Su-27SM3,
    The Su-27SM will be removed between 2021 and 2025, since they were modernized between 2004 and 2009 and were manufactured between 1988 and 1990
    After that ,Su-27SM3 will be replaced in next years by more Su-35, at the end, modernized Su-27SM3 are of 1991-92 and the dozen Su-27SM3 "Chinese stock" would be relocated or discarded as the "Algerian" Su-29SMT´s

    So in 2025 will have about 165 Su-25 and 24 Su-27SM3, and after 2027 about 190 Su-35 in total.

    The numbers of Su-30SM will reach 200 , near 120 in VKS and at least 80 in the Navy.
    Also 20 Su-20M2 , probably will end in training units

    And the arround remaining 70 soviet made MiG-29s (half of them UB´s) , could be replaced by MiG-35 in the better case.
    Still is not clear the destination of the MiG-29SMT from Kursk

    Also 130 MiG-31BM and 24-36 MiG-31K

    By 2025 all fleet of Su-24 will have been retired, and will have about 200 Su-34
    And also about 180-200 Su-25´s
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  Hole on Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:12 pm

    The plant producing the Su-30SM will switch to civil production (MS-21), but the plant producing the Su-30M2 (KnAAPO) is also producing the Su-35, so something like an Su-35UB (an Su-30 with the electronics of the Su-35) could be built after the Su-30SM production is finished.
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  AMCXXL on Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:19 pm

    Hole wrote:The plant producing the Su-30SM will switch to civil production (MS-21), but the plant producing the Su-30M2 (KnAAPO) is also producing the Su-35, so something like an Su-35UB (an Su-30 with the electronics of the Su-35) could be built after the Su-30SM production is finished.

    KnAAPO ends the production of Su-30M2/MK2 at the end of 2015 and the last two Su-30M2 was delivered in february 2016
    KnAAPO will produce only Su-35 and small ammount of Su-57, since also produce civil aircrafts
    "Su-35UB" is not neceaary since Su-30Sm is also a flanker and is good enoung as two seater for any Flanker
    IAPO will produce as many Su-30SM as necesary, however in Russia the aircrafts designed by design bureaus can be manofactured in any factory that is necessary
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  franco on Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:38 pm

    AMCXXL wrote:
    Hole wrote:The plant producing the Su-30SM will switch to civil production (MS-21), but the plant producing the Su-30M2 (KnAAPO) is also producing the Su-35, so something like an Su-35UB (an Su-30 with the electronics of the Su-35) could be built after the Su-30SM production is finished.

    KnAAPO ends the production of Su-30M2/MK2 at the end of 2015 and the last two Su-30M2 was delivered in february 2016
    KnAAPO will produce only Su-35 and small ammount of Su-57, since also produce civil aircrafts
    "Su-35UB" is not neceaary since Su-30Sm is also a flanker and is good enoung as two seater for any Flanker
    IAPO will produce as many Su-30SM as necesary, however in Russia the aircrafts designed by design bureaus can be manofactured in any factory that is necessary

    Read an article in the past week in which the IAPO Director said;
    1. would be signing a new contract for additional Su-30SM to the Russian Air Force shortly
    2. there was also considerable foreign interest in the aircraft and they would continue producing at 12+ per year
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  LMFS on Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:12 pm

    Thanks! thumbsup
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  AMCXXL on Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:20 am

    franco wrote:
    AMCXXL wrote:
    Hole wrote:The plant producing the Su-30SM will switch to civil production (MS-21), but the plant producing the Su-30M2 (KnAAPO) is also producing the Su-35, so something like an Su-35UB (an Su-30 with the electronics of the Su-35) could be built after the Su-30SM production is finished.

    KnAAPO ends the production of Su-30M2/MK2 at the end of 2015 and the last two Su-30M2 was delivered in february 2016
    KnAAPO will produce only Su-35 and small ammount of Su-57, since also produce civil aircrafts
    "Su-35UB" is not neceaary since Su-30Sm is also a flanker and is good enoung as two seater for any Flanker
    IAPO will produce as many Su-30SM as necesary, however in Russia the aircrafts designed by design bureaus can be manofactured in any factory that is necessary

    Read an article in the past week in which the IAPO Director said;
    1. would be signing a new contract for additional Su-30SM to the Russian Air Force shortly
    2. there was also considerable foreign interest in the aircraft and they would continue producing at 12+ per year

    Well,it is evident the Su-30SM current contract will end soon , so other contract is needed before the year end
    The cuestión is if 36 are only for the VKS or the total VKS+Navy
    36 seems too much only for the Air Force if there are not a new regiment or pherhaps a squadron in Erebuni could also get Su-30SM
    And 36 is very few for the Navy that probably dont will receive complete squadrons until 2020 or 2021

    I think they will sign several contracts of arround 36 each 3 years for keep the delivery rate
    116+36= 152
    In 2021 other 36 and in 2023 or 2024 for other 36 can reach a number of about 224 (about 120 VKS and 104 Navy in 4 regiments+4 in Kaliningrad+4 Yeisk training center)
    The production will depend of foreing sales as IAPO need to keep total production arround 20-25 units per year, about the half for foreign countries as Kazhakstan Belarus, Myanmar, etc...
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:40 am

    AMCXXL wrote:
    LMFS wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:By 2025, how do you see complete composition of Russias airforce in terms of fighters/interceptors/non strategic bombers?
    Good question, I am also interested on that

    Found the following related to GPV 2027, maybe the knowledgeable guys here can comment on it:

    https://russiamil.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/russian-air-force-procurement-plans-2/
    Much of this procurement reflects the need to replace aging Soviet aircraft with new airframes with modern electronics and weapon systems. Nevertheless, many Soviet-era airframes remain in service. These include approximately 100 Su-27 and Su-27SM and approximately 150-170 MiG-29S fighter aircraft, approximately 150 MiG-31 interceptors, and over 200 each of the Su-24 bomber and Su-25 strike aircraft.

