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  • Flight of the Flanker: Ultimate jet fighter turns 30

    08/23/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 65 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | August 24, 2014 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Three decades after it was inducted into the Russian Air Force, the Sukhoi-27 remains the ultimate jet fighter with its super-maneuverability, grace, beauty and sheer power. In 1984, after seven years of development and test flights, the Sukhoi-27 (codenamed Flanker by NATO) was inducted into the Soviet Air Force and the Soviet Air Defence Force. It was a defining moment in the history of combat aviation as the Su-27 – and its later iterations – became the jet fighter that would shift air superiority decisively away from western air forces. British fighter pilot John Farlight, who saw Victor Pugachev turn...
  • China Expands ‘Flanker’ Family

    02/12/2014 5:14:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 12, 2014 | David Donald
    While much of the world’s media attention is focused on China’s indigenous fighter programs, such as the J-10, J-20 and J-21/31, Shenyang continues to develop the “Flanker” series that has been in PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) service since 1992. The latest versions to go into production are the J-15 carrier-borne fighter, and the J-16 multirole attack aircraft. Fighter Flankers China began its association with the Sukhoi Flanker in 1992, when the country became the first outside the former Soviet states to acquire the heavy fighter. Three batches of Su-27SK single-seaters and Su-27UBK two-seaters were acquired directly from Russia,...
  • Death of a Soviet Aviation Legend

    03/22/2011 12:25:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | 03/22/2011 | Dr. Richard Weitz
    Death of a Soviet Aviation Legend By Dr. Richard Weitz 03/22/2011 – The famed Russian aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov died earlier this month, at the age of 81, after a long illness. His Sukhoi fighter jets represented the best of the Soviet defense industry and continue to dominate Russia’s arms sales to foreign countries. Mikhail Simonov (Credit: http://www.legacy.com/legacies/2011/obituary-photo-gallery.aspx?photo=mikhail-simonov&pid=149081887) Born in 1929 in Russia, Simonov began working as an aviation engineer in the 1950s. He joined the design bureau of the state-owned OAO Sukhoi aircraft corporation as the first deputy chief designer in 1970. During the following nine years he led...
  • Russia's top aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, creator of Sukhoi fighter jets, dies at 81

    03/04/2011 4:49:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | 03/04/2011 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    Russia's top aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, creator of Sukhoi fighter jets, dies at 81 By Vladimir Isachenkov (CP) MOSCOW — Mikhail Simonov, one of Russia's top aircraft designers and creator of the famous Sukhoi fighter jets, has died. He was 81. Simonov died in Moscow on Friday, said Sukhoi company's spokesman Sergei Meshcheryakov. He wouldn't specify the cause of Simonov's death, but said he died after a long illness. A former Russian air force chief lamented Simonov's death as an "irreparable loss." Simonov started working as an aviation engineer in the 1950s, and joined the Sukhoi design bureau as a...
  • NORAD Photos of the Day: The F-22 Raptors & Su-27 "Flankers" of NORAD-Russia Exercise Vigilant Eagle

    12/10/2010 6:14:44 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 22 replies · 3+ views
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | August 2010 | U.S. Army Major Michael S. Humphreys
    Photo No. 1 Photo No. 2 Photo No. 3 Photo No. 4 Photo No. 5 Photo No. 6 Photo No. 7 The Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (photos 25 and 26)   The Photographer Major Michael S. Humphreys, United States Army   The Video NORAD and Russian Air Force Participate in Air Defense Exercise  
  • Indonesia Plans 180 Flankers Plus F-16s

