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Russian Air Force: News, Updates & Discussion

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  1. Averageamerican

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    India's IJT and FGFA programmes now 'considerably delayed'
    Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
    12 February 2014
    Key Points
    • Time overruns on India's IJT programme are forcing the IAF to extend the service life of its Kiran fleet
    • Workshare and cost disagreements with the Russians are also delaying the FGFA programme
    Two crucial Indian Air Force (IAF) programmes - the indigenous development of an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) and codevelopment of the Fifth Generation Fighter (FGFA) with Russia - are considerably delayed, Defence Minister A K Antony told India's parliament on 10 February.
    Antony said time overruns in developing the IJT had compelled the Centre for Airworthiness and Certification in Bangalore to recommend extending the operational life of the IAF's ageing Hindustan Jet Trainer (HJT)-16 Kiran MkIs and MkIIs by four years, to 2018
     
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    Russian Air Force focused newest fighters on the airfield Belbek in Crimea, said "military informant." So the airfield near Sevastopol were transferred new Su-27SM, Su-30cm and 4 ++ generation fighter Su-35.
    In total, the airport was relocated about 20 multi-role fighters interceptors new generation.
    Locals say that now on the runway of the aerodrome there are 9 Su-27SM, five Su-30cm and 3 Su-35 fighter.

    Россия сосредоточила новейшие истребители на аэродроме Бельбек в Крыму
     
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    Sell the Ukraine one F35 and there goes the Russian Airforce.
     
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    14 fighter jets, including fourth-generation Su-27SM's and Su-30's, are scheduled to land in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, set to station Russia’s modernized air forces.
    MOSCOW, November 26 (Sputnik) — 14 fighter jets are scheduled to land in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told RIA Novosti.

    The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev.PHOTO: Russian Airbase in Crimea Reinforced by New Fighter Jets / Sputnik International

    MOSCOW, November 27 (Sputnik) — Russia is ahead of schedule in accomplishing the task to modernize 30 percent of its military hardware by 2016, a senior defense official said Thursday.


    "We have already surpassed this goal in general, although we still have the entire 2015 at our disposal," Anatoly Gulyaev, head of the Armaments Department at the Russian Defense Ministry, said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television.



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    US Pushed Ukraine to Edge of Civil War: Russian Defense Ministry
    "In terms of main types of military hardware, the share of advanced weaponry is over 40 percent at present," Gulyaev said.


    In October, it was announced that the Russian Defense Ministry planned to provide the country’s Land Force with 70 percent of modern equipment.

    In 2008, Russia launched a large-scale military reform, the key point of which was the rearmament program. Under the program, Russia announced it would spend 20 trillion rubles ($430 billion at the current exchange rate) to upgrade its arsenal by 2020

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    Article excerpt "Russian Military Reform in the Aftermath of the 2008 Russia-Georgia War" by Bryce-Rogers, Athena - Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 21, Issue 3, Summer 2013 | Online Research Library: Questia
    Abstract: Former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov's reforms marked a serious effort to make real change in Russia's military. The ability to implement these reforms resulted largely from strong, committed leadership at the top and the impetus given by Russia's performance in the 2008 war with Georgia. Ultimately, Serdyukov was removed from office when his efforts ran into strong opposition from entrenched interests within the military establishment. The opaque nature of the military and its ability to manipulate the political leadership in an atmosphere of little public oversight suggests that prospects for democratization in Russia are dim.
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    "The army has 1.4 million men, but there is no one to wage war."
    --Russian President Vladimir Putin (1)
    Over the past few years, the Russian military has undergone what is arguably the greatest transformation that the country's armed forces have seen in decades. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, various reforms have been attempted, only to end in failure or minimal change. Based on past experience with reforms, it seems that the success of military reforms is largely dependent on a few factors: a stimulant for reforms, sufficient financial backing, as well as the political will, capability, and capital to implement reforms. Thanks to a confluence of such factors--including the August 2008 war with Georgia that created the "perfect storm"--recent military reforms have been much deeper than those seen in previous years, despite a long-standing clear need for such changes.
    With the ousting of the leader of these reforms, former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, the future path of these developments remains unclear. Given the backing of Russia's top political leadership, Russia's military is likely to continue on the path of reform; however, future reforms may have a more limited scope than those undertaken by Serdyukov. Considering the many deep-rooted problems facing the military, any serious limitations to the reform effort will not be in Russia's best interest in the long run. A look into military reform efforts and Serdyukov's ousting also provides some insight into the level of democratization within Russia. Very simply, within democracies, there is a system of checks-and-balances. In Russia, in addition to a power structure highly skewed towards the presidency, there seems to exist an internal balance of power based on a wide system of (largely corrupt) entrenched interests. The historical autonomy of the military as well as the nature of Serdykov's ousting to be discussed later in the article suggests a balance highly-skewed in favor the military, in such a way as would not be permitted in a functioning democracy.
    This article will first provide the background, including the political atmosphere which stymied previous reforms, moving on to consider the factors that changed to make some reforms possible. In order to provide an understanding of the nature of, and need for, these reforms, this analysis will then offer an assessment of the Russian military performance during the five-day war against Georgia. Next, the article will delve into the specific aspects of the military reforms, highlighting the actual or expected success of each component. Finally, the article will conclude with an assessment of the prospects for the future of military reform, as well as the insights into democratization within Russia that can be gleaned from the reform efforts discussed.
    Military Reform: A History of Attempts & Failures
    Russia's attempts at military reform are not particularly new. Over the years, the civilian leadership has regularly pledged to modernize, downsize, end conscription, and tackle other necessary reforms; former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was making these very promises in the early 1990s. (2) What is also not new is the incredible need for reform. The First Chechen War (1994-1996) made this apparent; for instance, despite the existence of 70 divisions that were supposedly battle-ready, the military could initially gather only relatively ineffective "composite" units that had never even trained together. …
     
