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    MiG-35 and Zhuk AESA. I really hate to see despite having head start, Phazotron seems to get lax and taking vacation in radar building/design and not actually make real thing.


      In the State Duma, the characteristics of the Russian fighter of the generation 6 ++

      Подробнее на ТАСС:
      "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


        It would seems stange if Vityaz is not to be field tested in Syria.. on the other hand, no rush.
        Putin just signaled some hardliners towards Israeli and US before the Summit talks. He said its out of the question to see Iran gone from Syria.
        And that is US bargining ship, if they are to leave Syria.

        So it seems Russia are to stay in Syria for a very long time.
        They are testing what ever is possible , it is not posisble to test every new or deployed system in Syria and Vityaz is just a offshot of S-400 system.

        On Iran Syria thing , I think it is better Iran leave syria for their own good and good of syrian people , but it has to be done when SAA can replace them cant be a quick decision but that should be the way once Syria is stabilised.

        Wonder if UN can deploy its troops or CSTO nations ?
        "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


          There just must be a systemic flaw in the translation from Rus to English. Or maybe it's the perma negative bias of all things Russia by the Western media.

          Last time I checked, there are more nations currently with Mig 29's in service than there is of F-16's in service.

          Yes some nations are not replacing their aging Mig 29 fleets with the new version. But some are.

          There are potential future markets in Iraq, Iran or even North Korea. The US is also getting very stingy-attaching sanctions and conditions on military exports. This is good for the prospects of the Mig 35.

          But the doom narrative on the Mig 29-35 line will just continue


            there are more nations currently with Mig 29's in service than there is of F-16's in service.
            You are not very good at checking


              KTRV advances Grom air-to-surface missile acceptance trials


              Russia completing R-37M air-to-air missile trials

              "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                Great news regarding the R-37M missile, hope it is not too long before we see The R-37M on the Su-35.


                  Russian drones are starting to arm


                  Judging by the photo, the ATKA "Ataka" received a UAV-42B unmanned aerial vehicle, created on the basis of the Austrian DA42 aircraft. According to the meager information available on the Internet, this UAV was planned to be equipped with an electron-optical surveillance system, a digital camera, a radar station. UAV has a system of automatic take-off and landing and autonomous flight along a pre-programmed route

                  The second armed UAV was "Forpost-M2", which was equipped with guided and planned bombs. UAV is developed on the basis of the Israeli UAV Searcher 2, which in the Russian version was significantly altered. The UAV is equipped with a piston engine capable of developing power up to 45 hp, which provides the drone with the ability to accelerate to a speed of 200 km / h, while the operational range of this device is 250 kilometers. As a tracking and surveillance device, the Forpost drones use one electro-optical and one infrared camera, which provides the possibility of its round-the-clock use. Can be in the air for up to 17 hours, while reaching a height of 5000 meters.
                  "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                    speaking of drones we might get to see their heavy UAV in flight tests by the end of this year.

                    Also if it has not been mentioned here. They will make their cockpits twice as stealthy


                      The Ministry of Finance forecasts the growth of budget expenditures for a number of items in 2020-2021


                      Budget Expenditure

                      Thus, expenditures under the item "National Defense" for 2018 are planned at 2.797 trillion rubles, in 2019 - 2.783 trillion rubles, in 2020 - 2.860 trillion rubles, in 2021 - 2.981 trillion rubles.

                      The cost of national security and law enforcement will grow from year to year - in 2018 they will amount to 2.105 trillion rubles, in 2019 - 2.182 trillion rubles, in 2020, 2.256 trillion rubles, in 2021 - 2.320 trillion rubles.

                      РИА Новости
                      "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                        The 'Collapsing' Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales
                        "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                          Thus, Russian defense spending and procurement is in for a sustained trim, but the reductions are fairly minor in comparison to the sensational headlines.
                          That's the point.


                            Russia’s ASAT development takes aim at LEO assets ( JANES/SOC )

                            Key Points
                            • Russia is developing anti-satellite (ASAT) systems that are designed to interfere with, or
                            destroy, satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
                            • This could reduce an adversary’s ability to collect sensitive intelligence, possibly forcing a
                            reliance on far less survivable collection systems such as airborne assets.
                            • Ground- and air-launched direct-ascent ASAT systems under development increase the risk
                            of space debris and catastrophic consequences for all users within those orbital bands.
                            "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                              Deeply modernized "White swans" will go to the military in 2022


                              Moscow. July, 12. INTERFAX.RU - The upgraded missile-carrying missile carriers Tu-160M ​​will start to arrive in the military in 2022, the general director of Tupolev, Alexander Konyukhov, told Interfax.

                              "The first flight of the modernized upgraded Tu-160 will take place in the 3-4 th quarter of 2019, the first serial upgraded aircraft of the Tu-160M ​​system is planned to be transferred to the VKS in 2022," Konyukhov said during a visit by Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko of the Kazan Gorbunov Aircraft Plant KAZ, a branch of PJSC "Tupolev", is part of the UAC).

                              The head of Tupolev noted that all existing Tu-160 warplanes will be gradually upgraded.

                              "The first new Tu-160M ​​aircraft in the modernized look should be transferred to the VKS in 2021," Konyukhov said.

                              According to him, now is preparing the production base of the Kazan aircraft factory for these works.

                              "In parallel, we are preparing for the implementation of the program for the serial modernization of aircraft of the system - design documentation is being developed, prototype systems are being manufactured," said the head of Tupolev.

