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PAS11: Russia drops Su-30 from Paris Air Show line-up

We contacted the Paris Air Show organizers after seeing this tweet from @ReutersAero this morning: ReutersAero  Anyone else hearing #Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO: Flanker) pulling out of Paris air show? Russian comeback was to be a theme this year // #PAS11 And the verdict is: It’s true. The Su-30 has been pulled from the flying display […]

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Why the West dodged a Russian bullet over Libya

To challenge the no-fly-zone imposed by a Western-led coalition, the Libyan Air Force has not launched a newly-acquired fleet of state-of-the-art four Sukhoi Su-30s and 12-15 Su-35s. It has not activated an integrated network of recently-delivered S-300 air defense missiles. And Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalist force have not overwhelmed the rebellion with several dozen T-90 main […]

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Russia says Uganda buys Su-30s; Uganda says “Huh?”

The story broke yesterday but seemed straight out of the 1980s: Russia’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti reported that Sukhoi sold 16 Su-30s to Algeria and six Su-30s to Uganda, accepting payment in oil shipments rather than cash. It wasn’t exactly a Soviet-era Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, but it was pretty close. One problem: It […]

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‘Father of Su-27′ Simonov: F-15 hater

Mikhail Petrovich Simonov, designer of the iconic Su-27 Flanker, realized after the 1977 first flight that the T-10 prototype was a dog, a fact he explained to the aviation minister in Moscow. “‘It’s a good thing, Petrovich, that today is not 1937,” the minister replied.That is one of the incredible anecdotes sprinkled throughout a Simonov […]

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Russian Knights crash overshadows Sukhoi mega-deal at MAKS

The Russian Air Force will reportedly award a $1.9 billion deal for 60 Sukhoi fighters at the MAKS 2009 air show this week outside Moscow. News of the blockbuster deal — by Russian terms — was overshadowed by a fatal mid-air collision during airshow warm-ups that killed Russian Knights commander Col Igor Tkachenko and put […]

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A new perspective on the Su-30′s air show antics

This is Lockheed Martin chief test pilot Jon Beesley dissecting the Sukhoi Su-30′s most jaw-dropping air show maneuver. Obviously, Beesley is paid by Lockheed to have a certain perspective on this issue, but his remarks ring true. Incindentally, I’m finally back in the office after three weeks of near-non-stop travelling. I’m cleaning out a huge […]

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VIDEO: SU-30s revenge Top Gun disgrace

Not since Maverick personally massacred the Libyan Air Force while massaging his inner demons has a fictional air combat duel been so one-sided. Thanks to my colleague Flightblogger for sending me this video. Fast forward to the 4-minute mark. The clever animators at Sukhoi Industries show how three SU-30s can take on B-52s, E-3Cs and […]

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Gone fishing in Norway

Norway’s surprise decision last week to support the Lockheed Martin F-35 was based largely on an analysis by the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment. Among other things, its computer simulations found the F-35 superior to the Gripen NG in dogfights against the SU-30.  So I called Oslo this morning to ask for an interview with the […]

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‘Red Flag’ official apologises to IAF

Now Red Flag is apologizing to the Indian Air Force for the unwitting YouTube remarks of USAF F-15 pilot Colonel Terrence Fornof. (Click here to watch Fornof’s rant.) In a letter to AirHeadquarters, an official of the Red Flag said it was the personal viewof the USAF pilot talking in the clip and not of […]

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Aussie TV tackles Rand’s JSF report

RAND’s Pacific Vision report posted here last month is the subject of a report by Australian TV’s ABC Lateline. It’s nice to see mainstream media attempting to tackle such an important airpower issue seriously and objectively. I found Lateline’s story to be admirably well-balanced, if you watch it all the way through.

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