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    All the wrong things that the guy said has already been covered in the article i posted.

    Please read in full the article first before posting the usual F-35 is the best paid news.
     
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    Problem is Colonel Fornof comments produced more questions than answers:

    a.) Indian MiG-21IBis (I-Bis) "Bison" are equipped with Russian-made Kopyo radars, not Israeli “F-16” radars.

    b.) That Su-30MKIs "lost in 1-v-1" DACT at Mountain Home AFB (?) there was apparently no such training done at Mountain.

    c.) FOD concerns are not unusual for any air force operating halfway around the world. The Flanker has simply immense loiter and combat persistence ability – take-off (fighter scramble) intervals are not (as) critical for Flanker - as for shorter range aircraft.

    d.) MKi use Lyulka AL-31 turbofans, not Tumansky powerplants as USAF officer stated.
     
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    India Ordering, Modernizing SU-30MKIs
    Nov 18, 2014 15:39 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

    Readiness issues & controversy explained and detailed; Cause of the October crash is still unclear, but SU-30MKIs returning to service soon anyway.
    Nov 17/14: Air Chief Arup Raha was cited by PTI as saying that the reason for the sudden ejection seat activation in the Oct 14/14 crash isn’t clear, but inspections aren’t showing problems in the remaining fleet. The Court of Inquiry’s report is being finalized, and the fleet should be back in use by Nov 21/14. Sources: Russia & India Report, “India’s Su-30s to be back in use this week”.
    Oct 23/14: Readiness. According to India’s Business Standard, the readiness rate for IAF SU-30MKIs has risen from 48% before 2013 to around 55%, meaning that 87 of 193 fighters are grounded at any one time. The paper cites MoD figures and documents that show 20% of the fleet (about 39) undergoing 1st line and 2nd line maintenance by the IAF, another 11-12% (about 22) undergoing overhaul at HAL, and 13-14% (about 26) grounded waiting for major repairs.
    What’s interesting is that HAL is beginning to push back against the IAF, offering to take most maintenance off of the IAF’s hands under a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) arrangement that would pay HAL for fighters fit to fly, instead of paying for parts and labor. PBL would threaten a lot of military jobs, so the IAF has resisted such offers for the SU-30MKI and Hawk Mk.132 fleets. But HAL is touting the possibility of a 20% absolute improvement, under a contract structure that directly links pay and performance. That’s 2 full operational squadrons worth.
    Meanwhile, the current arrangement continues, with the IAF vastly underspending on spares (INR 500 million per year, vs. INR 34.5 billion at a standard 5%/year rate), and spares worth INR 4 billion stockpiled by HAL at Nashik. Even if the IAF doesn’t adopt PBL, HAL would like to see 5 years worth of spares stockpiled. Most of the spares must still come from Russia, and surge capability is very poor. Sources: India’s Business Standard, “Govt takes note of Su-30MKI’s poor ‘serviceability’”
     
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    July 20/14: Engine issues. Reports indicate that the IAF fleet’s problems aren’t limited to mission computers and displays (q.v. March 15/14). It also has a problem with engine failures in flight. Fortunately, as a 2-engine fighter, it can generally land on 1 engine, and the accident rate is low. The flip side is that this isn’t something you want to happen in a dogfight. Worse, every time this happens, the engine has to be taken out, tested, fixed, and put back. That takes a minimum of 4-5 days, which cuts readiness rates.

