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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #250 on: September 22, 2015, 17:56:11 »
Putin building up his air force presence in Syria?

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Latest imagery shows 28 Russian aircraft (12 Su-24s, 12 Su-25s and 4 Su-30s) on the ground at airbase in Syria
Sep 22 2015

By David Cenciotti
Imagery taken on Sept. 21 shows 28 aircraft on the ground at Latakia airbase.
A satellite image has finally unveiled the whole Russian Air Force contingent made of 28 combat planes deployed to Syria: taken on Sept. 21, the photograph shows 4 Su-30SMs, 12 Su-25SMs and 12 Su-24s lined up, in the open air, along runway 17L at al-Assad International Airport, near Latakia, in western Syria.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #251 on: September 29, 2015, 10:14:31 »
Su34 Fullbacks in Syria, plus another delay for the PAK-FA:

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Six Russian Su-34 Fullback bomber have just arrived in Syria. And this is the route they have likely flown to get there.
Sep 29 2015

By David Cenciotti
The Russian military build up continues as six Su-34 Fullback attack planes arrive in Syria.
Six Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft have eventually arrived at Latakia to join the Russian contingent already there.

Images allegedly shot around the al-Assad International Airport clearly show one Russian Fullback about to land at the airbase in western Syria where 28 Russian aircraft have arrived last week.

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Russia’s First 5th Generation Fighter Jet to Enter Service in 2017
The induction date for Moscow’s newest fighter aircraft has been pushed back.


Russia’s answer to the American F-22 and F-35 aircraft, the PAK FA T-50, will enter service with the Russian Armed Forces in 2017, Russian Air and Space Forces Commander Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said over the weekend.

“Under the program, we will finish testing next year and will begin to receive the T-50 jets in 2017,” Bondarev told Sputnik News. Back in June, during the Paris Air Show, the head of United Russia’s Aircraft Corporation, had still talked about a potential 2016 or early 2017 induction date. However, serial deliveries are now slated to begin in 2017.

The Sukhoi PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) T-50 prototype — the name will change for the production aircraft — is a multi-role, single seat, twin-engine air superiority/deep air support fighter with stealth capabilities. First flown in 2010, it is expected to have a service life in the Russian Air and Space Forces of up to 35 years.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #252 on: October 06, 2015, 00:53:36 »
The Russian pilots based in Syria almost came to blows with Turkish F16s:

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Russian Su-30SM, Su-24 violate Turkish airspace. Flanker locks on TuAF F-16 for +5 minutes
Oct 05 2015

By David Cenciotti
It looks like a Sukhoi Su-30SM deployed to Syria has had a close encounter with Turkish Air Force F-16s past the Syria-Turkey border.
Russian planes deployed to Syria violated the Turkish airspace twice in the last couple of days.

According to NATO, the violations occurred “on 3 October and 4 October by Russian Air Force SU-30 and SU-24 aircraft in the Hatay region. The aircraft in question entered Turkish airspace despite Turkish authorities’ clear, timely and repeated warnings. In accordance with NATO practice, Turkish fighter aircraft responded to these incursions by closing to identify the intruder, after which the Russian planes departed Turkish airspace.”

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #253 on: October 06, 2015, 06:26:04 »
Russia's Info-machine now has a web page for its Aviation Group in Syria in English - enjoy!
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #254 on: October 29, 2015, 20:59:08 »
The cat and mouse game continues... Or rather the Bear and Squid game...

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US Navy scrambled jets as Russian warplanes approached carrier


The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier scrambled four fighter jets to intercept approaching Russian warplanes as it carried out a military exercise on Tuesday in the Sea of Japan, U.S. military officials said on Thursday.

The two Russian TU-145 "Bear" jets came as close as a nautical mile from the carrier and were flying at a low-altitude, about 500 feet (152 m) above sea level, the officials said.

TU-145 Bear is a long-range anti-submarine warfare plane and a variant of the TU-95 Bear strategic bomber.

The incident, although unusual, was characterized by the Pentagon as "safe."

"There was nothing to indicate they were posing a direct threat," said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #255 on: November 17, 2015, 19:19:38 »
Tu160s over Syria!!

