Up close: Russia’s 5th-gen Su-57 fighter jets captured from breathtaking angle (VIDEO)
RT.com 7 Nov, 2018 11:34
A breathtaking video offers the chance to take a detailed, up-close look at a pair of Russia’s newest supersonic Su-57 stealth fighter jets as they smoothly glide and maneuver in the air.
The crew of the Zvezda TV channel filmed the two planes from the ramp of the An-12 cargo aircraft. During the flight, the jets are seen positioning themselves behind the larger plane and getting close enough to reveal a truly splendid view.
Reporters got a good look at the cockpits and managed to spot minor details of the jets’ unusual frame and camouflage which were designed to make Su-57s less visible to the enemy. Judging from the largely green scenery on the background, the undated video might have been filmed in the summer or early autumn.
Mikhail Strelets, head of the Sukhoi construction bureau which designed the aircraft, is also filmed saying that, unlike its predecessors, the fifth-generation warplane is built to conduct the majority of its flights at supersonic speeds.
The Su-57, known as PAK FA and T-50 during design and production stages, is the newest multipurpose fighter jet capable of attacking all types of enemy aircraft, as well as striking ground and sea-based targets. In February, four Su-57s were deployed in Syria where the jet fighters saw their first action, conducting airstrikes on the jihadist militants’ bases.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 15, 2018 12:01:41 GMT -5
Su-57 Head Developer Explains Why Russian Stealth Jet is Better Than F-22, F-35.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 20:23 11.11.2018
The fifth generation fighter will be supplied to the Russia Air Force in 2018-2019 as a replacement for the Su-27 Flanker, developed in the final decades of the Soviet Union.
Mikhail Strelets, the head developer at the Sukhoi United Aircraft Corporation, explained the key strong points of the cutting edge fifth generation Su-57 jet in comparison to its Western rivals, the F-22 and F-35 in an interview with the Zverzda TV channel.
According to him, the F-22 lacks the capability to strike ground targets as opposed to the Su-57. Strelets explained that the F-22 was initially designed as an air superiority jet, while the Su-57 was created as a more versatile aircraft from the beginning. As a result, internal compartments of the F-22 were unable to hold munitions with significant payloads.
When comparing the F-35 and Su-57 aircraft, Sukhoi's chief developer stressed the increased manoeuvrability and acceleration of the latter. He also noted that both the F-22 and F-35 are less versatile in terms of fulfilling various combat tasks than the Russian plane.
The creation of a fifth generation jet with stealth technology, the Su-57, began in early 2001 and it is planned to be commissioned in 2019, while models with advanced engines are scheduled to arrive by 2025. The Russian Air Force is planning to acquire the first batch of 12 jets in 2019.
Russia's Su-57 stealth quality test caught on VIDEO.
RT.com 15 Nov, 2018 18:45
Footage of a test being conducted to determine the stealth qualities of Russia’s 5th gen Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet has been published by the Defense Ministry’s TV channel.
The Sukhoi Su-57 is Russia’s first and only 5th generation fighter jet so far. The producer has built 13 prototype pieces since 2009.
The video is part of a new episode of a documentary film about the development produced by the Zvezda channel. The test was done in an anechoic chamber and involved only the nose part of the plane, or rather the cockpit canopy, which was covered with an EM-radiation absorbing material, unlike the rest of the nose. A pilot mannequin was placed inside for better fidelity.
Academician Andrey Lagarkov, the chief scientist for the Su-57 special characteristics development program, played the guide for the test. He said the choice of how exactly to reduce radar cross section of an aircraft was a balancing act for engineers.
“You can make the body itself from radiation-absorbing materials. This is a legit approach too. But if you make this choice, you compromise structural strength,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry currently wants to take 12 Su-57s into military service for a limited test run. Earlier, more ambitious plans to introduce dozens of jets reportedly hit a budgetary bump.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 16, 2018 14:39:51 GMT -5
Bulgarian Arms Maker VMZ Sopot to Start Drone Production.
