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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  Andy_Wiz on Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:20 pm

    GarryB:

    Mig-29SM2 is now MiG-35 - the program is facing some serious drawbacks particularly with its radar & optronic sensor suite, the new engine RD-43 was cancelled etc.. Anyway no new information on MiG-35. (Although some RuAF officials mentioned plans on MiG-35 a while back)
    Or you mean modernisation of existing fleet? I think there wont be any modernistation to Mig-29 and I agree fully with MoD on the issue the have max 10 years life in them - not worth it...

    My version:
    They get Su-30MKI'ski to complement and substitute sparkas(Su-27UB) as well as further expand multirole capability of the RuAF(the Multirole capacity is clear goal for all new airframes entering service)... There are less than 50 sparkas (Su-27UB) in flying conditions now.... Also this is a good sign, as maybe they may use them partly as trainers for Su-27SM3 - the 4++ gen Su-27 modernisation although it doesn't exist yet.(This means the Su-27's may not be retired as fast as Mig-29's)

    To produce Su-27SM is an anachronism now, they want something like the mysterious Su-27SM3 although it is in very early RFP stage. (They only just recently tested an RVV-SD or R-77PD from Su-27SM with enhanced radar - read NIIP Tikhomirov CEO interview)
    The Su-27 SM quantity will be 68-72 airrames total(They want to have three regiments, right now they got two - 2*24=48 + 4 in Lipetsk, 1-2 for testing...) - after that they'll move on to new types.

    Although I'm beggining to think that Su-27SM3 may have become doomed now...

    Aso a reason is that KnAAPO is overloaded with work on SSJ(the main factor),Su-35,PAKFA,Su-27SM,export Su-30's + maintenance and parts manufacturing for all the previously produced airframes(KnAAPO is now working as a repair site too) While Su-30MKI's are produced in Irkutsk..
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    Russian Air Force numbers and procurement plans

    Post  GarryB on Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:53 am

    What I think is that they are going to find aircraft cost is going to sky rocket and they are going to want a cheaper easy to produce smaller fighter that they can produce in large numbers that can do the job.

    You don't need an F-22 to drop laser guided bombs on Chechen bases, and you don't need Su-35s to intercept civilian aircraft that have wandered off course into the wrong airspace.

    Using an Su-35 as a mud mover and a fighter is stupid because of the cost of the Su-35.

    What they need is a Mig-29SMT with modern weapons both air to air and air to ground.

    One on one it might be at a disadvantage to a Typhoon or Rafale... but aircraft don't operate alone.

    A flight of very high flying Mig-29SMTs carrying R-37s getting target data from A-100s (replacement for the A-50s) firing missiles at targets 400km away it really doesn't matter if your RCS 3, 2, or 1m square or if you can carry 5 tons or 7 tons of bombs.

    If the in stock Mig-29s are not worth upgrading then make them new builds.

    If the US can't afford more than 190 F-22s it makes even less sense for Russia to make more than that even if they are cheaper.

    This means that 4+ generation aircraft like the Mig-35 and Su-35 will be the backbone of the Russian AF for some time to come so why not also have a numbers aircraft that is cheaper to buy and operate but has all the features of a modern fighter.

    Quite frankly I don't think it is healthy to have one maker of fighter aircraft in Russia.

    The problem with your thinking is that the Su-30MKI with all the Indian and foreign bits taken out and replaced makes it pretty much an Su-30MKK3 or perhaps 4.

    As the new stuff gets more expensive they are going to need a cheaper option... and I can't see an Su-30MKK4 being all that much cheaper than an Su-35.

    What they need is a smaller lighter cheaper fighter that they can new build that will offer good performance in air to air and air to ground but not appear too threatening to the west so its production in significant numbers is not worrysome.

    I expect Russia stationing Mig-29SMTx near Finland would not have the same impact as them stationing T-50s or Su-35s, yet it can perform border patrol missions as well as any other aircraft.

    Remember the Germans during WWII with their tank production?

    The big heavy uber tanks look fascinating but when you only have 200 for protecting the territory of Russia you realise maybe you got caught up in what is the best in the world instead of what you need for the job.

    It isn't enough to buy a few Su-35s and because they are multi role assume they can do the job of fighters and bombers.

    When a multirole aircraft gets grounded or shot down it means you lost multiple capabilities.

