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    Post  GarryB on Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:40 am

    Wooden mockup pistol looks funny...

    No attachment points on the helmet for the various helmet mounted systems like NVG or the targeting system shlem (spelling)... perhaps they have helmet mounted displays... they mentioned new active HUD systems in their army visors, so perhaps they are further advanced for aircrew helmets?
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    Post  Viktor on Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:49 pm

    for high intensity conflicts

    New tank truck dramatically reduces planes’ refueling time — Russian Defense Ministry

    "One truck is capable of refueling 24 planes simultaneously. According to our estimates, the planes get ready for flight 15 times faster than before," he said. wrote:
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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:18 pm

    Russian fighter jets scrambled 12 times on interception missions in last week

    https://tass.com/defense/1086461
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    Post  flamming_python on Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:03 am

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    http://mil.today/2019/Science11/

    Russia Presented New Laser Aircraft Landing System

    A Russian company named Krasnogorsky Zavod presented the LLS 1A laser course-glide aircraft landing system co-designed with National Innovative Technology Medical Center. The system ensures safe landing of airplanes and helicopters in the dusk, night and adverse weather conditions.

    The laser system consists of three beacons: two glide-path ones and one localizer. The laser beams help an aircrew to observe an ideal landing approach path, the system's designers told Mil.Press Today. This maintains a safe flight altitude essentially eliminating the hazard of uncontrolled surface contact; provides accurate alignment with runway; and helps to find a flareout point and visually observe a runway touchdown point.

    Furthermore, the designers say LLS 1A radiation is safe for the crew at any distance, because even at the module output, the beam density is 40 times lower than that of the common laser pointer.

    According to Petr Sygourov, an advisor to the director of the company's research and technical center and the honored aircraft designer of Russia, the tests confirmed that the system's beams in some cases can be detected 7 km away from the airfield at the runway visibility not exceeding 250 meters.

    The system is fully adapted for operations in the Arctic airfields, too, Sygourov added.

    "The longer body on the one side is made on purpose. There are deflectors inside that prevent the laser modules from getting clogged with the snow. We gave up the heating system as in case of any heating the snow melts and the ice builds up. All that is made in order to plant the beacons on the Kotelny and the Novaya Zemlya islands, to mark ideal landing paths in severe conditions. The system does perfect in the polar night as well", said the expert.

    A source of Mil.Press Today formerly engaged in the meteorological service at the Temp Airbase agreed that such system could be useful. Example, in case an air ambulance is urgently needed on the Kotelny Island at the heavy weather conditions. In such situations, an additional support of this kind would be quite helpful for pilots.

    However, Gen. Maj. (Air Force) Alexander Akhliustin took the presented novelty skeptically: "The laser course-glide systems are an old story that was not widely used, except maybe on aircraft carriers. We train our combat pilots to land with the glade-path radio beacons. Sure, you can install the laser system somewhere at a field runway, as it is easier to deploy than a radio beacon, but this will uncover both the airfield and the approaching airplane", said the officer.

    For the first time, the laser aircraft landing system with course/glade visualization was applied in 1971-1973 by Igor Berezhnoi, head designer at the Automatic Systems Design Bureau.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:21 pm

    Crews of Su-34 fighter-bombers strike ground targets in southern Russia drills

    The notional enemy was simulated by the combat teams of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems and the crews of Su-30SM and MiG-31BM fighters

    MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The crews of Su-34 multirole fighter-bombers from the Leningrad Air Force and Air Defense Army held drills for breaching a notional enemy’s air defenses and struck ground targets with air bombs, the press office of Russia’s Western Military District reported on Friday.

    At the first stage of the drills, the pilots made a flight from the Voronezh Region in Russia’s south to the Tver Region in central Russia.

    "During the flight, the pilots carried out counter-measures against ground electronic warfare forces and breached air defenses and also practiced the elements of an aerial battle," the District’s press office said in a statement.

    The notional enemy was simulated by the combat teams of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems and the crews of Su-30SM and MiG-31BM fighters, the statement says.

