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  • JSR
    JSR
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    • Aug 2011
    • 4928

    74 year old looking for retirement but this age people can easily make mistake and get caught.

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    • BME330
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      • Jan 2000
      • 680

      That Searcher uav from Spain is not operated by the air force, is operated by the Army.

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      • JSR
        JSR
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        • Aug 2011
        • 4928

        kh-31 test. looks faster than brahmos.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU__4qf7s4E

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        • panzerfeist1
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          • Feb 2018
          • 204

          https://www.rt.com/news/433464-russi...combat-helmet/

          “One of our projects is a material which, like a chameleon, mimics the color of the surrounding environment,” the CEO of the state corporation Rostec Sergey Chemezov told the TASS news agency on Tuesday. “We designed a helmet using this technology, and will demonstrate it at one of the expos in the nearest future.”

          Next Army expo, August 21-26.

          "https://www.newsweek.com/russia-reveals-military-material-makes-troops-tanks-invisible-1029350

          "We are constantly improving the equipment of servicemen. The main goal is to make the soldier more protected, to strengthen his technical equipment. One of our latest developments is a coating that, like a chameleon, mimics the color of the environment. With the use of this technology, a helmet has been created, which will soon be demonstrated at an upcoming exhibition," Chemezov told the state-run Tass Russian News Agency."

          So is that upcoming exhibition going to be there army expo in August because that happens to be the next upcoming exhibition according to Chemezov? Do not know if I should be really excited or have my hopes up too high. Chemezov says, "one of the expos(which can or cant be the army expo)" and than says "upcoming exhibition" which of course is the army expo in August both news reports came on the same date.

          http://www.rusarmyexpo.com/demo-events?date=2018-08-24 "Familiarization by the Forum's visitors with specimens of armament, military and special equipment from Russian Ministry of Defence stock (12 static areas of Alabino military training grounds)" There was nothing mentioned of a helmet but does speak of military gear and uniform on page 4 pdf number 6. http://www.rusarmyexpo.com/file_new....&size=12079949
          Last edited by panzerfeist1; 6th August 2018, 06:44.

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          • Austin
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            • Oct 2003
            • 6404

            MiG-31BM with R-77-1 missiles

            bmpd
            August 7Th, 1:58
            A photograph of the modernized MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft of the VKS of Russia (onboard number "14 red") carrying, among other things, two new medium-range air-to-air missiles R-77-1 (RVV-SD) with active radar homing. The fighter-interceptor MiG-31BM VKS Russia (board number "14 red") with suspended R-77-1 (RVV-SD) medium-range air-to-air missiles with active radar homing, 2018 (с) Max C / russianplanes.net ( link )

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

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            • BlackArcher
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              • Dec 2010
              • 4050

              Not directly related to Russia, but posting this in full so that we know why Malaysian Su-30MKMs are mostly grounded. Nothing to do with what some idiot poster claimed was likely "low quality HAL spare parts" rubbish. In fact, those Su-30MKMs could probably be overhauled at HAL facilities for a lower cost than what Russia offered to do it for. But they're going ahead and trying to do it themselves but budget issues are causing delays.

              from AW&ST

              KUALA LUMPURInadequate funding is exacerbating the low serviceability of the Sukhoi Su-30MKM of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), the head of the service said, calling for a bigger budget.

              Only four of 18 Su-30MKMs are operational, Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu told parliament.

              RMAF chief Gen. Affendi Buang counts six aircraft as operational; the other 12 are awaiting overhauls. The difference between his figures and Mohamads suggests two fighters are out of service for lesser problems than the need for overhaul.


              Each Su-30MKM needs an overhaul as it enters its 10th year of service, Affendi told the New Straits Times newspaper after the ministers statement to parliament.

              The service has prepared for the work, arranging for its engineering department and the Su-30MKMs usual local maintainer, Aerospace Technology System Corp. (ATSC), to take on the program. Other local companies are involved.

              We are fine-tuning our requirements for the program, but I have to say that we are severely constrained by our very tight annual operational budget, he said.

              The time needed to establish the Malaysian overhaul setup has also been a factor. Overhauling locally was needed because the aircrafts original equipment manufacturer (OEM) proposed an unaffordable scheme that would have required sending the fighters back to Russia, the general said.

              One Su-30MKM was used as a testbed to validate the local program. We found that we could do it at a fraction of the original cost, Affendi said. It also reduced our dependence on the Russian OEM.

              But performing the overhauls still requires more funding. We badly need a bigger budget to carry out this program and to ensure that the Su-30MKMs are at optimal readiness, he said.


              Affendi identified the OEM as Sukhoi. But another part of United Aircraft Corp., Irkut, made the Su-30MKM, a sub-variant special to Malaysia.

              ATSC is a joint Malaysian-Russian company operating at the Gong Kedak airbase, 310 km northeast of Kuala Lumpur. The Su-30MKM squadron is based there.

              The RMAF also has eight BoeingF/A-18D Hornets. Its 16 MiG-29s were retired in late 2016.

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              • Austin
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                • Oct 2003
                • 6404

                Malaysia should have gone with Single Engine fighter like F-16 or Mirage if they cannot afford a twin engine heavy fighter whose maintenance would be expensive.

                Looks like they have serious budgetary constrains and hard pressed to maintain MKM and looking for local option for overhaul. When they bought those MKM I recollect they did not pay fully in hard currency but bartered it for palm oil and other resources The closest option for them is to let HAL Maintain MKM but even that would be a cost no less than sending MKM to russia as HAL is known to add its own % to the cost of work

                Better they sell off their MKM and 29 and go for something like F_16 in the long run thats what they can afford too , MAintenace will be easeir with F-18 and may be a dozen F-16
                "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"

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                • Austin
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                  • Oct 2003
                  • 6404

                  Kuznetsov Undergoes MiG-29K Refit
                  "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"

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                  • LMFS
                    Rank 4 Registered User
                    • Feb 2018
                    • 246

                    @Austin:
                    why should the MKMs be more difficult or expensive to maintain than the F-18s for instance?