    Also it means you need to train your pilots for multiple mission types whereas in real combat you wont want Su-35s attacking ground targets... you will want them to primarily deal with enemy aerial threats... I really don't think the Army will understand that despite the fact that you have lots of multirole aircraft you can't spare any to actually fight the enemy ground forces because they are busy supporting SEAD missions or deep strike missions or simply trying to get air control... if you had larger numbers of smaller cheaper aircraft then it would be easier to train a larger portion for the swing role of tactical strike and air to air combat.

    Regarding the Su-27SM3 any further developments in technology can be applied to in service aircraft as midlife upgrades... the main problem for the AF was the lack of money meant no upgrades and not enough maintainence. Money has to be spent on maintaining aircraft of large sums will be spent now on aircraft and will have to be spent again replace them every 10 years.

    The thing is that each design bureau from the cold war period tended to have design bureaus it worked with, so we are not talking about the end of the Mig bureau alone, but also avionics and radar and engine makers too that are starved of cash and work when the Russian military neglects a product... and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Mig-29.

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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  Austin on Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:56 am

    Sorry folks busy with AeroIndia , hopefully I should get some good information.

    But here is something to chew on from latest Air International , a new variant of Ka-31 for land reco and IL-112V will be funded.

    http://www.4shared.com/document/P38pThg0/RussiaNews.html

    my apologies on the b/w scan quality was in much hurry.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:27 am

    Thanks for that Austin... I wasn't even aware they were thinking of developing the Ka-31 into a land recon radar platform to support army operations. Interesting also that the platform is used to test that self defence system. I can imagine the final aircraft will certainly need it... even in a low tech fight.

    Look forward to learning what you find out about at the show... a little bit jealous.. Razz

    Don't forget to enjoy yourself. ...Expect a full detailed report including pictures.

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    Sorry folks busy with AeroIndia , hopefully I should get some good information.

    Post  Austin on Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:42 am

    Garry will try to do my best ,reached bangalore and fell ill the next day cry

    I checked on the new missile they were suppose to display , there is no new missile but a sterlet launcher on a BTR like vehical with EO seeker.
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    Russia to buy 1,000 helicopters by 2020

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:14 am


    Russia to buy 1,000 helicopters by 2020

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    13:22 24/02/2011

    MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Defense Ministry announced plans on Thursday to buy 100 ships, over 600 aircraft and 1,000 helicopters under a 2011-2020 arms procurement program.

    Russia will buy 10 new generation S-500 air defense systems, which will replace the S-400 systems currently entering service with the Russian forces, said First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin, who is in charge of arms procurement.

    Russia plans to purchase more than 100 helicopters this year, including Mi-26 Halo heavy transport helicopters, Mi-28 Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters.

    Russia's Defense Ministry submitted the 19 trillion ruble ($651 billion) arms procurement spending plan for 2011-2020 to the government in December. Some 80% of the funds will be spent on buying weapons and 10% will be spent on scientific research.

    The official confirmed earlier reports that Russia will buy two Mistral assault ships from France, while two more of the ships will be built under license in Russia.

    Russia is planning to build eight strategic nuclear submarines by 2020 and equip them with Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles, which are expected to be put into service this year.

    Russia also plans to develop new heavy ballistic missiles to replace Soviet-era SS-18 Satan and SS-20 Saber ICBMs, Popovkin said.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2011/russia-110224-rianovosti01.htm
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:01 am

    Russia will buy 10 new generation S-500 air defense systems, which will
    replace the S-400 systems currently entering service with the Russian
    forces, said First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin, who is in
    charge of arms procurement.

    WHAT?

    They only have about 2 deployed batteries of the S-400 and they want to replace it with S-500?

    Please tell me that is a translating error and he means the S-500 will replace the S-400 around Moscow and other places they have been intending to put ABM protection and that they will be produced together with S-500 as an ABM system and S-400 as a replacement for S-300 as a SAM and anti theatre ballistic missile system.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu May 12, 2011 7:19 am

    Russian Defense Ministry to buy transport aircraft An-140

    Russian Defense Ministry has ordered seven light transport aircraft An-140. Told the head of the board of directors of OJSC "Motor Sich" Vyacheslav Boguslayev.

