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[*] posted on 4-2-2020 at 01:15 PM


Russia greenlights production of PAK-DA stealth bomber

By George Allison - February 3, 202027



The Russian MoD has signed a contract with the developer of PAK-DA long-range stealth bomber to commence production for a possible delivery by 2027 according to state media.

“The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has signed all the necessary contracts to start production of the PAK-DA long-range bomber. Flight tests of the aircraft is scheduled for 2027,” deputy head of the department Alexey Krivoruchk was quoted as saying by Zvezda, run by the Russian MoD reported on Monday.

“The characteristics of the aircraft have been agreed upon, all contract documents necessary for the production of samples have been signed, preparatory design stages are underway,” Krivoruchko said.


Image via Russian State Media.

The aircraft is expected to be of subsonic speed, have a 12,000 km operational range and a capability to continuously remain in the air for up to 30 hours while carrying both conventional and nuclear payloads up to 30 tons. The aircraft is expected to have a crew of 4.

The PAK-DA is expected to replace all current strategic bombers in the Russian Air Force by the next decade.
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[*] posted on 7-2-2020 at 09:48 PM


Maiden flight for upgraded Tu-160M bomber

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

07 February 2020

Russia flew the maiden flight of the upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M 'Blackjack' strategic bomber on 2 February, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced.

The flight took place at the Kazan Aircraft Plant and lasted 34 minutes with the aircraft reaching an altitude of approximately 5,000 ft. The video of the flight was released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation on 6 February.
As noted by the MoD, the first upgraded aircraft are due to be received by the Russian Air Force in 2021.

The Tu-160 first entered into Soviet service in the late 1980s. Since then the swing-wing supersonic bomber has undergone several upgrades, including in the early 2000s a bolstering of the aircraft's nuclear armament with the capacity to carry 12 conventionally armed Raduga NPO Kh-555 (AS-15 'Kent') long-range cruise missiles and laser-guided bombs.

The Tu-160M upgrade is being rolled out in two phases, with the first Tu-160M1 phase comprising the new K-042K-1 navigation system and ABSU-200-1 autopilot, as well as the removal of some previous systems, such as bomb sighting systems. This Tu-160M1-variant has been operational with the air force since late 2014.

The second Tu-160M2 phase includes the new Novella NV1.70 radar, a digital 'glass' cockpit, modern communications and anti-jamming equipment, upgraded NK-32 engines (designated NK-32-02), and modern conventional and nuclear weapons.


The first flight of upgraded Tu-160M 'Blackjack' bomber aircraft took place on 2 February 2020. (Russian MoD)

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[*] posted on 11-2-2020 at 09:55 AM


Russia to Arm Tu-160 Strategic Bombers with Hypersonic Missiles — Source

(Source: TASS; published Feb. 10, 2020)

MOSCOW --- Russia’s top military brass plans to arm Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Monday.

"The possibility of deploying Kinzhal missiles on Tu-160 aircraft is being considered. The work on this option is due to be completed this year," the source said.

The source did not specify, however, whether operational or upgraded Tu-160 bombers would be armed with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.

TASS has no official confirmation of this information yet.

Another source in the Russian defense industry told TASS in July 2018 that there were plans to test Kinzhal hypersonic missile systems aboard a Tu-22M3 long-range bomber.

The Tu-160 is a multimode supersonic strategic missile-carrying bomber with a variable sweep wing. Russia’s top brass announced its decision in 2015 to restart the production of the Tu-160 strategic bomber in its upgraded Tu-160M version at the Kazan Aircraft Enterprise.

On February 2, an upgraded Tu-160M prototype derived from an operational Tu-160 bomber took to the skies for the first time. The upgraded bomber features advanced flight and navigation equipment, communications, a new radar and electronic countermeasures system. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 12 strategic cruise missiles on two multi-position rotating launchers inside the fuselage.