Novinite.com Business | November 16, 2018, Friday // 08:09
State-owned Bulgarian arms producer VMZ Sopot has signed a technology transfer contract with Israel’s Aeronautics, allowing VMZ Sopot to start producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the economy ministry said on Thursday, reports Reuters.
“The contract will give VMZ Sopot the opportunity for its own brand Bulgarian unmanned aerial vehicles, their service and maintenance,” the ministry said in a statement after the signing.
Adi Cohen, marketing director at Aeronautics, said the Israeli drone maker’s aim was to set up an assembly and production line of UAVs in Bulgaria and approach new markets together with VMZ Sopot.
In June, during a visit to Jerusalem, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the Balkan country was interested in joint drone production with Israel.
Israel rivals the United States as top UAV exporter and has cooperated with Russia and India on drone technologies.
Watch Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet up close in refuel test-flight (VIDEO)
RT.com 18 Nov, 2018 00:46
Russia’s newest supersonic Su-57 stealth fighter jet was filmed performing a mid-air refueling simulation. The footage was captured from the cockpit of a Su-30SM fighter, as well as from the ramp of the An-12 transport aircraft.
Imitating a refueling formation, test pilot guru Sergey Bogdan lined up his Su-57 for a 10-minute mid-air pitstop behind An-12 military transport aircraft, at a distance so close that Zvezda journalists who captured the video could see his face clearly.
The jet approached close enough so that the refueling tanker would be able to extend the refueling cable and far enough to avoid a mid-air collision. While the test run did not feature the actual refueling of the jet, Zvezda also took the first-ever shots of the Su-57 being refueled mid-air by a Il-78 tanker.
The test pilot's skills were also shown from the other angle, that of the Su-30SM fighter jet.
The multirole, single-seat, twin-engine Su-57 jet, known as PAK FA and T-50 during development and production stages, is designed for engaging all types of air, ground and surface targets. The jet will be equipped with a broad range of guided and unguided weapons, making it an irreplaceable asset to the Russian military. The stealth jet has already proved its worth during a combat mission in Syria, where Russia last year deployed four planes to test them in real combat scenarios.
WATCH Russia’s Su-57 stealth jets fly their 1st combat mission in Syria in rare MoD VIDEO.
RT.com 19 Nov, 2018 14:54
The brief Syria deployment of Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighters that made headlines around the world can now be seen in newly released Defense Ministry footage, showing the jets flying sorties and returning to base.
The Russian Defense Ministry has released an astonishing video showing a pair of Russia’s cutting-edge Su-57s testing ground in Syria. The jets are seen taking off from an undisclosed location – presumably, Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria’s northeast – before flying up.
The Su-57s are then filmed traversing the skies over Syria. At some point the camera gets so close that the pilot’s actions can easily be seen inside the cockpit.
The video also shows the stealth jets simultaneously landing on the runway, with or without the parachute brakes.
The planes, which flew a total of ten sorties, were pushed to the limit as the military wanted to see how they would perform during a real-life mission. The jets’ aerodynamics, avionics, fire control, and weapons systems were all put to test amid high temperatures and complicated terrain, the ministry said on Facebook.
Though little is verifiably known about the Su-57’s features and capabilities, the jet has given a bit of publicity in recent weeks.
Recently, Russian TV was allowed to film the low-visibility fighter flying in formation during mid-air refueling. The jet approached close enough so that the flying tanker would be able to extend the refueling cable and far enough to avoid a collision.
The multirole, single-seat, twin-engine Su-57 jet, referred to as PAK FA and T-50 during research and development, is designed to give the Russian Air Force an unhinged superiority in aerial warfare.
It is said to be capable of engaging all types of air, ground and surface targets benefiting from a sophisticated target acquisition system. The Su-57 is expected to stand out due to exceptional maneuverability and supersonic features.