    "At the final stage of the drills, the Su-34 planes eliminated the simulated enemy’s command posts, according to the statement.

    "Over 20 crews practiced dropping air bombs to strike targets at the Pogonovo range in the Voronezh Region," the District’s press office said.

    The drills involved more than 600 personnel of aviation units, electronic warfare and air defense forces of the Leningrad Air Force and Air Defense Army, the press office specified.

    https://tass.com/defense/1130013
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    Post  Hole on Wed May 06, 2020 8:03 pm

    Didn´t know where to post this.

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Wed May 06, 2020 10:40 pm

    VVS (VKS) general news thread:

    https://www.russiadefence.net/t8011p475-vvs-russian-air-force-news-1

    Since your posting infographics on certain type of aircraft, their numbers, and what regions their deployed, they would also be relevant in this thread:

    https://www.russiadefence.net/t4806p650-russian-air-force-numbers-and-procurement-plans
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    Post  GarryB on Thu May 07, 2020 6:08 am

    Up to you Hole, would you like your posts moved to one or other of the above threads, or rename this thread to reflect a new topic/thread?
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    Post  Hole on Thu May 07, 2020 11:39 am

    The posts got nothing to do with procurement. The VVS news thread was closed as i wanted to put the infographics there. Maybe rename the thread to "air parades" or so. But there should be a general news thread for the air force, the army got one.
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    Post  George1 on Sat May 09, 2020 9:05 pm

    Russia holds air parade over Moscow’s Red Square on Victory Day


    A total of 75 helicopters and aircraft flew over Moscow’s Red Square

    MOSCOW, May 9. /TASS/. A parade formation of 75 helicopters and aircraft flew over Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, TASS reported from the scene.

    Traditionally, the air parade started with the flyover of helicopters over Red Square, including the world’s largest
    Mi-26 military transport rotorcraft,
    Mi-8AMTSh multirole gunships,
    Mi-35M transport/attack helicopters,

    Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ reconnaissance/strike helicopters and
    the Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ helicopter of Russia’s Berkuts sole helicopter aerobatic team.

    The flyover of helicopters was followed by
    an A-50U long-range radar surveillance aircraft,
    three Il-76MD military transport planes and
    a trio of Tu-95MS long-range bombers. After that,
    four Tu-22M3 bombers led by a Tu-160 strategic aircraft appeared in the skies over Moscow’s Red Square. Following that, an Il-78 aerial refueling tanker flew over Red Square together with a Tu-160 strategic bomber imitating mid-air refueling.

    They were followed
    by a quartet of MiG-29SMT multirole frontline fighters and
    a quartet of Su-24M frontline bombers.

    Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatic teams

    After that,
    four MiG-31K interceptor-fighters carrying Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missiles appeared in the skies over Moscow together with a wing of four fifth-generation Su-57 multirole fighter jets.
    Two MiG-31K fighters outfitted with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were the main attraction of the parade’s air component back in 2018. These airborne platforms have been on combat duty in the Russian Army since 2017. A Kinzhal hypersonic missile is capable of flying at over ten times the speed of sound and has an operating range of up to 2,000 km.

    After that, "a tactical air wing" of ten aircraft flew over Moscow’s Red Square.
    The tactical group included Su-34 bombers, Su-30SM and Su-35S fighters.

    They were followed by the world’s renowned Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatic teams. The crews of the aerobatic teams flying five Su-30SM and four MiG-29 fighters performed the Cuban Diamond stunt at a speed of about 550 km/h.

    The air parade was concluded by six Su-25 attack aircraft. They exhausted special fumes in the colors of the Russian national flag.

    The aircraft flew over Moscow’s Red Square at altitudes of 300 meters to 500 meters and at a speed of 500 km/h while the flyover of helicopters took place at an altitude of about 150 meters and at a speed of 200 km/h. Eight aerodromes in the Moscow, Lipetsk, Tver, Ivanovo, Saratov and Kaluga Regions were involved in the flights of aircraft and helicopters.

