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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #2

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:17 am

    New field airfield on the Kuril Islands

    As the press service of the Eastern Military District reported on September 12, 2017, in one of the Kurile Islands the specialists of the airdrome units of the Air Force and Air Defense Unit of the Eastern Military District completed the equipment of a new field airfield.



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    Post  AMCXXL on Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:00 pm

    George1 wrote:New field airfield on the Kuril Islands

    As the press service of the Eastern Military District reported on September 12, 2017, in one of the Kurile Islands the specialists of the airdrome units of the Air Force and Air Defense Unit of the Eastern Military District completed the equipment of a new field airfield.



    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/2843133.html

    The original source used by BMPD is the website of the Ministry of Defense.  http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12125552@egNews
    As usual, the Russian Ministry of Defense does not make things much clearer and also, the photos that appear in the news of this web are of archive
    The image shown is not from the Kuril Islands aerodrome, but rather from the works of Astrahkan last year


    This other source more specific. This is a small aerodrome/helipad on the uninhabited island of Matua
    https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/78981
    Here the satellite image:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=48.083333,153.216667&spn=0.1,0.1&t=k&q=48.083333,153.216667

    On the Kuril Islands, Matua, the former Japanese airfield of the Second World War :
    On the island of Matua, the former Japanese airfield of the Second World War is being restored.
    The territory is cleared with the help of construction equipment, which the expedition of the Ministry of Defense brought specially for reconstruction from the mainland. There will be three helipads on the former parking lot of Japanese aircraft. The air harbor has already taken the first side.
    One of the goals of the expedition of the Ministry of Defense is to restore the infrastructure of a remote and long uninhabited island.
    Runways length of 1200 and 800 meters, the Japanese began to build in the 30 years of the last century. Then the planes landed on the compacts of soil from a mixture of crushed stone and bitumen, in the 40s they were poured with concrete and expanded to accept bombers torpedo bombers and fighters. Over time, the coating collapsed, overgrown with bushes. On the runway, thin concrete covered with cracks. There were four indoor hangar aircraft, special shelters from high earthen ramparts, which have survived to this day.
    The airfield could be all-weather, according to one version of the island's researchers, in winter the runway was heated by thermal springs. However, so far it has not received its confirmation. Scientists from the Russian Geographical Society of Geysers on the Volcano Peak Sarycheva not found. Now the territory of the airfield is cleared with the help of construction equipment, which the expedition brought specially for its reconstruction from the mainland.
    In the former parking lot of Japanese aircraft, three helipads are being equipped. According to Vitaly Kanevsky, the thickness of concrete is 12 centimeters, it is in a satisfactory condition, which allows to ensure the take-off and landing of helicopters such as Mi-8 and KA-27.



    Matua (en.wikipedia):

    After World War II the island came under the control of the Soviet Union, and Soviet Border Troops manned the former Japanese military facilities. With the withdrawal of Soviet military forces following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the island became uninhabited. The Russian Federation administers it as part of the Sakhalin Oblast. In 2016 some two hundred Russian officials and technical experts made an expedition to the island, part of a plan to rehabilitate the derelict 1.2 km Soviet airfield and establish a new naval and logistical forward military base[1]
    [1]http://our-russia.com/27052016120927/russias-kuril-islands-naval-base-what-it-means-strategically

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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #2

    Post  T-47 on Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:02 pm

    Finally an air force Fulcrum in Syria? @AMCXXL got any info?


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    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:27 pm

    The Eleventh An-148 for the Ministry of Defense of Russia

    It is reported that on September 13, 2017 in Voronezh, flight tests of the next An-148-100E passenger aircraft, built by JSC "Voronezh Joint-Stock Aircraft Building Society" (VASO, part of United Aircraft Corporation-UAC) for the Russian Defense Ministry-cars with serial number 43-08 and registration number RA-61731. This board became the first An-148, raised in the air in Voronezh in 2017.



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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #2

    Post  Nasr Hosein on Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:23 am

    Are my eyes playing tricks on me or was that a dog chasing after the MiG-29 SMT as it landed on the air strip?! ????
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    Post  miketheterrible on Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:35 am

    Nasr Hosein wrote:Are my eyes playing tricks on me or was that a dog chasing after the MiG-29 SMT as it landed on the air strip?! ????

    lol. Yes it did. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #2

    Post  AMCXXL on Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:39 am

    T-47 wrote:Finally an air force Fulcrum in Syria? @AMCXXL got any info?



