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    Post  franco 23/03/23, 12:48 am


    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that by the end of this year, the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive 507 pieces of equipment. He did this during a meeting of the collegium of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    “Thus, the share of modern weapons of the airborne forces will reach 85% by the end of the year, which corresponds to the set pace of development and ensuring the solution of priority tasks in all areas,” Shoigu noted.

    In addition, according to him, the construction of 621 military infrastructure facilities for the needs of the Russian Aerospace Forces will be completed.

    Also, as Sergei Shoigu said, the modernization of the Moscow anti-missile defense system will be completed in 2023 .

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    Shoigu also announced the formation of an air defense division and brigade, a special-purpose air defense missile brigade, an anti-aircraft missile regiment with the S-350 complex and a military transport aviation regiment.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that this year the space control station "Decoupling" will be put on combat duty. He spoke about this during a meeting of the collegium of the Russian Defense Ministry. “We will put the Interchange space monitoring station on combat duty,” Shoigu said

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    Post  franco 23/03/23, 02:16 am

    MOSCOW, 22 Mar-RIA Novosti. Up to 90% of the operational-tactical and army crews, as well as 60% of the strategic and long-range aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces, received combat experience during a special operation, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Board of the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday.
    "During the special operation, up to 90% of the crews of operational-tactical and army aviation, 60% of strategic and long – range aviation, 85% of the personnel of complexes with unmanned aerial vehicles received combat experience," he said.
    The Minister recalled that at last year's enlarged meeting of the Defense Ministry Board, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, President Vladimir Putin, noted the important role of aviation in the Northern Military District and set the task of further improving its combat capabilities and the level of training of personnel.

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    Post  ALAMO 23/03/23, 03:35 am

    The case is not that they get the real experience, but that they have survived that.
    Ukroluftwaffe gets some real experience either, but the most common maneuver was assisting the coffins in the last sortie.

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    Post  GarryB 23/03/23, 04:49 pm

    An early warning helicopter with long legs would be much much better than aerostats.

    Honestly I am not sure it would.

    Some people look at an airship and think they are like a balloon... cut the skin and they collapse with a pop... but a modern airship made of modern composite materials can be flame proof, fill it with Hydrogen but in separate bags with the air space between the bags filled with nitrogen so the hydrogen cannot burn if ignited... you could use a hydrogen fuel cell and batteries to change the balance between lifting hydrogen gas or water ballast...

    Endurance wise an airship could remain on station for months and operate at an altitude where very few SAMs could reach it... place an S-400 battery directly below it and anything that could reach it would be big, which the S-400 should be able to shoot down before it reaches the airship.

    The airship could be scanning 24/7 which means it would see anything approaching including drones and ground launched missiles could be launched to defend it.

    Even if a drone or missile hit the airship it would need an enormous warhead to do any significant damage and it would not catch fire because the materials it is made of would not be flammable.

    You can't say the same for a helicopter whose engine is working hard to keep the aircraft aloft.

    An airship could be tethered or could occasionally use electric motors to remain on station.

    Will be interesting to see what they come up with... they were using airships in mountain regions as signal repeaters to get communications working in high mountain regions, but I think they should expand their applications... Airships have enormous potential, their slow flight speed is not a huge problem for platforms that don't need to move fast like AWACS working over a battlefield or indeed AWACS following a group of surface ships.

    Airships could even deliver things like fuel or ammo to remote units... touching down on the ground or on water to transfer material or men or supplies.

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    Post  JohninMK 29/03/23, 06:10 am

    Good example of how to hide attack helicopters from AD radars by 'hiding' in traffic on a road. Well the first of the pair anyway Smile

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    Post  Hole 29/03/23, 08:34 am

    Insurance guy: "The damage to your car was done by...?"
    You: "A helicopter."
    Insurance guy:  Suspect

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    Post  mnztr 02/05/23, 03:53 am

    Isos wrote:Not useful anymore. Nowadays you need precision. Once you know where to hit even 50kg warhead is enough. Carpet bombing is also outdated. You have far less soldiers per km2 than in ww2 or ww1.