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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri May 29, 2020 7:50 pm

    Russia works on new MiG LMFS fifth-generation fighter jet
    https://www.pravdareport.com/news/science/144619-mig_fighter_jet/

    http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/111658/20170219/russia-developing-mig-1-44-derivative-back-up-troubled-sukhoi.htm
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    Post  GarryB on Sat May 30, 2020 5:31 am

    Oh dear god those two articles are terrible...

    The Pravda report suggests the new plane might start out with two 10 ton thrust engines and eventually be fitted with one 18 ton thrust of the new type being developed for the Su-57.

    They are clearly morons... MiG works with Klimov for engines not Saturn... and changing a twin engined fighter to a single engined fighter would be a bloody nightmare... are they going to make it VSTOL as well while they are at it so it will only be a subsonic only aircraft too?

    And it is amusing they have no money to produce Su-57s if they can afford to essentially fund the development of a second stealth fighter... are these people retarded?

    The price for an Su-57 seems to be about 40 million... the new engines are not going to add 60 million dollars to the purchase price.

    Bigger aircraft cost more to operate and over time are more expensive that lighter aircraft, so having smaller and lighter but still capable fighters makes sense... not every problem requires a heavy stealth fighter to solve... and they have barely got the MiG-35 into production and these articles suggests it NEEDS replacement?

    The main difference between a light stealth fighter and a MiG-35 is that the MiG-35 is much cheaper to operate and is not stealthy.

    From what we have learned from US deployment of F-35 and F-22 aircraft to the middle east... these expensive white elephants are not stealthy enough for it to make a difference anyway.

    It is the west that is all or nothing... not Russia.

    America uses its air power for air defence and air attack... Russia has a system where every branch of their military has air defence assets... they use air defence guns and missiles together because they compliment each other not replace each other... they use rocket artillery and tube artillery together because they have different capabilities and each has useful features... Russia has nuclear powered subs and conventionally powered submarines because they are different enough to both be useful... Russia doesn't need or want an all stealth fighter fleet... that is the morons in the US and with all the problems of the F-35 they are starting to realise their all their eggs in one basket mistake... one company with a monopoly on fighter production becomes too big to fail... so of course it fails miserably.

    There have always been plans for a light stealth fighter in Russia and the plans were always that it would start working on a light stealth fighter when the heavy stealth fighter was entering service.... guess what geniuses (at pravda et al) the Su-57 is entering serial production, so of course it is now time to look at the light stealth fighter... but it wont be going into serial production for ten years and even then wont replace the Su-35 and MiG-35 or by then the MiG-41 or Su-34 which together with 250-300 Su-57s will be the core of their air force... they will make some of course... possibly 400-500 even if they are cheap enough to buy and operate... the navy might use them or they might want naval Su-57s instead.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sat May 30, 2020 6:09 am

    The bottom line is that the MiG design teams must earn their living & the MiG-35 is a dead end, even if successful, being the last of the MiG-29 family.
    The MiG LMFS may or may not replace other fighters, but it's better to have 1 more 5th-generation fighter jet that'll be less expensive than the Su-57 & will have naval/export potential.
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    Post  PapaDragon on Sat May 30, 2020 10:43 am

    Tsavo Lion wrote:...
    http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/111658/20170219/russia-developing-mig-1-44-derivative-back-up-troubled-sukhoi.htm

    MiG-1.44 makes Su-57 look as small as Yak-130

    They are supposed to be developing smaller plane not bigger one, that's the whole point of LMFS program

    And whatever progress was made in MiG-1.44 it's already been implemented (and surpassed) in Su-57 long ago

    If they are working on LMFS it will be based on tech from Su-57 not MiG-1.44

    That article is a joke



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    Post  George1 on Sat May 30, 2020 12:58 pm

    Russian Ministry of Defense on escorting American B-1B bombers


    In connection with the May 29, 2020 flight of two Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber from the 28th US Air Force bomber wing from Ellsworth (South Dakota) air base from the continental United States to Europe, with the passage of airspace of Poland and Ukraine, Ministry of Defense The Russian Federation reported that on May 29, 2020, the air defense duty forces of the Western and Southern military districts timely revealed the actions of the US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the Black and Baltic Seas and escorted them by Russian fighters.