    According to Interfax, Boguslayev said that the decision was made not to build a military transport version of the turboprop aircraft IL-112. Instead, the Russian Defense Ministry has made an order for seven aircraft An-140.

    He also noted that plans to make cargo version of the An-140, designed to carry up to 6-7 tons of cargo. AN-140 - a joint product of Russia and Ukraine.

    Previously reported that the Samara plant Aviakor signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense to build turboprop transport aircraft An-140-100. According to the press service of the enterprise, a regional 52-seater passenger jet AN-140-100 included in the list of defense contracts and will be used for special tasks military.

    AN-140 was created to replace the outdated transport aircraft An-24 and AN-26, some of which are operated in the military.

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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  Austin on Thu May 12, 2011 7:41 am

    It makes sense to use An-140-100 for Light Transport ,which is operational and available and has equal or better specs compared to IL-112V instead of reinventing the wheel and develop a new type.

    This is a good decision.
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    VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:31 am

    So under the current reforms the Russian military has changed from 6 to 4 military districts and each district command structure has complete control of all forces within its area except for Airborne forces, Strategic Missile Forces, and Air and Space defence forces.

    This means Army, Navy, and Airforce units are under one command in each district.

    I think this will mean that the Airborne forces will need their own transport aircraft, fixed wing and helos if it is to be truely independent.

    The Air and Space defence forces is relatively new and is basically the PVO plus all the over the horizon radars and space tracking bits of the Strategic Missile forces.

    Their new role is to monitor the air and space above Russia to look for and deal with intruders.

    The PVO had its own budget and its own custom designed equipment. A Flanker of the PVO forces had different radar frequencies and different missiles that were not compatible with Frontal Aviation Flankers for instance.
    The PVO tended to use datalinks and had much tighter control of aircraft than Frontal Aviation did.
    Aircraft unique to the PVO included the Tu-128 Fiddler which was a huge long range interceptor. Other aircraft used by the PVO included the Su-9, Su-11, and Su-15 series interceptors. The Su-9 and Su-11 looked like Mig-21s but were much larger and were pure interceptors. They also were the major user of the Mig-31 and Mig-25 in the interception role.

    I therefore assume that the air and space defence branch of the military will get its own budget and will likely be looking for new designs to upgrade its existing equipment.
    I look forward to see what they want to replace the Mig-31...
    There is no huge hurry, but developments with the PAK DA might be relevant if it is a large supercruising long range aircraft with a large radar and a significant payload capacity.
    Perhaps a non stealthy PAK DA scaled down a little with a reduced number of engines that can supercruise over strategic distances and with the extreme stealth features removed to reduce costs would be ideal. There is a whole range of new AAMs being developed for the PAK FA that can be launched from internal weapons bays, so these weapons could easily be compatible with a future interceptor variant of a PAK DA... and perhaps even by the PAK DA itself.

    With longer wave radars mounted on wing leading edges of fighters... imagine the sort of arrays that could fit on a flying wing design... Quite useful for an interceptor.

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    Post  Austin on Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:50 am

    Mig-31 will be replaced with some variant of PAK-FA and perhaps Mig-31 will be the last breed of dedicated interceptors
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:02 am

    PAK FA would be a poor replacement for the Mig-31.

    A replacement for the Mig-31 needs long range but also high speed... and not high dash speed, it needs to be able to fly around all the time at high speed.

    It doesn't need stealth.

    It needs the capacity to carry lots of heavy missiles and it needs a large powerful radar to find small elusive targets.

    That doesn't say PAK FA to me.

    Bigger aircraft are more expensive to operate, but long range and high speed are necessities.

    To be honest probably the best two options right now to replace the Mig-31 would be a Mig-31 with new 5th gen 18 ton thrust engines, and a new large AESA radar.
    The other option that I like too is put a new huge AESA in a Tu-22M3 with 6 long range two stage R-37M AAMs in the rotary launcher in its bomb bay.
    Conformal missile positions covering the belly of the aircraft could also be used to carry 20-24 missiles meaning that a single Backfire could replace four Mig-31s.

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    Post  Austin on Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:04 am

    Certainly they wont be funding a dedicated manned interceptor after Mig-31 so it could be PAK-FA derivative or some big UCAV.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:25 am

    Why wouldn't they fund a dedicated long range high speed interceptor?

