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  • BlackArcher
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    Upgraded JH-7AII fighter bomber in service with PLAAF

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    UK seeks flexible approach to Tempest aircraft partnerships

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    Update- F-35 fleet struggles with low readiness as key deadline approaches

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  • Levsha
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    Another Indian Air Force Flanker bites the dust...

    An Indian Air Force fighter jet crashed Thursday night in Assam. The air force jet that crashed was a Sukhoi Su-30. The Su-30 MKI fighter jet was on a routine training mission when it crashed in the paddy field in the Milanpur area and burst into flames at around 8:30 pm.

    The two pilots flying the fighter safely ejected from the jet and were rescued. One of the pilots suffered injury in his leg, defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said.

    A Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the crash, the Indian Air Force said.
    https://www.indiatoday.in/india/stor...876-2019-08-08

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  • Levsha
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    Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-4E crashed into the sea last week.

    The Iranian fighter jet crashed after a technical malfunction. Both pilots ejected safely.

    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/227895

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  • XB-70
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    A twenty seven minute podcast on countering hypersonic weapons from Aviationweek.

    https://aviationweek.com/defense/pod...ng-hypersonics

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  • djcross
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    Italian Cops Raid Neo-Fascists And Find Air-To-Air Missile That France Had Sold To Qatar

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  • TomcatViP
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    Anyone has heard any late development about this:

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    the only thing I can see via WWW is the last month announcement about the Italian police raid. I would have naively thought that this would be a bonanza story for any journalist.

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  • Sterne82
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    Originally posted by TR1 View Post
    Sterne- you are not the same Red Samovor blog-owner, are you ?


    Re. SMT it is a bit of a mystery. There are photos from Lukhovitsy from earlier this decade, which showed many stored air-frames (non-M), but since then Myanmar bought 20 and VKS bought 18 of those air-frames.
    I have a hard time believing there are 21 almost completed frames ready for upgrading. Probably some of them will be retired VKS MiG-29s that will be "zero-houred" anyways.

    The theory that they will be VKS SMTs comes from the Kursk unit replacing its planes with Su-30SMs. It is unclear where the MiG's will end up after.
    Yes I am, old pseudo from long time ago and don't wanna create a new account. Not posting here often as English is not my mother tongue ;-)

    I know -SMT from Kursk being replaced by brand new Su-30SM but it doesn't mean (not saying it won't happen, BTW) that these ones are leaving VKS for good. Anyway, they're a few Vanilla MiG-29 still needing to be replaced in the VKS... -SMT can be a stopgap measure before a definitive leave.

    21 almost/near completed frames still standing in Lukhovitsy is not so shocking: MiG-29 production was in full swing when USSR disappeared. When you see how big MiG factory is and the annual output they had, the amount of unfinished planes is not so surprising.

    #My2Cent

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  • TR1
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    Sterne- you are not the same Red Samovor blog-owner, are you ?


    Re. SMT it is a bit of a mystery. There are photos from Lukhovitsy from earlier this decade, which showed many stored air-frames (non-M), but since then Myanmar bought 20 and VKS bought 18 of those air-frames.
    I have a hard time believing there are 21 almost completed frames ready for upgrading. Probably some of them will be retired VKS MiG-29s that will be "zero-houred" anyways.

    The theory that they will be VKS SMTs comes from the Kursk unit replacing its planes with Su-30SMs. It is unclear where the MiG's will end up after.

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  • Sterne82
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    Originally posted by BlackArcher View Post
    For those Russian posters that may be knowledgeable about the MiG-29 purchase, is the talk centered around the RuAF's MiG-29 SMT fleet or older MiG-29s that were left un-finished as was being reported earlier?
    VKS doesn't - for the time being - plan to sell their MiG-29SMT, so if the IAF wants some extra MiG-29 it will be the "white tails" sitting unfinished in the MiG factory upgraded to MiG-29UPG (Izd.9.20) like the indians ones.

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  • J-20
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    wooo hoo!!

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  • BlackArcher
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    India expected to sign for more MiG-29s and Su-30MKIs in October

    For those Russian posters that may be knowledgeable about the MiG-29 purchase, is the talk centered around the RuAF's MiG-29 SMT fleet or older MiG-29s that were left un-finished as was being reported earlier? Indian media had earlier reported those as older MiG-29s that were left un-finished and in storage but reportedly in very good condition when inspected by an IAF team. But it was never really confirmed.

    From an earlier article

    These fighters were built in the 1980s but never assembled and flown, an unnamed Indian Air Force officer reportedly told the Indian daily. Our team visited Russia last month and found the MiG-29 skeletons to be in good condition.

    The individual offered no further details on the state of the aircraft parts, which have been in storage now for at least around 30 years. Beyond the officer saying India had been offered a good price, there is no word on how much the Russians want for the unassembled planes or to finish building them to a modern standard.
    Last edited by BlackArcher; 8th August 2019, 22:57.

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    F-16Vs ordered for Slovakia ; Bulgarian F-16V buy reinstated

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  • BlackArcher
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    European FCAS fighter to be optimized for carrier ops

    French influence coming through in what seems like a wise decision.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Image confirms J-20 fighter assigned to PLAAF unit at Wuhu

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  • pilatus
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    Russia's Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B, or Hunter-B, flying wing unmanned combat air vehicle, or UCAV, flew for the first time recently and now the country's Ministry of Defense has released video of the flight. Images of the drone had first emerged on Russian social media in January.

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  • pilatus
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    Merely six of the U.S. Air Forces 61 B-1B bombers are fully mission-capable, according to a senior military officer.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Exactly. Upgraded MiG-29s and Su-30MKIs are to fill the impending retirement of additional MiG-21 squadrons and not because of the scrapping of Article 370 and possible internal unrest as a result. The stocking up on AAMs is to do with War Wastage Reserves that need to be maintained and the fact that the number of sorties carrying live missiles shot up dramatically post the IAF's Balakot air strikes. Consequently, older stocks would've either expired or gotten that much closer to getting expired.

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  • pilatus
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    ^^^ That's hardly the reason J20. They are upgrading their forces with more capable aircraft and armaments in an attempt to address the shortage they have in airframe and squadron numbers by adopting the quality over quantity method.

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