Kinzhal hypersonic missile system

The Kinzhal is the latest Russia airborne system that consists of a MiG-31K aircraft as a delivery vehicle and a hypersonic missile. According to media reports, a Kinzhal missile is the airborne version of the Iskander tactical missile system. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic missile system in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly in March 2018. Currently, a squadron of MiG-31K aircraft armed with hypersonic missiles is on experimental combat duty in Russia’s Southern Military District.

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[*] posted on 11-2-2020 at 05:59 PM


You know, if the Russians keep wanking at the speed their media releases suggest they are, they're liable to pull it clean off.



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[*] posted on 20-2-2020 at 02:21 PM


Russia’s Top Brass to Sign Contract for Several Dozen Upgraded Su-34 Bombers — source

(Source: TASS; published Feb 19, 2020)


Russia will shortly award contracts for the upgrade of ‘several dozen’ Su-34 bombers, of which it operates between 110 and 130; the upgrade aims to integrate the latest avionics suite developed under the Sych experimental design initiative. (Russian AF photo)

MOSCOW --- Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to sign a new contract in the summer for the delivery of several dozen Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bombers to the Aerospace Force with their combat capabilities expanded under the Sych experimental design work, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday.

"The Defense Ministry plans to sign a contract with the Sukhoi Company this summer for the delivery of several dozen Su-34 planes to the troops with expanded combat capabilities. The aircraft will integrate the latest avionics suite developed under the Sych experimental design work," the source said.

The Sych experimental design work was completed in 2019 and, in particular, "it envisages installing underslung reconnaissance containers on Su-34s," the source specified.

"Also, the range of air-launched weapons, which the Su-34 will be able to employ, increases significantly in the process of this work," the source said.
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Eventually, there are plans to upgrade operational Su-34 planes," the source said.

TASS has no official confirmation of this information provided by the source.

The Su-34 multirole supersonic fighter-bomber is designated to strike both ground-based and air targets day and night in any weather conditions. As its basic armament, the plane carries air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles. The Su-34 has an operating range of 4,000 km, can develop a maximum speed of up to 1,900 km/h and carry a combat payload of up to 8 tonnes.

The first contract for the delivery of 32 Su-34 planes to the Defense Ministry was signed in 2008. Currently, the Novosibirsk Aviation Enterprise (a branch of the Sukhoi Aircraft Company) is completing the production of Su-34 bombers under the contract signed with the Defense Ministry in 2012 for the delivery of 92 planes to the troops.

Today Russia’s Aerospace Force operates from 110 to 130 Su-34 frontline bombers, according to various estimates.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2020 at 02:24 PM


Quote: Originally posted by unicorn  
You know, if the Russians keep wanking at the speed their media releases suggest they are, they're liable to pull it clean off.


I honestly don’t know why they are bothering? They already outclass everyone in “all cardinal aspects” with SU-35 anyway, don’t they Dr Kopp?

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In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 10-3-2020 at 10:14 PM


Russia’s Beriev seeks to patent airborne carrier for laser weapon

Piotr Butowski, Gdansk - Jane's International Defence Review

10 March 2020

Russia's Beriev has registered an industrial design patent for a "carrier aircraft for airborne laser system".


A concept for an airborne laser aircraft that Beriev submitted for a patent in February. (Beriev)

The document filed in February and viewed by Jane's presents only illustrations of the patented aircraft and does not contain additional information. However the new aircraft is a conversion of an Il-76MD-90A heavy transport and the mirror system, by which the laser is directed on to the target, is placed inside a large drop-shaped fairing on front of the fuselage behind the crew cockpit.

NPO Almaz, a developer of Russian anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, has been working on an airborne combat laser for more than 40 years, changing both the configuration and the purpose of the system several times.

