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  • Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers (Russian brag alert)

    10/12/2014 3:31:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 12, 2014 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defences. Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable...
  • Can the Sukhoi Su-30 have the edge over U.S. fighters in aerial combat?

    06/18/2014 7:22:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 18 2014 | Dario Leone
    Su-30s would beat F-15s every time. ButÂ….. We recently explained how, 10 years ago, Exercise Cope India put the Indian Air Force Su-30 against U.S. Air Force F-15C jets with results that are still open to debate: since the drills took place during F-22 budget reviews, some analysts affirm the Air Force intentionally accepted the challenging ROE (Rules Of Engagement) to gain more Raptors. Others claim this version of the story was invented to try to save face after the Indians achieved an impressive 9:1 kill ratio. Even if we might never know the truth, itÂ’s undeniable that, at least...
  • PLA Air Force may upgrade radar of its Su-30MKK fighters

    05/09/2014 2:45:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-05-08
    To compete with India's Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters, the People's Liberation Army Air Force may consider replacing the RLPK-27VE integrated radar targeting system of its Sukhoi Su-30MKK fighters with more advanced passive electronically scanned array radar, according to the Moscow-based Military Parade magazine. Even though China has shown itself capable of building its own version of Russian fighters such as the J-11B and the J-15 through reverse engineering, many Western experts still question whether the quality of these Chinese fighters is really equal to the Russian originals. This is the reason why China still needs to purchase the Su-35S, Russia's 4.5-generation,...
  • Why Are African Countries Buying All These High-Tech Jet Fighters?

    03/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 03/28/2014 | Peter Dörrie
    Governments from Uganda to Angola are investing billions in state-of-the-art combat aircraft—and it’s not clear why Africa’s air forces are on a buying spree. Flush with oil cash, many African states are investing heavily in modern multirole jet fighters, deadly helicopter gunship and even sophisticated air-defense systems with radars and surface-to-air missiles. The deals are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in countries still lacking many basic social services. So it’s worth asking exactly what Uganda, Angola, Sudan and the like are planning to do with their new air forces. Some of the most interesting acquisitions involve modern, or modernized,...
  • Sukhoi Su-30SM: An Indian Gift to Russia’s Air Force

    03/23/2012 8:22:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 23/03/2012 | Konstantin Bogdanov
    Sukhoi Su-30SM: An Indian Gift to Russia’s Air Force Russia’s Defense Ministry has ordered 30 heavy Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter planes. Given that the same model has been exported to India for more than 10 years, this choice seems both logical and pragmatic. Thirty 30’s The Defense Ministry and the Irkut Corporation, an affiliate of the United Aircraft Corporation, have signed a supply contract for 30 Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft, a Defense Ministry spokesman told journalists Thursday, March 22. “Under the contract, Irkut Corporation will build for Russia’s Ministry of Defense 30 planes of this type by 2015,” he said. Rumors...
  • Indonesian Government Overpaid $50m for Fighter Jets: Lawmaker

    03/04/2012 7:01:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | 3/4/2012 | Markus Junianto Sihaloho
    Legislator Tubagus Hasanuddin raised questions on Friday about a recent Defense Ministry purchase of six Russian fighter jets, claiming the deal might have been unduly marked up by $50 million. Tubagus, deputy chairman of House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs, pointed out the high price of the planes compared to previous purchases of the same aircraft. Planes already acquired by Indonesia, he said, only cost $55 million each. Indonesia bought six of the Sukhoi jets from Russia in 2007 for $355 million. There was also a discrepancy with the published list price, he added. The latest...
  • Russia’s Su-30MK maker boasts order portfolio for 300 fighters