                              Deputy head of the military department Krivoruchko on Thursday held a meeting on the execution of the state defense order by the Kazan aircraft plant. He also estimated the production capacity of KAZ, where it is planned to launch the production of the long-range long-range aviation complex PAK DA in the future.

                              Earlier Konyukhov told Interfax that the flight tests of the modernized "strategist" Tu-160 would take about three years - from 2019 to 2021.

                              According to him, in parallel flight tests will be conducted and new "strategists" already in the guise of Tu-160M2.

                              "The test and development work for modernization will be completed by testing the Tu-160M ​​aircraft, and the results of this OCB will be extended both to the modernization of the aircraft in the system and to the construction of new aircraft," the head of Tupolev said.

                              He stressed that these works will be conducted in parallel - "we will both build new aircraft, and modernize the aircraft in the system."
                              "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                                So if the Tu-160's are to be modernized over time, where does that leave the future PAK-DA bomber? In limbo?


                                  ^^ Yes ofc. There is not enough funding to go around at current time. I said this before, the Russian MoD has to prioritize.
                                  Who knows, with the upgrade and new production of Tu-160M2, the PakDa is pushed so far back, that the new Interceptor program takes shape before PakDa.
                                  Besides, this also has to do with Threat projection and future air combat doctrines.

                                  Does Russia really need a strategical bomber difference to the Tu-160, with its second to none Stand-off clubs?
                                  In my mind, spending huge amount of resources to build a huge B-2'ish deep penetrator program is now a thing of the past.

                                  Better for Russia to get on with the Su-34M upgrade. It should do to have around 250 Su-34M flying around with improved weapons, radar and FLIR/IRIST, Jammer pod, Recon pod etc.

                                  And at a later date(Decade from now), look into building a new Frontline tactical Bomber out of the PakFa Design.
                                  Perhaps 25% larger with a side-by-side cockpit, larger W-bays etc.


                                    There is still talk of Pak-Da first flight 2025. I will try to find the article, the director of Tupolev is quoted as saying the Pak-Da flight model will be built by then, even while Tu-160s are modified and new ones built. Whether that means a longer extended build up to actual acceptance though into airforce say 2030.

                                    KAZAN, July 13. /TASS/. Russia’s proposed long-range next-generation plane PAK DA, being developed by the Tupolev design bureau, will feature low observable technologies, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Thursday.

                                    "The Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-range Aviation (PAK DA) will be created to feature low observable technologies" he said.

                                    The official visited the Gorbunov Aircraft Works in Kazan (KAZ), where the aircraft is to be manufactured.

                                    One of the goals of Krivoruchko’s visit was to inspect preparations for launching the serial production of the modernized Tu-160M strategic bomber. "In general, the work in this direction proceeds according to the schedule. Although the insignificant delays have been detected in some areas, others are being implemented ahead of schedule," he said.

                                    The proposed long-range next generation plane, PAK DA, will have a variety of functions and will be configured as a bomber, command center or reconnaissance plane.

                                    Scientific head of the State Research Institute of Aircraft Systems Academician Yevgeny Fedosov said the new aircraft will feature modern piloting and targeting complex and will be equipped with the latest communication and radio-electronic warfare means. Experts say it will be capable of fulfilling a broad range of combat missions in various operational conditions.

                                    Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov in early 2018 that the PAK DA project is implemented as scheduled rather than indefinitely postponed. According to the official, the maiden flight is likely to take place in 2025-2026, and the serial production is scheduled to begin in 2028-2029.


                                    Be that as read, but as things go delays happen so realistic first flight 2026-2027, production after 2030
                                    Last edited by blackwood; 13th July 2018, 23:39.


                                      With all this talk about PAK-DA and future strategic aviation, and recent news about pulse detonation engines being tested in Lyulka, I've always wondered what the continuing status of the Ayaks/Ajax program, or Oryol as a whole. Since Putin revealing some of the Russian strategic weapon's programs, he did state at one point that "there would be more", and when you take a look what was initially revealed, there is still probably more to come.

                                      Avanguard was definitely a high end program, with regards to hypersonic craft, nuclear powered cruise missile and the nuclear torpedo are fascinating from technological perspective, but nothing truly earth shattering with regards to strategic and overall global impact, Dagger and the laser system also interesting (Dagger less so, being air launched Iskander), but again, nothing truly out of this world, as laser systems have been around for some time, and that specific laser system shown is by no means Russia's/USSR's first laser system.

                                      So I will be looking forward with interest to any future unveilings of Russian strategic programs with regards to hypersonic craft, as Ayaks/Ajax is a very fascinating and to this day groundbreaking with regards to intake, engine, fuel system, and even aerodynamic systems.

                                      And if anyone, particularly our Russian posters have any recent info on Ayaks/Ajax that might have flown under the radar, it would be greatly appreciated if they could bring it to light.


                                        The cockpit of the modernized Su-25SM3 assault aircraft

                                        "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"


                                          Possible question that might lead to arguments here or not. I heard that the Zircon missile uses a plasma cloud. Some have argued how would the missile hit a mobile target when its not getting any comms of where its targets are at because of the plasma cloud. I believe it is only possible to hit stationary targets with this weapon if you pre-programmed where the missile is to fly to but why have they insisted on their sources that this missile can hit mobile targets in some of their examples?