Sunday, 19 August 2018

Commissioning of the Frigate "Admiral Gorshkov" into the Russian Navy - Video

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Published on Jul 28, 2018
Фрегат «Адмирал Горшков» включили в боевой состав ВМФ РФ

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Russian Defense Ministry will purchase at least 36 Su-30SM fighters end of 2018

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Until the end of the year, the Ministry of Defense will purchase at least 36 Su-30SM fighters

This will be one of the largest contracts of the Ministry of Defense in 2018

August 16, 20:04 Alexey Nikolsky  / Vedomosti

At the end of 2018 the Russian Defense Ministry can be purchased as part of a three-year contract at least 36 multi-role fighters Su-30cm for the aerospace and air forces of the Navy production Irkutsk aviation plant (IAP, is a controlled by the United Aircraft Corporation ( OAK) corporation "Irkut"), the interlocutor in the aircraft industry informed Vedomosti and confirmed the person close to the Ministry of Defense. According to him, the contract value will be about 70 billion rubles. On Tuesday, in an interview with Vedomosti, UAC President Yury Slyusar said that the contract for fighter of this type planned for signing in 2018 "will ensure the loading of the IAZ in the coming years at the level of 12-14 cars per year". In addition, according to Slyusar, the Su-30 has good export prospects: "The aircraft are sold in a large number of countries and, we hope, will be sold more."

In total, since 2012, the Ministry of Defense has contracted 116 Su-30SM fighters based on the Su-30MKI fighter developed for India. 88 vehicles were ordered for VKS and 28 for naval aviation of the Navy, and their deliveries under existing contracts would be completed in 2018. In addition to India, such vehicles were also exported to Malaysia, Algeria, Kazakhstan, and in the future, these aircraft can be delivered to Myanmar and Belarus.

In August 2017, Kommersant reported that the Su-30SM production will be almost completed by 2022, after which IAZ will develop the production of passenger airliners МС-21, but to load the plant by 2020, the UAC needs an order for 100 cars, including 50 for export. Taking into account the planned contract with the Defense Ministry this year, as well as possible supplies to Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Belarus, the amount of 100 cars is not recruited, but in general, there may be enough orders to maintain production until 2022, suggests a man close to the Defense Ministry.

Su-30MKI fighters began to form on the Indian order 22 years ago, and no one could then assume that the machine will retain the potential market for such a long time, expert says the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko. However, this multifunctional fighter is still a modern car, the expert emphasizes. It should be noted that the contract in the case of its conclusion will be one of the largest contracts in the Ministry of Defense in 2018 - the first year of a new state armaments program until 2027 In addition it is known yet about a comparable amount of the contract - for the repair and modernization of the aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov ", whose cost, as reported by Interfax in May 2018, is 60 billion rubles. In the first years of the previous state program of armaments for 2011-2020.


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Malaysia wants to lease Sweden’s Gripen jet fighter but Su-35 offer better value and capabilities

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Why Russia’s Su-35 must re-enter the Malaysian dogfight


Malaysia wants to save money by leasing Sweden’s Gripen jet fighter, but Russian Sukhois offer better value, more firepower and geopolitical spinoffs that Sweden can’t match.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is shopping for new fighter aircraft to replace its fleet of 12 MiG-29s acquired in 1995, but with its oil revenues taking a hit Kuala Lumpur is unable to rustle up the cash.

In 2014, instead of buying outright, Malaysia took the decision to lease 36 to 40 new jets. Sweden’s Gripen is now the front runner, with Dassault and Sukhoi pulling back. The Swedes have also promised to sweeten the deal by throwing in a couple of airborne early warning and control aircraft into the package.

The advantage of leasing is that because Malaysia won’t own the Gripens, the RMAF won’t be stuck with ageing aircraft in, say, 15 years time. The Swedes will take their jets back after the end of the lease agreement, and might resell them to some cash-poor country.

