New Russian drone interceptor equipped with 12mm shotgun released.
RT Apr 8, 2019
The Moscow Aviation Institute has released a new drone equipped with a 12mm shotgun which can fly for 40 minutes nonstop. Made to neutralize flying objects, the drone is fully controllable during maneuvers.
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Post by TsarSamuil on May 22, 2019 15:50:29 GMT -5
Bulgarian defense minister slams US jet deal for ‘unjustified and high’ F-16 price.
RT.com 21 May, 2019 13:54
The price for the US-made F16 jet fighters is “higher than expected” and “unjustified,” the Bulgarian defense minister has said as Sofia continues negotiations on the purchase of the Lockheed Martin’s warplanes.
While the price issue is not currently on the table, officials in Bulgaria think the terms of the deal are disadvantageous for Sofia. That’s according to Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov who made the point as he was speaking on local TV.
“Personally, I think some of the deal's parameters are not profitable and it is a matter of negotiation that prices are normalized. They are higher than expected and unjustified.”
The deal is loaded with options for which it makes no sense to pay, the official lamented giving an example of language training for pilots. These courses are obsolete as all pilots have already been trained in the US, the minister said.
He also said that Bulgaria will try to bargain the deferred payment for the US aircraft as the single-time purchase would be a heavy burden to the country’s military budget that could hamper proper funding of the existing projects.
The F-16 talks kicked off in January as Bulgarian lawmakers approved the government plan to buy eight new US fighter jets, which are expected to replace the country’s aging MIG-29s. The deal, estimated to be worth $1.05 billion will mark the country’s biggest military procurement since the collapse of the Communist rule back in 1989.
The US offer for F-16s was preferred by Bulgaria over two alternative bids, including Sweden’s new Gripens and Italy’s second-hand Eurofighters. Karakachanov earlier said that unlike the Italian and Swedish variants, the F-16 fighter jets do not need additional agreements for supplies of the necessary weaponry.
Meanwhile, many politicians in Bulgaria, including President Rumen Radev, have criticized the decision in favor of the US aircraft. Radev who previously served as a commander of the Bulgarian air force slammed the deal for the lack of transparency calling it a “triumph of lobbying.” He also noted that the maintenance of F-16s will cost twice as much as their acquisition and will place excessive demand on the military budget.
Last Edit: May 22, 2019 15:51:16 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on May 28, 2019 14:12:28 GMT -5
Poland wants to buy F-35A jets from US: gov’t minister.
theNews.pl 28.05.2019 13:15
Poland wants to purchase 32 state-of-the-art F35A fighters from the United States for its air force, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Tuesday.
“Today we sent a request for a quotation… to our American partners regarding the purchase of 32 F35A aircraft together with a logistics and training package,” Błaszczak tweeted.
“It’s high time we replaced post-Soviet equipment with state-of-the-art fighters,” he added.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said in an interview with a public radio station earlier this year that the country’s defence ministry had "already started talks with the Americans about F-35 aircraft."
Poland’s air force in March grounded its entire fleet of aging Soviet-designed MiG-29 jets pending an investigation following a crash north-east of Warsaw.
After the accident, the Polish defence ministry said it aimed to buy over 30 multi-role "fifth-generation" fighters to replace worn-out Soviet-era jets by 2026 as part of the country’s multi-billion military upgrade programme.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 31, 2019 10:50:34 GMT -5
Russian plant ready for mass production of Su-57 fighter jets.
Military & Defense May 29, 7:26 UTC+3
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said that the armed forces will get the first Su-57 jet by the end of this year
KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR, May 29. /TASS/. The Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant is ready to start mass manufacturing of the Su-57 fighter jet of the 5th generation, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said on Wednesday during his visit to the plant.
"We will get the first fighter jet [of this model] by the end of this year. We are already talking about mass production. We have assessed the jet's readiness today, as well as the plant's readiness to mass manufacture of Su-57. We were fully satisfied with what we saw and hope that all plans will be fulfilled," Krivoruchko said.
Krivoruchko held a meeting during his visit to the plant devoted to preparations for mass manufacturing of Su-57 fighter jets.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 12, 2019 13:31:25 GMT -5
He needs to explain further, 2 F35 + other kinds for a package (F35s + F16s)? Only the 2? And relying on the plane's edge is not so smart when it is its achilles heel...its other abilities makes it an inferior plane that will get murdered..
Bulgaria is not rich, has to think long-term, how relevant will f35 be in the coming decades? In the next 1-2-3 decades new generations of radars won't negate stealth (which is an old tech)?..its a monumental financial risk not worth taking..