    They are funding a light 5th gen fighter.

    Remember that it is not the Air Force that will be paying for it... now that the PVO is transferred to the Air and Space Defence structure that is not subordinate to the four military districts they will likely get money thrown at them.

    The Mig-31 is very successful at what it does, there is no reason to suspect they will not replace it with a customised design.

    The focus is not on stealth but long flight range at high average speed with the biggest and most powerful radar they can shoehorn into the nose of the aircraft.

    To be brutally honest the Su-34 would be a better candidate than PAK FA.

    Besides the PAK FA will not be very cheap anyway, and would be more use in places where dogfighting and manouver are important. Interceptors need long range radars and big missiles and to launch those missiles from high altitude and high speed to maximise the range of those missiles.

    Should add that in addition to the reforms I mentioned above the Army Aviation has been moved to the Air Force and also the coastal fighter and anti ship/strike component of the Navy has also been transferred to the Air Force.

    That is a whole lot more Tu-22M3 airframes for the Air Force, and Su-24s as well.

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    Post  Austin on Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:49 am

    GarryB wrote:Why wouldn't they fund a dedicated long range high speed interceptor?

    Probably because UCAV can do a better job or for manned fighter PAK-FA can do the same job , they can fit long range missile on external pylons of PAK-FA.

    Mig-31 after modernisation will serve for another 15 year or atleast till 2025 , post that period it would be ucav

    They are funding a light 5th gen fighter.

    The recent news of light fighter based on ACM statement is just a myth , probably lost in translation and stuff like that.

    I think the days of dedicate long range interceptors are gone , it would be big UCAV and Long Range SAM taking that role.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:07 am

    If UCAVs could perform the role then why bother developing the PAK FA... surely a UCAV can do that job too?

    The truth is that hunting enemy cruise missiles and stealth bombers is easier with a huge radar on board and an IRST and real people and I doubt that will change in 15 years.

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    Post  Austin on Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:19 am

    ^^ because PAK-FA was designed 8-9 years back when there was no mature UAV technology forget about UCAV technology.

    15 years from now they would have UCAV technology and netcentric capability to make it useful and viable to replace Mig-31 types if it gets decommisioned from RuAF , I personally think Mig-31 will stay till 2030 after refurbishment.

    Till such time UCAV gets deployed in sufficient numbers they can always use derivative of PAK-FA in that role.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:11 am

    I disagree.

    The Mig-31 can be upgraded with new 5th gen engines and new radar and 5th gen avionics which should make it cheaper to operate... the new engines should even allow super cruising potential if the new avionics reduce weight enough... and of course the new engines should be more fuel efficient as well.

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    Post  Austin on Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:15 am

    GarryB wrote:I disagree.

    The Mig-31 can be upgraded with new 5th gen engines and new radar and 5th gen avionics which should make it cheaper to operate... the new engines should even allow super cruising potential if the new avionics reduce weight enough... and of course the new engines should be more fuel efficient as well.

    They can but for how long , the airframe has technical life and if recent Indian Mig-29 upgrade is an indication , they can extend the airframe life to atleast 20 years , so lets says Mig-31 get deep refit which actually they did and its going on , its 20 more years which is 2025-2030 , unless they start building new Mig-31 they need to be decommisioned.

    So what ever replaces Mig-31 will need to start coming out by 2025 atleast or 15 years from now , good enough time to get UCAV in next 15- 20 years and in interim period get a modified PAK-FA for intercept role.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:25 am

    So far even the countries with the most experience with UAVs have used them for recon and assassination.

    I just really don't think a UCAV will be developed in 15 or 20 years time that can reliably perform air to air roles effectively enough to approach the performance and capabilities of manned aircraft.

    Remember it is not longer the PVO, it is air and space defence... they will likely go to satellites before they go to UCAVs.
    The most likely UCAVs they would employ would be airships rather than fixed wing UCAVs.
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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  nightcrawler on Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:53 pm

    @Austin

    I don't think the UCAV is anything but matured. We know because we had the first hand experience in the face of their victims. The precision targeting is all but BS. UCAVs just can't fire an adequately aimed missile but yes its good for recon. Evey time they fire a missile 4-5 civilians get killed * in a documentary US generals himself proclaimed that without public intel from the ground UCAVs are all but dumb
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    Zelin reports on Air Force Project Status

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:09 am

    Celestial outlook
    Air Force Commander spoke about the new aircraft and air defense systems, which must be received by the Russian army

    Air force

    Air Force Commander Colonel General Alexander Zelin said Tuesday, as will develop in the next few years he headed the Armed Forces.

