Tag Archives | SU-35

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The Russians (and Ukrainians) are coming – to Paris

The Paris air show organisers have today released an updated list of the aircraft which are expected to be on display at Le Bourget in a little over a fortnight. As expected, the cost-cutting effects of sequestration mean we won’t see the familiar US military “corral” familiar with most major shows from the recent years. […]

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Russian AF chief: US fighters superior to Su-35S

Russian Air Force chief Gen Alexander Zemin Zelin briefed reporters today on the eve of the MAKS air show next week. Zelin covered a wide variety of topics, but we’ll try to summarise the most interesting.1. The Su-35S avionics and integrated defence system is inferior to “American fighters of the same type”, Zelin said. Depending […]

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PHOTOs: Sukhoi flies 1st production Su-35S

Sukhoi today confirms a 90min flight by test pilot Sergey Bogdan in the first series-production version of the Su-35S, which has 48 orders from the Russian air force. As the latest improvement of the Su-27/30MKI Flanker series, the Su-35S integrates the higher-thrust and -trust vector control authority of the NPO Saturn 117S engine, full fly-by-wire […]

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Warplane-themed motorcycle craze hits Su-35BM

Orange County Choppers last year produced motorcycle versions of the B-2 and F-22. Somebody else  — anybody know who? — has designed a Su-35BM motorcycle. While OCC artistically interpreted the USA’s finest combat aircraft, the motorcycle Su-35BM is rendered as faithfully straightforward as any good Russian design should be.  I’m sure all of you understand […]

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PAK-FA: IDA’s unclassified analysis now online

UPDATE 2: Steeljaw Scribe has removed the brief from Scribd. As the brief is now firmly in the public domain, with probably dozens — if not hundreds — of downloads, I’m reposting my own copy here using Apture’s embed tool. (Be patient if it takes a minute or two to upload the first time.)UPDATE: Markov […]

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Russians don’t take ‘nyet’ for answer in Brazil

Perhaps not since master Iraqi propagandist Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf declared coalition forces defeated even as tanks encircled Baghdad has a certain loser expressed such optimism: Russian firm is confident to win Brazil jet deal (AFP)-3 hours ago MOSCOW — Russia’s state arms export firm voiced optimism on Fridayabout winning a multi-billion-dollar Brazilian fighter jet tenderdespite […]

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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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Crazy Ivans … or, what Russian Su-35 pilots will do for a buck

This is one of those stories that’s so crazy it is probably true. Here’s how it goes: A Russian movie company hires two Sukhoi pilots to film a couple of stunts. The pilots agree to take off without a canopy. Apparently following a plot-twist in the film, the back-seat pilot ejects from the aircraft while […]

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BVR and Russian roulette

Beyond visual range (BVR) will remain the raging controversy in air combat until a definitive, modern air war — which nobody wants — proves which side is correct. The Air Power Australia group, which defiantly wears its pro-F-22/anti-F-35 bias on its sleeve, make a strong case today against BVR, breaking down the odds of failure […]

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US analyst: F-35 beats Russia’s best

The F-35s prowess has been taking a beating, especially on this blog. Rand’s “baby seals” report in September clubbed the F-35 as the “can’t turn, can’t climb and can’t run” fighter. Even the infamous YouTube video of the US Air Force officer describing Red Flag contained an implied insult of the F-22′s kid brother.Of course, […]

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