    11/15/2011 8:06:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 163 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/11/2011
    Russia’s Su-30MK maker boasts order portfolio for 300 fighters Russia’s Irkut corporation said on Tuesday it had secured orders for at least 300 Su-30MK fighters and that it had already delivered over half of them. Orders have been placed by India, Algeria and Malaysia, Irkut’s marketing director Andrei Alyoshin said at the Dubai Airshow 2011. Over 200 of the aircraft have already been delivered to customers, Irkut said. The Su-30MK Flanker is a multirole twin-engine, two-seater for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions. Su-family fighters constitute the bulk of Russia's arms exports.
  • European consortium MBDA offers missiles to India for its Russian Sukhois

    10/17/2011 8:44:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    European consortium MBDA offers missiles to India for its Russian Sukhois NAPLES (Italy): European consortium MBDA has offered their 300 km-range Taurus stand-off missile system to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for its fighter jets such as the Su-30MKI. "We have received a Request for Information (RFI) from the IAF for a stand-off long range missile from the IAF and we have offered the Taurus missiles as we feel that it meets all the desired requirements," Anders Axebark, the business development manager for the missile systems told a group of Indian journalists here. The Taurus air-to-ground missiles are manufactured by...
  • Belarus may buy outdated Su-30 fighters from Russia

    09/15/2011 9:12:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 16/09/2011
    Belarus may buy outdated Su-30 fighters from Russia Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet © AFP/ Frederick Florin September 16 (RIA Novosti) Eighteen Su-30K fighter jets which were delivered by Russia to India in the 1990s could end up in service with the Belarusian air force, respected Russian business daily Kommersant said on Friday. Russia and India agreed on the sale of advanced Su-30MKI fighters to the Indian air force in mid-1990s, but Moscow had not been able to deliver the aircraft until early 2000. The sides found a compromise - the first 18 fighter jets were delivered in downgraded version, Su-30K,...
  • You don’t wait for war to buy fighter jets, says Gen. Museveni

    07/27/2011 11:51:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Daily Monitor, Uganda ^ | July 26 2011 | Martin Ssebuyira
    You don’t wait for war to buy fighter jets, says Gen. Museveni One of the new Russian-made jet fighters prepares for a demonstration take-off during President Museveni’s tour. PHOTO BY MARTIN SSEBUYIRA By Martin Ssebuyira (email the author) Entebbe The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Gen. Yoweri Museveni, yesterday conceded calls by opposition for the government to give priority to infrastructure and healthcare ahead of military hardware are plausible but said defence cannot wait for war to purchase equipment. Mr Museveni, who was inspecting the new planes at the airbase in Entebbe, said the delivery of Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighters...
  • Irkut to supply 40 Su-30 fighters to Russian Air Force

    07/18/2011 7:59:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 18/07/2011
    Irkut to supply 40 Su-30 fighters to Russian Air Force Su-30 © RIA Novosti. Maya Mashatina Russia's Irkut aircraft holding is in talks with the Defense Ministry on the delivery of up to 40 Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighters to the Russian Air Force, the company said on Monday. "We will sign a contract with the Defense Ministry next year," Irkut President Alexei Fyodorov said. The contract stipulates the initial delivery of 28 fighter jets and the supply of an additional 12 aircraft as an option. The Su-30 Flanker-C is a twin-engine, two-seat multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface missions....
  • 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...
  • Indian, Russian firm plan JV for defence

    02/09/2011 12:27:47 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Sify ^ | 2/7/2011 | Sify
    Given the huge potential in military avionics, Indian aerospace firm Axis Aerospace and Technologies (AAT) and Russian defence exporter FGUP Rosoboronexport Monday announced they have signed an agreement to start a joint venture focusing on avionics for IAF's front line Sukhoi SU-30 and MiG-29 fighter jets, as also military helicopters. Apart from these Russian-origin platforms, the JV will also work on the new fighter jet from the Mikoyan stable, the MiG-35, which is one of the contenders in India's $10.4-billion tender for 126 combat aircraft. 'The JV will focus on creation of cutting-edge technology for aerospace and defence applications in...
  • Russia proposes equipping Indian SU-30MKI with AESA Radar