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[*] posted on 28-3-2020 at 08:06 PM


The Pilots of Su-25SM3 Strike-Fighter Used the Newest Sighting-Navigation Complex "Solt-25"

(Source: Russian Ministry of Defence; issued March 26, 2020)


A Russian Air Force Su-25SM3 ground attack fighter preparing for a mission at Kuban air base. The aircraft is fitted with the Solt-25 sighting and navigation system, combining optical, laser and thermal imaging sensors. (RUS MoD photo)

The crews of Su-25SM3 attack aircraft of the aviation regiment of the Southern Military District (SMD), based in Kuban, during planned flight and tactical training, struck the air defense facilities of the mock enemy at night as part of a flight and squadron.

When performing flight and tactical tasks, the pilots mastered the methods of secretly overcoming the military air defense (air defense) of a mock enemy in a mountainous and wooded area and suddenly striking targets, using the capabilities of the standard sighting-navigation complex Solt-25 (optical-laser-thermal imaging system).

Target acquisition was performed at extremely low altitudes outside the air defense detection zone using anti-aircraft maneuvering by guided and unguided aircraft missiles.

The crews also worked out take-off and landing in pairs, performed elements of complex and group aerobatics, such as horizontal "barrels", "turns", "dive slides with large angles of inclination".

In total, during the winter training period, pilots of Su-25SM3 strike-fighter of the Southern Military District made more than 2.2 thousand sorties with the practical use of standard weapons.

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[*] posted on 21-5-2020 at 10:49 PM


Moscow Plans Additional Modifications to Its Fifth-Generation Su-57 Fighter (excerpt)

(Source: Eurasia Daily Monitor; posted May 20, 2020)

By Roger McDermott

Moscow’s efforts to develop, test and procure its new Su-57 fifth-generation stealth fighter have long stalled, with numerous setbacks and delays. While progress has been made, ongoing issues appear to beleaguer aspects of this complex development process, especially following the high-profile crash of an Su-57 prototype during a test flight on December 24, 2019, in Khabarovsk region, in Russia’s Far East.

Specialists in Russian airpower frequently defend the Su-57 against critics by asserting that such negative assessments are rooted in exaggerating the merits of the United States’ F-22 or F-35 stealth fighters. While Russia’s defense ministry aims to introduce 76 Su-57s by 2027, recent reporting suggests there may well be further modifications to the platform before production can finally commence (Topwar.ru, May 15).

One likely modification relates to the aircraft’s hydraulic drive, which will be replaced with an electromechanical one. The first test flight for the updated Su-57 is scheduled for 2022.

The purpose for carrying out such an upgrade is to reduce future maintenance costs and increase the efficiency of the aircraft. The switch to an electromechanical drive will also offer greater protection to the booster.

Yet, the economic factor—reducing the maintenance costs for the Su-57—may well be crucial, since critics within the Ministry of Defense have questioned the reasons for accelerating work on the advanced aircraft, arguing that the Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno Kosmicheskikh Sil—VKS) are currently well served by the Su-35, which has been tried and tested in operations in Syria. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Jamestown Foundation website.

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[*] posted on 27-5-2020 at 12:39 PM


Russia Begins Construction of First PAK DA Strategic Bomber - Sources

(Source: TASS; published May 26, 2020)

MOSCOW --- Russia has commenced construction of its first strategic stealth bomber within the Perspective Aviation Complex for Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) program, also known as "Product 80" and "Courier", a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS.

"The production of airframe elements will be handled by one of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)’s plants; development of working design documentation is complete, material shipping has commenced," the source said.

Another source told TASS that construction of the plane’s cockpit is already underway. "The final assembly of the entire machine should be complete in 2021," he noted.

The Tupolev Design Bureau’s press service refrained from commenting on construction of the first PAK DA.

In December 2019, Deputy Minister of Defense Alexey Krivoruchko told the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper that the draft project of the plane had been approved and that the Tupolev Design Bureau began development of the working design documentation, began creation of parts and elements of the test PAK DA units. In February 2020, Krivoruchko announced that the first engine for the plane will begin stand trials this year.

