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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Barath » 09 Apr 2019 20:45

Austin wrote:Check the link posted above [re Kuznetsov repair]


Austin thanks for the links. -

Just to point out : my russian link is newer than any of your links (4 April 2019/5 days ago). You may have to google translate on it. I think these are ultimately from a Russian Military source telling the Izvestiya that there are differing opinions on value - maybe 2 frigates and an atomic submarine may be better use of the money.

That's why I said the prognosis is still unclear. (And the signal will be the official go-ahead/funding of the dry dock proposal. Plus any news on refit funding revisit)

Summarizing : Certain elements in Russia are unsure about the priority, money, the return on investment and time taken and are waiting for an (overdue) decision to go ahead on the dry dock.

(eg the article talked about either using modifying the Kola Shipyard Novatek or building the navy's own dry dock)
https://www.maritime-executive.com/arti ... f-murmansk [Kola shipyard at Murmansk was to be used for LnG plants, so obviously different set of priority options to be figured]

But all these represent extra funds just to get the carrier back to where it was before the accident. Russia had only allocated half the funds required for the refit even before - it would still be only partial renovation. And Russia had delayed full refit several times before over the years...

Officially the timeline is still the 3 year 2021 refit timeline, but you can figure that the decision, scope of refit and funding has to come first and any timeline change later.

The old tass link was known to me but not the others ... so I liked to read them...

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Kartik » 10 Apr 2019 00:42

Russian Mi-26T2V completes preliminary flight tests

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Russian Helicopters has successfully completed preliminary flight tests of the Mi-26T2V heavy-lift helicopter. The eight-blade Mi-26 has been in production since 1980, can carry a payload of up to 44,000 pounds, and still holds the record for the heaviest mass lifted by a helicopter—125,153.8 pounds. More than 300 have been produced.

The Mi-26T2V is a variant that first flew last August and is fitted with significant upgrades. They include an NPK90-2V digital avionics suite, a sophisticated autopilot that flew the helicopter down to final approach, a night vision goggle compatible cockpit, an improved navigation system and satcom, new energy-absorbing crew seats, and the Vitebsk onboard aircraft defense system. Vitebsk defends against radar, laser, optic-electric, and thermal threats with a combination of an ultraviolet and infrared directional finder, laser and radar detection, optical-electronic suppression, active radar jamming, and chaff dispensers.

The Mi-26 is used mainly by the Russian military to transport heavy military equipment such as mobile ballistic missiles and armored personnel carriers. It is the basis for the new and somewhat smaller Sino-Russian Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter currently under development by China’s Avic.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Kartik » 10 Apr 2019 00:50

Further improved Su-25SM3 redeploys to Syria

After almost a year-long absence from the theater, caused by the combat loss on February 3, 2018 of Su-25SM registration RF-95486 and the type’s subsequent withdrawal for rework, the Sukhoi armored attack aircraft has returned to Syria to take part in the pending military operation in the rebel-held province of Idlib. Satellite images released in the past week show four such twin-jets sitting at Khmeimeem, the primary air base for the Russian expeditionary group. Reportedly, this time the type is represented by the most recent variant, the Su-25SM3 that features the Vitebsk-25 self-protection suite, a new wide-angle head-up display (HUD), and an extended weapons arsenal.

Moscow apparently wants to evaluate this improved aircraft in a combat environment, to make sure that the Su-25SM3 is lethal and sufficiently protected against contemporary shoulder-launched missiles such as the 9K38 Igla and the FIM-92 Stinger. The latter was found responsible for downing the ill-fated Su-25SM: the missile finished off the aircraft after it had been hit with 23-mm rapid-fire cannon.

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Outwardly, the SM3-9 (RF-95482, Side 92) differs from Su-25s exhibited earlier by having two L-370-3 S-K25 ECM containers on the outer underwing pylons, which had been used earlier for carrying R-60 air-to-air missiles. The ECM pods are elements of the Vitebsk-25 self-protection suite from the Samara-based Ekran scientific research institute, built around an L-370-3S digital core that generates active jamming patterns in a wide waveband. The suite also includes “Zakhvat” ultra-violet sensors to detect incoming missiles. The Vitebsk-25 automatically detects and analyses threats, and sets jamming patterns to fool SAMs employing radar for target detection and/or missile guidance. Additionally, it issues commands to release chaff, flares, and other decoys in sequences and combinations for optimum effect. The Vitebsk-25 can also provide targeting information for Kh-58 anti-radiation missiles.


Aircraft 92 is also fitted with the SOLT-25 multi-mode electro-optical system in place of the outdated Klen-PS laser target designator of the original Su-25. It can detect and automatically track moving targets such as tanks and helicopters by day or night, and in all weathers at a distance up to 5 miles (8 km), providing pinpoint accuracy. The system has several channels, including 16x electro-optics, TV channel, thermal imager, and a laser designator/rangefinder.