    Why not convert the IL-76 to drop glide bombs. It can carry a shitload and just orbit at high altitude dropping glide bombs. One such plane can provide air support to a massive area at very low cost.
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    Post  Isos 02/05/23, 04:36 am

    It's an easy target for medium range systems.

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    Post  Broski 02/05/23, 08:23 am

    mnztr wrote:
    Why not convert the IL-76 to drop glide bombs. It can carry a shitload and just orbit at high altitude dropping glide bombs. One such plane can provide air support to a massive area at very low cost.
    Because the Ukronazis aren't Afghan goatherders and still have soviet SAMs at their disposal.
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    Post  GarryB 02/05/23, 12:55 pm

    Transport planes can carry heavy payloads and the newest model Il-76 can carry about 60 tons a distance of about 5,000km, which is a long way and a lot of bombs, but the individual precision of each bomb would be relatively low if they are not guided and are just rolling them off the rear ramp in flight.

    They have aircraft designed to carry bombs in significant numbers called Tu-22M3 and I suspect they will be working to modify them so they can carry the maximum number of glide bombs that they can manage.

    They might need to modify the mounting systems to allow glide bombs to be attached... the purpose of glide bombs is standoff range so altitude and speed are best for releasing such bombs which means the Tu-22M3 is also a good candidate for such a role because they are supersonic and can probably safely fly at higher altitudes than transport planes can too.

    They would also already have the nav attack computers needed to release the bombs to give them their best chance of getting direct hits on target.

    Edit: of course one of the best ways of delivering large numbers of glide bombs would actually be MiG-35s where each aircraft could carry two glide bombs and two Kh-31 anti radiation missiles and four remaining wing pylons for two R-77s and two R-74s for self defence.

    The glide bombs can be released at specific targets in real time as they pop up and if any air defence systems light up to try to shoot down the Fulcrum it can engage those systems and radar with Kh-31 missiles. Any aircraft or drones spotted can be engaged with the remaining air to air missiles.

    The real difference is that lots of smaller targets are harder to deal with by the enemy and each has a self defence electronics suite and weapons to defend themselves too meaning they can do damage across the entire length of the battlefield all at once which means less waiting for the ground troops for their air support to arrive.

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    Post  mnztr 02/05/23, 01:01 pm

    Broski wrote:
    Because the Ukronazis aren't Afghan goatherders and still have soviet SAMs at their disposal.

    Very few they are rapidly approaching goatherder status. Its also useful for other wars, against ISIS and their ilk.
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    Post  mnztr 02/05/23, 01:03 pm

    GarryB wrote:Transport planes can carry heavy payloads and the newest model Il-76 can carry about 60 tons a distance of about 5,000km, which is a long way and a lot of bombs, but the individual precision of each bomb would be relatively low if they are not guided and are just rolling them off the rear ramp in flight.

    They have aircraft designed to carry bombs in significant numbers called Tu-22M3 and I suspect they will be working to modify them so they can carry the maximum number of glide bombs that they can manage.

    They might need to modify the mounting systems to allow glide bombs to be attached... the purpose of glide bombs is standoff range so altitude and speed are best for releasing such bombs which means the Tu-22M3 is also a good candidate for such a role because they are supersonic and can probably safely fly at higher altitudes than transport planes can too.

    They would also already have the nav attack computers needed to release the bombs to give them their best chance of getting direct hits on target.

    Edit: of course one of the best ways of delivering large numbers of glide bombs would actually be MiG-35s where each aircraft could carry two glide bombs and two Kh-31 anti radiation missiles and four remaining wing pylons for two R-77s and two R-74s for self defence.

    The glide bombs can be released at specific targets in real time as they pop up and if any air defence systems light up to try to shoot down the Fulcrum it can engage those systems and radar with Kh-31 missiles. Any aircraft or drones spotted can be engaged with the remaining air to air missiles.

    The real difference is that lots of smaller targets are harder to deal with by the enemy and each has a self defence electronics suite and weapons to defend themselves too meaning they can do damage across the entire length of the battlefield all at once which means less waiting for the ground troops for their air support to arrive.

