Russian Aerospace Forces may get 5 fifth generation fighters in 2017

Fifth generation PAK FA T-50 fighter

Fifth generation PAK FA T-50 fighter

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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Forces hope to have the first batch of fifth generation PAK FA T-50 jets next year, Aerospace Force commander Viktor Bondarev told the media on Friday.

“We will be through with its testing next year. The first five planes are priced in the contract,” Bondarev said. “I believe that next year we will have the five planes in question.”

He added the fighter jet would begin to be batch-produced shortly after that.

Bondarev recalled that the Aerospace Force was also purchasing Sukhoi-35 jets, Mi-28N and Ka-52 helicopters, and upgraded bombers Tupolev-95 and Tupolev-160, which possess “excellent parameters.”

Earlier, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, said the manufacturers and military were already discussing the delivery of an initial of batch of 12 planes.

Russia’s fifth generation stealth fighter

The T-50 (the Promising Aviation Complex of Frontline Aviation abbreviated as PAK FA in Russian) is Russia’s response to the US F-22 fifth-generation fighter jet.

The T-50 aircraft is the quintessence of all advanced technologies in Russia’s aircraft-building. Little is known about its characteristics and the larger part of information is kept in secret so far.

It is known that the PAK FA incorporates a whole range of carbon fiber reinforced polymers for the first time ever. They are twice as lighter as aluminum of comparable strength and titanium and four or five times lighter than steel. The new materials make up 70% of the fighter jet’s coating, which has allowed developers to reduce its design weight: the T-50 weighs four times less than an aircraft made of traditional materials.

The Sukhoi Design Bureau notes “the aircraft’s unprecedentedly low radar, optical and infrared visibility,” although domestic specialists have quite restrained estimates of the jet’s RCS at 0.3-0.4 sq. m. Meanwhile, some Western analysts make more optimistic estimates about the Russian T-50 aircraft and consider its RCS to be three times less at about 0.1 sq. m.

The PAK FA is distinguished by its splendid maneuverability and controllability in the vertical and horizontal planes both in supersonic and low-speed flights.

Currently, engines of the first stage are mounted on the T-50 aircraft, which enable it to maintain a supersonic speed in a non-afterburning mode. After the fighter jet receives its organic engine of the second stage, its performance characteristics will improve considerably.

The T-50 performed its first flight on January 29, 2010.

 

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Putin Ratifies Agreement on Russian Air Group Deployment in Syria

 

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   Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an intergovernmental agreement on the deployment of the Russian Armed Forces’ air group in Syria, the Kremlin said on Friday.

   MOSCOW     Both houses of Russian parliament had approved the August 26, 2015, agreement this month. The agreement signed in Damascus regulates the terms of deployment of Russia’s air group in Syria.

   “The federal law ratifies the agreement between Russia and the Syrian Arab Republic on the deployment of the Russian Armed Forces aviation group on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the Kremlin’s press service said.

   It notes that the Russian air group is stationed at the Hmeymim airfield in the Latakia province free of charge at the request of Syria.

   Under the agreement, Russian military personnel will gain immunity identical to that provided by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Russian troops will also not be subject to border checks when entering Syria.

   Russia began its counterterrorist air campaign in Syria on September 30, 2015, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

West Groundlessly Accuses Russia of Indiscriminate Bombing of Aleppo – Gen Staff

 

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   Western countries have launched a smear campaign against the Russian Aerospace Forces accusing them without any evidence of indiscriminately bombing the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Russian General Staff said Thursday.

“I would like to underscore that the Russian aviation carries out single pinpoint strikes on targets outside Aleppo and outside residential areas. Those targets are verified in advance. We do not strike weddings and funeral trains,” the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate said.

   The situation in Syria’s Aleppo remains difficult, residents are staging protest actions which are suppressed by terrorists.

   “The most difficult situation persists in the region of Aleppo. The residents, discontent with the actions of militants, stage spontaneous protests, which are cruelly suppressed by the terrorists,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said.

