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  • Russia’s Legendary Su-27 Fighter Jet Still Second to None in Close Air Combat

    05/21/2017 7:11:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 20.05.2017
    Exactly 40 years ago, on May 20, 1977, the prototype of Russia's legendary Su-27 fourth generation fighter aircraft, Т-10-1, made its first flight. Sputnik reviews the history of development and modernization of the aircraft to show that it is still second to none in close air combat and is far from becoming out of date. Russia's Su-27 rightly serves as a symbol of Russia's defense industry of the second part of the 20th century, on a par with the T-72 tank and Kalashnikov assault rifle. In this particular aircraft, the USSR implemented all of the most advanced technologies of the...
  • Who has airpower superiority in southern Africa?

    07/16/2015 10:45:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    defenceWeb ^ | 13 July 2015
    South Africa’s reputation as top gun when it comes to air power in the southern African region could be shot down by Angola and its powerful new Russian fighters. The west African country is set to take delivery of the first tranche of Sukhoi Su-30K fighters in the next six months and will have 12 in service by the end of next year. Gauteng Afrikaans daily Beeld approached military analyst Helmoed Heitman, retired SAAF and Indian Air Force pilot colonel Rama Iyer and a former officer commanding 2 Squadron for their views on how the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) Gripens...
  • Russian fighter came within 15 feet of U.S. Air Force jet

    01/29/2016 12:40:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:30 AM ET, Fri January 29, 2016 | Barbara Starr and Brad Lendon,
    A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea this week in what the Pentagon is calling an "unsafe" incident, U.S. officials say. "On January 25, 2016, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into this particular incident," said a statement from Army Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a Defense Department spokesperson. Another U.S. military official told CNN that the Russian jet flew along the right side the...
  • Closer to NATO standard: Ukraine’s Poroshenko flies on modernized Su-27 fighter jet

    10/14/2015 10:50:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 14 Oct, 2015
    Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, has flown on a Su-27 fighter jet, according to a video released Wednesday on the leader’s official website. The jet had been undergoing modernization in order to ensure that it complied with NATO standards. Wearing a pilot jacket, helmet and air mask, Poroshenko gives a somewhat Gagarin-style wave of the hand as the blue jet slowly turns towards the runway for takeoff, the video shows. The president assumed the position of the second pilot for the test flight. Poroshenko was visiting the Zaporozhie region, where state aviation repair plant, MiGremont, had modernized two Su-27 jets...
  • Russian Fighter Jet Nearly Collides with U.S. Spy Jet Over Europe

    04/11/2015 5:04:01 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 10, 2015
    A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, said officials. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest. “On the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez. “The United States is...
  • Russian Su-27 Flanker performs dangerous intercept putting itself within 10 meters of Swedish plane

    10/02/2014 6:37:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 02 2014 | David Cenciotti
    One again, Russian Su-27s have been involved in a dangerous close encounter with a plane they have intercepted. The Swedish Air Force operates a pair of Gulfstream IVSP aircraft, known in Swedish service as S102B Korpen, used for ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) purposes. The aircraft, based on the American Gulfstream business jet but equipped with eavesdropping sensors, conduct surveillance missions in the Baltic Sea. According to Swedish Air Force officials, during those sorties, the Korpens fly in international airspace, with their transponders turned on, and regularly transmit their position to the relevant civilian air traffic control agency, both domestic and, if...
  • 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...
  • Russian Fighters Will Miss Farnborough Air Show

    07/13/2014 2:30:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    DoDBuzz Online Defense and Acquisition Journal ^ | Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 6:33 pm | Kris Osborn
    Russian officials will not feature their Sukhoi Su-27 twin-engine fighter jets on display this year at the Farnborough International Air Show — a move that marks a strategic departure from prior years for Russia, show officials said. The Russian Su-27 fighter jets were at Farnborough last year, leading observers and analysts to presume that tensions in the Ukraine have led the Russians the scale back their presence this year. This year’s show outside of London will run July 14–20. “With the continuing issues in the Ukraine, I don’t think there will be any Russian aircraft,” a Farnborough official told Military​.com.
  • This Is the Ultimate MiG-21 (Pakistani JF-17 builds on classic warplane)

    03/29/2014 7:10:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 22/03/2014 | David Axe
    In 1989, the Chinese Chengdu Aerospace Corporation unveiled a major upgrade for its locally-made F-7 jet fighter, a licensed copy of the classic Soviet MiG-21. The new F-7 variant moved the engine air intake from the nose tip to the sides of the fuselage, making room in the nose for a more powerful radar. Twenty-one years later, this upgrade—now named JF-17 Thunder—is flying combat missions with the Pakistani air force, so far its sole user. Further enhanced with a new wing, a cutting-edge intake design and a new, more powerful engine, the JF-17 is Pakistan’s most important front-line fighter—and a...
  • China steals a march on Russian arms

    12/17/2013 8:43:53 PM PST · by traumer · 14 replies
    In March 2013, Russian and Chinese media reported that Beijing was acquiring significant quantities of advanced military equipment from Russia. Among the multi-billion dollar systems to be bought by the Chinese military are six Lada-class attack submarines and 35 SU-35 fighter jets. These acquisitions are significant because they are sophisticated systems and it has been more than a decade since China purchased any significant weapon systems from Moscow. After making substantial purchases from Russia from the mid-1990s to the early-2000s, China began to reverse engineer weapons such as the SU-27 multi-role fighter, the NORINCO T-90 tank, and several components of...
  • Spitfire vs Bf 109 and F-14 vs Su-27: the difference is always the pilot