The disadvantages, however, outweigh this so-called advantage. Depending on operating conditions and contract clauses, leasing can be as costly as full ownership. While the RMAF will have a set of shiny new planes at zero or low upfront costs, Malaysia will ultimately have to pay for fuel, maintenance, parts and insurance. The final bill could include depreciation costs as well.

In this backdrop, Russia’s proven Su-30 Flanker (of which Malaysia flies the MKK version) and the even more advanced Su-35 (which neighbouring Indonesia has ordered) offer more bang for the buck. The Su-35’s fuel consumption of 0.19 km per litre, while carrying a payload double that of the Gripen, is clearly impressive. Plus its low fuel consumption even at speeds faster than the speed of sound is a key advantage because endurance can be the difference between winning a dogfight or exiting it.

The Su-30 also fares well in the medium fuel efficiency category at 0.58 km per litre. It is also an example of a heavy aircraft with extremely long legs. Note that both Russian jets are heavy fighters that are considerably larger than the Grippen so their superior fuel efficiency is indeed remarkable.

Let’s not forget that we are dealing with warplanes, not cars, here. Leasing could translate into restrictions on the operations of the aircraft. For instance, would Malaysia be able to base the aircraft where it wants? Will leasing restrict geographic regions to which the planes can fly?

Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific consultant, aerospace and defence, Ravikumar Madavaram told the media about the implication for the RMAF: “Saab would be checking on its fighters in Malaysia from time to time to see how and what they are being used for, but these inspections could compromise Malaysian defence autonomy.”

And finally, like gravity, what goes up must return to base. When the lease expires, the RMAF must return the aircraft in a pre-agreed condition. And since fighter aircraft are flown aggressively – unlike passenger airliners – the wear and tear is likely to be considerable. According to aviation leasing company Conklin & de Decker, “You will likely pay a penalty for high utilization, or for engines that are not on a guaranteed maintenance program, and wear and tear beyond that accepted in the lease. When you own it, you can fly it as much as you need as you, the owner, accept the residual value risks.”

Combat comparison

There is no comparison. The Sukhoi is the wolf of the skies, whereas the Grippen is the poor man’s fighter. Grippen is better suited for the less threatening and relatively peaceful skies of South America than the increasingly turbulent skies of the Asia-Pacific.

Malaysia’s fighter choice is also influenced by its geography. Since the country is bordered by seas, a twin-engine fighter is the ideal requirement. This is because losing an engine over sea usually spells serious trouble for single-engine aircraft. This requirement meant that in the first round the Grippen got the boot. That it has bounced back is solely due to the cost factor. This is something that the Malaysians will have to decide – whether national security should take a back seat to costs.

Both the Su-35 and the Su-30 will offer the RMAF a bunch of benefits that it won’t get with the Gripen. Sweden is a political lightweight and will offer Malaysia little in terms of international support in global and trade forums. Only Russia can do this.

In pure military terms, the Sukhois dominate the skies in a way the Gripen never can. The key to this dominance is super-manoeuvrability, which is the defining characteristic of the Flanker family. Aviation expert Bill Sweetman explains how this can decide the outcome of an air battle: “Unpredictable flight paths challenge the guidance algorithms of any missile system.” Basically, by making the missile work harder the Flanker effectively reduces its range.

At the same time super-manoeuvrability boosts the Flanker’s own missiles. “Rapid nose-pointing can permit a short-range missile launch with a greater kill probability,” writes Sweetman.


One of the little known facts about the Flanker is that its super-manoeuvrability reduces its visibility on radar screens. Mikhail Simonov, the aircraft’s legendary designer, explains: “Super-manoeuvrability should be looked at as a system of manoeuvres for close aerial combat. Once the pilot receives a signal that his plane is being tracked by enemy radar, the first thing he needs to do is to go vertical. While gaining altitude and losing speed the aircraft starts to disappear from the screens of radars that use the Doppler effect.

“However, the opponent is no fool either and will counter by pitching his aircraft upward as well. By that time our plane is going vertical and its speed approaches zero. But all Doppler radars can recognise only a moving target. If the aircraft speed is zero or simply low enough to prevent the enemy radar from calculating the Doppler component, for the enemy our aircraft will disappear. He may still be able to track us visually, but he will not be able to launch a radar-guided missile (either active or semi-active), simply because the missile’s seeker would not pick-up the target.”