    Who says they need to be rolled off the ramp? they can be pushed out of a hole in the floor with compressed air from a magazine, and yes of course they would be guided.
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    Post  GarryB 02/05/23, 06:38 pm

    Any such modifications would be expensive and not really contribute to the aircrafts original role.

    If, however, you look back through some of the threads you will find that I mentioned this sort of thing before.

    The Il-476 has a structure that can be loaded into it to hold water for fire fighting duties. There is another structure that can hold fuel and allow the aircraft to be an inflight refuelling tanker when required. There is yet another structure with three levels of seats for troops to sit in to maximised the number of soldiers it can carry at a time, and I was suggesting that another rack type system could be developed that has rails on it to suspend bombs of all shapes and sizes on these rails that can be extended out of the rear ramp when it is opened in flight where bombs can be dropped conventionally and in seriously large numbers.

    You could make it modular so you have a half length one that will fit into the Il-276 which has the same fuselage as the Il-476 but shorter and with smaller wings and only two engines instead of four engines. When fitting the system to the Il-476 you could fit three connected together to carry perhaps 15 tons of bombs each, so the Il-276 would have one with 15 tons of bombs with the system itself weighing perhaps 3 to 5 tons. With the Il-476 you could have three of these mounts carrying 45 tons of bombs and  weighing 9 to 15 tons.

    A system for larger aircraft like Slon and Il-106 could be adapted... they could fit quite a few of these mounts each.

    I think the core problem will be getting enough targets in real time to justify that sort of bomb capacity in one aircraft.

    As I mention smaller lighter shorter ranged aircraft can often do a better job of giving good coverage and also being better able to defend themselves too.

    Once the system is up and running you could fit it to civilian airliners with a modification of a side cargo door with an arm extended out to hold the munitions to be dropped.

    I don't think it is a terrible idea... in fact I think against super poor unsupported enemies like ISIS it would actually make rather more sense than an AC-130 like gunship idea, which I think it way too vulnerable.

    It could just as easily be adapted to carry guided anti sub weapons with the transport plane flown over water to deal with the threat of enemy sub attack.

    Actually the guided glide kits for dumb bombs means the 72 seat upper deck on the An-124 could be used for terminals and other stations for radio comms communicating with ground forces getting target coordinates in real time to engage by releasing bombs out the rear ramp.

    In fact you could go a step further and have a forward facing chute with compressed air launchers where the upwards folding nose of the An-124 is fixed and four launchers are built like forward firing torpedo tubes for bombs that can be fired forward accelerated by compressed air... for the reach of a faster aircraft...

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    Post  mnztr 04/05/23, 05:10 pm

    I really don't see it being that hard to design a removable modularized system that can handle about 40 500kg bombs that can be dropped through a couple of small holes in the fuse that can be covered over by a removable panel when the module is removed. They can have a load master operate it so it easier to design.
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    Post  GarryB 05/05/23, 08:31 pm

    Well obviously there are safety concerns because you don't want them armed and able to explode till they have left the aircraft, and of course there are communication issues as most transport planes don't have navigation bombing systems already installed and even guided bombs need to be released from a height and speed where they will be able to manouver to get a hit on its designated target.

    A two or three row system of bombs mounted on rails front to back down the cargo bay with suitable safety systems so safety pins remain in fuses till the bomb is dropped and the safety pin is pulled as it drops so the bomb wont be armed till it is clear of the aircraft shouldn't be too complex and difficult.

    They could have glide kits fitted and perhaps a Wifi system for programming each bomb with a target coordinate just before release, so roll the bomb back on a central rail that extends backwards beyond the rear ramp in flight and let it fall off the back of the rail to drop like a conventional bomb.

    But of course if you are going to do that then why not go the extra step... if you saw the MiG-35 video of Combat Approved you saw a MiG-35 fly right up to the open rear ramp of a transport plane with the pilot almost able to fly into the plane...

    Instead of hanging out an inflight refuelling probe on the end of a hose, hang out a grappling hook and catch drones in flight and bring them on board... refuel them and more importantly rearm them with missiles and small bombs and allow them to continue operating over the battlefield for longer periods of time.