    06/02/2013 1:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 31, 2013 | Dario Leone
    Spitfire vs Bf 109 and F-14 vs Su-27: the difference is always the pilot May 31, 2013 Not always the best aircraft is the one that wins in an air-to-air engagement. Most of the times it is the training the pilot has received and his/her skills, experience to make the difference: that’s why a well trained pilot with a less capable aircraft can defeat a more powerful plane piloted by a scarcely trained airman. During World War II two of the most successful fighters of aviation history faced one against the other, in a duel that began over the coasts...
  • Flying the Flanker (Topgun)

    04/20/2013 1:38:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flight Global ^ | April 20, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    Flying the Flanker A few years ago, Tactical Air Support was, for a brief period, an operator of a pair of privately-owed Soviet-built Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers. The company's senior vice president and chief operating officer Gerry Gallop, who previously served as a US Navy instructor pilot at TOPGUN and who has flown the F-4 Phantom II, F-14A and B, F-15, F-16, the F/A-18 series and the A-4, a recalls some of his initial transition flights in the Flanker. One sortie that stands out in Gallops' mind was a combination functional check flight and navigational training sortie over the Ukraine. "I...
  • See China’s First Successful Fighter Jet Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

    11/25/2012 10:05:10 AM PST · by Errant · 59 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 25 November, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    BEIJING (TheBlaze/AP) — Just as it has had many firsts recently with its space program efforts, China has successfully completed another first for its naval aspirations. The country landed its first fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed Sunday
  • Russian Air Force Takes Upgraded Su-27s Intended for China

    01/21/2012 7:47:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN Online ^ | January 20, 2012 | Vladimir Karnozov
    Russian Air Force Takes Upgraded Su-27s Intended for China AIN Defense Perspective » January 20, 2012 by Vladimir Karnozo Sukhoi has delivered 12 Su-27SM(3)s to the Russian air force. The aircraft were originally intended to be supplied as subassemblies to China under a contract signed in 2009, and the last delivery was made in late December. The airframes were assembled at Sukhoi’s KnAAPO plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur from parts originally manufactured for what was meant to be a second batch of 95 airframes in the Chinese order for 200 Su-27SKs. However, China took only the first 105 Su-27SKs, most of which...
  • New shipborne navy jet fighter makes waves among analysts (China)

    04/24/2011 7:40:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 67 replies
    Global Times, China ^ | April 25 2011 | Xu Tianran
    New shipborne navy jet fighter makes waves among analysts Unofficially dubbed the J-15, the new People's Liberation Army navy's "flying shark" features enlarged folding wings, twin nose wheels and an arresting hook for use on China's first aircraft carrier. Photo: Courtesy of netizen Zhang Xinliang By Xu Tianran Photos of a domestic-made shipborne J-15 heavy fighter were released on Sunday afternoon on Internet defense forums, prompting many military observers to coo about China's aircraft carrier capacity. "Heavy shipborne fighters will boost the aircraft carrier fleet's air defense capability and enhance the fleet's strike ability," said Lan Yun, editor of the...
  • 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: 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...
  • How China’s Jets Threaten Russia

    12/13/2010 3:47:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Diplomat, Hong Kong ^ | December 13, 2010 | Richard Weitz
    How China’s Jets Threaten Russia December 13, 2010 By Richard Weitz China’s suspected proclivity for copying weapons systems has made Russia wary of exporting its technology. Still, the Russians may one day end up with a taste for ‘Made in China’ hardware. The China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, better known as ‘Airshow China,’ used to see Russian arms dealers descend on the event to peddle their wares to potential Chinese customers. Held every other year in the city of Zhuhai, the Russians were eager to persuade potential Chinese customers to part with their cash. But last month, few Russian...
  • 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 ^ | 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 (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  
  • Russia signs $54-mln arms contract with Indonesia

    11/10/2010 5:21:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/10/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia started the first day at an arms show in Jakarta with a contract on the delivery of munitions for Sukhoi-family fighters to Indonesia, worth $54 million, a senior defense official said on Wednesday. The Indo Defense 2010 Expo & Forum opened on November 10 in Jakarta to host over 400 exhibitors from 38 countries until November 13. Nine Russian defense companies are exhibiting various types of sophisticated weaponry at the biennial arms fair. "Russia's [arms exporter] Rosoboronexport signed a contract on the delivery of munitions for Su-family fighters in service with the Indonesian armed forces," said Mikhail Pukhov, deputy...
  • New Strains Emerge in the Sino-Russian Military Relationship

    11/03/2010 2:01:44 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Defence & Arms ^ | 10/23/2010 | Stephen Blank
    The military dimension of Sino-Russian ties, particularly arms sales, has been deteriorating since 2006-07. While that decline partly reflects the growing prowess of China's defense industrial base, a major part stems from Russia's growing apprehension about China's growing capabilities and anger over its wholesale piracy of Russian weapons' designs and ensuing competition with Russia for third party markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The unlicensed copying of military arms has made China a formidable military player and a redoubtable competitor with Russia in emerging defense markets. For instance, Russian experts profess surprise at how fast China has been able...