Defense Industry Daily (DID) agrees the Su-30 family has stealthy characteristics. There is an unspecified amount of “reduced reflectance” for the Su-35 in the X-band, which is a popular choice for modern radars. “Further improvements were made during testing by adding radar-absorbent materials, and removing or modifying protruding sensors that create radar reflection points.”

While the Flanker’s manoeuvrability is stupendous, its long range also comes into play in aerial combat. This allows it to perform repeated probes and U-turns – a Cold War Russian tactic – that can leave its opponent disoriented, exhausted and vulnerable in a dogfight.

DID points out that the Su-35’s NIIP Tikhomirov Irbis-E passive phased-array can reportedly detect and tracks up to 30 air targets, simultaneously engaging up to eight. It can also reportedly detect, choose and track up to four ground targets, and engage two. Detection ranges of over 400 km have been reported for airborne targets.

Plus, the Su-35’s service life is 6,000 flight hours, with a planned operational life of 30 years. That should give Malaysia plenty of time to prepare for the fifth generation fighter era.

The Su-27 and its subsequent versions such as the Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 mark a historic shift in air-power from the United States to Russia and the countries that use Russian defence technology. Whether in India, China, Indonesia, Venezuela or Malaysia, the Flankers have degraded the offensive and defensive capabilities of their western and western-backed opponents.

The RMAF is currently satisfied with its Su-30 MKK jets. Additional jets can be procured easily and at a bargain. No additional infrastructure needs to be imported for inducting more Su-30s. This won’t be the case with the Gripens as entire support systems will need to be purchased as well. Plus, it will take years of training before Malaysian pilots can master these jets.

Currently, the Indian Air Force offers support, advice and training for the RMAF because the Indians own the same Sukhoi jets. Having such support close by in Asia is handy. With the Gripen, there won’t be that comfort factor.


RTAF take note I don't know how many times I have mentioned this but they need to seriously take a look at the Su-35 and also the Su-30SM.  However, I prefer the Su-35 which is a better all rounder than the Su-30SM.  Times have changed western fighters are not competitive both in price and capabilities verses Russian jets. Russian jets also provide an assortment of missiles the west does not posses.

About the news that only 4 Su-30MKM can fly it is not the plane but more likely Malaysia financial problems or inadequate budgeting.

Don't be fooled by the stated prices those prices are used to make them look cheap, for example India bought 36 Rafale for around $8 billion.  Gripen C/D with MS-20 was quoted to Indonesia for $93 million in 2016.

Thanks for the heads up from my friend on twitter

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Saturday, 18 August 2018

U.S. Navy is restoring its worn out F/A-18 Super Hornet fleet of which one in three is combat ready

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The US Navy’s fight to fix its worn-out Super Hornet fleet is making way

By: David B. Larter   

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is slowly making progress to restore to fighting condition its hard-worn fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters, which last year had just one in three of its fighters ready to deploy.

Today, almost half of the Navy’s 546 Super Hornets are considered “mission capable,” a sign that the readiness investments made in the Mattis era are beginning to bear fruit.

In an Aug. 7 media roundtable, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer told reporters the Navy had been chipping away at long-term down aircraft that had been clogging the aviation maintenance depots. The Navy started 2018 with 241 fully mission capable aircraft, and that number is now at 270, he said.

Spencer credited the budget increases from the last two years for the turn-around, but also attributed the success to finding new processes that save time.

Specifically, he highlighted a program called the Depot Readiness Initiative. As part of that program, Spencer said, the Navy is letting the depots perform regular calendar maintenance as well as depot-level maintenance at the same time, a move that cuts out redundant work by performing scheduled and depot maintenance at the same time.

In the roundtable, Spencer said he was stunned at how badly degraded readiness was in the service when he took over.

