Real Deal: Pakistan Confirms Interest in Russian Su-35 Fighters

A Sukhoi SU-35 jetfigther performs its demonstration flight during the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, Thursday, June 20, 2013


Pakistan is poised to upgrade its air force by purchasing what are arguably the best combat aircraft already in use – Russian Su-35 fighters, and here is why.

A Pakistani government official spoke to IHS Jane’s, confirming that the sides had already discussed a possible purchase of the advanced aircraft, as the Pakistani Air Force requires a two-engine fighter “that can fly for a longer range than the JF-17 and penetrate more deeply into the enemy’s territory”.Currently the country’s air force operates a fleet of US F-16s, French Mirage-5s, Chinese F-7s and Sino-Pakistani JF-17s.

Earlier, Moscow and Islamabad clinched a deal on the delivery of Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters to Pakistan, and the contract could be expanded.

While the media are discussing the PAK FA, F-35 and J-20, the fifth-generation aircraft being tested in Russia, the US and China respectively, the fully operational Su-35 seems even more reliable for the moment. It has been touted as “4++ generation using fifth-generation technology”, rendering it superior to other fourth-generation fighters under development.

Su-34 (left), T-50 (centre) and Su-35 (right) aircraft at the 2015 MAKS air show’s opening ceremony in the Moscow suburban town of Zhukovsky.

In fact, only the absence of stealth technology and an active electronically scanned array formally separates this plane, which is unbelievably maneuverable at low speeds, from the family of fifth-generation jets.The Su-35, NATO reporting name Flanker-E, is a multirole fighter that is capable of engaging several air targets simultaneously.

Venezuela to Buy at Least 12 Russian Fighter Jets – President Maduro

Venezuela's two Sukhoi fighter jets fly during the anniversary celebration of Venezuela's Air Force in Maracay, Venezuela,


Venezuela’s President is going to purchase at least 12 Russian fighter jets after the recent Su-30 fighter jet crash.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Venezuela will purchase at least 12 fighter jets from Russia, President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday.

“I will talk to [Russian] President Vladimir Putin to deliver at least 12 new [Sukhoi] Su [fighter jets] to Venezuela and replace the one lost [on Friday],” Maduro said as quoted by the Noticias24 news website.

On Friday, a Venezuelan Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet crashed on the country’s border with Columbia.

The Venezuelan government also plans to sign a contract with China on military equipment delivery, the president added. The equipment will be used to fight drug trafficking, particularly from Colombia, according to him.

The Sukhoi Su-30 is a multi-role fighter aircraft (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of 4+ generation developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.

Russia’s Unique Fighter Jet Flies in Face of Physics

Russia's Unique Fighter Jet Flies in Face of Physics

TEHRAN (FNA)- The sophisticated Russian fighter aircraft Su-30SM is rightly believed to be one of the most successful projects of the domestic aviation industry in recent years, local media reported Monday.

The multirole Russian fourth-generation supersonic fighter jet Su-30SM, designed for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions, is rightly seen by many as one of the best warplanes in the world, Sputnik reported.

According to experts, the plane’s combat and flight characteristics are even superior to those of the US-made F-22 Raptor, touted as a fifth generation fighter.

The Su-30SM is a modernized version of the Su-30 fighter that was created by the Sukhoi Design Bureau in the early 1990s. The aircraft performed its maiden flight in September 2012.

The plane’s high degree of maneuverability and unique takeoff and landing characteristics can be explained by its integrated aerodynamic configuration, combined with its thrust vectoring control ability. In terms of the aerodynamic efficiency, the Su-30SM has no rivals.

The Su-30SM is equipped with a digital fly-by-wire system, which enables the aircraft to perform some of the most advanced aerobatic maneuvers attempted by fighter jets, including the Pugachev’s Cobra and the tailslide.

During the Pugachev Cobra maneuver, an airplane flying at a moderate speed suddenly raises the nose momentarily to the vertical position and slightly beyond, before dropping it back to normal flight. As for the tailslide, it is an aerobatic maneuver in which an aircraft that has been pulled into a steep climb stalls and then loses altitude by dropping backward.

These manoeuvers quickly decelerate the aircraft, causing a pursuing fighter to overshoot, as well as breaking a Doppler radar-lock, as the relative speed of the aircraft drops below the threshold where the signal registers to the radar.