Syria’s civil war between government forces and a wide range of insurgents, including terrorists opposition forces, has ranged for some five years and has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Source: Russia to Respond US Braggery by Intensifying Anti-Terror Campaign

 

 

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Syrian sources said Russia plans to respond to the US officials’ boastful remarks by intensifying its airstrikes against the terrorist groups in Syria.

“While ordering its troops to respond to any provocative move by the US, Russia has intensified its offensives against the terrorists in Aleppo, Hama and Damascus countryside,” Syrian military and diplomatic sources told FNA on Wednesday.

The sources underlined that the regions which are more important to Syria and its allies are the city of Aleppo and its countryside, the city of Hama and its countryside, Damascus countryside and Dara’a province.

“The recent diplomatic dispute between Russia and the Western countries in the UN Security Council as well as the tension between Moscow and Washington made the Russian leadership call on its military officials in Syria to prepare plans for fresh attacks on some terrorist-controlled strategic regions while maintaining their state of alert in a bid to respond to the US braggery by making new military gains,” the sources said.

In early October, Russian media reported that the country’s defense ministry had devised a preemptive plan to be implemented if the US withdraws from talks with Moscow on Syria and opts for its Plan B.

Izvestia newspaper quoted a high-ranking military source as saying that the plan includes military and political measures. The source didn’t reveal the details of the Russian plan.

Also, Franz Klintsevich, the deputy head of the Unity group in the State Duma, revealed that “if needed, we can highly increase our military support for the Syrian armed forces”.

Syrian General: Victories against Terrorists Speed Up with Establishment of Russia’s Military Base in Tartus

 

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He further underlined that establishment of the Russian military base was a necessity for confronting the terrorists who are being backed by foreign parties.

On Monday, Russia’s deputy defense minister said the Russian military plans to expand its supply base in Syrian port of Tartus into a fully-fledged permanent naval base.

“We are going to have a permanent Navy base in Tartus. We have prepared the paperwork, which is now being reviewed by other government agencies. The documents are pretty much ready, so we hope to submit them to you for ratification soon,” General Nikolay Pankov, deputy defense minister responsible for communication with other parts of the Russian government, told the Russia’s Federation Council.

The Russian facility in Tartus has long been used to resupply Russian warships during Mediterranean Sea missions. The facility has been in place since 1977, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union it was used to resupply and repair Russian warships deployed to missions in the Mediterranean Sea, but did not serve as a permanent base for any of them.

Last week Russia confirmed delivery of an advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Tartus to protect the port facility and mooring warships from potential airstrikes and missile attacks.

The delivery came amid media reports that the Pentagon planned a massive cruise missile attack on Syrian airfields, which would dismantle Damascus’ aerial capabilities.

The US accuses Syria and Russia of perpetrating war crimes in Syria over the offensive operation against militant forces in Eastern Aleppo.

Russia says the operation followed US failure to deliver on its promise to separate the so-called militants form terrorist groups in Aleppo and that Washington is playing the blame game to draw attention away from its failures.

Russia is the Solution to ‘Bloody Stalemate’ That US Created in Syria

 

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   Having failed to resolve the devastating Syrian conflict by supporting radical armed groups intent on removing Assad, the United States should now disengage itself from the crisis and leave Russia in charge, foreign policy analyst Enea Gjoza wrote for the National Interest.

   “The choice is not a pleasant one. However, it is the outcome that best safeguards US interests within the harsh constraints of one of the world’s ugliest conflicts,” Gjoza, a fellow at Defense Priorities and Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, asserted.

   His logic is simple. The United States has employed a flawed strategy to resolve the crisis in Syria, a country that does not constitute one of the US’ core national interests. Instead of bringing peace to an embattled nation, Washington’s approach has been instrumental in protracting violence since it is based on an inherent flaw.

   “From the beginning, our policy in Syria has suffered from an inherent contradiction. The United States insists on Assad’s ouster as a condition of peace, but the groups that have proven most effective against his forces are hardline Islamic militias, which are themselves anti-American,” he explained.