    02/08/2011 11:55:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Defenseworld.net ^ | 2/9/2011 | Defenseworld.net
    Russia has offered to equip the Indian Su-30MKI aircraft with the electronically scanned array radar to bring them on par with the most modern fighter aircraft in the world. Currently the technical configuration of the upgraded aircraft with onboard AESA radar is being discussed by Russian and Indian experts. The upgraded aircraft could be equipped with perspective Russian or foreign-made weapon, including Indo-Russian “BrahMos” anti-ship missiles, an Irkut statement said at Aero India 2011 A multirole Su-30MKI aircraft which became a sort of symbol of the IRKUT Corporation deserves an honourable place in the exposition of the company (stand 24,...
  • BRAHMOS full-scale missile with Su-30 MKI on display at Aero India

    02/08/2011 11:36:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    BMS via Brahmand.com ^ | 2/9/2011 | BMS via Brahmand.com
    The air launched version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile system integrated with Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft on display is a major attraction at Aero India 2011. The air launched version has lesser weight and additional rear fins for aerodynamic stability during separation from the aircraft and launch. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has chosen the Su-30MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform for the BRAHMOS missile. Some exclusive modifications are being made in the aircraft to use it as a platform for launching the missile. The test of air-launched version of BRAHMOS is expected to take place in 2012,...
  • Agong Flown On Sukhoi Fighter Jet

    02/07/2011 4:18:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Bernama.com ^ | 2/7/2011 | Bernama.com
    Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin was Monday flown on a Sukhoi SU-30MKM fighter jet in conjunction with his visit at the air force base here. The aircraft, piloted by Squadron Commanding Officer II Lt-Col Mohd Asghar Khan Gauriman Khan, flew in a supersonic speed over Langkawi, Kedah and Penang and landed back 45 minutes later. It was accompanied by another fighter jet, the FA/18D Hornet. Royal Malaysian Air Force commander Gen Tan Sri Rodzali Daud told reporters Tuanku Mizan was happy and thrilled by the experience. Earlier, Tuanku Mizan arrived at the base and greeted by Yang Dipertua...
  • India to order 42 more HAL-produced Su-30MKIs

    01/17/2011 10:19:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/12/2011 | Greg Waldron
    Hindustan Aeronautics expects the Indian air force to order an additional 42 locally produced Sukhoi Su-30MKIs. The possible order would come on top of the 180 Su-30MKIs HAL is already producing for the air force, says company chairman Ashok Nayak. About 105 aircraft from the 180-strong order have been delivered so far, Nayak says. In addition, in mid-2010, India ordered 40 Su-30MKIs as flyaways from Russia's Sukhoi.
  • Republic of Indonesia and Singapore holding joint air force exercise in NTB

    12/01/2010 7:26:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Antara News ^ | 12/1/2010 | Antara News
    The air forces of Singapore and Indonesia began a 10-day joint exercise dubbed Elang Indopura 16/10 in West Nusatengara (NTB), an Indonesian Air Force spokesman said. "During the joint exercise, elements from the two air forces will do command post and field maneuvers," the Indonesian Air Force Headquarters` chief information officer, Air Commodore Bambang Samedro, said here Wednesday. The maneuvers would include one-to-one and even one-to-two air battles (dog fights) over Rembiga Airbase in West Nusa Tenggara, he said. The Indonesian Air Force as well as its Singaporean counterpart were represented in the joint exercise by F-16 Fighting Falcons with...
  • 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...
  • Indian Sukhoi jets to have indigenous flight display system

    10/26/2010 1:58:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    NewKerala.com ^ | 10/26/2010 | NewKerala.com
    Russian-designed Sukhoi fighters (Su-30MKI) with the Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon have in their cockpit an indigenous multi-functional display system manufactured by Samtel in a joint venture with defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a senior executive said Wednesday. "The first home-grown multi-functional display (MFD) system will be fitted in the cockpit of a Sukhoi for a roll-out Friday," Samtel-HAL Display Systems Ltd Executive Director Puneet Kaura told reporters on the margins of a defence conference here. The display systems are being manufactured under a limited series production by the joint venture in collaboration with scientists and engineers of...
  • War games pits Eurofighter against Su-30

