Aerial Missiles That Protect Russian Bombers in Syria Revealed (Photos)

A Sukhoi 30 multi-purpose fighter jet


Su-30SM fighters, which are part of Russia’s anti-ISIL campaign in Syria, are armed with R-73 short-range and R-27R medium-to-long-range air-to-air missiles, representatives of the Russian Air Force told journalists at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia.

The Russian airstrike group in Syria includes Sukhoi Su-24s, Su-25s and Su-34s, as well as several Su-30SM fighters. The main objective of these fighter jets is to protect Russian bombers, striking ISIL positions in the air, from possible enemy fighters.

Su-30 Multirole fighter
Su-30 Multirole fighter

For this purpose the Sukhoi fighter jets are armed with R-73 and R-27R (and its modification R-27ER) air-to-air missiles. Each plane can carry 12 of these deadly missiles, but usually Russian fighters carry six of them for greater maneuverability.

The R-73 short-range air-to-air missiles are designed for close-range aerial combat, with a range of no more than 30 kilometers. The R-73 missile is equipped with an infrared-homing (heat-seeking) head that provides extreme precision when hitting targets. Pilots can fire R-73 missiles using a helmet-mounted sight (HMS) system of targeting.

R-73 missile
R-73 missile

In addition to the short-range missiles, Su-30SM flankers are equipped with R-27R and R-27ER medium-to-long-range missiles. The R-27R and R-27ER missiles can be used between 20 and 27,000 meters altitude and are equipped with an active-radar-homing head that allows the missile to find and track its targets autonomously. Active-radar-homing missiles are extremely accurate and have one of the best kill probabilities among all modern air-to-air missiles.

Russia launched an airstrike campaign aimed at assisting the Damascus-led forces in their fight against extremist groups in Syria, including Islamic State, following a request from the government of Bashar al-Assad.

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.

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.

Indian Officer Says India Will Keep Buying Russian Weapons

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft flies past during a parade at an airbase in Tezpur, India, Friday, November 21, 2014.


An Indian military official praised Russian arms for high quality.

India has no intention to stop purchasing Russian arms, an Officer of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army, Lt. Col. Vivek Suryakant Badve, said Thursday.”I would rather disagree,” Badve told RIA Novosti, commenting on an opinion voiced by some experts that India will gradually stop buying Russian armament, replacing it with weapons of domestic production and purchasing with other countries.

He added that Russian military equipment was of high quality and widely used in India, including for training.

Russia and India are major military commerce partners. Over 70 percent of Indian Army weaponry is of Russian or Soviet production.

Russia sells about $4.5 billion worth of military equipment and weapons to India annually, according to Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation estimates.

India Eyes Cheaper, Reliable Russian Su-30 Jets as Rafale Deal Stalls

An Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30

The Indian government has not taken the final decision on the purchase of Russian SU-30 aircraft yet, however, noted that the French jet fighter was costly.


NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — India still has not decided if it will purchase Su-30MKI multirole fighters over France’s Rafale fighters, but the Russian jets are reliable and cheaper, Indian Minister for External Affairs in the North Eastern Region Vijay Kumar Singh told Sputnik on Thursday.”The French jet fighter is costly. But as far as the SU-30 is concerned, it’s cheap and reliable. The government has so far not taken the final decision,” the minister said.

The statement came after the Indian Air Force said in January it could not confirm media reports that India wanted to scrap the Rafale deal with France and buy Russian jets instead.


Several local media outlets reported in recent days that India could pull out of a deal with France’s Dassault Aviation on the purchase of 126 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft and go for Russian-designed Su-30 jets instead. Reasons cited by Indian media outlets included France’s reluctance to pass on technologies to the Indian side and an increase in the price of the jets.In January, a source in the Indian Defense Ministry told Sputnik that the country had not made a decision regarding the purchase of the Rafale jets. According to the source, Su-30s are seen as an alternative if the deal with France falls through.

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Russia and India to Implement 200 Joint Military Projects

22.01.2015, Siberian Insider

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The current program of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India envisages the implementation of 200 joint projects. This was announced by a spokesman for the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade.

Russian Defence Minister Gen. Sergey Shoygu earlier said that Russia and India would also carry out joint work on a multipurpose transport plane, a fifth generation fighter jet and a number of naval projects.

“The current program of cooperation between Russia and India stipulates the implementation of 200 joint projects,” the representative of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade stated.

The most important projects related to the transfer of licenses for the production of Russian arms and military equipment in India includes the production of Su-30MKI multipurpose fighters, T-90S main battle tanks and AL-55I aircraft engines.