   The United States “has ignored this fact” providing support to what policymakers in Washington refer to as “moderate” opposition in a bid to create a force capable of tackling radical groups. This strategy resulted in a major embarrassment for the Pentagon when the US Department of Defense had to admit that a $500 million program produced only “four or five” Syrian fighters ready to participate in anti-Daesh operations.

   In addition, “by continuing to arm and support the opposition, despite clear signs of the regime’s resilience, the United States ultimately helped transform the initial uprising into a bloody stalemate that destroyed the country and produced millions of refugees,” the analyst noted.

   For Gjoza, a large-scale military intervention into Syria is not an option that Washington should consider. Likewise, maintaining the existing status quo is also not a good idea since it will lock the country in an endless tug of war.

   This is why Gjoza has called on the White House to leave the resolution of the Syrian crisis to Russia.

   Moscow, he said, “has demonstrated an ironclad commitment to the survival of its client state. Instead of continuing on the current path, the United States should seize the opportunity to let Russia take up the Syrian millstone.” Russian Defense MinistryRussian Aerospace Forces aircraft leave Hmeimim airbase in Syria

   The analyst singled out three benefits of this decision for the US.

Firstly, Washington will receive an opportunity to disentangle itself from a conflict it cannot win. This could well be a smart decision considering that the US military is still active in Afghanistan and Iraq.

   “Second, it would force a major rival (Russia) to own the burden of restoring order to a ruined nation and bear the cost of failure,” he said. “Finally, the Assad government, which is hostile to Islamists and has repeatedly vowed to re-conquer the country, would have to do the fighting and dying necessary to defeat [Daesh] on the ground.”

Russia starts developing 5th-generation medium-range air defense missile systems

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KUBINKA (Moscow region), September 8. /TASS/. Russia’s weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antey Concern has started the development of the fifth-generation medium-range air defense missile system, a company official told journalists on Thursday at the Army 2016 Forum.

“Almaz-Antey starts the research and development activities (R&D) to create the fifth-generation medium-range air defense missile systems. The R&D efforts will be conducted on the base of JSC Tikhomirov Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design, which is the leading developer of the air defense missile systems of the Buk family,” the company representative said.

“The fifth-generation medium-range air defense missile system will have a deep integration with the single layered air defense system and support of the network-centric control system,” he added.

In addition, the new system’s target acquisition and destruction area will be expanded, it will also have increased jamming resistance and endurance capabilities, also through the application of automation and robotics.

This summer, Almaz-Antey has successfully tested the fourth-generation Buk-M3 missile system. According to the company press service, thanks to a new missile, the system almost two times surpasses in characteristics the previous models and has no analogues in the world. In addition, the company sources said, the missile’s lower mass has made it possible to 1.5 times increase the ammunition load.

“The new missile has a significantly lower weight. This has increased the missile system vehicle’s on-board ammunition capacity 1.5 times. The new system’s missiles are carried in containers and launched from them”, Almaz-Antey said then. Head of the Russian Air Defense Forces Alexander Leonov said previously that “a unique new missile” was created for the Buk-M3 version. A new cutting-edge missile has been created for the Buk-M3 medium-range air defense missile system, he said. “The self-propelled system’s transport and firing boxes are designed to hold six missiles. Missiles are more compact but are more precise and capable of flying longer distances. So, it can be called a new unique missile capable of efficiently hitting air targets,” he said. He said the capacity of the new missile system had been boosted by 1.5 times as it is capable of holding six missiles instead of four.

Earlier, a Russian defense source told TASS the Buk-M3 missile systems would be included into the Russia army’ inventory before the end of 2016 and would arrive to the army starting from 2016. The Buk-M3 system is superior to the S-300 air defense missile system by a number of characteristics, including the kill probability. The Buk-M3 system has a range of 70 kilometers (43.5 miles), which is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) more compared to previous versions of the Buk antiaircraft missile system. The Buk-M3 has a maximum firing altitude of 35 kilometers (21.7 miles). Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said previously there were plans to make operational the first brigade set of the new Buk system in 2016.