Iran plans negotiations with Russia on purchase of Sukhoi fighters

TEHRAN, August 22. /TASS/. Iran will not need additional air defense systems after getting from Russia the S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense systems and commissioning Iran’s similar system Bavar (Belief) 373. Therefore, Iran’s Ministry of Defense intends to focus on negotiations with Russia on the purchase of the Sukhoi aircraft, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan told Iran’s TV on Sunday evening.

“We don’t need other long-range air defense systems, (in addition to the S-300 and Bavar-373), we no longer plan to purchase them. Therefore, the Iranian Defense Ministry’s agenda includes consultations with Russia on the purchase of Sukhoi aircraft. We need to strengthen our Air Force,” he said.

According to him, complex tests of the Bavar-373 air defense missile system will be held in the near future. “At the request of the President (of Iran Hassan Rouhani), the first test will be intercepting a ballistic missile. If the tests prove successful, the system will go into serial production, and its combat deployment will begin before the end of the year”, the minister said.

On Sunday, Tehran hosted an exhibition of achievements of the Iranian defense industry. The exhibition for the first time presented to the general public the Bavar 373 system, which, according to Iranian sources, is an analogue of Russia’s S-300, as well as Iran’s first national turturbojet engine that has been named Owj.

Iran had signed a contract with Russia on the supply of the S-300 missile defense systems in 2007. However, its implementation was suspended after the United Nations Security Council passed on June 9, 2010 resolution 1929 which banned the transfer of any state-of-the-art weapons, including missile and missile systems, to Teheran. In April 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on supplies of S-300 systems to Iran and the contract was resumed in November 2015.

The contract will be implemented by the year end, according to Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Russia’s state corporation Rostec.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said previously Russia had fulfilled 50% of its liabilities under the contract.


Russian Aerospace Forces to Start Receiving Sukhoi T-50 Fighters in 2017

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

June 5 – The Russian Aerospace Forces will receive first units of the Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft in 2017, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, the Russian Aerospace Forces commander, said Saturday.
“There are five [T-50 fighters] at the [Russian] Chkalov’s State Flight Testing Center, they are being tested, and beginning in 2017 they will be arriving to our service,” Bondarev told reporters.
The commander stressed that there were no delays and the development of the aircraft had been carried out ahead of the schedule.
“The aircraft is truly amazing by piloting, navigation and other characteristics, it detects other aircraft at a very large distance, it has no equal in this. We have much to be proud of, and we are delighted to receive such an aircraft,” he added.
The T-50 was presented at the Crimea’s eastern Chauda practive range earlier in the day.

Russian Su-34 Jets Smash Terrorists’ Oil Facilities Near Raqqa

The Su-34 lands at Latakia airport, Syria. file photo


According to the Russian military, Su-34 jets operating in Syria have destroyed a series of oil production facilities operated by terrorists near Raqqa.

“Russian Su-34 attack aircraft have destroyed terrorists’ illegal oil production facilities in al-Taura located 42 kilometers [roughly 26 miles] to the southwest of Raqqa,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

Raqqa is the self-proclaimed capital of the terrorist group Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State. The city also allegedly served as a waypoint for terrorist oil making its way into Turkey.

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces unit had fulfilled its mission in Syria and that its withdrawal would begin the following day. Moscow does, however, maintain a military presence in Syria, as a deadline for a complete pullout has not yet been announced.

Last month, Russian and Syrian Air Forces carried out coordinated airstrikes against Daesh in the province of Raqqa.


Russian Campaign in Syria Exposes ‘Minor Problems’ With Newest Su Jets

Su-35 aircraft


During the Russian military campaign in Syria, a series of technical glitches were found in the newest Sukhoi jets, defense industry sources said.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the operation involved Su-34 bombers and Su-35S multirole jet fighters.Malfunctions were detected in the flight control system and engines of the aircraft, the sources told RNS news agency. They added that the malfunctions were “not critical” and had no impact on the course of the campaign.

Specialists from the Sukhoi Design Bureau as well as two Russian aircraft manufacturer were at the Hmeymim airbase, the centerpiece of the military campaign.

The sources said that maintenance and details replacement were carried out at the base. All glitches were minor and fixed within a very short time.

Last October, Strategy Page reported that the Russian military faced difficulties with maintaining its modern warplanes in the sand and dust of the Middle East. Russian maintenance crews worked overtime to adapt the aircraft involved in the operation to the environment.

