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tphuang

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kind of wanted post a couple of russian air force news, but there is no thread for it, so I figure I will start a new one. I suggest we should start an American one, A non-China Asian one and an European one too.

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recent su-34 induction also means export. I guess it's not su-32FN but rather su-34 itself that the Russians are marketting now. Other than Tu-160, is there anything the Russians are not selling?
Introduction of Su-34 will create export potential - official

NOVOSIBIRSK: The introduction of Russia's latest fighter-bomber into active service with the country's air force will make the plane more attractive on global export markets, the head of the corporation producing the aircraft said Thursday.

"Widespread use of the Su-34 following its purchase by the Russian Air Force will boost sales on external arms markets," Sukhoi holding Director General Mikhail Pogosyan said.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov earlier said his ministry planned to purchase 18 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers in 2006-2008, and equip an air force regiment with 24 of the new aircraft by 2010.

Pogosyan also said the introduction of the Su-34 would play an important part in the future of the Chkalov Aircraft Production Association in Novosibirsk, West Siberia, where the new plane is being manufactured.

"Annual production of 15-20 Su-34 will see the enterprise working at optimal capacity," he said, adding that production could ensure stable sales and lower the plane's production costs.

The $36-million Su-34 fighter-bomber is a two-seat strike aircraft equipped with twin AL-31MF afterburning turbojet engines. It is designed to deliver high-precision strikes at heavily guarded targets in any weather conditions, day or night, and fields weaponry including a 30mm GSh-301 cannon, up to 12 Alamo or Archer AAMs, ASMs, and bombs.

It is designed to replace the Su-24 Fencer frontline bombers in the Air Force.
how the mighty have fallen, an order of 24 by 2010 is considered to be huge
Russian Air Force to add 24 newest warplanes by 2010 - Russia's Defense Ministry
NOVOSIBIRSK: Russia's Defense Ministry will purchase a regiment of 24 newest Su-34 planes for the Air Force by 2010, Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters on Thursday.

"Everything has been coordinated and decided upon in a short-term perspective. The Defense Ministry was granted the right from 2004 to conclude long-term three-year contacts with defense companies. As a result, two batch-production Su-34 planes will be purchased in 2006, six in 2007, ten in 2008, with purchases increasing in coming years. Therefore, we have to buy a whole regiment of 24 Su-34 planes in 2010," the deputy prime minister said.

Air Force chief Vladimir Mikhailov, who is accompanying Ivanov on his tour of Siberian defense firms, told reporters that two Su-34 have already been manufactured and soon will be supplied to the army.

"It is planned to purchase in the future ten such aircraft each year," he said.

According to the Defense Ministry, the Air Force currently has ten regiments of frontline Su-24 bombers, which will be gradually replaced by new Su-34 fighter-bombers.

The Air Force has 222 Su-24 planes and 100 Su-24MP reconnaissance planes.

Speaking about the modernization of defense sector companies, Ivanov said it should be implemented at the expense of the Investment Fund, not the Stabilization Fund.

"We need to re-equip companies of the defense-industrial complex, because otherwise we'll be unable to develop quality and competitive military hardware. But I doubt that we have to take money from the Stabilization Fund, because there is the Investment Fund available," said the deputy prime minister who in charge for defense sector problems in the Cabinet.

"There's another side to the issue. There are companies that invest their own funds, derived from profit, in the reequipping of production assets," Ivanov said.

For example, the Chkalov aircraft company purchased two high-tech machine tools with its own money, which are as effective as a whole shop.

"One shouldn't make the federal budget carry 100 percent of expenses," the deputy premier said.

NAPO is the largest producer of Su planes. It is part of the Sukhoi aviation holding company. It produces Su-34 fighter-bombers and An-38-120 multi-purpose planes and participates in the program of developing the RRJ regional plane. It also upgrades Su-24M bombers.
 

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This isnt taken directly from the russian sources. Defencetalk as translated it. in the russian army, the plane is known as the su-27IB. The su-34 is only the export designation.

The ruskies seem to have high hopes for there aircraft. This is despite the fact this plane has been out since 1991, and as been displayed to foreignners in numerous MAKs and moscow airshows, but yet has not gathered any signifigant foreign interest whatsoever.
 

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There we go, su-34 going for 36 million each. I guess the Russian fighters are still pretty cheap, aren't they?

I'm guessing they are talking about AL-31FM as the engine of su-34 rather than AL-31MF. Meaning, uprated engine, but no TVC

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NOVOSIBIRSK, March 23 (RIA Novosti) - The introduction of Russia's latest fighter-bomber into active service with the country's air force will make the plane more attractive on global export markets, the head of the corporation producing the aircraft said Thursday.