    At a considerable distance from the state border of the Russian Federation, American bombers were continuously accompanied by Russian radar controls.

    To intercept targets, Su-27P and Su-30SM fighters from the air defense duty forces of the Southern Military District were raised.

    The crews of Russian fighters approached a safe distance from air targets, identified them as B-1B strategic aviation aircraft, after which the American bombers changed the direction of flight from the state border of the Russian Federation.

    Flights of Russian combat aircraft took place strictly in accordance with international airspace use regulations.

    After completing the task, Russian fighters returned safely to the airfields.


    Video "Interception of strategic bombers of the US Air Force" (c) Department of Defense of the Russian Federation:



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    Post  George1 on Sat May 30, 2020 1:11 pm

    Interception over the Black Sea of ​​the British aircraft Sentinel R.1


    On May 29, 2020 over the Black Sea, in addition to two USAF strategic rocket bombers Rockwell B-1B Lancer, were also leading reconnaissance of the Crimea region, the US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft and the British Air Force Sentinel R.1 radar reconnaissance aircraft. In addition to intercepting both B-1Bs, Russian Su-30SM fighters from the 43rd Sevastopol Red Banner Separate Naval Assault Aviation Regiment of the Black Sea Fleet from Saki Airport intercepted and escorted the British Sentinel R.1 aircraft (board number ZJ691, call sign RRR7305). The interception video was distributed by the famous Fighterbomber network account.

    The British Royal Air Force has five Sentinel R.1 ground-based reconnaissance aircraft commissioned in 2008, made on the basis of the Bombardier Global XRS business jets and equipped with the Raytheon ASTOR (aka Sentinel Dual Mode Radar Sensor - DMRS) radar complex with AFAR . Data is transmitted via satellite communications equipment to a ground station. The aircraft are in service with the 5th squadron of the British Air Force at Waddington Air Base.

    Sentinel R.1 planes are supposed to be withdrawn from the British Air Force in March 2021 due to the high cost of the necessary modernization. It is reported that to replace them, the UK government is considering the acquisition of several additional Boeing P-8A Poseidon base patrol aircraft in the United States. Now the United Kingdom has ordered nine R-8A aircraft, the first two of which were delivered at the beginning of the year.



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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Sun May 31, 2020 12:14 am

    GarryB wrote:
    They are clearly morons... MiG works with Klimov for engines not Saturn... and changing a twin engined fighter to a single engined fighter would be a bloody nightmare... are they going to make it VSTOL as well while they are at it so it will only be a subsonic only aircraft too?

    I can see a two separate points here:
    1) journos fantasies - like which engine to go where well this is funny but off topic.


    2) There is a fact that there was already a grant from MiG for aerodynamic- calculations for new fighter. Nothing about stealth specifics.


    "In particular, at the end of last year, MiG RSK placed an order for the study "Aerodynamic calculation of a light multi-functional front-line twin-engine aircraft, comparison with foreign analogues" for the period 2020-2025. Information about this was posted on the public procurement portal. "

    https://ria.ru/20200416/1570107844.html


    BTW not there is not gonna be neither MiG nor Su companies anymore. There are different divisions of Rostec/OAK. SO they can cooperate if there will be any requirement for that.



    GB wrote:But
    And it is amusing they have no money to produce Su-57s if they can afford to essentially fund the development of a second stealth fighter... are these people retarded?


    Hmmm you're right in case aircraft evolution ended up on Su-57 and there is no need to invest in future platforms. Otherwise no you're wrong and Russian MoD is right.






    The main difference between a light stealth fighter and a MiG-35 is that the MiG-35 is much cheaper to operate and is not stealthy.