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25 Russian long-range strategic bombers in action over Syria for the very first time
Nov 17 2015 -

By David Cenciotti
Russian Air Force heavy bombers made their first appearance over Syria yesterday night.

It looks like Moscow stepped up its military effort in Syria even before the intention to intensify the air strikes was announced by Putin on Nov. 17.

As initially reported by Reuters, a US official has confirmed that Moscow has conducted a significant number of strikes in Syria using both sea-launched cruise missiles and long-range bombers.

The Russian MoD said 25 long-range bombers took part in the raid: 5 x Tu-160s, 6 x Tu-95MS and 14 x Tu-22M3.

According to one our sources who wishes to remain anonymous, the long-range bombers the Russian Air Force has used against ground targets in Syria early in the morning on Nov. 17 were Tu-22M Backfire strategic bombers.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #256 on: November 19, 2015, 19:21:52 »
Cruise missile implications for NORAD?

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Why the U.S. Should Be Paying Attention to Russia’s Latest Strikes in Syria

...the United States should pay attention to this air vector of attack from Russia’s mainland, and the deployment of the new Kh-101 missile along with the modernized Kh-55. Russia’s bomber force is not an anachronism, but still breathes life...

Beyond the publicity lies a real capability test. From bases in mainland Russia, five Tu-160 Blackjack, six Tu-95MS Bear and 14 Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers set out for Syria with an escort of Su-27SM fighters and deployed what appeared to be a series of Kh-55 air-to-ground missiles (probably the upgraded Kh-555). More interesting was footage of new Kh-101 long-range air-to-ground missiles shown loaded inside Russian bombersin a rotary launcher (its nuclear tipped variant is Kh-102), and supposedly fired. Meanwhile, the large group of Tu-22M3s, Russia’s mainstay anti-ship bomber, made do with a large complement of gravity bombs for the missions...

As recently as this summer, the Russian air force was ridiculed in the West, particularly with respect to its long-range aviation capabilities. Having suffered a large spate of accidents, Russia grounded its Tu-95 bomber fleet in July. In August, I wrote an article for War on the Rocks discussing the impact Russia’s bomber overflights had on U.S. strategic perceptions of Moscow’s intent, despite wearing out its air force. It seems Russian bombers are back, and this time not for show, but to demonstrate the capability to conduct long-range precision strikes. While these aircraft likely represent the smaller operational component of a bomber force that looks much larger on paper, the large arsenal of missiles that even a few Tu-95MS or Tu-160s carry is an important multiplier...

Michael Kofman is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute and an Analyst at CNA Corporation. Previously he served as Program Manager at National Defense University. The views expressed here are his own.
http://warontherocks.com/2015/11/why-the-u-s-should-be-paying-attention-to-russias-latest-strikes-in-syria/

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https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/mark-collins-norad-and-russian-cruise-nukes-de-escalation/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #257 on: November 20, 2015, 11:56:18 »
Holy Blackjack, Putinman (with video at link)!

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Russian Tu-16os launch Syrian air strike from Kola Peninsula, in far northwest Russia, in a global strike show.

During the night between Nov. 19 and 20, the Russian Air Force conducted a very long-range strike mission against IS targets in Syria: two Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers departed from Olenegorsk airbase, in the Kola Peninsula around 21.00z but, instead of taking the usual route through the Caspian Sea and Iran, went westbound, skirted the airspaces of Norway and the UK, flew over the Atlantic until Gibraltair, entered the Mediterranean sea and flew eastbound towards Syria and then eastbound along the usual corridor, back to Russia.

This video, released by Russia’s MoD shows the Tu-160s (and Tu-95) being armed and launched for the night mission…
http://theaviationist.com/2015/11/20/russian-armed-tu-160-bombers-circumnavigate-europe-launch-cruise-missiles-against-is-targets-from-mediterranean-sea/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #258 on: November 20, 2015, 16:00:24 »
Blackjacks with Flankers (presumably Syria-based):

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #260 on: November 20, 2015, 18:26:38 »
That would have been a long day for the crews. 