“I didn’t have a full appreciation for the size of the readiness hole, how deep it was, and how wide it was. my analogy is you have a thoroughbred horse in the stable that you’re running in a race every single day.

“You cannot do that. Something’s going to happen eventually. … If you look at where we are now, I can tell you we’re a more ready and lethal force today than we were last year.”

Digging out

The Navy has been deeply concerned about the level to which readiness has fallen among its Super Hornet fleet. In February, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Bill Moran took a trip down to Naval Air Station Oceana to see firsthand the issues at the depot.

In an interview with Defense News, Moran said the problems stemmed from overuse as well as budget choices made during sequestration.

“We kind of lost our way a few years back when we were all doing everything we could to get airplanes and ships forward into the fight,” Moran said during the trip. “Then it went on and on and on, and I think that’s where the stress of not only the people and the equipment but also the processes started to break down.”

Getting money for spares to the fleet was going to make a difference, but said it would be hard to say when the investments would show significant results.

“I think for all of us it’s more up jets,” Moran said in a later interview. “We’ve got to have more up jets. One, two, 10, 100. That has to be the call to arms.”

Boeing, which manufactures the Super Hornets, has been a major beneficiary of the Navy’s fight to bring back readiness.

In May, the Defense Logistics Agency awarded a five-year, $427 million contract for Super Hornet parts and spares to begin working through a backlog of down jets.

Boeing also recently inducted of the first Super Hornet into a service life extension program that will eventually see Boeing working on 40 to 50 F/A-18s per year in its facilities in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Antonio, Texas. That program will fix Hornets in the worst condition.

The Navy is also adding new Super Hornets to the mix. The President’s 2019 budget request included 110 new Super Hornets planned across the five-year future-year defense plan.


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Britain’s MoD to restart contest for five general purpose frigates for the Royal Navy after it terminated the original competition

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UK restarts frigate competition - but will anyone take part?

By: Andrew Chuter

LONDON - Britain’s Ministry of Defence is restarting its contest to build five general purpose frigates for the Royal Navy after it terminated the original competition due to insufficient interest from industry.

The Defence Equipment & Support organisation, the MoD’s procurement arm, has issued a “prior information notice” informing potential bidders it is moving forward with the Type 31e program, and plans a short period of market engagement with companies or consortia that have expressed interest starting on Aug 20.

“We have relaunched discussions with industry for our new Type 31e fleet, and this week issued a Prior Information Notice to ensure we do not lose any momentum. We remain committed to a cutting-edge Royal Navy fleet of at least 19 frigates and destroyers, and the first batch of five new Type 31e ships will bolster our modern Navy,” said an MoD spokesperson.

“The purpose of the market engagement is for the Authority [DE&S] to share key elements of the new procurement, including technical and commercial elements. The Authority intends to use the feedback from the market engagement to inform the further shaping of its requirements and commercial construct,” said the DE&S in its announcement it was relaunching the competition.

DE&S said suppliers should “only respond if they are in a position to undertake the full Type 31e programme, meeting its full requirement including a £1.25billion cost and building the Type 31e in a UK shipyard.”

The Type 31e is a key part of the government’s 2017 national shipbuilding strategy which in part seeks to open up the sector to local competition, rather than contract via a non-competitive single source contract with U.K. giant BAE Systems, the world’s third largest defense company according to the Defense News Top 100 list.

The fast track schedule for the Type 31e calls for the initial vessel to be in service by 2023, replacing the first of 13 Type 23 class frigates due to be retired by the Royal Navy in the period up to the middle of the 2030’s. The final Type 31e -- the e stands for export -- is due to be delivered in 2028.

Eight of the Type 23’s will be replaced by anti-submarine warfare Type 26’s. The remainder of the Type 23’s will be replaced by the Type 31e.

DE&S and industry are up against a time crunch on getting the first Type 31e into service, one which some executives here see as daunting, if not unachieveable, thanks to the need to restart the competition.

But despite the delay in getting to the competitive design phase contract announcements, DE&S says it remains committed to the 2023 service date.