    As far as I understand it this is about very early calculations so not even serious work started. So we are talking about 20 years after start of work on Su-57. This is not MiG-35 competitor but perhaps even new gen to Su-57





    GB wrote:There have always been plans for a light stealth fighter in Russia and the plans were always that it would start working on a light stealth fighter when the heavy stealth fighter was entering service.... guess what geniuses (at pravda et al) the Su-57 is entering serial production, so of course it is now time to look at the light stealth fighter... but it wont be going into serial production for ten years

    depends on funding and requirements but I'd say closer to 20 years.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sun May 31, 2020 1:45 am

    PapaDragon wrote:MiG-1.44 makes Su-57 look as small as Yak-130
    no, their dimensions r very similar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-57#Specifications_(Su-57)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan_Project_1.44#Specifications_(Project_1.42/44)

    A smaller/lighter variant, perhaps with 1 engine may be in the cards.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun May 31, 2020 1:35 pm

    The bottom line is that the MiG design teams must earn their living & the MiG-35 is a dead end, even if successful, being the last of the MiG-29 family.

    There is nothing about the F-35 that makes me think it is a better aircraft than the MiG-35, but in terms of operational costs and purchase price the F-35 will bankrupt most HATO countries that operate it.

    When the brand new weapons for the Su-57 are revealed and put in service and the MiG-35 and Su-35 start deploying them too it is going to make the F-35 look sad.

    If anything the F-35 is a dead end in the sense that it is so flawed and so expensive it will empty the budgets of all the air forces that are stupid enough to use it.

    The MiG LMFS may or may not replace other fighters, but it's better to have 1 more 5th-generation fighter jet that'll be less expensive than the Su-57 & will have naval/export potential.

    The LMFS is a small numbers plane... the Russian Navy don't need numbers when it comes to carrier based aircraft because at most they might end up with two CVNs and one CV... so they wont need an enormous number of planes to operate from them. In fact the MiG-35 is carrier capable so they could use aircraft that operate on land and at sea instead of separate types... Su-57s that are carrier capable would be ideal offering the best possible performance and for $40 million per aircraft they are cheap as hell... a light model wont be very much cheaper than that... hell 40 million will be what they would pay for an Apache helicopter...
    Not a 5th gen heavy stealth fighter....

    And whatever progress was made in MiG-1.44 it's already been implemented (and surpassed) in Su-57 long ago

    If they are working on LMFS it will be based on tech from Su-57 not MiG-1.44

    I am sure the guys at MiG are aware of what Sukhoi are doing with their Su-57s, but you are dead right there is no way they would design a small fighter to be based on a big fighter scaled down... that would be stupid.

    The MiG design bureau had a design that was a competition piece to the S-37, and they also had a different design that was competing for the LMFS or small 5th gen fighter competition... there were entries from MiG, Yakovlev, and Sukhoi... now they are going to compete for the new small stealth fighter programme now that the heavy stealth fighter is going in to serial production.

    2) There is a fact that there was already a grant from MiG for aerodynamic- calculations for new fighter. Nothing about stealth specifics.

    It might not be super stealthy but even the MiG-35 and Su-35 have RAM and reshaping to take the edges off the RCS...

    Reducing the stealth requirements is like reducing the speed requirements... it makes it more affordable and with any potential breakthroughs in optical or radar detection of targets I suspect a plane that was stealthy before might not remain so for very long anyway.

    BTW not there is not gonna be neither MiG nor Su companies anymore. There are different divisions of Rostec/OAK. SO they can cooperate if there will be any requirement for that.

    They have been kept as separate entities for a reason and they will retain their separate supply contractors most likely too.

    Hmmm you're right in case aircraft evolution ended up on Su-57 and there is no need to invest in future platforms. Otherwise no you're wrong and Russian MoD is right.

    The fact is that they do have money and are using it sensibly and carefully and not wasting it like America does. They are not going to buy 3,500 Su-57s, but they are not going to leave it at 76 either.

    A small stealth fighter is not an enormous priority... they are doing it now because the heavy stealth fighter is ready and work on a small fighter wont detract from the goal of getting it into production and service.


    As far as I understand it this is about very early calculations so not even serious work started.

