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    Post  George1 Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:17 pm

    Some parts on military aircraft from interview with the President of PJSC UAC Yuri Slyusar

    Military still have not abandoned the production of IL-96 in the version of the tanker?

    No, the project is on the agenda. The development of this project involves the creation of a whole multifunctional complex. This project is interesting for us, besides, this is an extension of life to the Il-96 family.

    What about the contract for the IL-76MD-90A in the interests of the RF Ministry of Defense? It is known that there were problems with calculation and calculation materials (RCM).

    The serial contract was signed before the signing of the contract for development work. In the process of clarifying the technical appearance, it became obvious that the price set in the serial contract does not cover production costs and minimal profitability. Now we are introducing the new RCM. The customer was given three cars under a serial contract, but so far in a simplified form. OCD is over in 2019. In 2018, we will connect the fourth car to testing. At the beginning of next year, we will hand over a promising tanker, next year we intend to produce three cars, in 2019 - five, and then together with the refuellers should reach the level of production to 12 aircraft per year. There is an additional interest on the part of customers from those countries where the IL-76 is currently in operation.

    What can you say on the basis of the operation of Su-35S fighters and Su-34 bombers in Syria?

    There were requests from the military for further improvement. We appreciate this because we have a unique opportunity to formulate concrete questions on the basis of the results of operation in real combat conditions, we are working on solving them. But the main thing that I can say calmly and confidently is that the planes have confirmed the inherent characteristics. They showed themselves not at the test site, but in real conditions. As a result, Su-34 and Su-35 already have an interest in foreign customers.

    Program PAK FA in what state?

    Nine flight copies are made, we will produce three more - and we will execute the contract for ROC. In 2019 we have to supply the first sample to the troops.

    Under the new state armaments program, what types of combat aircraft will be procured?

    MiG-35, Su-30SM, Su-34, Su-35S - all of our advanced line.

    A MiG-35 in the ship version will be?

    It all depends on the customers.

    An additional order for a ship MiG-29K military do not want to do?

    So far, the existing composition is sufficient. But if the military raise the issue of expanding the aircraft carrier group, we are ready to participate.

    The resumption of production of the Su-33 in principle is not planned?

    A number of ideas are being discussed. But it seems to me that light decked fighters could fully provide the functionality that was previously provided by heavy ones.

    Prospects for the Be-200 amphibious aircraft as you see it?

    Within the framework of the current contract with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, we have a firm order for six aircraft, plus six they still want to order. There are foreign customers: Thailand, Indonesia, signed a contract with Argentina, signed a contract with China. China ordered two aircraft, two more are provided with an option. We are negotiating with the Chileans. Although, as I was taught by experienced people, advance payment is the best confirmation of strong friendship. Approximately for the next few years there is an order for 10-12 cars.

    Is the military machine interesting?

    Yes, we are updating the contract now. I hope that the whole order will be for five or six aircraft. In general, the Be-200 is a unique machine: it would be possible to make a squadron that will fly around the world, extinguish fires, save people, improve the ecology. This is a weighty reputational plus, when Russian aircraft help save people and nature. It is clear that it will cost money and talk about full self-sufficiency is difficult. A similar idea, incidentally, was discussed jointly with the French, we had a joint venture where we were engaged in the European certification of the Be-200. Unfortunately, all this was suspended, but in the conditions of the renewal of Russian-French relations, maybe we will really return to this. For us, an additional order for such machines would be very useful. Be-200 is not a suitcase without a handle. This is a unique aircraft, this is the development of the competence for hydroaviation, this is, finally, the loading of the enterprise in Taganrog.

    What about the replacement of the Ukrainian engine with the Be-200? The French said that they are interested in participating in such a project, putting on the Be-200 "pop-up" version of the SaM-146. But they have no money for this project: that is, they only hope for the Russian budget.


    While we are discussing different options with the United Engine-Building Corporation and foreign partners. It is important to minimize the potential costs of time and money.