    10/13/2010 9:52:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/13/2010 | UPI
    Britain's Royal Air Force is sending its best pilots and a squadron of its latest Eurofighter Typhoon jets into war games in India, shortly before the emerging economy decides whether to buy the Eurofighter or one of four rival planes. The 17-day aerial war games, due to start next week in West Bengal, pit the Eurofighter jets against Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role combat jets of the Indian air force. The last war games ended in a bitter "defeat" for Britain after it had sent its aging Tornado jets into air combat with the sleek and mobile Sukhoi models. This time, it's...
  • Sukhoi completes flight test of Su-30M2 fighter for Russia

    09/30/2010 11:36:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Brahmand.Com ^ | 9/30/2010 | Brahmand.Com
    The Sukhoi Company has completed factory flight tests of the first of four Su-30M2 multi-role strike fighter aircraft for the Russian Air Force. The long-range combat aircraft underwent the tests at the flight test station of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft production association named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAPO), Sukhoi said. Presently, the aircraft is being readied for certification test, it said. The Russian Defence Ministry had awarded a contract to Sukhoi to supply four Su-30M2 fighters during the international aerospace show MAKS-2009. The Su-30M2 is a long-range strike aircraft based on the Su-30 fighter design optimised for precision strikes on ground and...
  • 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...
  • Algerian Su-30MKA Line Up at Ain Beida Airbase

    07/17/2010 6:35:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 7/12/2010 | tamir_eshel
    Algiers has bought 28 Su-30MKA aircraft from Russia, and has options for additional 28. Lead-in training will be provided by 16 Yak 130 to be delivered from Russia. These Sukhoi fighters will operate in three squadrons positioned in Ain Baida airbase, in North-Eastern Algeria. Algeria is also reportedly was the lead export customer for the 34 Su-35 fighters to be delivered upon completion of the new fighter’s development. The Algerian Air Force prepared a new air base for the fighters. Officially opened in 2004 Ein Beida was prepared to receive the first two fighters in 2007 and is now operating...
  • Indian Top Gun Training Turns Towards China

    07/15/2010 1:42:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 7/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    India is replacing its MiG-27s with Su-30s at TACDE (Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment). TACDE develops new air combat tactics and trains pilots to deal with potential enemies. TACDE was established in 1971, to train the top one percent of fighter pilots, who would then spread what they learned from each other, to all the other pilots. Two years earlier, the U.S. Navy had established the original "Top Gun" training program. This used American aircraft for "aggressor (or dissimilar) training." This was in response to the poor performance of its pilots against North Vietnamese pilots flying Russian fighters. What...
  • Soon, inflight refreshments for Sukhoi pilots

    07/09/2010 9:09:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Express Buzz ^ | 7/9/2010 | CS Hemanth
    Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots will soon get to relish delicious snacks like halwa and sip fruit juice inside the cockpits of their combat aircraft during long distance sorties. IAF has asked the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) to develop light food products in squeezable tubes that the pilots can consume even as they are strapped in their Sukhoi 30 MKIs, Mirage 2000s and the Jaguars. Dr A S Bawa, director of the Mysorebased DFRL told Express that they have taken up new projects for the IAF and have been developing food products like halwa, pulav and fruit juices that...
  • 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...
  • Sukhois set for Gwalior as IAF evolves new tactics