"Widespread use of the Su-34 following its purchase by the Russian Air Force will boost sales on external arms markets," Sukhoi holding Director General Mikhail Pogosyan said.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov earlier said his ministry planned to purchase 18 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers in 2006-2008, and equip an air force regiment with 24 of the new aircraft by 2010.

Pogosyan also said the introduction of the Su-34 would play an important part in the future of the Chkalov Aircraft Production Association in Novosibirsk, West Siberia, where the new plane is being manufactured.

"Annual production of 15-20 Su-34 will see the enterprise working at optimal capacity," he said, adding that production could ensure stable sales and lower the plane's production costs.

The $36-million Su-34 fighter-bomber is a two-seat strike aircraft equipped with twin AL-31MF afterburning turbojet engines. It is designed to deliver high-precision strikes at heavily guarded targets in any weather conditions, day or night, and fields weaponry including a 30mm GSh-301 cannon, up to 12 Alamo or Archer AAMs, ASMs, and bombs.

It is designed to replace the Su-24 Fencer frontline bombers in the Air Force.
 

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"Russian naval group receives warm welcome at U.S. base"

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"The visit expands the geography of naval cooperation between the Russian and the U.S. navies," the official earlier said. "In the past, warships from the Pacific Fleet visited San Diego, Seattle, Honolulu and the Americans visited Vladivostok and Petropavlovsky-Kamchatka [in the Russian Far East]."
 

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This is a really big day for the Russians. Make a note of this, they are receive Tu-160s (multiple!). For some reason, I have a feeling they might never have more than 20 of these things in active service. Also, mass procurement of Su-34, Yak-130 and Mi-28! Wow, the Russians are on a roll. I'm guessing purchasing 6 counts as mass procurement now?
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Air force commander talks up future plans with foreign officers

MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti) - The commander of Russia's air force outlined the future of the country's air power Thursday during a meeting with military attaches in Moscow.

Although Russia's pilots have suffered from a lack of air time and other problems since the collapse of the Soviet Union 15 years ago, General Vladimir Mikhailov was upbeat about the air force's ambitious plans over the next few years, which should see several new aircraft commissioned and innovative technology applied.

In particular, the commander said a fifth-generation plane, whose development should be completed in 2007, would be virtually invisible to air-defense systems.

"We have been using technologies that have existed since the 1980s to develop the fifth-generation plane," Mikhailov said, adding that Russian-made air-defense systems had intercepted and shot down a U.S. Stealth bomber during the 1999 NATO air-strikes against Yugoslavia.

The general said Russia was close to completing the development of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but refrained from giving a specific timeframe. All R&D work has been recently assigned to the MiG corporation, Russia's leading manufacturer of military aircraft, he said.

Mikhailov also said the air force would start the mass procurement of Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers, Yak-130 trainers and Mi-28 Havoc attack helicopters in 2006.

He said the Su-34 development program had been corrected in 2002 and the plane had been largely improved, especially in terms of new avionics and electronic equipment. "Therefore, it [the Su-34] will not need modernization for the next 10 years," Mikhailov said, adding that the plane would be deployed not only by the air force but also by the navy.

Speaking about the Mi-28, the general said it would become the backbone of Russia's attack helicopter fleet. He added that a unified helicopter-manufacturing corporation similar to a new airplane corporation, which should consolidate manufacturers in a single holding, would be established soon.

Mikhailov said the delayed delivery of Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers to the air force had been caused by a decision to modernize the aircraft during their assembly, but was quick to add that the long-range aircraft would nevertheless enter service in the near future.

"We will start receiving new Tu-160s very soon," he said.

Head of the Strategic Air Command Igor Khvorov said last year that two new Tu-160 bombers would be deployed in 2006 taking the total of aircraft under his command to 14.

General Mikhailov also said Russia was ready to lend transport planes to NATO for carrying cargo and expressed the hope that the issue could be coordinated during the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in July.
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S-400 looks to be in better shape now. Good news for China? Export likely to happen soon?
S-400 air defense systems to be put on duty in 2006

MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti) - New Russian air-defense systems will go on combat duty in the Russian army in 2006, a senior military official said Thursday.

"S-400 systems will be put on combat duty this year," Russian Air Force commander Vladimir Mikhailov said at a meeting with foreign military attaches.

However, he specified neither the timeframe nor the future location of these systems.

The S-400 (NATO reporting name SA-20 Triumf) is an advanced surface-to-air missile system designed to destroy aircraft, cruise missiles, and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles).
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I really wonder how long can this export trend continue with Russians exporting the latest they have in their inventory
MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russia increased its military hardware exports to more than $6 billion in 2005 and supplied 61 countries, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"Russia's military exports have achieved another success: the 2005 results exceed target by 20% and their volume topped $6 billion," the president said at a meeting of the committee for military-technical cooperation.

Putin said "major achievements" included sales of naval hardware and increased cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States, the loose alliance of countries that replaced the Soviet Union, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a grouping that unites six CIS members in closer security efforts.