The jet will also be hard to spot on radar as it is reportedly covered by a special radio-absorbent paint. The Su-57’s guided and unguided weapons are also hidden in domestic bays to ensure low radar signature.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 29, 2018 14:17:28 GMT -5
Russian Aircraft Corp. to Complete MiG-35 Fighter Testing in 2019 - MiG Chief.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 14:40 28.11.2018
LUKHOVITSY (Sputnik) - All tests of Russia's advanced MiG-35 multirole fighter will be completed in 2019, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Director General Ilya Tarasenko told reporters.
'We are at the production stage, in the near future the aircraft will begin to be received by Defence Ministry operating organizations. From the viewpoint of conducting the final tests, we expect that in 2019 we will complete the entire complex of tests', Tarasenko said.
He said the MiG Corporation hoped for prompt signing of export contracts for MiG-35 supplies.
The contract for the supply of the first lot of six MiG-35 multifunctional fighters was signed at the 2018 Army Forum on August 22.
The MiG-35 is the newest multi-purpose fighter of the 4++ generation, which is a further development of the MiG-29K, KUB and MiG-29M, and M2 aircraft. Flight tests and the international presentation of the vehicle took place in January 2017, and in December of the same year, the factory testing of the fighter was ended.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 14, 2018 20:19:41 GMT -5
Slovakia signs deal to buy 14 F-16s from US Lockheed Martin to replace Soviet-era jets.
RT.com 12 Dec, 2018 14:25
Slovakia will buy 14 F-16 military jets from Lockheed Martin as it seeks to replace Soviet-era jets. Slovak Defense Minister Peter Gajdos signed the contract on Wednesday with Lockheed Martin vice president of international business development Ana Wugofski, AP said. The F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets are meant to replace the obsolete Soviet-made MiG-29 jets that Slovakia’s Air Force has used. “This is a significant step for Slovakia in it is own defense, as an important NATO ally, and as an important step forward in the bilateral relationship between the US and Slovakia,” US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said in Bratislava. The first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, and the remainder the following year. PM Peter Pellegrini said his country will pay over $1.8 billion for the aircraft. The deal includes ammunition, the training of pilots and other personnel and logistics services.
Crimean Air Base Ready For Duty! Belbek Field in Sevastopol Receives First Jet Deployment.
Vesti News Dec 28, 2018
Today, a couple of Su-27 and Su-30 landed at the Sevastopol airfield of Belbek. The combat aircraft returned from Krasnodar Krai to the place of their permanent deployment where the building of a new airstrip has been completed.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 12, 2019 10:40:16 GMT -5
‘Unforeseen problems’: US stalls Israel's $500mn sale of upgraded F-16s to NATO ally Croatia.
RT.com 11 Jan, 2019 02:17
Washington has virtually blocked a $500mn arms deal by barring Tel Aviv from selling its old F-16 Barak fighter jets to Croatia unless modifications to its electronics, apparently too good for the Balkan NATO ally, are dismantled.
Croatia has been forced to annul the purchase of the 12 used fighters, after Israel’s Defense Ministry acknowledged having run into “unforeseen problems” with the sale. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to realize the deal because of problems that could not have been expected and are not under the control of the countries,” director-general of the Defense Ministry, Udi Adam, said on Thursday in Zagreb.
After striking the half-a-billion-dollar agreement with Croatia in March, Tel Aviv had been working with Washington to convince the Americans to agree to the third-party sale of US-made but decades-old aviation equipment. Eager to sell the planes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly even raised the issue with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in Brazil earlier this month.
Yet despite all efforts, the State Department blocked the transfer of arms to the Balkan NATO member. The US insisted that Israel must strip the jets of the upgrades it had made, including electronic and radar systems, before transferring the aircraft. Croatia refused to purchase the jets without the Israeli modifications, announcing Thursday that will annul the decision to procure the F-16 Barak combat aircraft, which were destined to replace its aging fleet of Soviet MiG-21 fighters.
