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Leaked report: crashed MiG-31 was shot down by wingman

Almost exactly two years ago, a Russian Air Force MiG-31 Foxhound supersonic interceptor went down during an exercise over the Telemba proving grounds in Buryatia, a Siberian semi-autonomous Russian republic that borders Mongolia. (Telemba was one of the sites for Vostok, Russia’s giant wargames staged last fall with Chinese and Mongolian troops in attendance.) The incident was described by Russia’s Defense Ministry at the time as a simple mishap: the ...

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Pakistan “Shoots Down Two Indian jets” over Kashmir

Pakistan has conducted airstrikes over the ceasefire line in disputed Kashmir and claims to have shot down two Indian jets that responded by entering Pakistani airspace, capturing both of the pilots. India confirmed that one of its pilots is missing in action and said it shot down one of the Pakistani jets as it escaped over the heavily militarised border separating the two. The skirmishes, a day after India flew ...

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Russia Tests MiG-35 Fighter Weapons

Russian pilots have tested the weapons and on-board equipment of the advanced MiG-35 fighter, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. “Pilots of the aviation center, together with experts from the MiG Corporation, have evaluated the performance of a number of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapon systems,” the statement said. They have also tested the performance of the on-board electronic equipment, integrated avionics control system and the aerodynamic stability ...

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Su-57 and MiG-35 land Russian orders during Army 2018

During the Army 2018 military-technical forum held August 21-26 at Kubinka, west of Moscow, the Russian defense ministry signed a total of 32 contracts with 20 Russian manufacturers. The value of the orders exceeded 130 billion roubles (nearly $2 billion) and calls for the delivery of 600 pieces of equipment and the modernization of 1,500 more. The signing took place on August 22, followed by a press briefing by deputy ...

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10 MIG-31 jets fitted with Kinzhal missiles on test combat duty

Ten MiG-31 fighter jets (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fitted with the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile are on test combat duty, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview published on the Zvezda TV channel website on Saturday. “It is a cutting-edge weapon, namely a hypersonic long-range missile capable of overcoming air and missile defenses. It is invincible, having serious combat might and potential. The MIG-31 is its ...

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MiG completes trials of new-generation fighter jet

Russia’s MiG Aircraft Corporation has completed factory trials of its next-generation MiG-35 multirole fighter jet, the corporation’s press office told TASS on Friday. “The factory trials of the MiG-35 multirole fighter jet produced in the interests of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation have been completed. The certificate of the trials completion was signed in December 2017,” the press office said. During the trials, the MiG specialists checked the ...

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Trials of Su-57 engine to last several years

The trials of Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet Su-57 (PAK FA, the Perspective Aviation Complex of Frontline Aviation) will last several years, President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar told TASS on Thursday. The Russian fifth-generation Perspective Aviation Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA, also known as the T-50) fighter jet took to the skies for the first time in 2010. As was reported earlier, the cutting-edge fighter performed its ...

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Malaysia grounds MiG-29s and rethinks future fighter

Malaysia has put on hold a $2 billion plan to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, looking instead to upgrade its aerial surveillance capabilities to confront the growing threat of militancy inspired by the Islamic State group, a source with knowledge of the matter said. Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy has for several years been weighing the competing merits of France’s Rafale jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by Britain’s ...

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Russia gives MiG-29s to Serbia

Russia has donated six MiG-29 fighters to Serbia, a pair of two-seaters and four single-seaters. The Balkan country received MiG-29s in the late 1980s, but as of recently had only one two-seater and two single-seaters in airworthy condition.  The six aircraft were handed over on October 20 at the Batajnica air force base north of Belgrade. Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu and Serbian president Alexander Vuchich attended the ceremony. Shoigu said ...

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China’s J-20 Fighter Jet Put Into Service

China’s latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday. The flight tests are being conducted as scheduled, Wu said at a press conference. The J-20 is China’s fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet. It made its maiden flight in 2011 and was first shown to the public at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai, ...

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Russia says its MiG-41 will fly in outer space

Russia is boasting that its next-generation fighter jet will be able to fly in space. But it’s still having trouble getting its latest offering off the ground. Mikoyan Corporation has declared on Russian TV that it is working on a successor to its Cold War era MiG-31 “Foxhound” high speed, high-altitude fighter. It’s been dubbed the PAK – DP, or MiG-41. The aircraft will belong to a class of fighters ...

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MiG pushing for exports of the MiG-35 fighter

Russian planemaker MiG says its MiG-35 Fulcrum-F fighters will be finished with flight testing by the end of this or early next year, and that they’ll be ready to open up for production and export. “The government trials go according to the schedule and should be completed at the end of 2017, beginning of 2018,” MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko told Aviation Week’s ShowNews. Under military procurement plans for 2018-2025, Russia ...

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​Qatar orders 36 F-15QA fighters

Qatar has signed a deal for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft. The deal is reportedly worth $12 billion, according to media reports quoting official Qatari sources. The deal was finalised in Washington DC by Qatari defence minister Khalid Al Attiyah and US defence secretary Jim Mattis. Attiyah says the deal reflects increased Qatari and US collaboration in the fight against terrorism. The aircraft will also increase interoperability between US and ...

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Russian MiG-29 crashes into Mediterranean

A Russian fighter jet crashed into the sea shortly into a training flight off the coast of Syria, Russia’s Ministry of Defense has announced. “As a result of a technical malfunction during a training flight an incident occurred to a carrier-based MiG-29,” read an official statement. “The pilot catapulted was delivered to the air carrier Admiral Kuznetsov by a rescue crew. The pilot was not hurt, and is ready for ...

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