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #261 on: November 20, 2015, 20:21:08 »
Cruise missile implications for NORAD?

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If you mean as in something new, then no. NORAD has been well aware of the ALCM threat to North America for quite some time.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #262 on: November 20, 2015, 20:30:40 »
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If you mean as in something new, then no. NORAD has been well aware of the ALCM threat to North America for quite some time.

As I pointed out some time ago elsewhere:
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/mark-collins-ho-hum-rcaf-intercepting-bears-part-2-but-much-improving-weapons-system/

And from 2012:

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A knowledgeable friend observes:

... Russia is accordingly spending a lot on its strategic bombers and a new generation of cruise missiles. They are emulating the US in seeking conventional, precision, stealthy weapons on their bombers. The new KH-101/102 air-launched cruise missiles have nuclear and conventional variants; they are stealthy, have a very long range and are reputed to be very precise. The Russians have recently announced that these new missiles are entering service...
http://www.cdfai.org.previewmysite.com/the3dsblog/?p=1184#comment-2244

My point was first operational use of Kh-101 (102 nuked), in fairly fancy way--article here from 2013:
http://defense-update.com/20130706_russian_cruise_missiles.html#.Vk_Im79ITIU

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #263 on: November 22, 2015, 19:28:08 »
Retired AF Guy:

As I pointed out some time ago elsewhere:
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/mark-collins-ho-hum-rcaf-intercepting-bears-part-2-but-much-improving-weapons-system/

And from 2012:

My point was first operational use of Kh-101 (102 nuked), in fairly fancy way--article here from 2013:
http://defense-update.com/20130706_russian_cruise_missiles.html#.Vk_Im79ITIU

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The Kh-101 gives Russians the same capability that the US and UK have enjoyed for years with their conventionally armed Tomahawk.

In the NORAD context, I could see a scenario where the Russians and Americans are peeved off enough at each other that they might fire off a few Kh-101s/Tomahawks at each other just to prove a point, but it would be pretty risky.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #264 on: November 22, 2015, 20:18:45 »
The Tomahawk (Raytheon) is USN
http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/tomahawk/

and not an ALCM--USAF uses the AGM-86 (Boeing):
http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets/Display/tabid/224/Article/104612/agm-86bcd-missiles.aspx

The RAF has no US-made ALCMs (RN has Tomahawks).  The NORAD worry could be the nuclear Kh-102--see (to repeat):

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NORAD and Russian Cruise Nukes: “de-escalation”?
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/mark-collins-norad-and-russian-cruise-nukes-de-escalation/

More on nuclear-tipped ALCMs:
http://warontherocks.com/2015/10/why-we-still-need-a-nuclear-armed-cruise-missile/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #265 on: December 02, 2015, 12:37:13 »
It's not standard procedure for Su24s and Su34s to carry AAMs anyway?

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Russian bombers now flying with air-to-air missiles for self-protection over Syria
Dec 02 2015 -
By Jacek Siminski
Following the downing of the Su-24 Fencer on Nov. 24, Russian attack planes fly with air-to-air missiles for self-protection.

The Russian Air Force has decided to arm the Su-34 Fullback attack planes based at Latakia, in Syria, with air-to-air missiles to enhance the defensive capabilities of the aircraft conducting air strikes against terrorists across the country.

This is one of the measures Moscow put in place after a Su-24 Fencer was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 near the Syria-Turkey border on Nov. 24.

A video posted by the Russian MoD, shows the first Su-34 Fullbacks departing from Latakia on Nov. 30 carrying the R-27 (AA-10 Alamo) and R-73 (AA-11 Archer) missiles along with guided (KAB-500KR) and unguided (OFAB-500) bombs


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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #266 on: December 04, 2015, 11:17:11 »
A new platform in Russian service:

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Let’s have a look at the Russian Air Force Il-80 Maxdome, Putin’s “doomsday plane”
Dec 04 2015 -
By David Cenciotti
The next generation Il-80 airborne command post is about to enter active service with the Russian Air Force.

The Russian Air Force will soon operate an upgraded Il-80 Maxdome airborne command post.

