Sukhoi to deliver to China the first five SSJ100s

 

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JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” is ready to supply to the Russian-Chinese leasing company first five aircraft SSJ100 in 2016, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said at the Russian-Chinese business forum in the framework of the exhibition “Innoprom” in Yekaterinburg.
“It is encouraging to note that there is interest in our aircraft in China. Proof of this was the agreement to establish a joint leasing company which plansto deliver 100 aircraft of this type during three years, and the Russian manufacturer – the company “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” – is ready to deliver the first five cars the next year “, said D.Manturov.

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FGFA story: Tale of an aircraft

April 19, 2015 Vinay Shukla
By scrapping a deal for 126 MMRCA and opting to buy Rafale jets in a fly away condition under a G2G contract, the Indian Prime Minister has taken the suggestion of a Russian expert Konstantin Makiyenko, offered eight years ago, to develop and more easily procure upgraded aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
FGFA story: Tale of an aircraft
Sukhoi’s T-50 PAK-FA project won the race for the development of a futuristic –fifth generation fighter aircraft by defeating its rival MiG’s similar project. Source: Sukhoi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cut the Gordian knot of the US $ 25 billion ‘Mother-of-all-deals’ for the acquisition of 126 MMRCA by announcing in Paris last week that India will directly buy 36 Rafale fighters from the French aviation maker Dassault in fly-away condition under a government-to-government (G2G) contract.

Simultaneously, in New Delhi, his Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar confirmed in a press interview that G2G was the best option for the acquisition of strategic weapon platforms like the fighter aircraft and the lowest bidder (L1) was decided by “questionable life-cycle cost” factor of which even his UPA predecessor A K Antony was not even so sure.

This reminds me of Defence Minister Antony’s Moscow visit in October 2007 to co-chair the annual session of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on military-technical cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) at which the two countries had signed the agreement for the joint development of a fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), with the aim to induct the futuristic stealth fighter by 2016-17.

“Why waste so much money on an older 4th generation plane, which will join the IAF almost simultaneously with next generation FGFA and advanced version of indigenous LCA Tejas?,” Dr Konstantin Makiyenko, Deputy Director of the Moscow-based independent Centre for Analyses of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) asked.

Although Russian 4++ generation MiG-35 was also a strong contender at that time for the Indian tender, Makiyenko however, argued that it would be prudent to go for a stop-gap arrangement like buying additional Mirage 2000 and upgraded MiG-29 already in service with IAF and divert the funds on the development of FGFA and LCA Tejas to replace ageing MiG-21 fighters.

 

Eight years later, we are coming back to the solution the Russian expert had proposed back in 2007. Defence Minister Parrikar has also not ruled out that to meet the operational requirements of IAF, India could buy more fighters along the G2G route, including additional Sukhoi Su-30MKI, which also fits in the ‘Make in India’ policy as they are already being assembled by HAL.

Very few people know the actual tale of the development of state-of-the-art multirole fighter Su-30MKI, where ‘I’ stands for India. It has been hogging the limelight ever since it was first inducted by the Indian Air Force.

But there is an interesting tale behind the birth of this warbird; how, for the first time in its history, the Indian Air Force got a fighter jet tailored to meet its specific requirements for decades to come. Not many are aware that, like deadly BrahMos cruise missile, Su-30MKI (Multirole, Commercial, Indian version), is also an embodiment of the vision and foresight of India’s ‘missile man’ and (now former) President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who spares no effort in reiterating his immense faith in Russia’s technological prowess.

In 1994, ahead of the Moscow visit of then Indian Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, Russian state arms exporter ‘Rosvorouzhenie’ (predecessor of Rosoboronexport) invited journalists for a briefing on Indo-Russian defence cooperation.

It was a challenging time for India, which was deeply concerned at the absence of critical spares to keep its fighters flying, warships cruising and tanks rolling as the Russian industrial complex lay in shambles in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many ordnance factories had gone to the 14 independent states, which broke away from the USSR.

In this backdrop the press was told that Moscow was going to offer India its latest Su-30 fighter and the Russian government has invited a senior IAF official to discuss the issue.

An old friend, representing HAL in Moscow, argued that no such plane exists and said Air Vice- Marshal S. Krishnaswamy would be arriving to evaluate Su-27 fighter, which was the best the Soviets had developed to counter US F-15 Eagle.