The Su-34 is one of Russia’s most advanced combat jets. The Syrian campaign involved six Su-34 bombers. The development of the aircraft began during the Soviet era, and the first prototype conducted a test flight in 1990. In 2006 the Su-34 began its flight tests and on March 21, 2014, the aircraft entered service with the Russian Armed Forces.

The Su-34 is Russia’s most advanced interdiction aircraft. It made its combat debut over Syria recently. It is armed with R-73 dogfighting missiles and R-77 long-range radar-guided air-to-air missiles. The aircraft has a combat radius of nearly 700 miles on internal fuel but is also capable of aerial refueling.

The Su-35 fighter jet is an upgraded version of the Su-27 multirole fighter. It was first introduced to a foreign audience at the 2013 Paris Air Show.


9,000 sorties, 400 localities freed: What Russia has achieved during its 5-month Syria operation


A Su-30 SM aircraft prepares to take off from the Hmeimim airbase in the Latakia Governorate of Syria. © Ramil Sitdikov
As Russia’s Vladimir Putin announced the start of the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported the anti-terror operation’s achievements to the Commander-in-Chief.

“Backed by our aviation, Syrian forces have freed 400 populated areas and over 10,000 square kilometers [3,860 square miles] of territories,” Shoigu said during a Kremlin meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Terrorists have been forced out from Latakia and Aleppo, and Palmyra has been “blocked,” the military official reported to Putin, saying that military actions to free the UNESCO heritage site from militants continue. Hama and Homs Provinces in central Syria have been largely mopped up, and Kuweires airbase that had been besieged by terrorists for over three years was retaken.

Saying that Russia’s Air Force in Syria has conducted more than 9,000 sorties starting from September 30, 2015, the Defense Minister added that for the first time massive strikes at a range over 1,500 kilometers [930 miles] with both air and ship-launched missiles have been conducted.

With Russia’s support from the air, the Syrian army managed to retake control of oil and gas fields near Palmyra. Three large fields have already started functioning in normal mode, the minister added. In all, 209 oil production facilities and almost 3,000 oil delivery vehicles have been destroyed by Russia’s airstrikes.

“As a result of airstrikes, terrorists’ resources’ provision has been largely cut,” Shoigu told Putin, saying that petroleum trade routes with Turkey, as well as main routes of weapons provisions to terrorists have been blocked.

The Russian campaign also reduced the threat posed to Russia by Islamic militants, as over 2,000 fighters from Russia have been “eliminated” in Syria, including 17 field commanders.

To strengthen the progress achieved, Russian continues the aerial monitoring of the ceasefire’s observance.

“A fairly large number of unmanned aerial vehicles – over 70 – are being used for this purpose, as are all means of gathering intelligence, including electronic intelligence and our satellite constellation,” Shoigu stated.

Russia’s Sukhoi Developing Sixth-Generation Fighter



Russia has commenced the creation of a 6-generation jet fighter.

 Russia’s Sukhoi aicraft manufacturer has begun the development of a sixth-generation jet fighter, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday.

“Of course, there were talks today about planned work, ideas for the creation of a sixth-generation fighter. Of course, we are still working on the fifth generation, but the developers are looking forward and that is the right thing to do,” Rogozin said following a meeting on the development of Russia’s military aviation.

Meanwhile, Aerospace Forces Commander Col.Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Wednesday that Russia was also working on a seventh-generation jet fighter.

Currently Russia is testing its fifth-generation aircraft, PAK FA. The jets will enter service in 2017.

Read more:

Bullet the Blue Sky: Su-35S Named One of the World’s Deadliest Fighters

Sukhoi Su-35S


The deployment of Russia’s super-maneuverable multirole Su-35S fighter jets in Syria immediately grabbed global headlines, which touted the warplane as “one of the world’s most dangerous fighters.”

Russia’s deployment of four state-of-the-art Su-35S fighter jets to Syria swiftly hit international headlines, with Western media describing the Su-35 as one of the most dangerous fighters in the world,” according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.The newspaper mentioned the German magazine Stern, which stated that the Su-35S can be considered the world’s deadliest fighter jet other than the fifth-generation US F-22.

As far as flight characteristics are concerned, the Su-35 is significantly superior to its competitors, combining the best features of the fourth generation fighter and the basic features and properties of a fifth generation warplane, according to Stern.

The magazine was echoed by the US newspaper Washington Times, which said that the Su-35S will add significantly to Russia’s ability to protect its aircraft in any area of the Middle East, in light of Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber in Syria in November 2015.

“The deployment also sends a message to Turkey that, in combination with the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, Russia can defend its aircraft anywhere in theater with weapon systems equal to or even more capable than NATO can field,” the newspaper said.