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    Post  miketheterrible Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:06 am

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/201707231055799517-russia-aerospace-forces-new-aircraft/?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fzen.yandex.com

    So the airforce is going to receive over 100 aircraft next year. And the understanding for 2018-2025 is that the airforce is going to take precedence. Meaning more emphasis on modernizing and expanding the airforce.
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    Post  JohninMK Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:49 pm

    Samir‏ @obretix 2h2 hours ago

    second runway at Mozdok AB, main hub of RuAF Syria operation (03 Apr 2017) https://www.google.com/maps?ll=43.790048,44.599208&q=43.790048,44.599208&t=h&z=14 … ammo storage capacity extended as well


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    Map from 2015, I hope! Follow instruction in centre of page "Jump to map"

    https://syria.liveuamap.com/en/2015/17-november-five-tu22-committed-sorties-from-mozdok-ab-last/comments
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    Post  JohninMK Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:44 pm

    Didn't know where to put this, but this thread seems OK.

    Tomorrow the 12 August 105th RuAF anniversary flypast

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    Post  SeigSoloyvov Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:40 am

    miketheterrible wrote:https://sputniknews.com/russia/201707231055799517-russia-aerospace-forces-new-aircraft/?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fzen.yandex.com

    So the airforce is going to receive over 100 aircraft next year.  And the understanding for 2018-2025 is that the airforce is going to take precedence.  Meaning more emphasis on modernizing and expanding the airforce.

    aircraft can mean drones etc. Anything that flys so don't assume Russia will suddenly get one hundred new figthers.

    Always take statement like this with a grain of salt.
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    Post  franco Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:05 pm

    SeigSoloyvov wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:https://sputniknews.com/russia/201707231055799517-russia-aerospace-forces-new-aircraft/?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fzen.yandex.com

    So the airforce is going to receive over 100 aircraft next year.  And the understanding for 2018-2025 is that the airforce is going to take precedence.  Meaning more emphasis on modernizing and expanding the airforce.

    aircraft can mean drones etc. Anything that flys so don't assume Russia will suddenly get one hundred new figthers.

    Always take statement like this with a grain of salt.

    Sounds like over a hundred new aircraft including helicopters. Which is what we have seen for the past 6 years. To me just indicates present pace is maintained or even slowed a bit.
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    Post  PapaDragon Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:26 pm

    Women to train as Russian air force pilots

    http://www.enca.com/world/women-to-train-as-russian-air-force-pilots
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    Post  Guest Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:31 pm

    franco wrote:
    SeigSoloyvov wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:https://sputniknews.com/russia/201707231055799517-russia-aerospace-forces-new-aircraft/?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fzen.yandex.com

    So the airforce is going to receive over 100 aircraft next year.  And the understanding for 2018-2025 is that the airforce is going to take precedence.  Meaning more emphasis on modernizing and expanding the airforce.

    aircraft can mean drones etc. Anything that flys so don't assume Russia will suddenly get one hundred new figthers.

    Always take statement like this with a grain of salt.

    Sounds like over a hundred new aircraft including helicopters. Which is what we have seen for the past 6 years. To me just indicates present pace is maintained or even slowed a bit.

    I belive this includes overhauled and modernised units too.
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    Post  AMCXXL Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:34 pm

    franco wrote:
    SeigSoloyvov wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:sputniknews.com/russia/201707231055799517-russia-aerospace-forces-new-aircraft/?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fzen.yandex.com

    So the airforce is going to receive over 100 aircraft next year.  And the understanding for 2018-2025 is that the airforce is going to take precedence.  Meaning more emphasis on modernizing and expanding the airforce.

    aircraft can mean drones etc. Anything that flys so don't assume Russia will suddenly get one hundred new figthers.

    Always take statement like this with a grain of salt.

    Sounds like over a hundred new aircraft including helicopters. Which is what we have seen for the past 6 years. To me just indicates present pace is maintained or even slowed a bit.

