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  • Sterne82
    Red Samovar
    • Aug 2005
    • 49

    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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    • TR1
      TR1
      http://tiny.cc/tp8kd
      • Oct 2010
      • 9819

      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
        Red Samovar
        • Aug 2005
        • 49

        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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        • TomcatViP
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Nov 2011
          • 6108

          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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          • djcross
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            • Jan 2000
            • 5456

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

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            • XB-70
              Rank 4 Registered User
              • May 2018
              • 350

              A twenty seven minute podcast on countering hypersonic weapons from Aviationweek.

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

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              • Levsha
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2006
                • 2851

                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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                • Levsha
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2006
                  • 2851

                  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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                  • BlackArcher
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Dec 2010
                    • 4288

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

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                    • BlackArcher
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Dec 2010
                      • 4288

                      UK seeks flexible approach to Tempest aircraft partnerships

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                      • BlackArcher
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Dec 2010
                        • 4288

                        Upgraded JH-7AII fighter bomber in service with PLAAF

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                        • BlackArcher
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Dec 2010
                          • 4288

                          Russia relaunches production of engine cores for MiG-31

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                          • BlackArcher
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Dec 2010
                            • 4288

                            Ukraine launches Su-24 and Il-76 MRO/Update program

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                            • pilatus
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jun 2005
                              • 737

                              Ukrainian military personnel led by Colonel General Serhii Drozdov, commander of the country's air force, were in Brazil last week to meet Embraer's Super Tucano attack aircraft, the website Infodefensa reported. Also according to the
                              visit www.irishairpics.com

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                              • pilatus
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jun 2005
                                • 737

                                The A-10's future has been in doubt in recent years, but the new wings will keep the Thunderbolt in action for two decades.
                                visit www.irishairpics.com

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                                • TomcatViP
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Nov 2011
                                  • 6108



                                  You'd have to be seriously drunk to even want to fly a Tuc inside triple digit SAM range in anger.

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                                  Last edited by TomcatViP; 15th August 2019, 15:16.

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                                  • TomcatViP
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Nov 2011
                                    • 6108

                                    The No. 3 jet made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1′s outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver, a Navy spokeswoman told the News Journal.

                                    Only a minimal scratch was found, according to the News Journal.
                                    Blue Angels make contact midair

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                                    • Gerard
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Aug 2009
                                      • 3153

                                      Originally posted by TomcatViP View Post
                                      Just doing a Thunderbird move.

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                                      For Roundels of the World: http://www.drareg.nl/Markeringen/index.html or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/481843655359127/

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                                      • TomcatViP
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Nov 2011
                                        • 6108

                                        Trump OKs F-16 sale to Taiwan amid China tensions

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                                        • TomcatViP
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Nov 2011
                                          • 6108

                                          Finland:

                                          Finlands Air Force chief tackles recruiting challenges and its quest for a future fighter

                                          Source:
                                          https://www.defensenews.com

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