    This is not realistic because forgets the new aircraft replaces older ones
    Putin himself said clearly about the Air Force: "first replace, then slight increase"

    My point of view is to continue receiving about one squadron per year of each Su-35 , Su-30 and Su-34 , replacing all soviet made Su-27/24 and the most of MiG-29´s
    MiG-31BM near to end the modernization, perhaps also two or tree squadrons more of MiG-31K
    In the next years, also complete the modernization all fleet of Su-25´s


    Then by 2025 Will have 12 squadrons of Su-35 and 2 of Su-27SM3,
    The Su-27SM will be removed between 2021 and 2025, since they were modernized between 2004 and 2009 and were manufactured between 1988 and 1990
    After that ,Su-27SM3 will be replaced in next years by more Su-35, at the end, modernized Su-27SM3 are of 1991-92 and the dozen Su-27SM3 "Chinese stock" would be relocated or discarded as the "Algerian" Su-29SMT´s

    So in 2025 will have about 165 Su-25 and 24 Su-27SM3, and after 2027 about 190 Su-35 in total.

    The numbers of Su-30SM will reach 200 , near 120 in VKS and at least 80 in the Navy.
    Also 20 Su-20M2 , probably will end in training units

    And the arround remaining 70 soviet made MiG-29s (half of them UB´s) , could be replaced by MiG-35 in the better case.
    Still is not clear the destination of the MiG-29SMT from Kursk

    Also 130 MiG-31BM and 24-36 MiG-31K

    By 2025 all fleet of Su-24 will have been retired, and will have about 200 Su-34
    And also about 180-200 Su-25´s

    Strange since Russia stated that they need 700 fighters, that isn't including Su-34's because those aren't necessarily fighters. What you listed is less than 500 fighters.

    Seems they will have a major stunted airforce till then?
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    Post  AMCXXL on Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:32 am

    miketheterrible wrote:

    Strange since Russia stated that they need 700 fighters, that isn't including Su-34's because those aren't necessarily fighters.  What you listed is less than 500 fighters.

    Seems they will have a major stunted airforce till then?

    700 are speculations in internet, but will be more because the account must include VKS and Navy, since some figthers have been already transfered or will be transfered from VKS to Navy

    190 Su-35/27SM3 (14 combat squadrons)
    20 Su-33 (probably replaced for other Su-35 regment before 2030, at the end with MiG 29K is enough for the Kuznestov, waiting for new CV´s and new carrier based aircrafts like MiG-35K ???)
    220 Su-30SM (at least 14 combat squadrons)
    20 Su-30M2
    155-165 MiG-31BM/K (10 sq. BM and 2-3 K)
    23 MiG-29K (probably could buy several more for complete at least 24 single seats)
    50 MiG 29SMT (if keep the "Algerian" SMT´s)
    other 70-75 MiG-35 if are replaced all remaining soviet 29´s
    and about 20-25 Su-57 in 2025

    This is a total of 770-790
    About 580 in the VKS and about 200 in the Navy.
    Today there are about 640 (540 in the VKS and about 100 in the Navy), and this is much better than 4 or 5 years ago

    VKS will have more than 600 or near 650 when raise new regiments of Su-57 (as much 3, one in each army 11,6,4)

    The largest increase is in the Navy since that in 2013 only have less than 40 fighters  in their ranks (22 Su-33 of 279 KIAP , 12 MiG-31 of Yelizovo and as much 4 or 5 in Su-27 operative in Kaliningrad)

    At the end Navy will have its own Army of VVS i PVO in each large fleet, the 45º AA in North and this year was announced other Air Army for the Pacific
    Also Baltic is retaking the old regiments and Crimea could form a similar Joint Command
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  Hole on Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:37 am

    You don´t get it. The Su-35UB would be a modernised Su-30. Externally the same plane, but with the systems of the Su-35. KnAAPO could build it because they build the Su-35 and know how to build double seaters.
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    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:00 pm

    So its combining Navy with AF that gives them large amount.

    And that is not including Su-34 and Su-24, which both have Short/Med Range AA capabilities.

    Still, for a nation like Russia with its massive territory/airspace, that is a small airforce, even if you account AD systems.
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  Hole on Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:33 pm

    But you have to count AD systems, because in the russian doctrin they are the number one means of air defence. But a few fighters more would be nice.

    In case of the Navy being responsible for the air defence of the coastal territories we are back to the 40´s/50´s. Now it makes some sence, because the AD systems are also part of the Navy. Question is, will the Navy receive more S-400 systems?
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  LMFS on Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:30 pm

    I thought the plans where to reactivate some more air bases and create more squadrons. If you look the situation today in the Central and East districts is like you have 30 planes for a territory of 1000 km diameter, with luck. More MiG-31s are needed IMHO, even considering AD and all the relocation possibilities. Central Asia, Artic and Far East are far from being safe in case of conflict.
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    Re: Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  miketheterrible on Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:09 am

    They are. They reactivated an airbase in Kuril Islands, that now just got Japan all riled up.

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