    07/08/2010 8:15:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    DNA India ^ | 7/9/2010 | Suman Sharma
    As part an upgrade and to evolve new tactics in aerial warfare, Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Gwalior-based Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) will for the first time receive frontline fighters Sukhoi-30MKI by the end of this year. Gwalior is essentially a base for French Mirage-2000 fighters. TACDE is an aerial warfare training institution which devises combat tactics for its top 1% fighter pilots. The Sukhois will replace MiG-27s, which will go back to their original bases in Kalaikunda, Hashimara and Bagdogra in the east. A source said the new Sukhois being manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will...
  • IAF to upgrade SU-30 fighter aircraft

    07/05/2010 9:36:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 7/4/2010 | Economic Times
    Modernising its fighter jet fleet, the Indian Air Force is going to upgrade its SU-30 MKI combat aircraft with the help of Russia. "As part of IAF's modernisation programme, we are going to upgrade 50 Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft with help of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from Russia," Defence Ministry sources said. "Su-30 MKIs have been inducted into the IAF in four phases. The ones to be upgraded are from the first phase and the project is likely to be completed in the next three to four years," they added. Of the 50 aircraft, around five would be sent to the...
  • Rs 15,000 crore Sukhoi deal cleared

    06/26/2010 1:16:50 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Times Of India ^ | 6/26/2010 | Times Of India
    The Cabinet Committee on Security earlier this month quietly cleared one of the biggest defence orders of recent times. The almost Rs 15,000 crore order for an additional 42 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters would add up the total number of these modern Russian fighters for Indian Air Force to 272. When the entire Sukhoi-30 MKIs, including the 42, are delivered to IAF by around 2018, it would become the single largest type of fighters in service, marking a huge technological transition from the dominance of MIG-21 fighters today senior official said the CCS cleared the new order in the first week...
  • Algeria orders 16 more Flankers from Rosenboronexport and Irkut

    06/22/2010 5:32:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 6/22/2010 | Arabian Aerospace
    The Sukhoi “Flanker” is recognised today as one of the world’s best multi-role fighters. and is the first serially produced combat aircraft featuring super-maneuverability and the first export fighter in the world fitted with the onboard AESA radar. In 2009 IRKUT Corporation successfully fulfilled the contracts for the delivery of the Su-30MK-type fighters to both Algeria and Malaysia and has since delivered Su-30MKI to India and also supplies Su-30MKI technical kits for license production by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Corporation. All these countries ordered more than 300 aircraft with over 150 already delivered. The Algerian additional order was negotiated earlier...
  • Joint Indo-French Aero Drill Next Week

    06/08/2010 11:19:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 44+ views
    The Financial Express ^ | 6/8/2010 | The Financial Express
    For the first time ever, the Indian Air Force’s SU-30 MKI will be participating in a joint exercise in France early next week. The two air forces will be joined by the Singaporean Air Force with its American-origin Block 52 F-16s. As another first, IAF’s Garuda Special Forces will be taking part in the Indo-French Garuda series air-to-air exercises in France. During the exercise, the French Air Force will field its Mirage 2000 and Rafael fighter aircraft, which are currently competing for the $10-bn deal to supply 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft to the IAF. An IAF contingent of 230...
  • Russia to supply Su-30, Yak-130 planes to Algeria in 2011

    06/03/2010 6:33:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 267+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 6/4/2010 | Ria Novosti
    Russia will supply Su-30 Flanker fighters and Yak-130 Mitten trainer/light attack jets to Algeria in 2011, the deputy head of the Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, Vyacheslav Dzirkalin, said. "The delivery of Su-30s and Yak-130s [to Algeria] is due to begin next year, this is no military secret," Dzirkalin said. Earlier in April, the head of Russian Technologies state Corporation, Sergei Chemezov, in an interview with the Novaya Gazeta weekly said Russia would ship to Algeria "a party of modern Russian fighters" at a price of about $1 billion. Dzirkalin did not specify the number of aircraft to...
  • Algeria 'to cut U.S. arms, go Russian'