Better to buy SU-35s and MIG-35s, get some S-400s.
Ex-Bulgarian FM Calls on Gov't to Consider Buying F-35s Amid F-16 Deal Talks.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 14:28 12.06.2019
Earlier this month, the US approved the delivery of its F-16 fighters to Bulgaria at an indicated price of some $1.7 billion (more than 2.9 billion leva).
Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy has said the country should consider buying two US-made F-35 fighter jets as talks on the purchase of F-16s are ongoing.
"It's high time, we started to think of when we would begin to reinforce our military with next-generation aircraft - F-35", the ex-minister said last week, adding that the aircraft's main advantage is its ability to avoid detection by radar systems.
The official also urged people not to compare the situation around the purchase of F-16s with the deal reached by Slovakia, which managed to negotiate a cheaper per unit price tag with the US. According to Passy, Slovakia already had military deals with the US, thus the country agreed the acquisition on special trade conditions.
On 3 June, the US approved the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Bulgaria. The indicated price is about $1.7 billion (over 2.9 billion leva). Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov explained that this figure is the ceiling price, and in practise, the cost will be lower.
The minister also noted that Bulgaria would insist on paying the total sum piece by piece so not to impede the financing of other military deals and projects.
According to the minister, a reasonable price for Bulgaria would be no more than two billion leva (about $1.1 billion).
However, an expert from the specialised journal "AERO", Krassimir Grozev, in a commentary for Bulgarian National Radio, expressed doubt that at such a cost Bulgaria would be able to buy the necessary equipment indicated in the US notice.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 18, 2019 10:47:22 GMT -5
Russian Aerospace Forces Receive 2 Modern MiG-35 Fighters - Head of MiG Corporation
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 08:37 17.06.2019
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Aerospace Forces have received two modern MiG-35 fighters and will receive four more before the end of the year, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Director General Ilya Tarasenko said.
"We have made a significant breakthrough in the MiG-35 program over the past three years. We have launched the construction of this aircraft rapidly. Over two and a half years we have moved from development activities to a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry, and, under this contract, we have already delivered two first aircraft to the Aerospace Forces for tests. We plan to deliver the remaining four aircraft by the end of the year", Tarasenko said.
He added that the corporation expected to sign a new contact for MiG-35 deliveries with the Russian Defense Ministry.
The MiG-35 is an offspring of the MiG-29 jet, but has improved avionics and weapons systems. It also received precision-guided targeting capability as well as optical locator system that give it the ability to detect and track enemy aircraft or drones without relying on intel from ground-based radars.
The Kalashnikov Group has showcased its latest reconnaissance and attack drone which can autonomously locate and destroy hostile targets in the air, on land and in the water.
The smart 'ZALA Lancet' attack drone does not require any additional ground- or sea-based infrastructure to locate and engage its targets and can rely on its own reconnaissance, navigation, and communication modules – as well as a 3kg payload – to carry out a “precision strike” within a 40 km radius.
Unlike the earlier models, the new UAV, which has a takeoff weight of only 12 kg, continuously transmits a video of its target engagement to confirm successful completion of its mission.
“In the context of modern warfare, the drone is capable of striking targets in the air, on land, and water,” the head of Russia's Rostec Corporation, Sergey Chemezov, noted after the UAV was unveiled at the ARMY 2019 international military and technical forum.
“This system is superior to standard types of weapons, but it costs disproportionately less.”
The Lancet is the second high-precision attack drone presented by ZALA AERO, a subsidiary of the Kalashnikov group, this year. The company shared few technical details, but emphasized that the weapon system has already been “tested.” Earlier, the manufacturer unveiled the KYB (‘Cube’) UAV which can detonate as it reaches the target almost undetected at a speed of up to 130 km/h (81 mph).
President Rumen Radev vetoed the law on the ratification of contracts relating to the purchase of US-based F-16 Block 70 from the United States, the press-secretariat of the head of state said.
In his motives, Radev points out that the sharp disputes in the National Assembly during the discussion of the ratification law have shown that the terms of the contract have not been sought and no public consent has been reached.
"The commitment of the Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, and for years to come without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying," the president underlines.
He cites a decision of the Constitutional Court (Decision No 9 of 1999 on Case No 8/1999) on the need for the inseparable link between the ratification law and the international treaty - the subject of ratification.
According to him, due to the shortened legislative procedure, a number of important issues such as prices, guarantees, delivery times, damages, indemnities and others remained unclear.