With a normal fuel reserve of 5,270 kilograms, the Su-30SM is capable of performing a 4.5-hour combat mission with a range of 3,000 kilometers. An aerial refueling system increases the range to 5,200 kilometers or flight duration up to ten hours at cruise altitudes. The plane’s maximum speed stands at 2,120 kilometers per hour.

The Su-30SM features friend-or-foe identification equipment, ejection seats as well as global positioning and inertial navigation systems. The aircraft’s sophisticated design allows the integration of modern avionics, including a new radar system, radio and recognition system, as well as other support systems.

The plane is capable of carrying an advanced weapons payload weighing up to eight tons. It can be armed with a machine gun, bombs, air-to-air missiles, and Oniks (Yakhont) supersonic anti-ship and land attack missiles.

The Russian Armed Forces received the first eighteen Su-30SMs between 2012 and 2014, amid plans by the country’s Defense Ministry to gradually replace the Su-24 fleet with Su-30SM fighters.

In London, the Russian space exhibition starts

Yuriy Gagarin , first  man in space  1961  April 12


LONDON, September 17. The British at the opening in London of the Russian space exhibition will be able to see something that is not available to most Russians – engines of ballistic missiles with space  “scars”,  personal things of astronauts, subjects of their life in orbit, and even cosmic showers.


The official opening ceremony of the exhibition “The astronauts: the birth of the Space Era” at London’s Science Museum will be held on Thursday with the participation of high-ranking guests from Moscow, including Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, the first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the director of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, the daughter of the first cosmonaut Elena Gagarina. For the public exhibition will be opened on Friday, September 18. It will work until March 13, 2016.


The exhibition was to be held last year, but was delayed because of problems with the provision of guarantees from the British side. From Moscow it was brought rare exhibits related to the Soviet space program and had never exported outside of Russia. The exposition was prepared in collaboration with the Moscow Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).


Space Diplomacy

“Space exhibition, opens a very important page in the history of the Soviet, Russian state.” –  in an interview with RIA Novosti special representative of Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi  said – “We were pioneers in this space project – this is one of the largest in the history of our country, indicating the high intellectual level and capacity”, – said the Special Representative.

He noted that “Russia today often positioned as a country with rich energy resources”, but it is important “to reflect it as a country with the highest scientific and technological potential and intelligence.”

This event – “a perfect example of that cultural cooperation between Russia and Britain continues to unite our country in times of political differences,” commented the eve of the opening of the exhibition the Russian ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko.


“The exhibition opens, and we can share not only the knowledge and experience that is acquired in preparation for space flight, but also to talk about plans for the future of the Russian space program,” – he said yesterday at a gala evening Valentina Tereshkova.

Russia’s new fifth generation fighter expected to participate in military drills next year

Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation fighter

Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation fighter

DONGUZ RANGE/Orenburg region/, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter will be tested in military drills as soon as it enters service next year, Russian Air and Space Forces Commander-in-Chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev has said.

“The first T-50s should enter service in 2016,” Bondarev said, adding that the plane will be “immediately tested in all its capabilities in all the exercises like Su-30 and Su-35 jets.”

“The aircraft is excellent, it has huge capabilities, and moreover the aircraft computer will do the maximum itself, while the pilot will only control its actions. We lay great hopes on this plane and I think, it will justify them,” Bondarev said.

Earlier, Bondarev said that the PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet would enter service in 2016 and its serial supplies would start from 2017.

The PAK FA fighter jet showed high flight characteristics at the recent MAKS-2015 air show in Zhukovsky near Moscow. The aircraft performed several most difficult aerobatic maneuvers for the first time, including a flat spin and a tailslide.

China Reveals Air-to-Air Missile for Its Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet

The PL-10 could be used on fighters like the J-11, or the J-20 pictured.


Rumors about China’s latest PL-10 short-range air-to-air missile have been circling for the last two years. Speaking during a Chinese television interview, the missile’s chief designer revealed that the missile is nearly complete, and offered new key details.

Designed by the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute (LEOC), images of the fifth-generation PL-10 first surfaced in 2013. Carried onboard the J-20 fighter, the missiles have also been seen on the J-11, a copy of the Russian Su-27.