    Zelin said that during this year's fleet of combat vehicles of the Russian aircraft filled up with six front-line bomber Su-34. "Last year we had four such machines, this year we get six more," - said Zelin. He added that such an aircraft is not the Americans, "they have departed from this theme."

    "Su-34 protects the crew, but in its maneuvering capabilities and tasks to be solved it is close to the park long-range aviation aircraft. If he will carry cruise missiles, then switch to another class, "- said the commander, passes the RIA "Novosti".

    Zelin said that during training the Air Force Su-34 with two fill-ups for 8 hours flew from Lipetsk to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and could reach even further, provided refueling.

    In the coming years, said the commander in chief, the defense industry will create aircraft radar detection of a new generation. "We plan to get airplane A-100, a carrier which will be machine Il-476 with PS-90 with long range," - said the Zelin. According to him, the car should be ready by 2016.

    IL-476 is a deep modernization of the military transport aircraft Il-76MD: the fuselage of the new machine is practically not change, but the wing will be different structurally. It will be applied lengthy panel that is used in basic design and technology wing of the IL-96.

    Talking about future models of equipment, the commander in chief has complained that the multi-purpose Su-35 isn't created quickly enough. "As for the Su-35, then work on it do not go as I wanted" - said Zelin.

    According to him, in making this car has some glitches. According to Zelin, on-board equipment and integrated defense system of the Su-35 is inferior American aircraft of the same type.

    "Our plane should be more protected from the air defenses of the enemy," - said the commander in chief.

    At the same time work to create fifth-generation aircraft T-50, according to the commander in chief, going as planned. "By the fifth generation until we go to the chart. Such failure to stop and think about these issues we do not "- said the general.

    Recall that in early July, a number of statements in which the implementation of defense contracts this year has been questioned. The next day, spoke with Anatoliy Serdyukov public statementIn which critics called "alarmists." The Minister admitted that the allocation of funds for the purchase of advanced weapons is uneven, but explained that this unevenness is coordinated with all concerned agencies.

    Unmanned Army and

    The Commander said the decision of the leadership of the Armed Forces decision to transfer an unmanned aircraft in the Army. "Unmanned aircraft is still in its air force, but there is a decision of the General Staff to transfer it into the Army," - said Zelin.

    Mi-X1 - another project of Russian-speed helicopter, developed by Yakovlev Design Bureau. Mil. According to the developers, the car can reach speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour and used to serve remote areas. According to genkonstruktora Plant, the Mi-X1 in the future can compete with the medium-haul aircraft

    According to him, this issue closely involved in the chief command of Russian Air Force. "Directive Chief of Staff perform" - said the commander in chief.

    He said that in the future of unmanned aircraft operational and tactical plans to pass into the air bases, which are directly subordinated to the commanders of military districts.

    In addition, Zelin said, the Defense Ministry decided in the next decade, nearly double the number of air bases army aviation. "Now in our part of eight air bases army aviation. Until 2020, must have 14 air bases "- leads "Interfax" Commander of the word.

    He confirmed that under the state program of weapons until 2020 is planned to purchase more than one thousand helicopters. The Commander said that the urgency of Army aviation experience confirmed the five-day war with Georgia in 2008.

    Now, said the general, the Air Force are on arms attack helicopters Mi-28N, Ka-52 military transport and combat helicopters of new modifications of the family "Mi". "They are able to operate both day and night" - said captain.

    He also noted that the BBC is extremely interested in the heavy transport helicopter Mi-26, in particular, as a tanker for the Army fuels and lubricants.

    Defense

    Col. Gen. Zelin said that last week on duty barred second anti-aircraft missile regiment equipped with the latest anti-aircraft missile system S-400 "Triumph". Earlier it was reported that by the end of this year to combat mission will begin and the third part of the military, armed with C-400, but Zelin said that before the deadline for combat duty will take not one but two of the regiment.

    The Commander added that plans to supply these systems "have shifted to the right" through no fault of Defense reasons. "The C-400 has problems with long-range missile. Nevertheless, an understanding of the industry is, and I'm optimistic, "- he said.