    MiG have been working on this new light plane since the MiG-29 went in to service. Over the decades their design has probably changed a dozen times... but likely only for the better...

    So we are talking about 20 years after start of work on Su-57. This is not MiG-35 competitor but perhaps even new gen to Su-57

    The Su-57 is not intended to replace the Su-30 or Su-35 or Su-34... there will be a few situations where its stealth will allow it to do some things those planes can't but for the vast majority of jobs those non stealthy planes remain the best choice.

    Ask Israel... how often will they be able to fly an 80K dollar per hour stealth plane to fly through the hills next to Syria to lob stand off munitions at targets there when an F-16 could do it for a fraction of the price and in amongst the mountains with the same radar cross section.

    If it was the F-16 lurking in the mountains and the F-35 could fly down the main runway at Heminem without being seen by anyone then I would say money well spent... but the fact is that neither aircraft could do that so why replace the F-16 with a plane that carries less over shorter distances and is a lot slower and vastly more expensive to buy and to operate.

    Any new light stealth fighter they make in Russia will be affordable to buy and operate and will be used together with the MiG-35 to provide numbers to protect the airspace around Russia and the places she operates. New technology developed for this new stealthy plane will be used to further upgrade the MiG-35 so numbers of both planes will be valuable and get investments and further development.

    For export that means you can buy a related family of planes from the MiG-29M2 which is the base aircraft that will be cheap but capable and with enormous potential growth to the MiG-29KR which is essentially a naval model though they said the new MiG-35 will be carrier capable too so fully dual use land and ship based fighter... its strengthened undercarriage would be a bonus for landing on strips of motorway... and of course the new model fighter with a stealthy airframe but related avionics and systems so if you need a stealthy plane you could probably order a dumbed down MiG-29M2 version, or get the export model with all the stuff you could probably get on the MiG-35 now but in a stealthy package.

    depends on funding and requirements but I'd say closer to 20 years.

    This is not a new programme so to speak... they knew what they were doing and that this time was coming and they haven't been sitting doing nothing all this time... they will have been narrowing down the two or three options for testing so they can get started as quick as possible.

    no, their dimensions r very similar

    Of course they are similar... the MiG-1.44 and 1.42 were MiGs entry to the competition that led to the Su-57 being developed...


    A smaller/lighter variant, perhaps with 1 engine may be in the cards.

    They have had another 20 years to refine their designs... I really don't think a scaled down version of what failed before is going to cut it...
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Sun May 31, 2020 3:34 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    The bottom line is that the MiG design teams must earn their living & the MiG-35 is a dead end, even if successful, being the last of the MiG-29 family.
    2) There is a fact that there was already a grant from MiG for aerodynamic- calculations for new fighter. Nothing about stealth specifics.

    It might not be super stealthy but even the MiG-35 and Su-35 have RAM and reshaping to take the edges off the RCS...

    Reducing the stealth requirements is like reducing the speed requirements... it makes it more affordable and with any potential breakthroughs in optical or radar detection of targets I suspect a plane that was stealthy before might not remain so for very long anyway.


    Looks like reasonable  way to go for me. Besides next gen fighters likely should be (or have) autonomous flight possibilities.



    GB wrote:
    BTW not there is not gonna be neither MiG nor Su companies anymore. There are different divisions of Rostec/OAK. SO they can cooperate if there will be any requirement for that.

    They have been kept as separate entities for a reason and they will retain their separate supply contractors most likely too.


    Perhaps you you are right in short term. But I doubt in long one. then why to unite all companies is there is not for cost optimization?




    GB wrote:
    Hmmm you're right in case aircraft evolution ended up on Su-57 and there is no need to invest in future platforms. Otherwise no you're wrong and Russian MoD is right.

    The fact is that they do have money and are using it sensibly and carefully and not wasting it like America does. They are not going to buy 3,500 Su-57s, but they are not going to leave it at 76 either.

    A small stealth fighter is not an enormous priority... they are doing it now because the heavy stealth fighter is ready and work on a small fighter wont detract from the goal of getting it into production and service.