    Operating at 10km altitude guided small bombs like KAB-20 would do good damage because of their accuracy so they don't need to be super heavy... a transport could carry enormous numbers of such bombs and even drop some itself if needed, and could refuel drones multiple times and of course being able to load ATGMs like ATAKA or Kornet would be valuable too because these missiles are cheap and could be expended on all sorts of targets with good accuracy.

    Laser beam riding Kornet could be fired nearly straight down at 10km altitude and its accuracy should be pretty good while 1.2m penetration with a top attack munition... not much would survive... of course the closing speed might be too high for the HEAT warhead to function properly so early detonation because of an APS system might improve its penetration... ironically.

    I would say the biggest barrier to making the bombing system is lack of interest... most of the time the biggest problem with bombing is finding targets to hit so flying around with a plane carrying enormous amounts of ordinance might not be a priority.
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    Post  JohninMK 15/05/23, 07:15 am

    A jampacked airfield

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    Post  Isos 15/05/23, 07:20 am

    What a dumb move. They syill haven't learn the lesson. One reason they have long range is to keep them away from border bases subject to enemy attacks.

    A single drone attack can take out easily 3 plane or more if they are full of fuel.

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    Post  GarryB 15/05/23, 11:38 am

    An attack on strategic bombers... go ahead...

    They can attack anything they like... getting them to attack such targets uses up their resources and such targets are already heavily defended and so having a real enemy attacking them is good preparation for a real WWIII when US 5th columnists would attempt to do the same.

    Good practise for the air defence forces.

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    Post  Arkanghelsk 15/05/23, 01:43 pm

    It's better to spread them out, and give them additional Tanker support

    The cost of the tankers would be less than the cost of losing 4 or 5 bombers

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    Post  franco 29/06/23, 10:45 pm

    By the end of the year, a regiment of military transport aviation (VTA) will appear in Tambov. The airfield's infrastructure will be significantly expanded for its deployment, after which it will become a major aviation base. The task of the new military unit will be the transportation of personnel, landing of military equipment, as well as providing for the daily needs of the troops. Experts note that from their base in Tambov, the aircraft will be able to operate in the western and southern strategic directions.

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    NOTE: all though the author doesn't seem to understand the why, suspect with the division of the old Western Military District in to two MD's. This will be the home of the Moscow District VTA regiment.

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    Post  AMCXXL 29/06/23, 11:41 pm

    franco wrote:By the end of the year, a regiment of military transport aviation (VTA) will appear in Tambov. The airfield's infrastructure will be significantly expanded for its deployment, after which it will become a major aviation base. The task of the new military unit will be the transportation of personnel, landing of military equipment, as well as providing for the daily needs of the troops. Experts note that from their base in Tambov, the aircraft will be able to operate in the western and southern strategic directions.

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    NOTE: all though the author doesn't seem to understand the why, suspect with the division of the old Western Military District in to two MD's. This will be the home of the Moscow District VTA regiment.

    The article does not speak of a mixed transport regiment that each military district has, the article is about one VTA regiment, that is, with Il-76

    The Western Military District will be divided into Leningrad MD and Moscow MD
    Leningrad MD mixed transport regiment will remain based in Levashovo while Moscow MD will have its mixed transport regiment probably in Voronezh where large parking areas with room for hangars for An-12 size aircraft are planned. Another possibility could be in Kubinka

    As for Tambov, the 27th Mixed Aviation Regiment of the 43rd Long-Range Aviation Training Center is currently based, with two squadrons (Tu-134 and An-26/An-12)
    I suppose that this unit would be easily transportable to Ryazan and a VTA regiment with Il-76 would be stationed in its place.

    If you remember, two VTA regiments have been created in the last few years, in 2017 the 235th VTAP at Ulyanovsk as part of 18th VTA Division, and in 2020 the 81st VTAP at Ivanovo as part of 12th VTA Division
    It seems that now another regiment would be created that could go to the 18th Division VTA. together with those of Orenburg, Taganrog and Ulyanovsk

    The question is where are they going to get more Il-76 from, today, there are not enough for so many regiments, the only short-term solution would be to use the Ukrainian Il-76 captured in Metilopol
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    Post  franco 30/06/23, 03:34 am

    Time will tell amigo...
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    Post  Mir 30/06/23, 05:29 am

    Maybe they will get the Il-476(90) production up to spec. They should also have a substantial number of the IL-76 in reserve/mothballed?