"It is not acceptable to use the" exceptional "procedure when deciding such a strategic issue for Bulgaria as guaranteeing the national security. Bulgaria needs a multifunctional airplane, which is achieved not only by its qualities, but also by a full package of equipment, accompanying equipment and personnel training. The public is given a definite answer if this is actually achieved by the contracts, "the president said.
Due to the great public significance of this issue, the president will make a statement to the media after his state visit to Croatia, the presidential secretariat of the head of state said.
The National Assembly Rejected the Presidential Veto on the F-16 Fighter Contract.
After two hours of debate, with 128 votes, Parliament rejected the President's objections to the ratification of the treaty.
At the beginning of the debate Rumen Gechev of the BSP suggested that the president's veto has be supported and that the purchase of the fighters has be discussed again. He commented once again on the cost of fighter jets, pointing out that it is extremely high, and that the deal has hidden costs. Prepayment of aircraft is a very serious expense for a country like Bulgaria, pointed out Gechev:
"Estimated price means that the price that is now claimed is not the last one, and in the contract clauses it is very clear to the supplier that he can change the price by 10% without notice, and second, the contract says that only with notification, without the consent of the Bulgarian side, the price could change by more than 10%.''
The deal for the purchase of US F-16 aircraft is finally voted by parliament after President Rumen Radev vetoed it, but the Defense Commission overcame it.
The four contracts for the purchase of new fighters and ammunition needed for them were ratified by Parliament at first and second readings on July 19 after nearly 5-hour debates. The purchase of the new aircraft split the United Patriots, and so VMRO together with GERB and MRF backed the deal, and the NFSB and ATAKA plus Volya declared themselves against the state to make that expense now.
President Rumen Radev vetoed the ratification of the contracts for the purchase of the new fighters last week. In his motives, the head of state pointed out that there is lack of consensus on the subject and there are sharp disputes in the National Assembly. The president also specified a sharp increase in the budget deficit as a result of the deal, as well as the fact that the law was adopted "on the fast track". MPs will have the final say in accepting the deal for US aircraft.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 12, 2019 13:26:01 GMT -5
Russia to Complete State Tests of Su-57 Fifth-Generation Fighter in 2019.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 01:27 12.08.2019
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - State tests of Russia's advanced Su-57 fifth-generation fighters will be completed this year, while trials of MiG-35 fighters are planned to be finalized by the end of 2021, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Lt. Gen. Sergei Dronov said.
"State tests of MiG-35 are planned to be completed in late 2021, while those of Su-57 are due to be finalized as soon as this year," Dronov said in an interview with the Armed Forces' Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
Dronov recalled that President Vladimir Putin, at the May meeting on defence industry development, set the task of re-equipping three aviation regiments with Su-57 fighters by 2028.
He also noted that MiG-35 was more cost-effective than Su-30CM and Su-35S, which have been already in service with the Armed Forces, with the cost of its flight hour being about one and a half times lower than that of these fighters.
The Bulgarian Department of Defence has transferred the entire amount of USD 1.2 billion under the international government procurement contracts for the purchase of eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft and associated equipment and weapons, the Ministry of Defence said in a press release. The transfer was ordered on 8 August by the Ministry of Defence to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on behalf of the Republic of Bulgaria. With this step, the Bulgarian side fulfilled its commitment under the contracts under the project for the acquisition of a new type of fighter aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force. With the confirmation by the Agency of USD 1.2 billion received on the account of the Republic of Bulgaria, the contracts entered in force for the U.S. side and their practical implementation begins.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 28, 2019 13:05:17 GMT -5
‘Yes, you can buy it’: Putin shows Erdogan Russian 5th gen Su-57 fighter jet (VIDEO)
RT.com 27 Aug, 2019 15:47
A future deal on Russia’s Su-57 fighter jet has seemingly been brought up by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after his host, President Vladimir Putin, impressed him with the fifth-generation jet at the MAKS 2019 airshow.
The two leaders inspected a Su-57 and peeked into its cockpit on the ground after attending the opening of the biannual airshow outside Moscow. While the export variant of the 5th-gen fighter is being displayed at the show for the first time, its domestic model entered serial production earlier this year.
Erdogan wondered if the plane was already airworthy, which the Russian president confirmed. The Turkish leader then asked if it was possible to buy it. Putin responded in affirmative, with the two sharing a laugh thereafter.