    Spending wise is more important IMHO then "uber-patriotic  wounded pride" or western bitching.  If they invest in too many projects economy cannot sustain that. Balancing economic growth and military is also a separate operations theater. Im glad Russia is coping with that pretty well.

    As for fighter - it is just continuous development, gen after gen.  Same with US, EU  or China.



    GB wrote:
    As far as I understand it this is about very early calculations so not even serious work started.

    MiG have been working on this new light plane since the MiG-29 went in to service. Over the decades their design has probably changed a dozen times... but likely only for the better...

    That's how I see it.



    GB wrote:
    Tsavo wrote:
    A smaller/lighter variant, perhaps with 1 engine may be in the cards.

    They have had another 20 years to refine their designs... I really don't think a scaled down version of what failed before is going to cut it...


    well, ekhm grant was saying about 2 engine fighter calculations :-)))
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Sun May 31, 2020 5:04 pm

    [quote="GunshipDemocracy"]
    GarryB wrote:
    The bottom line is that the MiG design teams must earn their living & the MiG-35 is a dead end, even if successful, being the last of the MiG-29 family.
    2) There is a fact that there was already a grant from MiG for aerodynamic- calculations for new fighter. Nothing about stealth specifics.

    It might not be super stealthy but even the MiG-35 and Su-35 have RAM and reshaping to take the edges off the RCS...

    Reducing the stealth requirements is like reducing the speed requirements... it makes it more affordable and with any potential breakthroughs in optical or radar detection of targets I suspect a plane that was stealthy before might not remain so for very long anyway.


    Looks like reasonable  way to go for me. Besides next gen fighters likely should be (or have) autonomous flight possibilities.



    GB wrote:
    BTW not there is not gonna be neither MiG nor Su companies anymore. There are different divisions of Rostec/OAK. SO they can cooperate if there will be any requirement for that.

    They have been kept as separate entities for a reason and they will retain their separate supply contractors most likely too.


    Perhaps you you are right in short term. But I doubt in long one. then why to unite all companies is there is not for cost optimization?
    GB wrote:
    Having separate design bureau and separate supple chain and subcontractors (and different plants) at least ensures that if they have problems with one design, or even with one set of components for one the companies (e.g. sukhoi) , because of difficulties with one of the suppliers , at least the product from the other companies will not be affected...

    Ad an example, mig29 (and mig35) have Klimov engines, while su-27 and derivatives have Lyulka (now Saturn) engines (AL in AL-41 stands for Arkhip Lyulka).

    And for the main radars they have Tikhomirov radars on the Sukhoi and Phasatron on the Migs (even if earlier they supplied radars also for su27)


    Of course it is important that engineers from the two companies talk and exchange information and lessons learned...
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:00 am

    Looks like reasonable way to go for me. Besides next gen fighters likely should be (or have) autonomous flight possibilities.

    Indeed... manned and unmanned versions are rather likely...

    Perhaps you you are right in short term. But I doubt in long one. then why to unite all companies is there is not for cost optimization?

    The cost optimisation is uniting the bean counters and managers, while keeping two or more separate strands of engineers and therefore also diversity and skills sets... there is no point in keeping MiG and Sukhoi and Yakovlev and Tupolev and Ilyusion as separate entities if you then just mash together the engine and radar and avionics companies together into one big blob and get rid of all their skilled engineers and find they don't have anyone that knows anything about the Zaslon radar or the radar in the Su-34 for instance.

    Keep the design bureaus and the radar and engine companies... Saturn and Klimov make more than just MiG and Sukhoi engines... Klimov now makes their helicopter engines and Saturn makes marine turbine engines too... and the different radar companies are also valuable to keep individual skill sets for.

    Otherwise you get all your fighter planes from Boeing and all your bombers from Boeing and all your tankers from Boeing etc etc etc

    If they invest in too many projects economy cannot sustain that. Balancing economic growth and military is also a separate operations theater. Im glad Russia is coping with that pretty well.