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    Post  franco 10/07/23, 10:01 pm

    MOSCOW, July 10-RIA Novosti. Russia has doubled the production of Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets for the needs of the special operation in Ukraine, Rostec's First Deputy General Director Vladimir Artyakov said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel on Monday.
    "Aviation is also our sector, and in some areas we have also doubled the number of combat aircraft that we issue to the Ministry of Defense. These are Su-30s, Su-34s, Su-35s - they are very effective on the line of contact and significantly help us carry out our special military operation," he said.

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    franco wrote:MOSCOW, July 10-RIA Novosti. Russia has doubled the production of Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets for the needs of the special operation in Ukraine, Rostec's First Deputy General Director Vladimir Artyakov said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel on Monday.
    "Aviation is also our sector, and in some areas we have also doubled the number of combat aircraft that we issue to the Ministry of Defense. These are Su-30s, Su-34s, Su-35s - they are very effective on the line of contact and significantly help us carry out our special military operation," he said.

    https://translated.turbopages.org/proxy_u/ru-en.en.12349e54-64abd632-725737b7-74722d776562/https/ria.ru/20230710/istrebiteli-1883228740.html

    Of course, it is necessary, and not only to replace the losses in Ukraine, but also to form a new Military District in Leningrad to oppose the stupid Finns who have had no better idea than to join NATO to ruin their country.

    IF you notice, the new Su-34 and Su-35 since last year were wearing blue tail numbers, indicating that they are for new regiments

    Then we would have:

    - A new Bomber Regiment with Su-34 in the Leningrad region (probably Siversky, former base of the 67th Bomber Regiment)

    - A new Fighter Regiment with at least one squadron of Su-35s, perhaps accompanied by Su-27SM which are in reserve at Besovets and Khotilovo
    (perhaps in Gromovo region of Leningrad, former base of the 180th Fighter Regiment)

    -A new Naval Assault Regiment for the Northern Fleet with Su-30SM2 (probably based at Severomorsk-3, while shipborne aircraft move to Severomorsk-1)

    - Also, a new Helicopter unit will probably be needed to complete the Moscow and Leningrad Military Districts since in the current Western Military District there are only 3 Helicopter units to split between the two new Military Districts. For this, the production of the Ka-52M and Mi-28NM will probably go at a good pace.

    - And of course a new Mixed Transport Regiment is needed for the Moscow Military District, probably based at the remodeled Voronezh airport, which will receive half of the aircraft of the actual 33rd OTSAP from Levashovo.

    So it is likely that by the end of the year or during the next year we will see all these new units emerge, at least 5 new tactical regiments in the VKS


    Mir wrote:Maybe they will get the Il-476(90) production up to spec. They should also have a substantial number of the IL-76 in reserve/mothballed?

    The Ulyanovsk regiment was formed in 2017 from a squadron with Il-76MDs loaned from other regiments that later have been returned to their bases of origin
    As of today, it has already received 14 Il-76MD-90A and will continue to receive at least until completing two squadrons this is 18

    The Ivanovo regiment started with a dozen repaired Il-76Ms, they are all that remained in reserve, being completed with Il-76MD-M

    Most likely, the new regiment in Tambov will also start with a squadron of Il-76MDs loaned from other regiments and then new Il-76MD-90As and even Il-78M-90As will be received in the coming years.

    27 Il-76MD-90A were contracted, which gives for 3 squadrons
    10 Il-78M-90A were also hired, which gives a squadron of 9 plus 1 for training
    Most likely, of these 4 squadrons contracted in total, 2 squadrons of Il-76MD-90A will be for Ulyanovsk, and for Tambov it may be one squadron of Il-76MD-90A and one of Il-78M-90A.

    I am inclined to think that the structure will be 2 squadrons of Il.76MD-90A in each regiment and the third squadron may be Il-78M-90A in some cases and An-124 in other cases.

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