    Zelin said the Air Force command insists on building a new plant for production of anti-aircraft missile. "We put that question to the leadership of Concern" Almaz-Antey ", - said Zelin.

    Anti-aircraft missile system S-400 is designed to engage all types of aircraft - aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. The system can work not only in the air, but also in near space, perform the tasks of non-strategic missile defense.

    On the effectiveness of the defeat of the full range of air targets, S-400 "Triumph" is able to replace three systems of type C-300. "Triumph" is intended to replace the S-300 and C-200 and is highly effective in combating new types of targets - aircraft performed using the technology of Stealth, small-sized cruise missiles and ballistic missiles with a range of less than 3, 5 thousand miles, and speed - 4.8 kilometers per second.

    "Triumph" has unique characteristics and has no analogues in the world. It can simultaneously track 300 targets and fire rockets into 36 of them.

    The Commander also said that the operational-strategic command (USC) military and aerospace defense (ASD) will in the near future, six air defense systems, "Armour-S1", recalling that four such complexes have already arrived in the army. "We got to the Air Force anti-aircraft system," Armour ", four armored anti-aircraft missile system near the action," Armour-S1, "they went on air defense missile regiment of the fourth command USC ASD in Novorossiysk," - said Zelin, without specifying when These complexes were obtained.

    Александр Зелин решил создать новую пилотажную группу (Фото: ИТАР-ТАСС)
    Alexander Zelin, decided to create a new aerobatic teams (Photo: ITAR-TASS)

    Speaking about the new developments, the general announced the creation of an air defense system, "Knight": "She at times exceed the stand in the arms of the Russian air defense system S-300. "The Knight" - a further improvement of the S-300 to increase the combat capabilities at times. "

    "In fact, this new system on a single launcher is displayed instead of 4 missiles 16" - added the commander.

    This system, according to the general, can destroy air targets at the same distances and altitudes, and C-300. "The" Vityaz "significantly increased the number of destination channels simultaneously shelled targets, ability to maneuver," - he said. "This system will be equipped with a completely different missile" - concluded Zelin.

    The Commander also spoke about the development of a new air defense missile system "Morpheus." "This is a short-range system with a maximum range of up to 5 km, it is intended to shield military sites, has both active and passive means of warfare" - said Zelin, transfers ITAR-TASS.

    "Morpheus" would destroy everything that moves within a radius of 5 kilometers, "- he said.

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    In the near future, said the commander in chief, in Russia there will be a new aerobatic team, which will fly a combat-training aircraft Yak-130. "Me was made by the Minister of Defense report on the subject, he held it me, we're going," - said Zelin.

    The Commander explained that the creation of light aircraft aerobatic team will extensively use smoke effects used by aerobatic teams from other countries, including France and Italy.

    Currently in Russia there are several aerobatic teams, the most famous of which - "Swifts" flying the MiG-29, and "Russian Knights" on the Su-27.

    On Tuesday, the commander in chief, confirmed that the dissolution of "Swifts" and "Russian Knights" is not planned. "I have not had any such aspirations. Before you destroy something, it is necessary to create something "- said the general. According to him, the two aerobatic teams, "no one tried and tried to abolish."

    Zelin also said that during a recent trip to the U.S., he invited a group of American "Puffin" to show their flying skills in Russia. "I think that in 2012 Russia in the sky they fly - the confirmation I received," - he said.

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    Re: VVS Russian Air Force: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:14 am

    With their move to mobile medium and especially light brigades those Mi-26s will become critical in the supply chain such mobile forces will need to operate properly.

    Of course such aircraft would need very strong defences because their speed will not be enough on its own to protect them from enemy interference.

    They will need MANTA DIRCMs and all sorts of other protections to defend against enemy attack.

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    Post  Pervius on Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:57 pm

    They shouldn't try to copy the world and create an Air stunt team.

    It wastes aircraft, people, fuel. Assets better used for defense.

    Unless they can sell enough merchandise to civilian populace to subsidize military.....which they can't.

    The Logistics cost alone to constantly move around an Air Exhibition Team is very costly.


    No mention of Russia's UCAV planes. They look pretty.
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:01 pm

    Su-35BM and S-400 development is pretty much stalled.

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