Based purely on those photos, experts were able to confirm that the PL-10 utilizes thrust vectoring. Its large fins also likely give the missile high rates of maneuverability, and it may feature a helmet-mounted display sighting system.

Speaking on a Chinese television broadcast last month, Liang Xiaogeng was able to provide more concrete details.

Weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, the 10-foot PL-10 features “world-class” capabilities. After being in development for the past seven years, the missile has a range of 12 miles.

According to Liang, the missile also includes “multi-element imaging infrared seeker with anti-jamming capabilities” and off-boresight attacks.

So far, the PL-10 has already been successfully test-fired 30 times.

This isn’t Liang’s first rodeo. He’s also worked on LEOC’s PL-9C, an infrared/helmet-sighted air-to-air missile, and served as chief designer for the medium-range PL-12.

Liang’s interview came only days before the September 3 military parade in Beijing highlighted the Chinese military’s latest developments. With over 500 units of military hardware and 200 aircraft, the event showed off a number of previously classified ballistic and cruise missiles.

“Much of the weaponry on display – all of it said to be in service in the People’s Liberation Army – will be new, the product of a military modernization drive aimed at ensuring that China can never again be attacked with impunity or overrun by foreign invaders,” retired US Ambassador Chas W. Freeman told Sputnik.

The advanced PL-10s, equipped onboard the maneuverable J-11s, could be a highly effective combination.

America’s Worst Nightmare: Russia Unveils ‘Merciless’ Anti-Tank Grenade

RPG-30 is a man-portable, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher

Even though the RPG-30 “Kryuk” anti-tank grenade launcher took a back seat to the formidable Armata tank at this year’s Russia Arms Expo, specialist interest in this deadly weapon was nonetheless just as great.

The RPG-30 is a man-portable, disposable anti-tank rocket launcher with a single shot capacity. It was designed to challenge reactive armor and active protection systems on tanks.

The RPG-30 cleared its testing program and entered service in 2012–2013 and was immediately put on the Pentagon’s list of “asymmetrical threats to the US armed forces.”

The RPG-30 is not sold abroad yet and will not be any time soon, even though it enjoyed a great deal of interest from China, India, Lebanon, Cuba and the CIS countries.And also from the US, Canada, Germany, France and Italy whose representatives were trying hard to learn the secrets of “merciless Russian grenade.”

The RPG’s main round, the PG-30, is a 105-mm tandem-shaped charge with a range of 200 meters and a stated penetration capability in excess of 600 mm of rolled homogeneous armor.

Reactive armor, including explosive reactive armor, can be defeated with multiple hits into the same place, such as by tandem-charge weapons, which fire two or more shaped charges in rapid succession.

In addition to the main round in its main tube, the RPG-30 also features a smaller diameter precursor round in a side tube.

The precursor round is fired shortly before the main round and acts as a decoy, tricking the target’s active protection into engaging it.

The APS is not ready to engage again until 0.2–0.4 seconds later, allowing the main round time to hit the target.

The 105mm PG-30 grenade is almost identical to the one used by the RPG-29 “Vampir” launcher, which made easy work of Israel’s Merkava tanks in Lebanon and the US M1A2 Abramses and British Challengers in Iraq.

The RPG-30 is smaller than its RPG-29 predecessor being just over a meter long compared with the cumbersome 2 meter Vampir.

In the Russian armed forces the RPG-30 is used alongside older RPG-22 and RG-26 versions which are very effective against trucks and light-armored AFVs.

The RPG-30 was designed with more serious targets in mind though as it can knock out heavy tanks, even those protected by modern reactive armor.

Russia’s Northern Fleet fires Pantsyr-S1 air defense systems in Arctic drills

Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile

Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile

MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. The Russian Navy Northern Fleet has conducted a live fire exercise in the Arctic, using missile systems and naval guns, the fleet’s press office chief, Vadim Serga, told journalists on Thursday.

“Today, the forces of the Northern Fleet near the New Siberian archipelago have staged an exercise to sharpen their skills in defending the Russian Federation’s Arctic islands and coast. Missile, air defense and artillery live fires have been conducted… The ships and the Pantsyr-S self-propelled surface-to-air missile/gun system [NATO reporting name SS-22 Greyhound] participating in the exercise engaged the simulated enemy’s targets as well,” he said.