“Israel failed to overcome the opposition of the United States to the sale of 12 planes to Croatia, and the $500 million deal will apparently be canceled,” the Croatian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Contract for 13 Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to be signed in 2020 — source.
MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. The second contract to manufacture 13 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces is to be signed next year, a source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry told TASS on Wednesday.
"In 2020, we plan to sign the second contract to manufacture and deliver 13 Su-57 fighter jets, some of them equipped with the second-stage engines," he said. "The preliminary timeframe for the new contract is five years."
The first contract envisages the delivery of two fifth-generation aircraft in 2019-2020.
"In line with the contract signed in 2018, one serial Su-57 jet with first-stage engines will be delivered to the Aerospace Forces this year, the other aircraft featuring the same type of engine - in 2020."
The aircraft’s manufacturer, the United Aircraft Corporation, refrained from commenting on the report.
The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short ranges and hit enemy ground and naval targets, overcoming its air defense capabilities.
The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.
The aircraft has been successfully tested in Syria.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 21, 2019 14:37:47 GMT -5
Soulless hunters: Should the West beware of new Russian heavyweight drones?
RT.com 16 Feb, 2019 10:02
Russia is testing the heavy attack drone Okhotnik ('Hunter'), which is designed to dismantle an enemy’s defenses. It is scheduled to enter service this year along with some similar models. Can it challenge the West's UAV reign?
The new heavy stealth attack drone Okhotnik will have its first test flight in the "nearest future," Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on Friday. The military earlier announced that it would start receiving new state-of-the-art recon and attack UAVs this year.
With the Pentagon extensively utilizing drones like MQ-1 Predator to spot and strike targets in places like the Middle East and Afghanistan, Moscow now hopes to up its game in drone warfare.
Around 70 Russian drones have already been deployed in Syria. Their mission has proven to be successful, the military says, as Forpost and Orlan-10 models spotted more than 47,000 enemy targets.
Russia doesn’t yet have a full-fledged attack drone, however. The Okhotnik project is designed to change that. Developed by the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer, it boasts a takeoff weight of 25 tons and an operational range of 5,000km. The first images of the drone, leaked last month, showed a flying wing-type aircraft rolled out on an airstrip during testing.
Media reports suggested that the UAV will not only be effective during solo missions, but also paired up with the newest 5th-gen supersonic stealth jet fighter Su-57. It is intended that the plane would enter battles after the drone has "penetrated" the enemy’s air defenses, sources told Interfax in January, adding that the drone will be "controlled" by the crew of the incoming jet.
Another drone set to enter service en masse this year is Orion. Known as Type 90 during its production stage, this medium UAV weighs in at around 1,000kg. It is capable of conducting 24-hour flights and striking targets with guided missiles, as well as 25kg and 50kg bombs. The aircraft was showcased during an arms expo last year and underwent testing in Syria.
Editor-in-chief of the Russian UAV-themed magazine 'Bespilotnaya Aviatsiya,' Denis Fedutinov, told RT that Moscow is aiming to acquire drones whose size mirrors that of US models. The Orion belongs to the same size bracket as the American drone Predator, while Okhotnik "can be compared" to Boeing’s X-45 and Northrop Grumman’s X-47B prototypes, he said.
Russia’s push for getting sophisticated drones was validated by the air campaign in Syria, where UAVs made "a significant contribution" in pinpointing targets and surveillance, military expert Aleksey Leonkov explained. The Soviet drone tech was comparable to the one in the US but it was later nearly completely wiped out during the 1990s, he said. Most projects were "placed into deep freeze or suspended," but now the war in Syria has given them a new start.
Russia has developed and successfully tested a kamikaze-UAV called KUB. The drone is ready for service. The drone, produced by Kalashnikov Concern, is a munition that blows itself up upon approaching a remote, surface target.