“A new streamlined procedure will present an opportunity to save time in the overall program. We will release more information about our plans when we have completed the market engagement - which we plan to start from Aug 20,” said a second MoD spokesperson.

A Cheap Frigate, A Challenging Competition

The Type 31e is planned to carry out maritime security, interdiction and other tasks, releasing more complex warships to their primary roles.

Originally the British were planning to build 13 Type 26’s and use five of the warships in the general purpose role. The scheme was junked in the 2015 defence and security strategy review on cost grounds, and a decision taken to build five of the lighter, bargain basement Type 31e’s alongside the Type 26’s.

The first of the Type 26’s is under construction by BAE at its Glasgow, Scotland, warship building yards. BAE is under contract to build three Type26’s and all eight warships are scheduled to be built by the company, with the first one handed over by the contractor in 2025.

The program received a major shot in the arm recently when Australia selected BAE and the Type 26 for a huge anti-submarine warfare frigate requirement. Assuming the deal is signed, the warships will all be built in Australia.

It’s the same type of deal for the Type 31e and the Royal Navy. The stipulation is that all the warships have to be built in Britain using a design which offers export opportunities for industry here.

The Conservative Government has made vague promises about building further frigates for service in the 2030s to bolster its meager surface warship fleet, but until funding is committed that remains just talk.

In February, Britain launched the competition to find a contractor interested in building five frigates, at a total cost of no more than £1.25 billion. But the process had to be abandoned in late July when the DE&S said it had failed to attract sufficient compliant bids.

DE&S originally said it was looking for up to four bidders to award six month competitive design phase contracts, ahead of placing a design and build contract by the end of the first quarter next year.

The MoD hasn’t said how many compliant bids it received, but it is likely only offers from a consortium led by Babcock and a Cammell Laird led partnership with BAE Systems in the running.

The Babcock-led team, which also included naval designers, sensor suppliers and other shipbuilder,s were offering the Arrowhead 140, a modified version of the Danish Navy’s Iver Huitfeld-class warship designed by OMT.

The opposition Cammell Laird-led team was offering a smaller frigate design known as the Leander.

At the time of the original procurement termination, industry executives here said the requirement for so much of the work to be done in the UK had deterred some international companies who initially had shown interest.

One executive said the exceptional degree of risk the MoD wanted industry to take on the program had also been a deterrent.


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IL-112V military transport aircraft rollout planned for September 2018

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14:23 08/16/2018(updated: 14:24 on 08/16/2018 )

Ulyanovsk, August 16 - RIA Novosti. The rollout of the new light IL-112V military transport aircraft is planned for September 2018, Alexei Rogozin, Vice President for Transport Aviation of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), told reporters on Thursday.

"In September, we plan to organize the rollout of the Il-112V plane in Voronezh," he said at the opening of the MATF-2018 air transport forum.

The IL-112V light military transport aircraft is designed for transporting and airborne landing of up to 5 tons of light weapons and military equipment, cargo and personnel, as well as a wide range of various cargoes for commercial aircraft operation. In the future, the IL-112 will be replaced not only by the AN-26, which is twice as effective in terms of transport efficiency, but will also compete with the world's best transport aircraft of this class. The first flight is scheduled for the end of 2018.


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Over 10 Il-76MD-90A Military Transport Planes Under Construction

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Over 10 Il-76MD-90A Military Transport Planes Under Construction - Ilyushin

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Russia's Ilyushin Aviation Complex aircraft manufacturer said Thursday it has more than 10 advanced Il-76MD-90A under construction.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 16th August, 2018) Russia's Ilyushin Aviation Complex aircraft manufacturer said Thursday it has more than 10 advanced Il-76MD-90A under construction.

"At present, three of these transport aircraft are already in service, while more than 10 planes are at various degrees of readiness in production," an Ilyushin press release cited Vasiliy Dontsov, chief IT officer at Aviastar-SP, an aircraft manufacturing plant based in the city of Ulyanovsk in the Volga region.

Aviastar-SP is a subsidiary of the Ilyushin Aviation Complex within the structure of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation.


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