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September 2016

Russia may start producing T-50 in 2017

The final primary batch of PAK-FA fighter jets is almost complete and tests will be finished in 2016, top military officials told the media. The Russian Air Force hopes to start regular production of the new 5G jets soon, with the first planes coming in 2017. The PAK-FA (Perspective Air Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jets are being manufactured by the KnAAPO (Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association) in the Russian Far ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Air Force grounds 15 F-35

Less than two months after declaring the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, the Air Force on Friday announced that it was temporarily grounding 15 of the jets after it discovered that insulation was “peeling and crumbling” inside the fuel tanks. The setback is the latest for the $400 billion system, the most expensive in the history of the Pentagon. The problem comes as the program, which for years faced ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

Il-112V to perform first flight In 2017

The advanced Russian-made Ilyushin Il-112V military transport plane is planned to perform the first flight in the summer of 2017, the Voronezh Region administration said. The Voronezh Aircraft Plant (VASO) is the main producer of the Il-112V military transport plane, the administration added. “VASO has already started building the first prototype. The prototype is expected to perform the first flight in mid-2017,” the administration said. “As VASO CEO Dmitry Prishvin ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

China developing new strategic bomber

According to Ma, the Chinese air force’s strike capabilities have significantly increased over time. “We are currently developing a new generation of strategic bombers, soon you will be able to see it,” Ma told the Global Times (Huanqiu Shibao) newspaper. Ma gave no additional details on the new bomber. Last year, China unveiled its Xian H-6K strategic bomber, a licensed copy of the Soviet Tu-16 aircraft. The H-6K is equipped with the DH-20 cruise missile, which gives ...

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Category: Military Aviation

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