The US international affairs magazine The National Interest in turn quoted a high-ranking US military official as saying he was quite impressed with the Su-35S.

“It’s a great airplane and very dangerous, especially if they make a lot of them. I think even an AESA [active electronically scanned array-radar equipped F-15C] Eagle and [the Boeing F/A-18E/F] Super Hornet would both have their hands full,” he said.

The Su-35S’s super-maneuverability is provided by a new engine with thrust vector control, which allows the aircraft to reach supersonic speeds without using afterburners.

Defined as a Generation 4++ fighter, the Su-35S is capable of flying at a speed of up to 2,400 kilometers per hour and ascending to a height of 20,000 meters. The plane’s maximum range stands at 3,600 kilometers, and with an additional fuel tank the figure can be increased by 900 kilometers.

Notably, the Su-35S was developed with the help of high technology used in the creation of Russia’s fifth generation aircraft, the T-50 PAK FA. For example, the Su-35S’s crew consists of one pilot, and the plane is controlled without using analog devices, which were replaced with just two screens on which all the information is displayed.Western military experts were especially impressed with the Su-35S’s sophisticated phased-array radar control system Irbis, which allows the plane to detect targets at distances of up to 400 kilometers, as well as track aerial targets and engage up to eight of these targets simultaneously.

On February 1, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the four Su-35S fighters have been deployed to Hmeymim Airbase in Syria. The warplanes are expected to provide coverage for SU-24 bombers, which launch airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front militants in Syria.


Supermaneuverable Su-35S Fighters Start Combat Missions in Syria

Sukhoi Su-35S

The advanced supermaneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters began combat missions in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday.

“Supermaneuverable Su-35S fighters started to carry out military tasks last week”, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told journalists.

He noted that all Russian warplanes have recently been conducting operations with an obligatory cover provided by Russian and Syrian fighter jets as wells as modern air defense systems including the S-400 Triumf.Citing a military source, Russian Kommersant daily reported Monday that Russia was preparing to test the next-generation Su-35S fighters in Syria for the first time.

Russia commenced a military operation against terrorists in Syria at the request of President Bashar Assad on September 30.

The 4++ generation Su-35 is characterized by supermaneuverability and has features of a 5 generation aircraft.


The fighter has new avionics, a modern radar and advanced engines. It can accomplish incredible tricks without deceleration and can fly at a speed of 2400 kmph, outpacing all rivals in its class. The warplane is armed with 30mm guns, a huge number of missiles and rockets.

All these features make the Su-35S a top plane which can provide air superiority and support the Syrian Army as it continues to liberate the country and retake the territory.


Russia to Deploy More Su-30 Interceptor Jets in Crimea

Sukhoi Su-30SM


A number of new planes will be added to the squadron of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole interceptors deployed in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet Commander, Admiral Alexander Vitko, said on Friday.

Prior to Crimea’s 2014 reunification with Russia the Ukrainian authorities opposed all attempts to upgrade the Russian Black Sea Fleet based on the peninsula.

“The Su-30SM fighter jets are doing more than just adding luster to our military parades in Sevastopol, they are actively being used during exercises,” Admiral Vitko told RIA Novosti news agency.

He added that this year more planes would be added to the squadron of Su-30s currently deployed on the peninsula.

Admiral Vitko said that in the past year the Fleet’s pilots had flown hundreds of sorties clocking 5,000 hours in the air which he described as the best such performance in a decade.

“Our pilots have flown over 200 antisubmarine missions, launched hundreds of unguided missiles and performed numerous bombing missions. Our helicopters have flown over a hundred sorties taking off from and landing on ships,” he added.

The Su-30SM is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.

The Su-30SM can conduct electronic counter-countermeasures and early warning tasks. The aircraft also acts as a command-and-control platform within a fleet of combat aircraft performing joint missions.


Supplies of Russian Su-35 fighter jets to China will start in 4th quarter of 2016 — source



January 15. /TASS/. Russia will start supplying Su-35 fighter jets to China in the 4th quarter of 2016, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Friday. “Supplies of fighter jets will start in the 4th quarter of this year. For now, everything goes according to plan,” the source said. It was reported earlier that Russia and China signed a contract on delivering 24 Su-35 fighter jets worth at least $2 billion to Beijing. According to a source in the sphere of military-technical cooperation, the contract will be fulfilled in three years. Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation told TASS that the production of modernized communication systems S-108 for Su-35 jets has already started.