In fat, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, a “new” version of the Russian “doomsday plane” has recently successfully completed the testing campaign and is ready to enter into active service by the end of the year.


The aircraft is one of the four Il-80 aircraft, heavily modified Il-86 airliners, used as airborne command center in a role similar to that of the U.S. Boeing E-4B since the mid-1980s.


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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #267 on: January 03, 2016, 13:30:01 »
Another Eastern European alternative to the Czech L39?

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New Russian forward-swept wing jet trainer has made its first flight. And here’s the video.
Jan 02 2016 -
By David Cenciotti
Developed by a private Russian design bureau, the SR-10 (CP-10) is a single engine, all-composite jet trainer with a (moderate) forward-swept wing.

The footage below shows the first flight of SR-10, a Russian subsonic, single engine, all-composite dual-pilot jet trainer aircraft developed by KB SAT.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #268 on: January 06, 2016, 16:22:01 »
A joint Indian Russian program in peril:

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India and Russia Fail to Resolve Dispute Over Fifth Generation Fighter Jet

Is the Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter jet program on the verge of collapse?


By Franz-Stefan Gady
January 06, 2016


During the annual India-Russia summit, which took place in late December 2015 in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to resolve an ongoing disagreement between the two countries over the future of a joint fifth generation fighter program.

India and Russia in early 2007 signed an intergovernmental agreement to co-develop a fifth generation fighter–the Sukhol/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) or as it known in India, the Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). The aircraft will be a multi-role, single seat, twin-engine air superiority/deep air support fighter with stealth capabilities and is based on the Sukhoi PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) T-50 prototype, currently undergoing flight tests in Russia.

Ever since 2007, however, the  weapons program has experienced various setbacks.

Delays were caused by New Delhi and Moscow disagreeing over many fundamental aspects of the joint development project including work and cost share, aircraft technology, as well as the number of aircraft to be ordered. After evaluating the first PAK FA T-50 prototype, the Indian Air Force (IAF) wanted more than 40 changes addressing, among other things, perceived weaknesses in the plane’s engine, stealth and weapon-carrying capabilities.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #269 on: January 28, 2016, 22:48:47 »
An update on the PAK-DA stealth bomber project, plus the grounding of all MiG31's after last week's crash:

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How Soon Can Russia Finish Its New Stealth Bomber?
Dave Majumdar

January 25, 2016


The first flight of Moscow’s new Tupolev PAK-DA stealth bomber has been delayed by about three years.

According to Russian officials, the new bomber is now not likely to fly before 2021. The aircraft was previously expected to take flight in 2019. “Work on the PAK DA is coming along and the pace is suiting us,” Russian Air Force chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told the state-owned Sputnik news service this week. “The challenge remains to raise the prototype into air by 2021, but if all continues at the current pace, it will take off even earlier.”

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Other sources say their entire MiG31 fleet was grounded after this crash:

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  Russian fighter jet crashes in Siberia, pilots survive
Defence Ministry says MiG-31 went down in the forest 40 kilometres northwest of the city of Kansk


    The Associated Press

    January 25, 2016


    MOSCOW — The Russian military says one of its fighter jets have crashed on a training mission in Siberia, and the two crew members have bailed out successfully.

    The Defence Ministry says the MiG-31 went down Monday in the forest 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of the city of Kansk in the Krasnoyarsk region in eastern Siberia. It said the crew ejected to safety and got in touch with the base.

    The Soviet-built MiG-31 is a twin-engine, two-seat heavy interceptor designed to patrol Russia’s far-flung borders. The military has been modernizing its MiG-31 fleet built during the 1980s, fitting them with modern electronics and weapons control systems.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #270 on: January 28, 2016, 23:21:56 »
More Bears on the prowl:

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Why Did Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Circumnavigate Japan?

Continued Russian bomber flybys near Japanese airspace suggest that the bilateral relationship remains cool.