                    Do not agree you can substitute the Su-30s with F-16s, much less in an insular country. Sukhoi's range and payload are invaluable in such conditions.

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                    • stealthflanker
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                      • Sep 2015
                      • 923

                      Problem with Russian fighters are most often not related to the aircraft itself, including maintenance.

                      As seen we often have parts shortage and rather expensive scheme of sending the plane for heavy maintenance. Which i wonder how procurements work in the operators. For Indonesia case, we did have problem in spare parts procurement where Rosoboroneksport itself playing with the price and we need to negotiate quite hard for it. The bigger problem however came from our own side where our locals do some corrupt scheme that actually increase the maintenance cost. Plus the fact that we didn't order or operate so many aircrafts in the first place which i assume in the eye of the russian, seems weird for us to do our own heavy maintenance.

                      The US Scheme in other hand is directly related to FMS (Foreign Military Sales) Which very good as it actually more transparent, but it has nothing to do with maintenance. The US did provide us with F-16 heavy maintenance including Jet column to test the F-100 engine (This however have to be renewed if we do order later F-15 or F-16 variant with GE-F132 or PW-229) and C-130 maintenance. But that does not prevent our airforce from having maintenance in Airod anyway and do structural enhancement in Turkey. Plus our own spare part procurement sucks as it can take 1-2 years before the part really come and repair can begin.

                      For Malaysia case i heard it was because the PM cut contracts with the Russian firm and insist G2G procurement which, BTW not the way Russia sells arms.

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                      • LMFS
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                        • Feb 2018
                        • 246

                        Thanks for clarifying stealthflanker, I supposed this had to do mainly with contractual issues since Russian AF is not having such maintenance problems. In fact sortie generation rates in Syria have been remarkably high

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                        • stealthflanker
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Sep 2015
                          • 923

                          The one im kinda worried is that one cant really stock large number of parts as these parts too are having shelf life (E.g RVV-AE missile have shelf life of 8 years on storage) Our Mi-35 and Mi-17 sometime undergo early maintenance mainly to "expend" stocked parts.

                          I wonder tho if there is any procedure or firm specialized in zeroing or at least certify these parts so they can be used.
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                          • Austin
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Oct 2003
                            • 6404

                            Full Interview here with UAC president Yuri Slyusar.

                            "Aircraft must be in good shape, it is in the interests of the whole country"


                            https://vpk.name/news/224618_aviastr...i_stranyi.html
                            "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"

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                            • Dr.Snufflebug
                              Boggleboople snufflebug
                              • Aug 2012
                              • 501

                              First M3M-modified Backfire:



                              Seems like they did away with the defensive guns entirely and put some kind of big EW/radar thingy there instead. Also note what looks like future IFR provision. She has a glass cockpit now, vastly updated navigation and targeting systems, plus integration with the next-gen missiles. Oh, and a Blackjack powerpack (half of it...)

                              In other news, what I presume is the world's fastest conventional helicopter (not yet FAI ratified, though, but I have it on good authority that she's faster than the Lynx that set the current record in the 1980's) has gotten yet another change of wings (it started with the usual Mi-24 drooped ditto with pylons, then it flew wingless for quite a while before receiving a pair of low-mounted straight, flush wings... Now it's back to droop but completely smooth:

                              Last edited by Dr.Snufflebug; 16th August 2018, 15:23.
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                              • Austin
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                                • Oct 2003
                                • 6404

                                This write up mentions crew reduced from 4 to 2 ?

                                https://rg.ru/2018/08/16/obnovlennyj...-v-kazani.html
                                "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"

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                                • LMFS
                                  Rank 4 Registered User
                                  • Feb 2018
                                  • 246

                                  @Dr.Snufflebug:

                                  Are you sure they have substituted the engines? They don't look like NK-32s and it seems they cancelled this as well as some other upgrades.

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                                  • archangelski
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Jul 2013
                                    • 2380

                                    Originally posted by Dr.Snufflebug View Post
                                    First M3M-modified Backfire:
                                    What are these temporary things on the front landing gear ?

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                                    • Austin
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Oct 2003
                                      • 6404

                                      Are you sure they have substituted the engines? They don't look like NK-32s and it seems they cancelled this as well as some other upgrades.
                                      http://militarynews.ru/story.asp?rid=1&nid=488182

                                      In his turn, the commander of the long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force, Sergei Kobylash, told Interfax that the speed and range of the flight of the new Tu-22M3M bomber increased as a result of modernization.
                                      "We will put new engines upgraded on these aircraft, which, accordingly, are more economical and will allow increasing both the range, speed and performance," S.Kobylash said,
                                      "A map does you no good if you don't know where you are"

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                                      • Dr.Snufflebug
                                        Boggleboople snufflebug
                                        • Aug 2012
                                        • 501

                                        You're probably right. Rossiyskaya Gazeta (which is the Russian government's official rag) mentions NK-32-02, but yeah, the little we see looks like the regular engines and Tupolev's own press release only mentions the engine control systems from the Tu-160M/M2 and that there is a high level of unification with the Blackjack in terms of avionics.

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                                        • LMFS
                                          Rank 4 Registered User
                                          • Feb 2018
                                          • 246

                                          Oh boy, it is never easy with these guys... contradictory statements everywhere...

                                          But fact is, the unit presented today doesn't look like having the new engines. Maybe they install them afterwards, who knows. Have we seen the NK-32-02 already at all?

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