    06/01/2010 10:16:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 325+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/1/2010 | UPI
    Algeria's defense ministry plans to cut arms purchases from the United States because of lengthy delivery delays and concentrate on Russian weapons systems, the El Khabar newspaper reports. Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has signed two contracts worth $1.2 billion to deliver 16 Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role fighters to Algeria and six to Uganda, Russia Veomosti daily reported Monday. The Irkut Corp., part of Russia's United Aircraft Corp., says it has delivered 28 Su-30MKA jets to Algeria, customized to meet Algerian specifications, since 2006. There was no immediate confirmation by Algeria authorities of Monday's report in El Khabar. Two years ago,...
  • India, France to hold joint air combat exercise next month

    05/30/2010 9:54:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 329+ views
    Times Of India ^ | 5/37/2010 | Times Of India
    Six Indian Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, two IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft and a IL-78 mid-air refueller will be leaving for France for a joint air combat exercise with the French Air Force next month. The exercise, Garuda-IV, will be held at the Istres airbase in France from June 14 to 25. "The exercise will help to further enhance interoperability between the Indian and French air forces since pilots as well as the ground crew will get to see each other's operational, technical and administrative practices from close quarters,'' said an officer. The exercise comes at a time when India and France are all...
  • Russia wins large contract to modernize Indian Su-30MKI fighters

    05/30/2010 5:51:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 406+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/30/2001 | RIA Novosti
    India has placed orders with the Russian defense industry to modernize Su-30MKI Flanker-H fighters produced in India under the Russian license, India Today magazine reported in its June issue, without disclosing the sum of the contract. The project codenamed Super 30 stipulates the installation of new radars, onboard computers, electronic warfare systems and BrahMos supersonic missiles on 40 Su-30MKI fighters, the magazine said. The Indian Air Force currently operates about 100 Su-30MKI fighters and plans to produce another 170 aircraft in the next 10 years under the Russian license. India has a long history of defense ties with Moscow. The...
  • China to train Indonesian pilots for Su-family fighters

    05/21/2010 5:15:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 234+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/05/2010
    China to train Indonesian pilots for Su-family fighters Indonesia and China have agreed to continue cooperation in training pilots for Russian-made Su-family fighters in service with the Indonesian air force, the Antara news agency said on Friday. The agreement was reached during the current visit of the deputy chief of China's Central Military Commission Gen. Guo Boxiong to Jakarta. According to the Indonesian military, ten Indonesian pilots have already undergone Sukhoi jet fighter simulation training in China and training courses for new pilots will start in the near future. Under a $300 million contract, signed in 2007, Russia is expected...
  • Operating Sukhois: A Malaysia-India-Russia love story

    05/18/2010 6:09:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 381+ views
    NewKerala,com ^ | 5/17/2010 | NewKerala,com
    Operating, maintaining and flying Sukhoi fighter aircraft is a Malaysia-India-Russia 'love story', says a senior Malaysian air force official.Though a three-year trilateral arrangement nears its end, Russian and Indian officials are committed to reinforcing Malaysia's air defence and combat capability as far as the Sukhoi Su 30 MKM Flanker squadron is concerned. The assurance came from Russia's warranty team leader Vladimir Konnov, from aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation, and Indian Air Force's (IAF) chief flight instructor Group Captain K.V.R. Raju. Konnov stressed the need for the arrangement to continue in some form. Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) 11th Squadron commanding officer...
  • Su-30MKI To Get Indian Nirbhay Cruise Missil

    05/08/2010 8:58:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/7/2010 | Douglas Barrie, Neelam Mathews
    India intends to integrate a variant of its Nirbhay long-range cruise missile on the Suhkoi Su-30MKI Flanker strike aircraft, following the weapon’s initial development in the ground-launch configuration. The addition of the Nirbhay to the Flanker’s weapons inventory would give the platform a long-range—and potentially strategic—strike capability. While details on the Nirbhay program remain scant, Indian officials have suggested the weapon will have a range of 800-1,000 km. (500-620 mi.). An air-launched derivative of the Nirbhay would be a candidate platform for the air force element of India’s strategic nuclear triad ambitions. Packaging of a warhead in the constrained space...
  • Flanking Maneuver (Indian cruise missile)