    More Russian Junk.
     
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    Even F-35 your 5th Gen fighter was grounded for engine reasons.

    But lets no troll the wrong thread for this discussion.
     
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    MOSCOW, December 2. / TASS /. batch of modern multifunctional naval MiG-29K / KUB transferred to the Naval Aviation Russian Navy. About this TASS reported the press service of the corporation "MiG".
    "The Ministry of Defense of Russia transferred a batch of modern multifunctional naval MiG-29K / KUB", - said the source.
    The contract for the supply of 24 Russian sailors deck fighters was signed in early 2012, and in 2013 the military department received the first batch of aircraft - four cars.
    In September, Russian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov said that naval aviation until the end of this year will replenish ten MiG-29K fighter fleet ten should get next year.

    ТАСС: Армия и ОПК - Минобороны РФ получило партию корабельных истребителей МиГ-29К/КУБ

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    Near the village Chemodurova Resurrection area suburbs crashed prototype based fighter MiG-29KUB, Interfax reported. The pilots managed to eject. One of the pilots was hospitalized, and the second was not injured. The plane crashed into a field, on the ground there were no injuries.

    The aircraft carried out a planned test flight. According to preliminary data, while returning to the airfield has failed aircraft.

    By decision of the Industry and Trade Ministry will set up a commission to investigate the causes of the accident, the general director of LLI Gromov Pavel Vlasov. According to him, the commission will include specialists of Russian Aircraft Corporation "MiG", which owned the crashed plane.

    "In the suburbs experienced crashed car, owned aviation industry. As a part of the Russian Air Force no aircraft of this type. Therefore, their flights will not be suspended," - said in Command of the Air Force.

    According to the Industry and Trade Ministry, the state of one of the pilots is serious, the condition does not cause other concerns. Both drivers were hospitalized. A source in the Defense Ministry told Tass that threats to pilots not. Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the aviation industry generates Department of Industry and Trade.www.Airforce.ru - Потерпел аварию МиГ-29КУБ
     
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    Apparently, the F-22 Raptor has vulnerability - its long-range air-to-air missiles might miss its target aircraft if the target aircraft is equipped with a "radar-jamming" system capable of electronic attack or EA, unnamed sources from Air Force told Majumdar. EA is an advanced digital radio frequency memory jammers that renders ordinary radars to an almost obsolete state. EA also blinds the radars onboard American-made air-to-air missiles. With EA in its enemy aircraft, Raptor needs to fire multiple missiles to attack a single target.

    The U.S. Department of Defence is not making any effort to develop methods to combat EA. "So , while we are stealthy, we will have a hard time working our way through the EA to target an enemy aircraft such as a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-35S and our missile will have a hard time killing them," an unnamed senior Air Force official revealed in an exclusive interview with the The Daily Beast.

    Other officials have sung the same tune. One veteran F-22 pilot said Su-35S' ability to cruise for a long time and its passive electronically-scanned array places the jet fighter at greater advantage from Western jet fighters. Another Super Hornet pilot said Su-35S' potent infrared sensor is capable of detecting enemy aircrafts in long-range - something which the jets from the West are not yet capable of. One Navy pilot highlighted Su-35S' massive payload of air-to-air missiles as its major advantage over Western aircrafts.

    However, a veteran F-22 pilot said that military tactics and strategy during actual combat remains the deciding factor to judge whether a nation is really capable of winning. He said whether Russia can translate Su-35S' capabilities into "valid tactics remains to be seen." While it is overwhelming to compare one aircraft to another, these are just aircrafts. The command and control to execute military tactics remains the big advantage of U.S. over Russia, one navy official highlighted.

    One senior military official expressed the same opinion. He said that while Su-35S is perhaps the best aircraft that Russia has ever developed, it is still not a Raptor. Su-35S will be "hamstrung by the two key elements of fifth gen war... stealth, and broad spectrum sensor fusion," the official said. Russia’s Su-35S Supersonic Speeds Versus U.S. Stealth Fighter F-22 Raptor - International Business Times
     

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