While the discussion appeared to be a light-hearted exchange, Turkey has in fact been seeking a new supplier to reinforce its ageing air force fleet. Washington excluded Ankara from the F-35 program earlier this year in response to Russia delivering S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey. The US claimed that its 5th gen jets might be compromised by the mere presence of the S-400s.
Ankara has repeatedly stated it would have to look for modern aircraft elsewhere if it was barred from the F-35 purchases. Moscow has said it was ready to discuss a potential Su-57 deal with Ankara if it shows interest.After attending the air show, the two leaders held a joint press conference, where Erdogan confirmed Turkey seeks to continue military cooperation with Russia, which he said would include warplanes.
Earlier this month, Turkish media reported that its military is assessing the prospect of purchasing another type of Russian fighter jet, the Su-35.
‘Why not? We didn’t come here for nothing’: Erdogan on buying Russian Su-57 as alternative to F-35.
RT.com 28 Aug, 2019 23:12
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poured more fuel on the rumors that Ankara might be buying Russian Su-57 fighters if the US follows through on cutting Turkey out of the F-35 program.
Erdogan was in Moscow earlier this week, checking out the Su-35 and Su-57 jets at the MAKS 2019 air salon in the company of his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin. On the way back to Ankara, he was asked if Turkey was interested in the Russian planes.
“Why not? We didn’t come here for nothing,” was his response, prompting breaking headlines in Turkey.
Erdogan added that “in a few days” he is expecting a call with US President Donald Trump, when he will be told the final US decision about the F-35 and react accordingly. Turkey is not just a customer for the F-35 but a manufacturer, Erdogan explained.
On Tuesday, Erdogan toured the air show with Putin and lingered around the Su-57, Russia’s fifth-generation jet and answer to the F-35. In an exchange caught on camera, the Turkish leader asks if the plane is airworthy and for sale – and Putin responded affirmatively on both counts.
It was the first time the export variant of the Su-57 was presented to the public. The Russian military started receiving its first serial-production models earlier this year.
Ankara has repeatedly said it would have to look for modern aircraft elsewhere if it was barred from buying the F-35 purchases. Washington threatened to cut Turkey off last month, after the first deliveries of the S-400 air defense systems from Russia. The Pentagon insists that the F-35 is not compatible with the S-400, and that having the two systems operate together might reveal the stealth jet’s secrets to Moscow.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 29, 2019 19:51:16 GMT -5
New look at Russian MiG-35 at MAKS airshow as plane enters serial production (PHOTOS)
RT.com 28 Aug, 2019 23:47
The new MiG-35 fighter has been unveiled at the MAKS airshow after getting a makeover. Serial production of the successor to the iconic MiG-29 is going at full pace, with the first batch just delivered to the Russian military.
The improved variant of the MiG-35 was on display at the MAKS-2019 biannual airshow, currently ongoing at the Zhukovskiy International Airport outside Moscow.
The fighter is the updated version of the iconic MiG-29, specifically its naval version designed for aircraft carriers. While similar in look, the new plane is said to have capabilities similar to 5th-generation fighter jets – while boasting a significantly lower cost.
“The new geometry of the airframe, as well as the updated system of onboard radar equipment, have become distinct features of the multipurpose plane’s export version, created in accordance with the wishes of potential foreign customers,” MiG said in a statement.
While the model shown at MAKS was the export version of MiG-35, the domestic variant has already entered serial production, MiG General Director Ilya Tarasenko said Wednesday.
The production is going at full speed, and the company is capable to fulfill both domestic and foreign orders, he added. The Russian Aerospace Force has already received two jets, with more to be delivered later this year.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 10, 2019 20:09:14 GMT -5
WATCH Russia’s first SERIAL 5th-gen Su-57 fighter jet getting assembled.
RT.com 9 Nov, 2019 14:21
Russia’s cutting-edge Su-57 fighter jet entered mass production earlier this year. The very first serial plane, due to be delivered to the country’s military by the end of the year, has been shown to Russian reporters.
The journalists were allowed to take a peek at the modern multirole fighter during their visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant.
Footage from the scene suggests the jet is almost complete. The aircraft is already painted in grayscale pixel camouflage and boasts hull number 01 blue.
The video also features a number of other Su-57s on the assembly line. All the planes except the first one lack camouflage with their hulls covered only in primer.
So far, Russia has only a handful of operational Su-57s that were manufactured during the pre-production period. The plane has been in trials since 2010 and it finally entered serial production this year. The aircraft has been already tested in real combat conditions, briefly taking part in Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign in Syria.
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