Moscow May Offer China, Turkey Export Variant of New Su-57 Fighter - Reports.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 22:30 02.04.2019
Despite Beijing having its own fifth-generation fighter, Russia may soon approve sales of the Su-57 to China - and other countries like Turkey, which has shown interest and recently lost access to the US’ F-35 over another Russian weapons deal.
Last week, Rostec director of international cooperation and regional policy Viktor Kladov was quoted by Jane's Defense Weekly as saying that in the coming weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin may sign off on sales of the Su-57E, an export variant of Sukhoi's new Su-57 stealth fighter.
"China has recently taken delivery of 24 Su-35 aircraft, and in the next two years [China] will make a decision to either procure additional Su-35s, build the Su-35 in China or buy a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, which could be another opportunity for the Su-57E," Kladov said at a press conference at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. South Korea, Vietnam, India, Brazil and Turkey have also expressed interest in the plane, Asia Times reported.
Like the Su-35 Flanker-E, the Su-57 is built by Sukhoi, an aircraft design bureau that was rolled into the United Aircraft Corporation in 2006, along with other Russian plane makers. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said last July that Moscow wouldn't seek mass-production of the Su-57 until Russia's older fourth-generation jets begin to lag behind their competitors.
The first batch of Su-57s ordered included just a dozen jets, four of which were subsequently deployed to Syria. However, Sukhoi still has 10 different prototypes undergoing testing.
"The PAK FA already has an export passport," an anonymous source in the aviation industry told Sputnik Friday, referring to the plane using its internal testing designation. "The government is currently reviewing documents related to renaming the jet from T-50 to Su-57."
Alexander Pekarsh, the director of Sukhoi's Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, said at a press conference in February that the factory was "working on two aircraft under the contract with the Defense Ministry," one that will be delivered this year and one next year, with the plane entering service with the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2020.
The plane is said to be comparable to the United States' F-22 and F-35 jets, both of which are built by Lockheed Martin. It has supercruise capability, stealth technology, actively phased radar and can conduct air superiority or ground attack missions. However, the Su-57 is purported to be only 40 percent of the cost of Lockheed's offering, weighing in at roughly $40 to $45 million per plane, compared to the American planes that cost well over $100 million, according to The Diplomat.
But the plane may not be up to snuff for Chinese aviators, for a variety of reasons.
Wang Yongqing, chief designer of China's Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute, wrote in Aerospace Knowledge magazine in February that while the Su-57's super-maneuverability and supercruise capabilities were impressive, these had been so emphasized at the expense of its stealth capabilities that it was questionable whether or not the jet could really be called "stealthy."
Xu Guangyu, a senior consultant at the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, told the Global Times Sunday that if Beijing did buy the plane, it would likely do so simply to study other countries' strengths. Shenyang is presently working on the FC-31 or J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter with the potential to become China's staple carrier-borne fighter, and Chengdu Aerospace Corporation's J-20 Mighty Dragon has recently joined PLAAF ranks, so Beijing has no pressing need for the Su-57 specifically.
Further, nine of the 10 existing versions of the Su-57 make use of the aging Saturn AL-41F1S engine, which can't provide the plane with the thrust or fuel efficiency it needs, nor the low-observable and thrust vectoring capabilities of newer engines like Saturn's Izdeliye 30, which is still under development, The Diplomat's Franz-Stefan Gady observed Sunday.
Instead, other countries, like India, that don't have a fifth-generation jet in the works might be more interested in purchasing the Su-57 for warmaking purposes, Wang said.
Sputnik reported last May that that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had expressed interest in the Su-57 if Washington declined to sell Ankara F-35s — something it has now done as punishment for Turkey's purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems.
"We have clearly warned Turkey that its potential acquisition of the S-400 will result in reassessment of Turkey's participation in the F-35 program, and risk other potential future arms transfers to Turkey, as well as lead to potential actions under Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) upon any government entities, private industry or individuals involved in such a transaction," a US State Department official told Sputnik Monday.
The Su-57E is expected to be unveiled this November at the Dubai Air Show, according to The Diplomat.
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