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Su-57 fighter jet performs maiden flight with new engine

Russia’s first fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet, known during its development as PAK FA and T-50, has performed its maiden flight with a new engine, designed specifically for the cutting-edge military plane. The test flight was successfully performed on Tuesday and lasted some 17 minutes, according to the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry’s press service. A Su-57 aircraft, fitted with new engines known as ‘Product 30,’ was piloted by a ...

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Russian fighter jet blasts US Navy Poseidon with its engine wake

A Russian Su-30 Flanker fighter jet allegedly crossed close in front of a US Navy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea at the weekend, turning on its afterburner as it did so. The violent wake left by the superheated air tossed the US Poseidon into a 15-degree roll from which the pilots had to urgently recover. The deadly game lasted a total of 24 minutes, a Pentagon statement ...

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Russia unveils newly built Tu-160

A newly built Tupolev Tu-160 long-range heavy strategic bomber – the first one since 1992 – was rolled out of the hangar as Russia resumes production of the world’s largest operational bomber that NATO designates as Blackjack. The new Tu-160, which is nicknamed White Swan in Russia, was revealed at the Kazan Aviation Factory, a branch of Moscow-based Tupolev Design Bureau, on Thursday. The aircraft was built, using parts stored ...

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Russian Airforce are due to get ten Su-25SM3

The Russian Aerospace Forces are due to get more than ten advanced Su-25SM3 close air support planes before the end of this year. Viktor Pryadka, head of the Avintel aviation technology alliance, told Sputnik that the latest Su-25 shows great potential. Commenting on the upcoming delivery of more than ten Su-25SM3 attack aircraft to the Russian Aerospace Forces, a Russian aviation expert specifically praised the Su-25’s great potential. Viktror Pryadka ...

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Military aviation makes up bulk of Russian arms exports

Russian state arms exporter (Rosoboronexport) expects military aviation equipment to constitute over 50 percent of 2017 exports, said deputy head Sergey Ladygin in an interview with Sputnik during the MAKS-2017 international air show. “According to our estimates, the tendency for the growth of export and larger contracts on items for the air force will continue. We expect the aviation component of Rosoboronexport contracts to go over 50 percent in 2017,” ...

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Ka-52 Alligator helicopters delivered to Egypt

First three Russian Ka-52 reconnaissance and combat helicopters built at Progress Plant were accepted by Egypt, a source in the Russian defense industry told TASS on Tuesday. Egyptian pilots currently undergo helicopter training, the source said. Ka-52 helicopters are built at Progress Plant in the Primorsk Region within the framework of 2015 year contract on delivery of 46 Alligators to Egypt. Russia clinches bid to supply deck helicopters Ka-52K to ...

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Russia’s Su-35 wows crowds at MAKS

Russia’s Su-35 fighter jet wowed crowds this week at the MAKS 2017 airshow outside Moscow, according to multiple reports on social media. The twin-engine aircraft designed by Sukhoi carrying the NATO reporting name Flanker-E performed feats of aerial acrobatics that stunned even longtime aviation enthusiasts on social media. “I mean, come on,” Stephen Trimble, aviation reporter and editor for Flightglobal’s Americas bureau, tweeted Thursday after seeing footage of the aircraft’s ...

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T-50 tests new anti ship missile

On Wednesday, Izvestia newspaper reported that the Kh-35UE tactical cruise missile, an upgrade of the Kh-35 jet-launched subsonic anti-ship missile, has been incorporated into the Sukhoi T-50’s array of potential armaments. The weapon, capable of targeting and destroying everything from landing craft to aircraft carriers, as well as ground targets, including hard points, warehouses and even mobile military equipment, is able to bypass missile defense interceptor systems, as well as ...

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Russia to launch serial production of Tu-160M2

The serial production of the upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) strategic bomber will begin in 2020, a source in Russia’s defense and industrial sector told TASS. There are plans to produce two or three Tu-160M2 planes annually, the source added. “Work to manufacture the plane has begun. Under the contract signed between the United Aircraft Corporation and the Defense Ministry, the Tu-160M2 plane is expected to perform the ...

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Russia’s stealth bomber to replace Tu-95 and Tu-160

Developers of the Russian new-generation strategic bomber, known as the Advanced Long-Range Aviation Complex (PAK DA), have defended the preliminary design of the project, according to Evgeniy Fedorov, scientific director of the Russian State Research Institute of Aviation Systems. "The military mentioned everything they  ...

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Irkut Corp expands Su-30MKI program

Irkut Corporation participates in AERO INDIA 2017 Air Show (Bangalore, 14-18 February). The corporate products are represented in models of Su-30MKI, Yak-130, MC-21, and Yak-152 aircraft at the stand of UAC. Su-30MKI multirole fighters are the exceptional exhibits of AERO INDIA 2017. These aircraft constitute the backbone of the Indian Air Force. Traditionally, Su-30MKIs are presented at static display and in the flight program of the air show. Su-30MKI program ...

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Russia to upgrade all Il-38 planes

All Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO reporting name: May) antisubmarine warfare planes will be upgraded to the Il-38N level, Russian Naval Aviation Chief Igor Kozhin said. “The defense minister has assigned a task to upgrade the entire Il-38 plane fleet,” Kozhin said. According to him, the Il-38 plane has had “virtually no accident” for almost 50 years. “Despite its age, the upgrade has allowed bringing it to a qualitatively new level,” the ...

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Su-34 to get state-of-the-art overhaul

The next few years will see the further modernization of the Su-34, a Russian strike fighter; the warplane will get new armament and electronic warfare systems, according to the Russian news network Zvezda. The Russian Defense Ministry first announced plans to modernize the Sukhoi Su-34 multipurpose strike fighter, designated by NATO as Hellduck, in July 2016, Zvezda recalled. Based on the Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 is a 4++ generation jet, which can accelerate to a maximum ...

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Russia to test 9th T-50 fighter jet prototype

The ninth prototype of the fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet will start undergoing trials in the imminent future, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. Borisov made this statement during a working trip to the Saturn Scientific and Production Association in Rybinsk in central Russia. “The ninth prototype will start undergoing trials today. We have switched to its comprehensive trials. We are testing ...

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