Eventually, India signed the initial Sukhoi deal worth US $ 1.8 billion with Russia’s Rosoboronexport (formerly Rosvorouzhenie) State Arms Trading Corporation on November 30,1996 for the purchase of 40 Su-30K planes and development of ‘MKI’ version and its subsequent license production in India.

At that time diplomats said that it was a major departure from the ‘buyer-seller’ relationship in defence with Russia and a confident step for transition to joint research and development of cutting edge weapon systems and platforms.

It was on August 15, 2002 that I got a call from the Kremlin press office inviting me to a tour of the Sukhoi Design Bureau with President Vladimir Putin two days later. Naturally the invitation was accepted with gratitude.

Sukhoi’s T-50 PAK-FA project had just won the race for the development of a futuristic –fifth generation fighter aircraft by defeating its rival MiG’s similar project, and there was a buzz about China and India taking interest in joining the Russian project.

As we were waiting for the President to arrive, Mikhail Simonov, the erstwhile chief designer of Sukhoi, who personally knew me, walked up to me and said that he would tell me the true story:

“When AVM Krishnaswamy came to our design bureau in 1994, he simply blasted our Su-27 fighter, considered the best in the West. I was very upset, given the fact that I was under probe on the alleged charges of treason for selling Su-27 fighters to China, I was rather depressed. So, I decided not to attend the evening reception hosted by the Indian Air Attaché in honour of Krishnaswamy,” recounted Simonov (1929-2011).

“However, my deputy persuaded me to go. I rang the bell of the Air Attaché’s apartment and Krishnaswamy opened the door with a welcoming smile. I saw a flower vase on a side table and was told to bring another of similar size and pour vodka in both of them. I gulped down one vase with vodka and challenged the Indian Air Marshal to follow suit, if he wanted me to come in and have serious discussions. Hats off! He did exactly what I requested and we got down to work and you see the result – the world’s best multi-role fighter. This also freed me from the ‘treason’ charges, since I invested the entire proceeds from the sale of Su-27 fighters to China for the development of absolutely new fighter with multiple roles,” he recounted.

“The Su-30MKI is the joint product of Sukhoi and IAF designers and engineers. The rich experience of joint development has enabled us to pick India as the partner in the fifth generation fighter aircraft on the basis of PAK-FA T-50 project,” said Simonov proudly, looking like a hefty Don Cossack out of (Mikhail) Sholokhov’s Nobel prize winning novel ‘And Quiet Flows the Don’ ”.

Now with the Rafale knot cut, other projects held up by it, like the FGFA, could be hastened and defence cooperation begin to gather pace.

Russia to Present Best Military Products in Malaysia

"Russia to Present Best Military Products in Malaysia 25 Russian companies will present their military products at the LIMA-2015 International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. This was reported by the press center of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation. “The Russian exposition will comprise stands of 29 Russian enterprises. 25 companies will demonstrate their military products, including JSC Rosoboronexport, JSC Russian Helicopters, JSC ODK, JSC Sukhoi, JSC RAC MiG and JSC Admiralty Shipyards,” the press center stated. It’s worth noting that a total of 361 military products will be presented at the exhibition, including a specialized simulator STBP-29 and an interactive training system IASO-29 for the MiG-29SMT aircraft. According to the information available, the Russian delegation will be headed by Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin. The exhibition will be attended by official delegations from 55 countries."
25 Russian companies will present their military products at the LIMA-2015 International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. This was reported by the press center of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.

“The Russian exposition will comprise stands of 29 Russian enterprises. 25 companies will demonstrate their military products, including JSC Rosoboronexport, JSC Russian Helicopters, JSC ODK, JSC Sukhoi, JSC RAC MiG and JSC Admiralty Shipyards,” the press center stated.

It’s worth noting that a total of 361 military products will be presented at the exhibition, including a specialized simulator STBP-29 and an interactive training system IASO-29 for the MiG-29SMT aircraft.

According to the information available, the Russian delegation will be headed by Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin. The exhibition will be attended by official delegations from 55 countries.

 

India Considers Buying Russian Fighter Jets Instead of French Rafale

Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft T-50

New Delhi told Moscow that it wanted shipments of the Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft to commence in 36 months, once the contract is signed.

 

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — India is looking to pursue a large-scale joint project with Russia for stealth Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), following a standoff with France over a deal to acquire its Rafale jets, the Times of India reported Monday citing defense sources.In 2012, French Dassault Aviation won a bid to supply 126 Rafale fighter jets to India. Last month, the Indian Defense Ministry said that the $10-billion deal was too expensive, but is yet to cancel it.