    Depends of translator, but "aircraft" is any flying artifact capable to sail in the atmosphera , even a Zeppelin (airship)

    "over 100 aircraft" can be 50 airplanes and 55 helicopters , and that also includes Il-76 Yak-130 and others not combat airplanes
    Anyway , next years the new programs (Mig-35,Su-57) will raise the total number of combat airplanes received to 50 and later to 60, certainly not as many as in 2015.
    However , until now new airplanes only replace other , later also will expand the size of airforces
    The question is to maintain a reasonable and planned effort. It does not make sense to buy all airplanes in 6 or 7 years, and 20 or 25 years later to have to change all at once

    Militarov wrote:

    I belive this includes overhauled and modernised units too.

    No, "aircraft" includes airplenes and helicoptres , and that is more of 100 every year
    "Modernise" refers to get modern aircraft, no to refit old aircraft , that are already property of the airforce
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    Post  Guest Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:47 pm

    AMCXXL wrote:

    No, "aircraft" includes airplenes and helicoptres , and that is more of 100 every year
    "Modernise" refers to get modern aircraft, no to refit old aircraft , that are already property of the airforce

    It would not be the first time such numbers included modernised MiG-31BMs, Tu-95MS, IL-76... etc, etc.
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    Post  franco Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:18 am

    No, "aircraft" includes airplenes and helicoptres , and that is more of 100 every year
    "Modernise" refers to get modern aircraft, no to refit old aircraft , that are already property of the airforce


    Actually it does mean to upgrade,rebuild or modernize old equipment. As in the Ministry of Defense reporting that they had received 300 new and 600 modernized weapon system and military equipment for the first 6 months of this year. The T-72B3 tank is a modernized weapon, not a new weapon. A BTR-82A is a new weapon system while the BTR-82AM is a modernized weapon system.
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    Post  PapaDragon Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:54 pm


    New heli-pilot suit Vulkan:
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    Post  AMCXXL Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:01 pm

    franco wrote:No, "aircraft" includes airplenes and helicoptres , and that is more of 100 every year
    "Modernise" refers to get modern aircraft, no to refit old aircraft , that are already property of the airforce


    Actually it does mean to upgrade,rebuild or modernize old equipment. As in the Ministry of Defense reporting that they had received 300 new and 600 modernized weapon system and military equipment for the first 6 months of this year. The T-72B3 tank is a modernized weapon, not a new weapon. A BTR-82A is a new weapon system while the BTR-82AM is a modernized weapon system.

    At least 115 Brand New "aircraft" to be hand over in 2017 :
    http://charly015.blogspot.com.es/2017/08/las-entregas-previstas-para-2017.html

    Airplanes: 65
    10 Su-35S
    16 Su-34
    17 Su-30SM
    3 T-50 prototypes (at least)
    10 Yak-130
    3 Yak-152
    3 Antonov 148
    3 Il-76MD-90A

    Helicopters: 50
    14 Ka-52
    18 Mi-AMTSh (at least)
    8 Mi-28UB
    10 Ansat U

    Including modernizations of Mig-31BM (18-20) , Su-25SM3 (16) , Su-27SM3 (4) , and several Il-38N , Il-76MDM , Il-78M , A-50U , etc... only the airplanes will be +100 handed over in 2017



    http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/4477415
    VKS RF will receive more than 400 new and modernized airplanes and helicopters in 2017
    (this number included Brand new , modernized and repaired airplanes and helicopters)

    MOSCOW, August 11. / TASS /. Russia's aerospace forces have received more than 400 new and modernized airplanes and helicopters this year, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Air Force, told in an interview to the website of Zvezda .
    "The air and space forces are getting new and modernized equipment at the same pace as we reached in 2016. This year we received more than 100 airplanes and about 300 helicopters, and according to the new SPO [state arms program] the pace of deliveries of aircraft to the troops will continue, VCS will update its aviation fleet, "Bondarev said.
    "We are pleased with the pace of renewal of the aviation fleet, which now exist," he added.
    The Commander-in-Chief also assured that Russian pilots will have a rise in the raid and level of training.