Although earlier upgrades had already introduced satellite-aided navigation, the SM3 employs a state-of-the-art PPA-S/V-06 GPS/Glonass receiver with metric accuracy and enhanced functionality including waypoint reprogramming. Coupled with the SVP-24-25 trajectory computing system working in conjunction with the PrNK-25SM navigation/aiming and SUO-39M fire control systems, both hosted on digital computers, the Su-25SM3 can hit targets with precision from medium altitudes, whereas the original Su-25 was intended only for low-altitude fire passes. Improved fire control systems allow for a wider choice of air-launched munitions, including KAB-500S GPS/Glonass bombs.

Outfitted with a KSS-25 secure datalink (in place of the older radio and data exchange systems), a Su-25SM3 can act as an element in the automated battlefield management system of the Russian Armed Forces that employs various reconnaissance and strike systems under a network-centric concept.

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Compared to early SM/SM3s, the more recent variant has a newer HUD offering a wider view angle, while the only liquid-crystal multifunction display in the flight deck is now supplemented by a provisional 5-inch LCD control panel that can be attached to the HUD. In 2015-2018 the Russian defense ministry placed orders totaling 22 aircraft and is likely to keep the Aircraft Repair Plant No. 121 in Kubinka converting original Su-25s into the SM3 version at a minimal rate of four annually. Earlier, the enterprise converted 84 Frogfoots into the Su-25SM version.


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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby tushar_m » 10 Apr 2019 08:28

3M54 "Kalibr", Russian cruise missile, over Northern Syria (Video)

https://twitter.com/SyriaWarReports/sta ... 2393768960


*don't know how to post the video from twitter

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby chola » 11 Apr 2019 12:14

A strange but rather worrisome decision by the Russkies to sink more money into SU-33 airframes from the 1990s and not use that money to buy more new MiG-29Ks.

Even if there were no carrier, an investment on a currently produced platform is better.

But it seems MiG has only one steady stream of income on the 29K and that's us.

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2019-04-10/su-33-begin-2nd-phase-upgrade-while-russia-mulls-carrier-options

Su-33 To Begin 2nd Phase Upgrade While Russia Mulls Carrier Options

by Vladimir Karnozov
April 10, 2019, 4:07 AM


The Su-33 fleet entered service in the 1990s and was the Russian navy's only carrier-borne fighter until the MiG-29K/KUB joined it on the deck of Kuznetsov in late 2016.

Having made a decision to proceed with a second phase of the Sukhoi Su-33 carrier fighter’s modernization, the Russian navy is yet to determine whether to proceed with the repair and modernization of its only carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, or order her replacement.

“With the first phase of the modernization now complete, we are preparing for the second phase, centering on higher engine thrust, improved detection system, and the like so as to make the Su-33 a truly multi-role aircraft,” Major General Igor Kozhin, chief for aviation with the Russian navy, told journalists. This effort may not apply to all surviving aircraft and rather involve only those airframes that have sufficient lifetime remaining, so as to keep them operational until 2025, he clarified.

Reportedly, the modernization plan also calls for secure data exchange in real time between the Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB fighters. For cost-efficiency, the aged aircraft is likely to retain its original N-001 Mech radar, but its functionality will be extended through technology insertions already tested on similar equipment in Russian Air and Space Force Su-27SM3 and Su-30M2 aircraft. That includes the ability to engage two aerial targets simultaneously with radar-guided missiles, as well as ground-mapping.

The Russian navy received about 30 Su-33s before production terminated in 1999. Up to 20 of them have undergone the “first phase” of the modernization at the Sukhoi manufacturing plant in Komsomolsk-upon-Amur, and Aircraft Repair Plant no. 20 in Pushkino. They feature satellite-aided navigation, a new radar warning receiver, and the SVP-24-33 computing system for accurate strikes with free-fall bombs. The second phase of the upgrade extends the Su-33’s arsenal through the addition of precision-guided munitions.

The original Su-33 is powered by two AL-31F Series 03 turbofans each developing 28,220 pounds (125.6 kN) of thrust in full afterburner. New engines will provide 29,760 pounds of thrust, as well as burn less fuel with an extended time between overhaul and lifetime through the replacement of the analog control system by a digital one. Higher thrust will enable the Su-33 to perform ski-ramp takeoffs from Kuznetsov at a higher gross weight.


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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Austin » 11 Apr 2019 12:28

Russia already bought 24 Mig-29KR and you dont want to throw the Flanker out if it can be upgraded and life extended speicially if you can do for newer 20 Airframes and give it multirole capability.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby chola » 11 Apr 2019 12:58

Austin wrote:Russia already bought 24 Mig-29KR and you dont want to throw the Flanker out if it can be upgraded and life extended speicially if you can do for newer 20 Airframes and give it multirole capability.


Why not, Austin ji. The USN threw out hundreds of F-14s with newer airframes (at the time than the SU-33s) circa 2005. Money were not put into upgrades but into the SHornet in production. The F-14 was far more potent for its time than the SU-33 could ever be now.

