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    Post  kvs on Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:30 pm

    You can rest assured that when some US politician, functionary or pundit accuses Russia of spying it is the USA that is engaged
    in full bore espionage.   This is a common ploy in politics: accuse your opponent of your own sins.   I find this "concern" over digital
    camera resolution to be a joke.  Digital cameras can't see through walls and ground.  And the USA would have exactly the same
    rights to upgrade its cameras under the terms of the treaty.   Pure political propaganda theater from Yankee turds.
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    Post  franco on Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:36 am

    Russian Air Force orders a new Strategic Command Il-96-400 to replace the Il-80/86.
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    Post  franco on Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:45 pm

    MOSCOW, July 15 -. RIA News Four new aircraft, 23 helicopters and 15 drones accepted for service of aerospace forces of Russia in the II quarter of this year, said Friday the head of the main weapons the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Anatoly Gulyaev during a single day of acceptance military products.

    "For videoconferencing taken in the part of the Air Force and Air Defense: anti-aircraft missile system S-400, 4 new and 54 past the repair with the modernization of the aircraft, 23 new helicopters and 11 helicopters, past repairs, 15 unmanned aerial vehicles, more than 8 million units aircraft weapons "- Gulyaev said.

    In particular, he said, June 4, four new Su-34 flew from Novosibirsk on the home airfield.

    "Today, early surrender Mi-8AMTSh Completed repair with the modernization of seven Il-76MD, which will soon be transferred to the military units." - Added a walk.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:42 am

    Been away for a while (not of my free will), had to replace computer components for my desktop....any way here's some really exciting news in the past 3+ weeks:

    Real exciting news about heat-resistant aluminum (and nickel) supper alloys, as well as 3D printing of aircraft parts, sepheronx and Viktor whats your guys thoughts on this?

    1.) 3D printing, using laser-fusion of heat-resistant aluminum and nickel super alloy powders, allows combustion chamber walls to be as thin as 0.3 mm in width.

    2.) The 3D printing process allows parts to be produced 30 times faster than normal means.

    3.) The 3D printed super alloy engine (aluminum and nickel) prototype UAV engine weighs 900 grams, but produces 75 kg's of force, and the final product will double the force to 150 kg's of force! That's crazy, and could you imagine the possibilities if that's successfully up-scaled?

    4.) According to Alexei Leonkova, a former employee of the 30th Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defence, the possibility of the use of drones and space-based systems, this technology is applicable in the manufacture of engines for missiles of air defense, anti-tank and MLRS.

    5.) It is possible appearance in the rocket and space technology components and assemblies of fuel systems, shunting engines produced by the novel process, - says Alexey Leonkov. - In aviation, it can serve as a basis to create hypersonic vehicles that can withstand high velocity and surface heating. With mass production of military and civilian equipment with extensive use of robotics it will give a tangible reduction in the economic cost and the lack of rejection of finished products. Powder metallurgy and laser provide highly accurate manufacturing of all components and assemblies, airframe and engine. For this technology unquestionable future, it already raised the Russian metal processing and materials science to a new level of technological development.

    The technology worked at the Russian Institute of Aviation Materials

    All-Russian Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM) and the Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI) began research and development to create the country's first unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a miniature gas turbine engine, fully printed the 3D-printer. How do I find "News", in 2018 the Ministry of Defense plans to equip them immediately two aircraft: unmanned aircraft target "Dan-M" and unmanned reconnaissance "Zenica".


    - The engine is made entirely on the basis of additive manufacturing VIAM the new technology of laser fusion layered with metal-powder composition and heat-resistant aluminum alloy, which also created the Institute experts, - told "Izvestiya" CEO VIAM academician Yevgeny Kablov. - Through the use of additive technologies managed print engine parts with unique parameters, is not possible with conventional casting. For example, the thickness of the wall of the combustion chamber is 0.3 mm. Such parameters can be achieved only by using 3D-press.


    Kablov notes that the first successful experience of introduction of additive technologies (layered synthesis technology) in VIAM was implemented in 2015. For the first time in the country of experts from the institute have made a promising swirl of the front of the engine combustion chamber device PD-14, designed for medium-haul passenger airliner - "Russian aircraft of the XXI century," the MC-21. Presentation of the car took place on June 8 this year. The aircraft is intended to be replaced by Russian, European Airways A320 and the B737 US, which account for 40% of air transportations. Currently, more than 200 printed swirlers.