    05/08/2010 6:15:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 290+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | May 7, 2010 | Douglas Barrie, Neelam Mathews
    Flanking Maneuver May 7, 2010 By Douglas Barrie, Neelam Mathews London, New Delhi India intends to integrate a variant of its Nirbhay long-range cruise missile on the Suhkoi Su-30MKI Flanker strike aircraft, following the weapon’s initial development in the ground-launch configuration. The addition of the Nirbhay to the Flanker’s weapons inventory would give the platform a long-range—and potentially strategic—strike capability. While details on the Nirbhay program remain scant, Indian officials have suggested the weapon will have a range of 800-1,000 km. (500-620 mi.). An air-launched derivative of the Nirbhay would be a candidate platform for the air force element of...
  • Russia to help Vietnam build submarine base

    04/20/2010 11:52:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 381+ views
    Vietnews ^ | 03/29/10 | Tuoi Tre
    Russia to help Vietnam build submarine base Tuoi Tre Russia will provide technical assistance to build a base for the six diesel-electric Kilo-class submarines Vietnam has ordered, the Voice of Russia quoted Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as saying Thursday. Russia would also help Vietnam build a repair dockyard for Russian ships, he said after returning from a three-day trip to Hanoi March 25. He pledged Russian support to modernize Vietnam’s Air Force, including multibillion-dollar contracts for military equipment, he told the radio station. Military cooperation between Moscow and Hanoi has increased in recent years along with Vietnam's arms purchases from...
  • UPDF Denies Fighter Jet Deal

    04/08/2010 11:10:16 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 352+ views
    AllAfrica ^ | April 6, 2010 | Risdel Kasasira
    The government was yesterday reported to have signed a contract with the Russian government to buy six Su-30MK2s fighter jets at a cost of Shs108b each. Rosoboronexport, Russia's state arms exporter, would also sell 16 fighter jets to Algeria, Vedomosti a leading business daily in Russia reported. But the army yesterday denied they had bought six new fighter jets from Rosoboronexport, valued at about Shs654 billion. Another dealThe defence and military spokesperson, Lt. Col Felix Kulayigye, told Daily Monitor that the UPDF had instead sent its old fighter jets to Rosoboronexport for overhaul. Although Col. Kulayigye admitted the government was...
  • Uganda denies buying Russian jets

    04/05/2010 6:41:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 270+ views
    The New Vision ^ | 4/5/2010 | Taddeo Bwambale
    Uganda has denied international media reports that it has signed a deal for the purchase of six fighter jets from a Russian company. Several Russian media houses yesterday reported that state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport signed two contracts worth $1.2b for the delivery of six fighters to Uganda and another 16 to Algeria. “The two African nations will receive different models of the Su-30 Flanker fighters,” said Vedomosti, Russia’s most reputable business daily, adding that Kampala will receive the Su-30MK2 model. Russia’s state-owned radio, The Voice of Russia, quoting a Moscow military-diplomatic source, said Uganda was planning to sign the agreement...
  • IAF to induct air-launched version of BRAHMOS

    03/31/2010 9:53:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 291+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 3/30/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The Govt. of India last week finalised a Rs. 11,600 crore agreement that will pave the way for the induction of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile into the Indian Air Force (IAF). According to a news report by the Indian Express, the induction of the cruise missile will give the IAF a cutting edge over adversaries in the region. Top sources said the multi-crore agreement with BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between the DRDO and Russian company NPOM, would enable factory production of advanced versions of the cruise missile, as per the report. BRAHMOS cruise missile can be launched from aircraft,...
  • IAF to carry out air-to-air exercises with France, UK

