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    New fighter jets for Admiral Kuznetsov

    New fighter jets for Admiral Kuznetsov - BarentsObserver

    Russia plans to buy 24 new MiG-29K fighter jets for the country’s only aircraft carrier, the Severomorsk-based “Admiral Kuznetsov”.
    A contract on purchase of 24 fighter jets for Airwing Kuznetsov could be concluded within two years, a source in the Ministry of Defence told news paper Vedomosti. Landing drills with the planes on the “Admiral Kuznetsov” can start already this autumn.

    Russia has 19 Su-33 aircraft carrier fighter jets. They need to be replaced within 2015, so the question of providing new planes is highly relevant. Russia is currently producing MiG-29 jets for India.
     
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    Re: New fighter jets for Admiral Kuznetsov

    That's an interesting development, especially with the PLAN pursuing a carrier version of the SU-30 for potential use on it's carrier. Don't you wish Russian defense deliberations were as open as they are in the west?
     
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    Russia seems to finally get a restricted JDAM capability.

    http://www.janes.com/news/defence/jdw/jdw091005_1_n.shtml

    Russia deploys second-generation tactical PGMs

    By Robert Hewson - 05 October 2009

    Russian Air Force aircraft used a new generation of precision guided munitions (PGMs) during the joint Russian/Belarusian Zapad-09 military exercises, which concluded on 29 September.

    Russian sources note that, for the first time, Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' bombers and Sukhoi Su-24M2 'Fencer-D' attack aircraft delivered weapons using the SVP-24 targeting system.

    This indicates that Russia's air force is finally introducing 'JDAM-type' satellite-guided bombs, some 15 years after the first Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) were trialled by the US. ...
     
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    Bringing back two huge nuclear powered battlecruisers is going to cost a lot of money and bind many resources. Other the the prestige, I don't see what Russia would get from this right now. There are much more pressing needs for the RN I think. I feel they don't even have the escorts required for such flagships.

    http://www.janes.com/news/defence/jni/jni091111_1_n.shtml

    Russia plans reactivation of two Kirov-class cruisers

    By Vladimir Petrov - 11 November 2009

    The Russian Federation Navy (RFN) is to reactivate two laid-up Kirov-class (Project 1144) battle cruisers, according to statements attributed by Russian media to the country's deputy defence minister.

    Colonel General Vladimir Popovkin reportedly said that the Ministry of Defence has decided to renovate and modernise its heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser (tiazhyeliy atomniy raketniy kreiser/TARK) units Admiral Lazarev (ex- Frunze ) and Admiral Nakhimov (ex- Kalinin ).

    The 24,300-ton ships were commissioned into the Soviet Navy in 1984 and 1988, the second and third vessels in a class that eventually numbered four. Col Gen Popovkin made no mention of the lead ship, Admiral Ushakov (ex- Kirov ), which entered service in 1980 and was decommissioned in 2004, appearing to confirm earlier reports that it is to be scrapped.

    The RFN currently has one ship of the class in service, Pyotr Velikiy (ex- Yuri Andropov , ex- Kuibishev ), which was launched in St Petersburg in 1989 and commissioned in 1998.
     
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    The Kirovs are thoroughly outmoded. All of their combat systems are well understood. Russia does not even have a single paved road from east to west, but they think they can operate such ships and survive combat with them? Amazing.
     
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    PAK-FA made 2 Taxi runs? First flight in January 2010?

    Roy's Russian Aircraft Resource

    Below links are not in English. Can someone get a summary?

    Link-1
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    So it looks like the delay really was just for a month. So they're not that far off schedule. That's certainly not something to sneeze at.

    They say they are modernizing the ships. You should not dismiss what can be done with an old shell.
     
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    I do because I know how little one can do with an old hull from first hand experience in the USN. Converted cruisers were almost uniformly compromised, their layouts for older systems restricting what can be done with newer systems. The attempt to mount Sea Sparrow on New Jersey had to be abandoned because there was no illuminator in existence that could take the shock of the main guns, the overpressure and shock tore up antennas. The old Albany's are a good example of a bad conversion, CA's converted to "double ended" CG's, or the latter days of the Long Beach stripped of it's Talos, a lot of displacement for not much combat capability, burdened by an old and tired power plant that will try the patience and technical skill of it's officers and crew. There are very few occasions of major conversions of combat ships working out well. USS Midway anyone? ( the SBC-125 modified Essex class is a notable exception ) Those Kirovs will still have decades old electrical systems and a corroded maze of old plumbing to test the crew's tolerance for crap failing at sea. The USN even had to come up with a special chemical additive for salt water toilets to prevent "stuff" from plating out on the walls of the pipes and clogging them, something one learns about from operating decades old ships. You don't want to have to decommission the few toilets a ship has mid cruise ( believe me, you don't ) and tearing out clogged pipes for replacement mid cruise is no fun. Ditto things like electrical service and ventilation systems failing from age and hard use. This is what happens with old hulls unless you are very very good about maintenance, and the Russians are not.
     
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