    - Work to establish, together with DRF small-sized gas turbine engine - is primarily a demonstration of our technological capabilities, - said Eugene Kablov. - The technology allows you to receive the item in 30 times faster than traditional methods. For their production have been used fully domestic materials by the institute: powder superalloys based on nickel and aluminum. Based on them were printed structural elements: a turbine, a compressor, a diffuser, a shaft, a combustion chamber and the enclosure. It is clear that without the manual assembly of these elements can not do, but it is important that the "print" allowed us to make these parts with inaccessible to conventional casting accuracy, eliminating further manual processing engine components. We were able to create their powder compositions 28 brands.


    The Institute pointed out that the entire process of creating a computer model, its seals and the start of production took four months. The uniqueness of the engine and that, as in "large" counterparts, it is set to automatic digital control system. She goes alone to automatic control mode, adjusting the supply of fuel to maintain a working RPM. At the moment the prototype weighing 900 g produces thrust of 75 kg, in the long term without a significant increase in weight should provide not less than 150 kg, it can be used in the construction of tactical and operational-tactical UAVs.


    - Additive technology - is the foundation of a new industrial revolution, - told "Izvestiya" zamgeneralnogo DRF director Alexander Panfilov. - At the end of the experiment, we will start working together to develop in our country additive technology in the direction of expanding the range of collateral materials, as well as create your own, do not have analogues in the world 3D-printing systems. They allow you to increase productivity, to increase the coefficient of material usage to unity, at times to reduce energy consumption.


    Made by 3D-printing technology of jet engines with low weight will be in demand in the production of missiles "Air-air", which will increase their opportunities.


    According to Alexei Leonkova, a former employee of the 30th Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defence, the possibility of the use of drones and space-based systems, this technology is applicable in the manufacture of engines for missiles of air defense, anti-tank and MLRS.


    - It is possible appearance in the rocket and space technology components and assemblies of fuel systems, shunting engines produced by the novel process, - says Alexey Leonkov. - In aviation, it can serve as a basis to create hypersonic vehicles that can withstand high velocity and surface heating. With mass production of military and civilian equipment with extensive use of robotics it will give a tangible reduction in the economic cost and the lack of rejection of finished products. Powder metallurgy and laser provide highly accurate manufacturing of all components and assemblies, airframe and engine. For this technology unquestionable future, it already raised the Russian metal processing and materials science to a new level of technological development.

    Russian drones printed equip engines


    Some may ask how heat-resistant is the aluminum super alloy? So excellent that it's capable of withstanding the temperature extremes experienced by spacecraft/satellites:

    Weight radiator with a thermo-coated, which provide a stable temperature regime of spacecraft equipment, reduced by 25% through the use of aluminum alloys instead superthermal CFRP.

    Development CVTs "Technology" will reduce the weight and increase the resource spacecraft


    EDIT: To answer the question after the 3rd point apparently the only thing limiting the up-scaling of the technology is how capable the 3D printer is.

    Adaptive technology makes it easy to scale the product is actually limiting their size only by the capabilities used by 3D printers.

    UAVs will print the 3D-printer to the battlefield
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    Post  kvs on Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:14 am

    All that research into the crystal structure of metals and heterogeneous materials dynamics has paid off. The 3D printer process itself is what
    gives these metal parts their remarkable properties. You can't get this crystallization behaviour by pouring molten alloys into molds.

    Nobody stops to ask how Russia has developed such 3D printing if it is supposedly so backward and can't keep up with the west.
    From everything that I have seen, Russian metal 3D printing is world leading and not just some variant of what is available in the
    west. If someone can find articles that give details such as the above for western 3D printers, please do so. Maybe I am missing
    something.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:14 am

    kvs wrote:All that research into the crystal structure of metals and heterogeneous materials dynamics has paid off.  The 3D printer process itself is what
    gives these metal parts their remarkable properties.   You can't get this crystallization behaviour by pouring molten alloys into molds.

    Nobody stops to ask how Russia has developed such 3D printing if it is supposedly so backward and can't keep up with the west.  
    From everything that I have seen, Russian metal 3D printing is world leading and not just some variant of what is available in the
    west.  If someone can find articles that give details such as the above for western 3D printers, please do so.  Maybe I am missing
    something.  

    Some of these innovations are truly eye-watering....I mean 0.3 mm combustion chamber width is incredible, were talking engine chambers with nearly paper thin thickness, or 900 gram engine producing 75 kg's of force at it's prototype stage, and it's finished serial stage producing 150 kg's of force, or 30 fold increase in production speed of airplane parts...now combine that with the developments of Photonic computing, hypersonic engines and fuel, all being manufactured with the low valued Ruble...Shocked
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    Post  max steel on Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:57 pm

    US Monitoring Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Russia


    A US surveillance plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Russia Wednesday, following an issue with the landing gear.

    Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michele Baldanza told Defense News that the plane initially took off from a Russian airfield in Ulan Ude to begin an observation flight, but discovered the landing gear would not fully retract.

    "The crew, in cooperation with the Russian escort crew on-board, terminated the treaty observation mission and diverted to Khabarovsk to drop off the escort crew and to exit Russia using the most direct route possible to facilitate inspection and repair at a US base in Japan," Baldanza said. "Khabarovsk is a frequently utilized Open Skies Airfield, designated by Russia for treaty purposes, but it is not normally a 'point of exit' for treaty missions."

    She added that because the mission was terminated, no imagery was collected during the flight. The aircraft has since left Khabarovsk — located in southeastern Russia, about 77 km from the Chinese border — and transited to Kadena Air Base in Japan to undergo maintenance, and is expected to return to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska once the problem is corrected.

    The aircraft was identified as a Boeing-made OC-135B, in an initial report from the Express newspaper in the UK.

    Concern over the treaty spiked in February, however, when Russia announced plans to add a new digital electro-optical sensor to its Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft used for Open Skies flights. Pentagon officials and lawmakers alike raised the alarm that the new sensors would give Russia an informational edge over what can be gathered by the equipment used by the US.

    According to a US Air Force fact sheet, the plane comes equipped with one vertical and two oblique KS-87E framing cameras for low-altitude photography, and one KA-91C panoramic camera, which scans from side to side to provide a wide sweep for each picture at a height of approximately 35,000 feet. It has a crew of up to 35.
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    Post  Project Canada on Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:07 pm



    Russian aviation to receive new-generation bombs — developer

    http://tass.ru/en/defense/893233
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    Post  franco on Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:13 pm

    VORONEZH, August 20 -. RIA Novosti
    More than a hundred units of new and modernized aircraft, including helicopters, "ANSAT" and combat training of the Yak-130, will receive the Air Force Academy in 2016, said on Saturday the chief situated in Voronezh Air Force Academy named after Zhukovsky professor Gagarin, and Lieutenant-General Gennady Zibrov.

    "This year we will get 12 new training helicopters" ANSAT "and two helicopters Ka-226. In addition, 38 helicopters we get to repairing factories that are fully modernized and the timing of their operation are increased. This Mi-24 and Mi-8 different modifications ", - he said.

    This year, the Academy will also receive 7 renovated Tu-134, four AN-26, two AN-72, eight new Yak-130 as well as 30 upgraded L-39 training aircraft.

    "For flight crews is enough of this technique to provide cadets raid" - said Zibrov.

    NOTE: In addition the Academy will accept 3500 new cadets this fall out of 7500 applications.
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    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:24 am

    Russia's Latest Innovation Uses GSM Networks to Track Cruise Missiles, Drones

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160901/1044852673/russia-airspace-control-system.html
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    Post  franco on Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:46 pm

    Reorganization in the 4th Air Army (Southern Command) as another Air Division is formed. The new Division will be known as the 4th and HQ is in Marinovka near Volgograd.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2106870.html
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    Post  Project Canada on Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:42 pm



    Russia Builds Glide Bomb Virtually Invisible to Radar


    Russia has built a glide aviation bomb unlike any other in the world, online newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa reported citing the General Director of NPO "Basalt" Vladimir Porhachev.

    The new bomb, dubbed “Drill” is virtually invisible to radar and has a range of over 30 kilometers. “It has no engine. When dropped, it acquires its target and zooms in with the help of the GLONASS global positioning system. The cluster charge opens up at an altitude of 250 meters. I hope that the bomb will pass all the tests already before this year is out,” Vladimir Porhachev said. The Drill is 3 meters long, almost half a meter wide and weighs 540 kilograms. The dropping altitudes range from 14 kilometers to just 100 meters. The bomb is equipped with heat-seeking and radar-based elements and is immune to radio-electronic countermeasures.

    Even though the Drill’s effective range of 30-plus kilometers is four times less than that of America’s GBU-39 gliding bomb (110 km), its explosives-per-mass ratio is better.

    The Drill, developed primarily for the T-50 new generation fighter, is a stealth bomb, which means that it will not be detected by infrared-homing antimissiles, even though it will be less invisible on radar. And, finally, it is packed with 15 individually targeted cluster sub-munitions, each weighing about 20 kilograms, which means that it does not fall under the provisions of an international convention banning the use of cluster bombs. Russian sub-munitions are way smarter than their US counterparts because they can find and destroy targets that produce no infrared emissions. Moreover, when dropped on a tank battlefield the Drill’s friend-or-foe identification system will only hit enemy tanks without harming its own. Moreover, the Russian sub-munitions are considerably more destructive than their American versions, with a single cluster capable of taking out up to ten tanks – almost twice as many as America’s AGM-154, the newspaper wrote. The Drill’s cluster charge can also carry bunker-bursting BETA-M elements, all making the Drill a totally unique weapon.