The new plane

It is known that the PAK DA is designed using the flying wing scheme. The machine will feature technologies and materials that reduce its radar visibility (stealth technology). The plane will be subsonic, and will be able to carry current and future cruise missiles, precision bombs and hypersonic weapons, it will be provided with the newest communications and jamming equipment.

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[*] posted on 28-5-2020 at 01:06 PM


Russia starts building first stealth bomber: state media

By Garrett Reim

28 May 2020

Russia has started building its first stealth bomber, also known as the Perspective Aviation Complex for Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) programme, according to state media.

“Development of working design documentation is complete, material shipping has commenced,” according to a source in the “military-industrial complex”, says Russian government-controlled news agency TASS on 26 May.

Production of the PAK DA airframe is to be handled by United Aircraft Corporation, while the aircraft was designed by Tupolev Design Bureau.

TASS says a source told it that construction of the aircraft’s cockpit has also begun. “The final assembly of the entire machine should be complete in 2021,” says that source, according to TASS.

The addition of a stealth bomber would strengthen Russia’s nuclear triad. The nuclear triad is a strategy employed by Washington and Moscow that gives each country three options for launching nuclear attacks: aircraft, submarines or ballistic missiles.

While Russia has aircraft capable of launching nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, the country lacks a stealth bomber. The USA has a fleet of 20 Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bombers.

The B-2 stealth bomber is a flying wing, an airframe shape that makes it more difficult to detect on radar. The aircraft also sports a radar-absorbent coating.

Russia appears to be going with a similar airframe design, though publicly available renderings of the stealth bomber are difficult to verify.

“It is known that the PAK DA is designed using the flying wing scheme. The machine will feature technologies and materials that reduce its radar visibility (stealth technology),” says TASS. “The plane will be subsonic, and will be able to carry current and future cruise missiles, precision bombs and hypersonic weapons, it will be provided with the newest communications and jamming equipment.”

China is also building a long-range stealth bomber, the Xian H-20.
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[*] posted on 28-5-2020 at 05:03 PM


I'll believe it when I see it roll off the runway and into the air, not before.

Media releases are cheap, I turn plenty out each day, actual results are much, much harder




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[*] posted on 28-5-2020 at 07:58 PM


PakFa / Su57 was a bit of a surprise, even though it has so far amounted to little practical capability, so a new bomber coming off the line pretty fast isn't too far fetched...



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06 JULY 2020

Russia to stand up second MiG-31 squadron on Kamchatka

by Karl Soper

Russia is to deploy an additional MiG-31 squadron on the Kamchatka peninsula, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 3 July. After modernisation, the interceptors will join the Russian Pacific Fleet’s 317th Composite Aviation Regiment at Yelizovo airfield.


Russia is standing up a second MiG-31 squadron on Kamchatka. (Russian Air Force)

The regiment currently operates a squadron of 12 MiG-31B and MiG-31BS variants, two squadrons of Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters, a squadron of Il-38 ASW aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, small transport aircraft, and other helicopters.

Formation of the second interceptor squadron probably began in 2019. The commander of Russian forces on the peninsula, Rear Admiral Alexander Yuldashev, indicated two modernised MiG-31BM fighters arrived in February 2019, with two more due for delivery before the end of the year, the Interfax news agency reported in June 2019.

United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) subsidiary RSK MiG has been upgrading 110 MiG-31s to the MiG-31BM standard since 2011 under two Ministry of Defence contracts worth RUB46 billion (USD644 million). The final 50 MiG-31BMs were to be completed by the end of 2018, the official RIA Novosti news agency reported in February 2015.

However, former deputy defence minister and procurement chief Yury Borisov has claimed as many as 130 are being modernised.
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[*] posted on 29-7-2020 at 12:51 PM


Russian MoD Preparing Acquisition of 76 Sukhoi Su-57 Fighters

(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; posted July 28, 2020)


There have been several successive announcements of Su-57 orders, but none has been followed by production deliveries, so it remains to be seen whether Putin’s announcement of a 170-billion ruble order for 76 of these fighters will be implemented. (UAC photo)

PARIS --- Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday announced the purchase of 76 of the latest Su-57 fighters by the Ministry of Defense, which are to enter service with three aviation regiments by 2028.