According to the media outlet, New Delhi told Moscow that it wants shipments of the FGFA to commence in 36 months, once the contract is signed, not 94 as originally planned. The earlier delivery time would facilitate a work-sharing agreement with Russia on developing the FGFA, a derivative of Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 jet, the newspaper reported.

 

“We have agreed to a lesser work-share for a realistic contract, with the initial lot of the FGFA being imported and the rest being made here under technology transfer,” the source said.Earlier, Indian media reported that India could withdraw from the Rafale deal and instead go for cheaper and more reliable Russian-designed Su-30s.

According to the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, the vast majority of weapons and military equipment used by the Indian armed forces have been produced by Russian or Soviet manufacturers. India is also Russia’s biggest arms trade partner.

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India to invest $25 billion in fifth-generation fighter joint project with Russia — media

 

March 09, MOSCOW
The aircraft is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology

Sukhoi T-50 fighter

Sukhoi T-50 fighter

MOSCOW, 9 March. /TASS/. India is ready to seal a big project with Russia for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), The Times of India wrote referring to the country’s defense ministry.

“Faced with continuing deadlock in the mega deal to acquire 126 French Rafale fighters, India is now pressing the throttle to seal the even bigger project with Russia for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA),” the newspaper wrote.

“India will overall spend around $25 billion on the FGFA project if it goes ahead with its plan to induct 127 such fighters, as earlier reported by TOI.

Meanwhile, India is ready to forego the earlier plan for a 50:50 design and work-share agreement with Russia on its under-development FGFA called PAK-FA or Sukhoi T-50.”

The PAK FA – “Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation” – is a fifth-generation fighter program of the Russian Air Force. The T-50 is the aircraft designed by Sukhoi for the PAK FA program. The aircraft is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It is a multirole combat aircraft designed for the air superiority and ground attack functions. It combines supercruise, stealth, manoeuvrability, and advanced avionics to overcome previous generation fighter aircraft along with many ground and maritime defences.

The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. The T-50 prototype first flew on 29 January 2010 and production aircraft is slated for delivery to the Russian Air Force starting in 2016. The prototypes and initial production batch will be delivered with a highly upgraded variant of the AL-31F used by the Su-27 family as interim engines while a new clean-sheet design powerplant is currently under development. The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.

Russia, India to Discuss Su-30MKI Fighter Modernization

Indian air force Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft takes off at the opening ceremony of Aero India 2011 in Yelahanka air base on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Russia and India will discuss the modernization of Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia and India will discuss the modernization of Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) fighters, including equipping them with BrahMos cruise missiles, Russian aircraft corporation Irkut said on Monday.

The talks are to take place at the upcoming Aero India 2015 defense and civil aviation expo, to be held February 18-22 in Bangalore.

“Research institutions and industrial facilities in India will participate in the program to modernize the Su-30MKI, which will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the aircraft,” an Irkut spokesperson told reporters.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI super-maneuverable fighter jet is a variant of the Su-30MK developed for the Indian Air Force. The first test of the Russian-Indian supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is due to take place in March 2015.

 

The spokesperson added that designers are currently working on integrating BrahMos cruise missiles into the Su-30MKI, which will “improve the combat capabilities of this unique complex.”

According to the spokesperson, a major success for India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) manufacturer was to succeed, with the help of Irkut’s specialists, in the overhaul of the Su-30MKI fighters. Currently, HAL is the only corporation in the world that carries out such complex manufacturing operations.

India’s Air Force has a fleet of over 200 Su-30 MKIs, built HAL under Irkut’s license. The first Su-30MKI overhauled in Russia was transferred to India in January.

Su-30 Multirole fighter

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150216/1018346032.html#ixzz3Rz0u19vk

FSMTC: Russia to be represented by 30 companies at “Aero India-2015″

12.02.2015,  Siberian Insider

Photo from www.thebetterindia.com

Thirty companies will represent Russia at the International Air Show “Aero India-2015″, which will open in Bangalore on February 18. It was reported today by the press service of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation /FSMTC/.

“The Russian delegation will be headed by Deputy Director of Russian FSMTC Anatoly Punchuk”, – said the department.

“Rostec” State Corporation will be the organizer of the Russian exposition. Such companies as “Sukhoi”, “MiG”, “IL”, “Almaz-Antey”, “Russian Helicopters” will present their products. The information on 274 samples of military products will be provided.

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