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/20160911/1045189665/russia-bomb-features.html

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    Post  George1 on Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:02 am

    On the reconstruction of the air base in Korenovsk our blog has already reported. On the airfield Korenovsk based reconstituted December 1, 2015 the 55th separate regiment of Army Aviation (formerly the 393rd Sevastopol Air Base Army Aviation) 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Southern Military District.

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    Post  Viktor on Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:19 pm

    WOW

    Shoigu said the use of the latest in Syria cruise missiles X-101

    "Aircraft Strategic Air Command in a real combat situation for the first time applied the new missiles air-launched X-101 with a range of up to 4.5 thousand kilometers," - he said.
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    Post  VladimirSahin on Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:20 pm

    Muahaha time to mass produce those missiles Very Happy
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    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:40 pm

    Russian Defense Ministry denies incidents involving Su-27 fighter over Gulf of Finland

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    http://tass.com/defense/904891
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    Post  franco on Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:31 am

    Some photos from the 22nd Fighter regiment based in Uglovaya just outside of Vladivostok. Interesting combination of modern Russian fighters with 3 squadrons, 1 each of Su-35S, Su-30SM and Mig-31BM being formed.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2182442.html
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    Post  franco on Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:43 pm

    MOSCOW, October 21 -. RIA Novosti Two regimental sets of anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 and six combat vehicles "Carapace-C" taken from the beginning of the year on arms Aerospace Forces, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov.

    "Also for Areospace Forces RF received 4 new and 13 modernized aircraft, 13 new helicopters, 21 radar, more than 15 thousand units of aviation means of destruction," - said Borisov, speaking on a single day of acceptance of military products.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:46 am

    Huge News! Apparently the Mi-24 flying laboratory for the next gen high-speed helicopter not only reached it's milestone of 400km/h, which was supposed to be the maximum speed, but instead surpassed it! The new helicopter blade design was the key to achieving this, as it succeeded to overcome the "locking" effect of high speed flight, and their going to push the max speed beyond the original goal of 400km/h to 460km/h:


    On the Internet actively discussing information about the speed trials, a flying laboratory, built on the basis of the Mi-24K, which "came" from the Ministry of Defense of Russia. However, it is strange that management of the holding "Russian Helicopters" is silent on this matter.

    Flying Lab demonstrator (LL-A) long-term high-speed helicopter technology (PSV), created with the aim of improving the support system in the framework of the Mi-X3 is gradually fed to the test flights on speed. The first test flight of the helicopter demonstrator has made December 23, 2015

    The main technical feature of the demonstrator helicopter, the project is a new generation of experimental blade main rotor. Experimental blades designed to prevent flutter and overcome the "locking" effect. The design of the carrying system using the results of the latest domestic research in the field of aerodynamics, strength and materials. On-demonstrator helicopter is equipped with two domestic engine VK-2500-01. Maximum take-off weight fast flying laboratory, which is piloted by a pilot, is 11.5 m Developers originally claimed that the helicopter demonstrator will develop a maximum speed of over 400 km / h and cruising make 340 -. 360 km / h. It can be argued with reference to the military (Chief of the 220th Military Colonel Eugene Poluyanova Russian Defense Ministry representative), stated that the milestone reached.

    The program is the creation of long-term Russian helicopter under the CWC project is divided into two stages: the development of machines for the commercial operation of high-speed helicopter and military. The experimental results showed that at the current stage of the helicopter with a high cruising speed (500 km / h) will be a significant cost for the commercial operators. For civil users indicators such as high cruising speed, it turned out to be less significant than the indicator "operating costs". We are working to create a long-term medium-lift helicopter with the speed of about 360 km / h for commercial use, which will incorporate that were worked on the program.

    Officially it announced that for the Russian Ministry of Defense implementation of research work to further improve the speed in horizontal flight up to 460 km / h and above will continue.

    Pilot a helicopter company "Miles" in flight exceeded the barrier of 400 km / h


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    Post  GarryB on Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:06 am

    As that article mentions the key criteria for most commercial users of helos, the key features will be ability to operate from helo pads, to be able to navigate in cities and other odd places, and economics of operation.

    Top speed is not that critical... if speed is so important then you would take a small helo to a nearby airfield and transfer to a fixed wing aircraft and get the speed and range of a fixed wing aircraft to a small airfield near your destination to a small helo to fly directly to where you want to go.