According to a representative of the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), the manufacturer of the Pantsyr-S1 system, three serially-produced Pantsyrs mounted on a wheeled chassis had already been on alert duty at the Temp air base on the Arctic island of Kotelny as of April 2015. The Pantsyr’s variant designed for the Russian Armed Forces can operate within the -50°/+50°C ambient temperature bracket.

At present, the KAMAZ-6560 8×8 truck is the organic chassis of both the Russian and export versions of the Pantsyr-S and Pantsyr-S1 SAM/gun systems. The chassis has been rated high by the Russian Defense Ministry and manufacturer. It is this version that is offered to foreign customers, except the UAE that opted for having some of their Pantsyrs mounted on the MAN SX truck instead of a tracked chassis.

‘Black Hole’ in Action: Novorossiysk Submarine to Hold Drills in Black Sea

Novorossiysk B-261 multipurpose diesel-electric submarine in Saint Petersburg


Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines feature advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike at land, surface and underwater targets. They have been dubbed “black holes in the ocean” by the US Navy because they are virtually undetectable when submerged.

A new Russian Varshavyanka-class Novorossiysk submarine will hold a four-day military exercise in the Black Sea, a source in Russia’s Southern Military District told RIA Novosti on Thursday.On Wednesday, Novorossiysk, the first new Russian Black Sea Fleet submarine in the post-Soviet Russian history, passed the Turkish Straits and arrived to its permanent deployment in the Black Sea.

“The navigation in the Black Sea is completely different. Besides, the Black Sea basin has peculiarities associated with hydrogen’s occurrence,” the source said, adding that one of the drills involves the submarine crew’s adaptation to their new environment.

According to the source, the crew of the submarine will practice tracking underwater ships at various distances.

“After completing the training missions the submarine will arrive in Novorossiysk — its stationing site — on September 21,” the source pointed out.Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines feature advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike at land, surface and underwater targets. They have been dubbed “black holes in the ocean” by the US Navy because they are virtually undetectable when submerged.

In July, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said that Russia will add six diesel-electric submarines to its Black Sea Fleet by the end of 2016. One more submarine besides Novorossiysk — Rostov-on-Don — is expected to arrive to its place of permanent deployment in December 2015.

Armata: New Secrets of Russia’s ‘Future Tank’ Unveiled

Armata: New Secrets of Russia’s ‘Future Tank’ Unveiled


The designers of Russia’s T-14 Armata main battle tank have unveiled more details of what is arguably the best armored vehicle ever built.

First off, the tank’s engine and gearbox are built as a single whole, which facilitates its repair and replacement.Uralvagonzavod representative Oleg Zozulya did not elaborate on the engine’s details, saying only that the Armata tank featured the most powerful engine ever built for Russian tanks, which means that the engine packs at least 1,500 horsepower.

The tank’s speed is another big secret, but, judging by what they saw during the the May 9 Victory Day parade debut on Moscow’s Red Square, it could be in the ballpark of 100 kilometers an hour.

The tank crew is securely enclosed in a multi-layer armored capsule separated from the ammunition container. The vehicle is fully computerized and remote-controlled via a high-resolution video cameras that directs its movement, track targets and activates the tank’s defense systems.

This frees the crew from performing routine tasks to allow it to focus on key combat functions.

“For the crew, it’s like playing a video game,” said Ilya Demchenko, one of the Armata’s designers.

The Armata’s chief designer, Andrei Terlikov, said that the new technologies built into the Armata could make it possible in the future to build a fully robotic vehicle that would operate autonomously on the battlefield.

The Armata uses a new type of armor, which designers say is significantly more resistant to enemy fire. On top of that, the vehicle is protected by an improved version of reactive armor, which explodes on impact to stop a projectile from reaching the main layer of armor.The Armata is also equipped with a so-called active protection system, forming an outer perimeter of its defenses. When the system spots an enemy projectile, it fires a round to destroy it or knock it off its path.

The current version of the Armata is equipped with a remotely controlled standard-caliber 125-mm cannon, with fully automated loading, which can fire both regular shells and rockets.

Designers say that a much more powerful 152-mm cannon could be easily fitted to the Armata in the future.

The tank’s modular structure also allows for quick and easy modernization of its elements and systems.