The president highlighted contacts with Southeast Asia and in the Middle East, saying that regional powerhouses India and China remained leading importers of Russian armaments.

He was also upbeat about the recent arms export agreements with Algeria. Contracts for the delivery of 40 MiG-29SMT Fulcrum fighters, 20 Su-30 MK Flanker fighters, 16 Yak-130 Mitten combat trainers, eight battalions of S-300 PMU2 Favorite air defense systems and 40 T-90 main battle tanks were signed during Putin's recent visit to the North African country.

Russia's state-controlled arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, accounts for 85% of a total country's arms exports, with the Sukhoi aircraft holding, and aerospace corporations MiG and Salut accounting for the remaining 15%.
 

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"Major Russian Naval Exercises to be held in the Pacific"

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The seven-day exercises off the Kamchatka Peninsula will involve main naval groups of the northeast joint command, including ships, submarines, aircraft and coastal defense troops, which will practice interoperability in simulated combat operations
Thee Russians are indeed trying to demonstrate that they can put together an effective naval response.
 

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"Major Russian Naval Exercises to be held in the Pacific"

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The Russians are indeed trying to demonstrate that they can put together an effective naval response.
The Russians also have sent ships to Guam to operate with the USN.

Yellow Sea (March 31, 2006) - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and the Russian Navy Udaloy-class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov (DDGHM 543) sail in formation during a joint Russian-U.S. Navy exercise. The Russian Federation Navy made the first visit of a Russian Navy vessel to the U.S. territory of Guam in order to participate in a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise.

 

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well the Russians are certainly getting some export sales still, but how long will this continue? How many more big deals do they have left?
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Russian President Vladimir Putin was proud to announce last week that, in 2005, Russia's arms exports, worth $6 billion, exceeded their targets by 25 percent. In the past year Rosoroboroneksport, the state arms exporter, has sealed weapons contracts worth $18 billion, according to Putin a 61 percent jump.

While arms sales are a clear economic indicator, they also demonstrate the extent of Russia's influence around the world. Recent arms deals seem to show that Russia is building on its former influence, both in the Middle East and in Latin America.

Speaking at the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service (VTS) on March 30, Putin noted that Russia's arms sales have expanded in geographical scope. In particular, Putin, who is chairman of the commission, noted that, since Russia allowed defense companies other than Rosoboronexport to export weapons, Sukhoi and MiG have made significant gains on international markets.

In 2005, Russia sold weapons to 61 countries, mainly in South-East Asia, the Far East, and the Middle East. China and India are the biggest buyers of Russian arms (about 80 percent), although other countries are now beginning to challenge these top buyers. In this context, Putin mentioned Algeria, which in March agreed to buy $7.5 billion worth of Russian arms.

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As the head of VTS, Putin has lobbied for the sale of Russian weapons systems during his visits to Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Turkey, and Middle Eastern countries.

The supply of Russian weapons to Syria and Iran has been of great concern for both Israel and the United States. Under international pressure, Putin eventually barred the sale to Damascus of Iskander-E tactical missiles, which could have changed the balance of power in the region. However, Russia continues to supply Syria with Strelets (SA-18) surface-to-air missiles, which in the view of Israeli specialists could be easily dismantled and handed over to terrorists.

In December 2005, Moscow also agreed to sell 30 TOR M-1 air-defense missile systems to Tehran. In addition to Syria and Iran, Moscow has negotiated sales agreements with Sudan. Also, Moscow continues to sell small arms and helicopters to the Hamas administration in the Palestinian Authority, which is boycotted both by Washington and Jerusalem. All in all, Russia should sell weapons worth $4 billion to Iran, worth $2 billion to Syria, and worth $400 million to Sudan, the Rosoboroneksport website (
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Venezuela Deal

In 2005, another Russian weapon deal irritated the United States: Moscow and Caracas signed an agreement that allowed for the sale to Venezuela of 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles and 15 Mi-17 and Mi-35 combat helicopters. A year later, speaking in Venezuela on April 3, President Hugo Chavez said he is ready to buy more Russian arms.

In addition to Venezuela, Russia sells weapons to (or is negotiating with) Columbia, Bolivia, Mexico, and Chile. And Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, who is deputy chairman of VTS, plans to discuss military-technical cooperation during his visit to Brazil and Argentina on April 4-9. One of the focuses of the talks should be joint Russian-Brazilian aviation projects.
 

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tphuang said:
well the Russians are certainly getting some export sales still, but how long will this continue? How many more big deals do they have left?
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The deals are big in themselves but what's more important is the way the Russians are moving into all sorts of markets in a BIG way ...the last time this happened was in the late 50's early 60's...

the end of the cold war appears to have given way to a similar scenario
to the end of WW2

having all these arms deals will give the Russians a lot of input into all these countries in the future
 

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