    For the military it would be useful in moving troops slightly faster, but you would not it to be twice as expensive just for an increase in speed.

    Like the Su-25 there is no value in extra speed for some aircraft... some people are fixated with high speed, but all transport and civilian airliners are subsonic at the moment. There have been supersonic transports of people and material but not hugely successful... and very much a niche market.

    In terms of technology this is very interesting and good news for Mil as this technology can presumably be applied to the entire existing helo fleet to increase performance across the board.
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    Post  franco on Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:49 pm

    According to this article the Steppe Air Base will reopen December 1st with the transfer in of the 266th Attack Regiment which has been at Domna while the Steppe Air Base was completely rebuilt;

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2282281.html
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    Post  George1 on Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:07 pm

    Russian Aerospace Forces Plan to Repair at Least 4 Arctic Military Airfields

    According to deputy commander and chief of main staff, Russian Aerospace Forces plan to repair at least four military airfields in the Arctic by the end of 2021.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Aerospace Forces plan to repair at least four military airfields in the Arctic by the end of 2021, its deputy commander and chief of main staff said Tuesday. "In the future, priority will be given to airfields in the Arctic zone. By the end of 2021, reconstruction works in Ukrainka, Vorkuta, Tiksi and Anadyr airfields," Lt. Gen. Pavel Kurachenko said.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/russia/201612201048780558-russian-aerospace-forces/
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:41 pm

    Su-34s flew into the stratosphere http://ren.tv/novosti/2016-10-14/rossiyskie-bombardirovshchiki-su-34-sovershili-polety-v-stratosferu?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=lentainform&utm_campaign=ren.tv&utm_term=1265860s10306&utm_content=4757505
    Translation: Modern bombers Su-34 flew in the stratosphere at supersonic speed. The pilots also worked on the exercise of air navigation, landing and take-off at night and flew on a given route. The exercises were held in the Khabarovsk Territory. Head of the press service of VVS Colonel Alexander Gordeyev noted that as the final exercise pilots worked for bombing ground targets imaginary enemy. According to Tass, the maneuvers were carried out in the framework of the final test for the 2016 academic year. Air Force pilots bomber regiment of the Eastern Military District took part in the event.
    What is their design max altitude? Going that high is unusual for a ground attack plane, but this 1 benefits from it's Su-27 direct ancestor.
    The stratosphere is where MiG-25 interceptors (with service ceiling of at least 22,500m & up to record 37,650m (123,524 ft)) were like fish in the water: at mid latitudes, it starts at 10–13 km (33,000–43,000 ft; 6.2–8.1 mi) and ends at 50 km (160,000 ft; 31 mi)..
    http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/mig25/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-25#Interceptors
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratosphere

    Could they be considering the Su-34s for that role as a stop-gap until MiG-31 follow on appears, or getting them ready to carry new missiles to be launched from there like planned modernized Tu-160, or both?
    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/interceptor-alert-russias-mig-31-replacement-underway-14773
    http://rbth.com/defence/2016/08/16/modernized-russian-bombers-will-be-able-to-fly-in-the-stratosphere_621509
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:53 pm

    The MiG-31 is all about speed and range... not altitude.

    Perhaps they are interested in testing very high altitude release air to ground weapons... in the normal wars the Russians will be involved in... ie Syria et al, where the enemy has little or no air defence or aircraft flying at 22km altitude or higher at high speed allows large areas to be covered quickly and probably has an added bonus of enormous impact speed of the weapons involved for hard or deeply buried targets.

    Aircraft flying at high altitude can fly much faster and much further than low flying aircraft and the large heavy SAMs they are vulnerable at that height are easier to find and deal with... most non Soviet systems are not very mobile...

    Could they be considering the Su-34s for that role as a stop-gap until MiG-31 follow on appears, or getting them ready to carry new missiles to be launched from there like planned modernized Tu-160, or both?

    the portion of the article you quoted mentioned ground targets being engaged so I rather doubt this is about replacing the MiG-31 and likely more about high altitude bombing... whether from the Su-34, or the Tu-22M3M. The Tu-160 reportedly has lost its bombing optics which suggests to me it will likely just be fitted with guided weapons... of course looking at the Su-34 perhaps they have developed an internal optics system or retractable system...

    A replacement for the MiG-31 would be better served with variable cycle engines that can operate in a scramjet mode to allow much higher flight speeds and long range.

    Internal weapon carriage would be useful but only in the sense of lower drag rather than lower RCS or stealth.

    The new photonic radar systems would be ideal for such an aircraft.... 360 degree coverage preferably...
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