It seems to me a waste of resources to spend it upgrading an old platform if you think your future is in the new product. The fact that Roos only bought the 29K after us, at the half the numbers and is upgrading three decade old air frames instead of buying the new product to support the line makes me think that they are not sold on the 29K as their future.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Aditya_V » 11 Apr 2019 13:10

Probably the Russians are manufacturing stuff for J-15 series some of which they can use for the fleet, it is naive to PLAAF and PLAN have full control on J- 15 and J-16 series. Russia's still has control on the manufacturing of these. only J-17, JH-7 and J-20 are Chinese Designs, J-10 I think Israleis still ahve some IP.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby chola » 11 Apr 2019 13:16

^^^ Good point. It would make sense if they are doing the upgrade with parts they are supplying the chinis for the J-15. Which probably makes a new naval flanker from Russia a possibility. But I guess they need to fix the Kuznetsov first. lol

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Austin » 11 Apr 2019 13:17

chola wrote:
Austin wrote:Russia already bought 24 Mig-29KR and you dont want to throw the Flanker out if it can be upgraded and life extended speicially if you can do for newer 20 Airframes and give it multirole capability.


Why not, Austin ji. The USN threw out hundreds of F-14s with newer airframes (at the time than the SU-33s) circa 2005. Money were not put into upgrades but into the SHornet in production. The F-14 was far more potent for its time than the SU-33 could ever be now.

It seems to me a waste of resources to spend it upgrading an old platform if you think your future is in the new product. The fact that Roos only bought the 29K after us, at the half the numbers and is upgrading three decade old air frames instead of buying the new product to support the line makes me think that they are not sold on the 29K as their future.


US can throw a lot of things because they can print money from thin air and export inflation.

Other countries dont have these luxuries and have to make do with what they have that includes Russia , India and many other , Much like we didnt threw the Mig-21, Jags or 27 and upgrade it till its TTL life expired , Su-27 is still a very modern ac with 4th gen design and an upgrade with multirole capability is always welcome so far they have just been pure AD and dropping Dumb Bomb with SVP-24 upgrade with better accuracy.

Su-33 is very good design better than the Su-27S and can remain competent for next 30 years provided it has TTL with upgrades , Suggest you read the Flanker Book by Yefim Gordon

https://www.amazon.com/Sukhoi-27-30-33- ... way&sr=8-1

This is a good book on all Flanker variant for english speaking world , but the best one written by the people who worked on Flanker still remains in Russian.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby chola » 11 Apr 2019 13:25

^^^ Your opinion and your suggestion taken, Austin ji. Yefim Gordon is a respected name I've seen on many a forum but have not actually read yet so now is a good time!

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Austin » 11 Apr 2019 14:25

Weclome Chola Ji , Yefim is the best money can buy for English speaking world and most of his work are worth the money you pay.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby UlanBatori » 15 May 2019 02:11

2000km range hypersonic mijjile carried on MiG-31
President Vladimir Putin made a stop in Russia’s Southern Astrakhan region to look over some of the country’s most impressive modern aerial weaponry, including a MiG-31 jet armed with the “invincible” hypersonic Kinzhal missile.
Just before heading to Sochi for a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Putin made a grand entrance in the Southern city of Akhtubinsk accompanied by an entourage of six Su-57 jets. The pit-stop was made so the president could see an exposition of the latest and most powerful weapons Russia has in its aerial combat arsenal.
Aside from the supersonic interceptor MiG-31, the president also got a sneak peek at some up-and-coming unmanned aerial tech currently in development. The inspection also included Russian air force standards like the Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-30SM fighters, and the Navy’s MiG-29K.
Putin’s tour is part of a series of meetings dedicated to improving the country’s military capacity. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov was sure to tell the press, however, that the visit was not intended to send any signals before Putin sat down for talks with the hawkish Pompeo.


Per Wikidevata, Mach 10, 2000km, TNW 100-500kT :shock:

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Cain Marko » 15 May 2019 13:37

Austin wrote:Weclome Chola Ji , Yefim is the best money can buy for English speaking world and most of his work are worth the money you pay.

The book is fantastic.... And try to get the one on the fulcrum too if you can.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Kartik » 17 May 2019 01:04

Putin may order 76 Su-57 fighters for the Russian Air Force, to be delivered by 2028

Putin calls for additional Su-57s and Mi-28NMs

With six Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters providing an escort to the presidential Ilyushin Il-96-300 VVIP transport, Vladimir Putin arrived in style on May 14 at the Valery Chkalov State Flight Test Center (GLITs) in Akhtubinsk, southern Russia, to inspect the base and talk to its personnel.

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Commenting on multi-role fighters, Putin noted that the Su-35S and Su-57 are “now at the final phase of state acceptance trials”—meaning that their flight and weapons testing are not completed. However, these two types “feature unique performance and are considered the best in the world,” he observed.

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Re: Russian Weapons & Military Technology

Postby Singha » 21 Jun 2019 22:21



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