    03/22/2010 8:46:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 259+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | 3/22/2010 | Press Trust of India
    Expanding its ties with global air powers, the Indian Air Force will carry out air-to-air exercises with France and United Kingdom this year. "Firstly, the 'Garud' series exercise with the French would be held in France in June and the 'Indradhanush' series with the British Royal Air Force would be held at the Kalaikunda air base in West Bengal in October," Defence Ministry sources said here. At the fourth edition of the 'Garud', IAF will be represented by its air superiority Sukhoi-30 fighter jets and the Il-76 heavy-lift transport aircraft in the aerial wargames with France. "The Il-78 mid-air refuelling...
  • More F-16s Little Help To Taiwan

    03/18/2010 5:30:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 353+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | March 17th, 2010 | Greg Grant
    More F-16s Little Help To Taiwan By Greg Grant Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 2:45 pm Posted in Air, International Last week, Taiwan stepped up pressure on the Obama administration to sell it new, upgraded F-16s, something this administration, like the Bush administration before it, refuses to do. The latest Taiwanese move came from its defense ministry, which released a report saying that China’s continued modernization of its fighter fleet has shifted the cross-strait military balance decidedly in China’s favor. The report says Taiwan’s ageing fleet of some 400 locally built fighters, French made Mirage 2000s, and 146 F-16A/Bs, are outmatched...
  • Only F-16 jets strong enough to repel China: Reports

    03/08/2010 8:07:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 235+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 3/08/2010 | Taiwan News Staff
    Only the United States-made F-16 fighter jets were strong enough to help Taiwan repel an attack from China's more sophisticated aircraft, reports said yesterday. The Chinese-language Liberty Times daily said internal Ministry of National Defense reports showed the air force's Indigenous Defense Fighters and French-made Mirage 2000 jets were not up to the standards of China's most recent aircraft. Taiwan has been trying to obtain upgraded F-16 C/D jets from the U.S., but the Obama Administration has so far failed to agree on the deal. One Russian-supplied Sukhoi-30 from China's air force was the equivalent of 2.8 Mirages or 1.7...
  • Indian Su-30 Fleet Expands Still More

    03/08/2010 4:02:34 AM PST · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 42+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | March 5, 2010
    India is seeking another 42 Su-30MKI fighters from Russia. The negotiations have been going on for months, in an effort to get the right price. India buys bare bones fighters from Russia, and equips these Su-30MKIs with Israeli sensors and communications gear. India has about a hundred Su-30MKIs in service, and is building about one a month under license. India bought fifty in the late 1990s, and another 40 three years ago. This is in addition to the license to build 140 locally. India wants to have nearly 300 within five years, partly because of the increasing threat of invasion...
  • India set to buy 42 more Russian Su-30 fighter jets

    03/02/2010 9:34:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 378+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 03/02/2010 | RIA Novosti
    India and Russia are negotiating a new contract on the delivery of 42 Su-30MKI to the Indian Air Force, an Indian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing military sources. According to the Daily News and Analysis newspaper, the new deal, which is reportedly worth more than $3 billion, has been in the works for several months. The new air-superiority fighters will come on top of the 230 already contracted from Russia in three deals worth a total of $8.5 billion. "The [new] order is being placed due to the insufficient number of fighter squadrons in the Indian Air Force and would...
  • Russia, Vietnam sign fighter jet deal: report

    02/10/2010 10:03:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 331+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/11/2010 | AFP
    Russia will supply Vietnam with 12 SU-30MK2 fighter jets and aviation equipment worth a total of about one billion dollars, a military-diplomatic source told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday. "Last week, a contract was signed to supply Vietnam with 12 more SU-30MK2 fighter planes. The planes will be supplied in 2011 and 2012," the source was quoted as saying. "The contract also calls for the supply of various aviation arms, equipment and parts," the source said, putting the overall value of the deal at one billion dollars (727 million euros). Vietnam is a major customer of Russia's Sukhoi fighter...