    But those projects are normal improvement and would continue even without new aircraft projects like the LMFS... because while it is a new plane from scratch with new technologies... the state of the art equipment is going to end up going into the MiG-35 family too, so it will raise the performance bar for a lot more aircraft than are purchased new as brand new light stealth fighters... unlike the US they wont be withdrawing their older planes and replacing them with super expensive stealthy models... they can save money yet improve performance by updating existing aircraft with new systems and weapons while also getting stealthy models too.

    well, ekhm grant was saying about 2 engine fighter calculation

    ?

    A twin engined aircraft means more internal volume can be created which can translate directly to more space for internal stealthy weapons carriage and fuel capacity... single engined fighters have much less internal space/frontal area, so extra volume looks ugly like conformal fuel tanks to increase fuel fraction.

    Having separate design bureau and separate supple chain and subcontractors (and different plants) at least ensures that if they have problems with one design, or even with one set of components for one the companies (e.g. sukhoi) , because of difficulties with one of the suppliers , at least the product from the other companies will not be affected...

    It also creates real competition for programmes which is good but because each design bureau is big and relatively diversified stuff developed for one competition is not just wasted money and time and effort... if you don't believe me look at the MiG-1.44 and then look at some new Chinese stealth designs...

    Of course it is important that engineers from the two companies talk and exchange information and lessons learned...

    Indeed, we don't want these people to be killing each other over jobs, but sometimes collaboration makes more sense where one DB has experience in one area but another DB has related experience that could also be used to help make it better...

    Sukhoi came up with the T-4 Mach 3 bomber design but had no experience making heavy bombers so the task of making it was given to Tupolev... who ended up scaling back the difficulty and ended up making the Tu-22.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:46 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    Perhaps you you are right in short term. But I doubt in long one. then why to unite all companies is there is not for cost optimization?

    The cost optimisation is uniting the bean counters and managers, while keeping two or more separate strands of engineers and therefore also diversity and skills sets... there is no point in keeping MiG and Sukhoi and Yakovlev and Tupolev and Ilyusion as separate entities if you then just mash together the engine and radar and avionics companies together into one big blob and get rid of all their skilled engineers and find they don't have anyone that knows anything about the Zaslon radar or the radar in the Su-34 for instance.


    Well, having separate engineering departments doesn't exclude being in one organization right? OF course it is my opinion, but they shall have more flexibility to find what they need across the whole company.



    GB wrote:Otherwise you get all your fighter planes from Boeing and all your bombers from Boeing and all your tankers from Boeing etc etc etc

    Same as in France, Germany or UK for example? Size of economy for example here does matter. besides in the US you have what 2 aerospace competitors?




    GB wrote:
    If they invest in too many projects economy cannot sustain that. Balancing economic growth and military is also a separate operations theater. Im glad Russia is coping with that pretty well.

    But those projects are normal improvement and would continue even without new aircraft projects like the LMFS... because while it is a new plane from scratch with new technologies... the state of the art equipment is going to end up going into the MiG-35 family too, so it will raise the performance bar for a lot more aircraft than are purchased new as brand new light stealth fighters... unlike the US they wont be withdrawing their older planes and replacing them with super expensive stealthy models... they can save money yet improve performance by updating existing aircraft with new systems and weapons while also getting stealthy models too.


    USAF is not going to retire F-15 either just upgrade ;-) MiG-35 is good for next couple of years but not really promising as newest F-18 of Eurofighter models.
    Whether MiG-35 will be accepted to RuAF is IMHO dependent on intl situation, if there will be no need for expediency in fighter manufacturing it might be rather low priority one. Nothing wrong with that just Polikarpov I-185 didnt go to series either and was pretty kickass fighter.




    GarryBee wrote:
    well, ekhm grant was saying about 2 engine fighter calculation

    ?

    A twin engined aircraft means more internal volume can be created which can translate directly to more space for internal stealthy weapons carriage and fuel capacity... single engined fighters have much less internal space/frontal area, so extra volume looks ugly like conformal fuel tanks to increase fuel fraction.


    I was referring to idea of single engine version of Su-57 Razz Razz Razz




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