    Four MiG-29SMT sent to Syria
    Probably Su-35 Nº50 to Nº53 will retrun before the year ends to the homebase of Besovets
    They have to test all the material in the arsenal

    https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3409890
    MiG-29SMT will be tested by Syria
    Newest Russian fighters sent to the combat zone

    As it became known to Kommersant, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation transferred four new MiG-29SMT fighters delivered to the agency of the same name by the corporation in December 2015 at the airbase of Khmeimim (Latakia). According to Kommersant, the cars were sent to the region in order to provide practice to the maximum number of pilots, and also to run the aircraft in combat conditions. The expert believes that the use of MiG-29SMT in Syria will allow the corporation MiG to support its export potential

    The first information about the forthcoming transfer of MiGs from Russia to Syria appeared more than a year ago. In private conversations, several officers of the staff of the Air and Space Forces of the Russian Federation assumed that in the very near future several MiG fighters would appear in Khmeimim. Thus, the military expected to finish the "run-through" of the flight crew in conditions of actual military operations. However, due to the tense situation in Syria, which developed at that time, did not experiment with the newest machines, relying on the multi-functional Su-30SM and Su-35 fighter aircraft already proven in the campaign.

    A year later the situation changed. Yesterday, the first confirmation of the presence of MiG-29SMT in Syria appeared. In the photo report of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, published on the official website within the press tour of Russian and foreign journalists in Syria, a photograph of this type of fighter appeared (board number 23 blue). According to Kommersant sources in the military authorities, this machine was transferred to Khmeimim last week from the 116th Training Center for Combat Training of the 185th Combat Training and Combat Training Center of the Russian Federation Air Force (Privolzhsky, Astrakhan). Together with it three similar MiG-29SMT arrived from there

    According to the interlocutors of "Kommersant" close to the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, the transfer of the MiG-29SMT to Syria should solve several problems at once. First, the crews of these fighters should receive combat experience (in May, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared that 86% of the air force had received it in Syria). Secondly, even taking into account the running-in of aircraft during various exercises, the military wanted to see how the machine and its avionics will behave on the battlefield. So far, according to Kommersant's information, the crews of the MiG-29SMT are primarily carrying out reconnaissance missions, although they are sometimes connected to combat missions. It is known that at least one of the MiGs has already discharged high-explosive high-explosive aviation bombs OFAB-500Kr to the position of the Islamic state militants (it is forbidden in the Russian Federation). Subsequently, the test program for the MiG-29SMT will only expand: according to Kommersant's information, the military can also launch cruise missiles with laser homing X-29L

    Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov believes that in addition to practical purposes (testing of the TTX and performance characteristics), the sending of the MiG-29SMT to Syria is pursued and purely commercial. "Successful actions of Russian equipment in Syria are its best advertising on the international market, so the participation of" mihovsky "machines in the operation will support the export potential of the corporation," the expert stresses.

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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #2

    Post  Nasr Hosein on Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:46 pm

    Wasn't Syria reportedly procuring additional MiG-29s? There were also some reports suggesting that Syria would also buy MiG-31 Foxhounds. Of course these reports date back to before the war had started. But the question still remains on whether Syria did eventually buy these formidable Russian combat aircraft, or not.

    Anyone have any confirmation on this subject?

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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #2

    Post  T-47 on Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:50 pm

    Nasr Hosein wrote:Wasn't Syria reportedly procuring additional MiG-29s? There were also some reports suggesting that Syria would also buy MiG-31 Foxhounds. Of course these reports date back to before the war had started. But the question still remains on whether Syria did eventually buy these formidable Russian combat aircraft, or not.

    Anyone have any confirmation on this subject?

    War changed the spending to other directions for Syria. They ordered Yak-130 too. And Russia don't export MiG-31! There was an attempt in 2005 but Putin said "Nyet". Everything you hear about exporting MiG-31 is a hoax until Kremlin lift the export ban.

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