By Ankit Panda
January 27, 2016

On Tuesday, January 26, Japan’s Ministry of Defense revealed that the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force had scrambled jets in response to two Russian Tu-95MS “Bear” strategic bombers near its air space. According to a map released by the Japanese government, the two Russian bombers approached Japanese airspace from Russia’s Primorsky province, flying over the Sea of Japan, and eventually flew along the perimeter of Japan’s territorial airspace, encompassing the four main Japanese islands of Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido, before returning to Russia.
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The incident isn’t the first incident involving Russian strategic bombers near Japanese airspace by any means. Moscow regularly conducts such activities and Japan scrambles fighters to ensure that its territorial airspace isn’t violated.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #271 on: January 30, 2016, 15:43:01 »
Here we go again:

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A RUSSIAN SU-34 FULLBACK BOMBER HAS VIOLATED THE TURKISH AIRSPACE YESTERDAY
Jan 30 2016

By David Cenciotti
IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS HAPPENED AGAIN….
Turkey has summoned the Russian envoy after a Russian Air Force Su-34 Fullback bomber allegedly violated the Turkish airspace during a mission from Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in northwestern Syria.

The incident, took place on Friday Jan. 29, and according to Ankara, several warnings in Russian and in English were radioed to aircraft: in other words, something similar to what happened little more than 2 month ago, on Nov. 24, 2015, when a Su-24 Fencer was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 near the border with Syria.

However, unlike the last violation, that eventually led to the downing of the Fencer (and the death of one of the two crew members) this time, the Russian Su-34 was not shot down (even though we don’t really know if the Turkish Air Force attempted to…)

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: “We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace.”

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #272 on: January 31, 2016, 00:34:25 »
More aggressive Russian moves:

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Russian Su-27 buzzes U.S. RC-135U spyplane. Once again.
Jan 29 2016 -
By Dario Leone

On Jan. 25, 2016 a U.S. Air Force RC-135U electronic intelligence gathering aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet while performing a routine sortie in international airspace over Black Sea.

As reported by Freebeacon.com, during the interception, the Su-27 made an aggressive turn that disturbed the controllability of the RC-135.

Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command explained that the interception was conducted in an unsafe and unprofessional manner and that the U.S. are looking into this issue.

According to some defense officials, the RC-135 was flying 30 miles from the coast (well within international airspace and far way from any Russian territory) when the Su-27 flanked the intelligence gathering jet and then performed an aggressive turn to break-away from it.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #273 on: February 10, 2016, 20:02:08 »
The latest in the "War of Words" between Ankara and Moscow over airspace use:

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Turkey has denied a Russian Open Skies observation flight over its territory because it was near the Syrian border
Feb 10 2016 -
By Dario Leone

Turkey has barred a Russian Antonov An-30B spyplane, that was supposed to operate out of Eskisehir airfield, Turkey, on Feb. 1 to 5, from performing an Open Skies Treaty flight over its territory.

As told to Tass.ru by Sergey Ryzhkov, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department for control of implementation of treaties, the Turkish military refused to allow the flight to take place after the flight route was discovered to include observation areas adjacent to the Syrian border and airfields where NATO aircraft are concentrated.

Ryzhkov added that, in this way “A dangerous precedent was created of an uncotrolled military activity of an Open Skies Treaty member state. We are not going to leave without proper attention and relevant reaction violations of the Open Skies Treaty on the part of the Turkish republic.”

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #274 on: February 15, 2016, 19:35:17 »
Russian ELINT plane over Syria:

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Russia has just deployed its most modern spyplane to Syria
Feb 15 2016 -
By David Cenciotti
A Russian Air Force Tu-214R is about to land at Latakia, Syria.

The Tu-214R is a Russian ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) aircraft. In other words, a quite advanced spyplane.

As we have already explained here in the past, it is a special mission aircraft equipped with all-weather radar systems and electro optical sensors that produce photo-like imagery of a large parts of the ground: these images are then used to identify and map the position of the enemy forces, even if these are camouflaged or hidden.

The aircraft is known to carry sensor packages to perform ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) missions: the antennae of the Tu-214R can intercept the signals emitted by the enemy systems (radars, aircraft, radios, combat vehicles, mobile phones etc) so as it can build the EOB (Electronic Order of Battle) of the enemy forces: where the enemy forces are operating, what kind of equipment they are using and, by eavesdropping into their radio/phone communications, what they are doing and what will be their next move.

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