    09/30/2010 7:53:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Aviationweek.com ^ | Sep 30, 2010 | Bradley Perrett
    Indonesia Plans 180 Flankers Plus F-16s Sep 30, 2010 By Bradley Perrett BEIJING — Indonesia intends to acquire 180 Sukhoi Flankers and also to buy Lockheed Martin F-16s, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says, setting out plans for a massive expansion of the Southeast Asian country’s air combat force. If Indonesia is serious about buying 180 Flankers, then Canberra will almost certainly fund the Royal Australian Air Force’s plan for 100 Lockheed Martin F-35s, says Andrew Davies, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Until now, there was a significant chance that Australia would buy fewer F-35s. The Sukhoi fleet...
  • President turns pilot, flies the SU-30 MKI Flanker

    07/09/2010 5:35:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    DNA India ^ | 7/9/2010 | Haima Deshpande
    "I am a contented man. My childhood dream has been fulfilled," gushed President A P J Abdul Kalam after his 30-minute joy ride in the rear cockpit of a fighter aircraft (SU-30 MKI Flanker) on Thursday. This feat has made the President the oldest Indian to fly a fighter aircraft. As he was helped out of the aircraft by "co-pilot" Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, after it touched base at the Lohegaon Air Force station, the President's eyes gleamed with excitement. So affected was Kalam by the experience that he kept smiling with childlike glee. Clad in the flying gear of...
  • China Creates Pirate Copy of Russia’s Su-33 Fighter Jet

    06/05/2010 8:18:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 924+ views
    Market Oracle ^ | 6/5/2010 | Market Oracle
    China’s Shenyang Aircraft Corporation created a copy of a Russian deck-based Su-33 fighter jet. The Chinese model of the aircraft was called J-15, Interfax reports with reference to the May issue of the Kanwa Asian Defence military publication. The Chinese fighter jet is based on the Soviet T10K training aircraft, which China received from Ukraine. Chinese engineers found it very difficult to solve the problem of folding wings of deck-based fighter jets. Now the problem has been solved. It is not clear yet, if the new plane has performed its first flight yet: the Chinese Air Force does not have...
  • Su-27s Grounded

    01/19/2010 5:17:31 AM PST · by myknowledge · 21 replies · 1,356+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 19, 2010
    Russia has grounded all of its Su-27 fighters. At least until it can be determined what caused one to crash on January 14th, 30 kilometers from its airbase at Dzemga (in the Far East). The pilot died in the crash, but the flight recorder was recovered. Last year, two Su-27s crashed. The Su-27, which entered service 25 years ago, is showing its age. It's still a first line fighter, but is fading fast. Last year, the U.S. bought two Su-27 fighters from Ukraine, to be used to help train American pilots to cope with the growing number of Su-27 and...
  • Su-30s Got A Little MiG In Them

    12/09/2009 2:48:57 PM PST · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,047+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 9, 2009
    For the second time this year, India has grounded its Su-30 fighters because one of the aircraft crashed. This time, the grounding of the 98 Su-30s in service is expected to last only a few days. Earlier this year, in May, its Su-30 fighters were grounded for a month after one of them appeared to develop engine problems and crashed. One of the pilots survived, but the parachute of the other failed to open. Four days before the Indian Su-30 went down, a Russian Su-35 also crashed because of engine problems. The Su-35 is an advanced version of the Su-30,...
  • Russia gears up for major marketing launch of its Su-35 fighter jets

    12/05/2009 2:52:15 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 1,227+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 12/09/2009 | Geostrategy Direct
    Russia has launched its Su-35 fighter-jet program. Russia's Sukhoi Co. has begun implementing a contract to deliver the Su-35 to the Russian Air Force. Under the contract signed in August 2009, the Russian Air Force, in the largest purchase in 20 years, would acquire 48 Su-35 fighters. "Long-term contracts for the fighter aircraft delivery to the Russian Air Force and foreign customers allow Sukhoi Co. to provide for a steady work load of its serial plants by combat aircraft production and shift from modernizing aircraft in the Russian Air Force inventory to manufacturing new products," Sukhoi said. In a statement...
  • What's wrong with IAF's Sukhoi?