    In December 2016, Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu told the final board of the military department that last year the VKS received 139 modern aircraft
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    Post  George1 Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:03 am

    The last four An-148-100E engines and D-436-148 engines for the Russian VCS in the final assembly shop of VASO

    The original is taken from a colleague diana_mihailova in the last four An-148-100E and engines D-436-148 for the VCS RF in the final assembly shop of the VASO

    The contract for the Russian military will be executed in 2018

    In the final assembly shop, 4 "extreme" AN-148 sides were assembled into the shots of photographers, which are assembled for the Russian Defense Ministry:

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    Post  George1 Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:17 am

    New field airfield on the Kuril Islands

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

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    Post  AMCXXL Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:00 pm

    George1 wrote:New field airfield on the Kuril Islands

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

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

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


    This other source more specific. This is a small aerodrome/helipad on the uninhabited island of Matua
    https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/78981
    Here the satellite image:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=48.083333,153.216667&spn=0.1,0.1&t=k&q=48.083333,153.216667
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    On the Kuril Islands, Matua, the former Japanese airfield of the Second World War :
    On the island of Matua, the former Japanese airfield of the Second World War is being restored.
    The territory is cleared with the help of construction equipment, which the expedition of the Ministry of Defense brought specially for reconstruction from the mainland. There will be three helipads on the former parking lot of Japanese aircraft. The air harbor has already taken the first side.
    One of the goals of the expedition of the Ministry of Defense is to restore the infrastructure of a remote and long uninhabited island.
    Runways length of 1200 and 800 meters, the Japanese began to build in the 30 years of the last century. Then the planes landed on the compacts of soil from a mixture of crushed stone and bitumen, in the 40s they were poured with concrete and expanded to accept bombers torpedo bombers and fighters. Over time, the coating collapsed, overgrown with bushes. On the runway, thin concrete covered with cracks. There were four indoor hangar aircraft, special shelters from high earthen ramparts, which have survived to this day.
    The airfield could be all-weather, according to one version of the island's researchers, in winter the runway was heated by thermal springs. However, so far it has not received its confirmation. Scientists from the Russian Geographical Society of Geysers on the Volcano Peak Sarycheva not found. Now the territory of the airfield is cleared with the help of construction equipment, which the expedition brought specially for its reconstruction from the mainland.
    In the former parking lot of Japanese aircraft, three helipads are being equipped. According to Vitaly Kanevsky, the thickness of concrete is 12 centimeters, it is in a satisfactory condition, which allows to ensure the take-off and landing of helicopters such as Mi-8 and KA-27.



    Matua (en.wikipedia):
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    After World War II the island came under the control of the Soviet Union, and Soviet Border Troops manned the former Japanese military facilities. With the withdrawal of Soviet military forces following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the island became uninhabited. The Russian Federation administers it as part of the Sakhalin Oblast. In 2016 some two hundred Russian officials and technical experts made an expedition to the island, part of a plan to rehabilitate the derelict 1.2 km Soviet airfield and establish a new naval and logistical forward military base[1]
    [1]http://our-russia.com/27052016120927/russias-kuril-islands-naval-base-what-it-means-strategically
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    Post  T-47 Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:02 pm

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


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    Post  George1 Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:27 pm

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

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

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

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

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

    lol. Yes it did. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you.
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    Post  AMCXXL Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:39 am

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

    Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Ruslan Pukhov believes that in addition to practical purposes (testing of the TTX and performance characteristics), the sending of the MiG-29SMT to Syria is pursued and purely commercial. "Successful actions of Russian equipment in Syria are its best advertising on the international market, so the participation of" mihovsky "machines in the operation will support the export potential of the corporation," the expert stresses.
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    Post  Nasr Hosein Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:46 pm

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

    Anyone have any confirmation on this subject?
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    Post  T-47 Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:50 pm

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

    Anyone have any confirmation on this subject?

    War changed the spending to other directions for Syria. They ordered Yak-130 too. And Russia don't export MiG-31! There was an attempt in 2005 but Putin said "Nyet". Everything you hear about exporting MiG-31 is a hoax until Kremlin lift the export ban.
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    Post  George1 Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:05 pm

    Freshly published May 2017 image of sole Mi-24 flying lab, 271 White, converted from Mi-24K.

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    Post  George1 Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:26 pm

    The actions of the search and rescue team during the joint Russian-Serbian flight-tactical exercise "BARS-2017"


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