The contract, according to Kommersant, is estimated at up to 170 billion rubles (approx. $2.4 billion), which makes it the largest in the history of Russian aviation and guarantees a full workload for the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant for at least a decade. The agreement may be signed in the presence of the President at the MAKS aerospace show.

Vladimir Putin announced the readiness of the military to purchase large quantities of new aircraft at a meeting on the development of military aviation held in Sochi. He recalled that in 2013-2018, the troops received more than a thousand new and modernized aircraft and helicopters; as a result, 65% of the Aerospace Force aircraft fleet was modernized.

Now, Putin, it is necessary to start serial procurement of the latest models of aircraft, including the fifth generation Su-57 fighters. “By 2028, three aviation regiments of the Aerospace Forces must be fully re-equipped," Putin said, stressing that the state armament program until 2027 planned to purchase only 16 such aircraft. Thanks to work with industry, the cost of the aircraft has decreased by almost 20%, which will allow purchasing 76 fighters over the same period of time, the president explained.

Work on the Su-57 fighter began in 2002. Two years later, the plane was presented to the president in a layout. In 2010, Mr. Putin said that about 30 billion rubles were spent at the first stage of creating the aircraft, and the same amount was required to complete the work, he said.

Aircraft numbers and service introduction dates were constantly changing, and the state armament program for 2011–2020 provided for the purchase of 52 production Su-57 fighters, with the first two due for delivery in 2015. Subsequently, the military admitted that due to the unstable economic situation, the department would be able to absorb only 15 such aircraft, of which the first two in 2017.

As a result, the first contract for a pair of Su-57 was signed only in August 2018: according to its terms, the aircraft should be transferred to the military in 2019. Since the program was launched, ten Su-57 prototypes were built.

According to a top manager of one defense contractor, the contract for the supply of 76 Su-57 fighters to the Ministry of Defense could become a record in the history of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

The cost of the contract, estimated at 160 to 170 billion rubles, is decreasing not only due to decisions to change the internal layout of the Su-57 and standardization of technical solutions, but also due to the fact that production will enter full rate. The source told Kommersant that military contracts allow only low (3-5%) profitability, but this contract will guarantee the full-rate capabilities of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant for the next decade. Theoretically, its production line can produce at least seven to eight such aircraft each year.

The first Su-57 batches will initially be equipped with first phase engines (AL-41F1), and subsequently with the second phase (Product 30) engines.

When domestic and export orders for previous generation Su-35 fighters are included, the Komsomolskoye-on-Amur aircraft plant, is becoming the busiest of all UAC plants, a senior government official said. According to him, the contract can be signed in the presence of Vladimir Putin at the MAKS aerospace show, which will be held in Zhukovsky near Moscow from August 27 to September 1.

Yesterday, Putin said that by 2028 another 100 Mi-28NM combat helicopters, a version of hundreds of Mi-28Ns already in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces, should be delivered to the army by 2028.

This contract, and the parallel signing of an agreement for 114 Ka-52 combat helicopters, will provide the main workload under the current state armament program for two enterprises belonging to the Russian Helicopters holding: Rostvertol (Rostov) and Progress (Arseniev). According to a Kommersant source in the aviation industry, the total cost of these agreements is estimated at 180-190 billion rubles.

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“ … Now, Putin, it is necessary to start serial procurement of the latest models of aircraft, including the fifth generation Su-57 fighters. … ”


Scheesh! Doesn’t Defense-Aerospace.com know this is a 6th-gen?

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” … but this contract will guarantee the full-rate capabilities of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant for the next decade. …


Decade?? 76 aircraft by 2028, is like … 8 years?

Sounds a bit Indian-ish. Just saying.
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