    12/03/2009 8:38:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 1,361+ views
    India Today ^ | December 4, 2009 | Manoj Joshi
    What's wrong with IAF's Sukhoi? New Delhi December 4, 2009 Even if temporary, the grounding of Sukhoi- 30MKI fighters of the Indian Air Force ( IAF) has opened up a huge gap in the country's air defence system. Our Sukhois are currently located in the following manner - two squadrons in Pune, Maharashtra, two in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, and one in Tezpur, Assam. A sixth squadron was forming up in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and it was from this squadron that the aircraft that crashed this week belonged. Each squadron has roughly 20 aircraft and the total India has is about 105...
  • ‘Natasha’ alerted Sukhoi pilots of fire

    12/03/2009 7:59:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 804+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 12/01/2009 | Rahul Singh
    ‘Natasha’ alerted Sukhoi pilots of fire Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times The second-ever crash of a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet in Rajasthan on Monday may have been caused by engine fire, air force sources said, ruling out the possibility of human error. A female voice warning system in the twin engine Su-30 cockpit, called Natasha in the Indian Air Force, alerted the pilots about the engine fire. The air force sources said on Tuesday, “The pilots also spotted the fire and took a decision to eject. The cause of the fire will be established by a Court of Inquiry.” The plane’s flight...
  • Libya in Talks with Russia Over Billion-Dollar Arms Deal

    10/29/2009 12:46:23 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 1,511+ views
    Pravda ^ | October 20, 2009
    Libya plans to purchase over 20 warplanes from Russia. Moscow and Tripoli are currently in talks about the package of contracts, Interfax reports. The documents can be signed at the end of 2009 or in the beginning of 2010. The deal is evaluated at $1 billion. “Libya plans to purchase 12 or 15 Su-35 multipurpose jets, four Su-30 and six Yak-130 trainer aircraft,” a source told the news agency. “Technically, many contracts have been elaborated well, and are ready to be signed. We only need to regulate financial issues,” the source said.
  • Libya to buy Russian fighter jets: report

    10/19/2009 9:33:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 718+ views
    Libya to buy Russian fighter jets: report (AFP) – 19 hours ago MOSCOW — Libya is planning to buy more than 20 Russian fighter jets in a billion-dollar arms deal with Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing a military-diplomatic source. "Libya is planning to buy 12 to 15 Su-35 multipurpose fighters, four Su-30s and six Yak-130 combat training planes from Russia," the unnamed source was quoted as saying. The contracts could be signed at the end of this year or the beginning of 2010 and would have a total value of about one billion dollars (670 million...
  • Russia’s SU-35: Mystery Fighter No More

    08/23/2009 2:30:46 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 30 replies · 5,589+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | August 20, 2009
    As one of our readers noted, DID’s articles from 2005-2007 seem to describe 2 different SU-35s. One is a mid-life modernized SU-27 Flanker, but there’s also much more re-engineered “SU-35” variant with canards, thrust vectoring, etc. has been confused with (and possibly redesignated between) the SU-37. So… what do we mean by “SU-35”? This article explains the sources of the widespread confusion regarding the SU-35’s layout and key characteristics, reviews what is now known about the platform, and tracks its development. Those developments are likely to have broad consequences. The aircraft has a home customer in the Russian Air Force,...
  • New Chinese Jets Superior, Eagle Loses To Flanker (May 26, 2004 )

    02/19/2007 4:03:22 AM PST · by Fennie · 89 replies · 3,398+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2004 | Charles R. Smith
    According to an unreleased U.S. Air Force report, the F-15 Eagle - the most advanced U.S. fighter in service - is inferior to the latest versions of the Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker. According to Richard Fisher, a defense analyst and noted expert on the Chinese military, the Chinese Flanker fighters can beat the U.S. top jet fighters including the F-15 Eagle. "Since 1992 the Pentagon has known that in a close-in dogfight the Su-27 would smear the F-15. That year Russian Sukhois came to Langley Air Force Base and showed us their stuff. What we appear to be learning from the...