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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #325 on: September 01, 2018, 15:44:14 »
Let's see what's actually delivered when:

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Su-57 and MiG-35 Land Russian Orders During Army 2018

During the Army 2018 military-technical forum held August 21-26 at Kubinka, west of Moscow, the Russian defense ministry signed a total of 32 contracts with 20 Russian manufacturers. The value of the orders exceeded 130 billion roubles (nearly $2 billion) and calls for the delivery of 600 pieces of equipment and the modernization of 1,500 more.

The signing took place on August 22, followed by a press briefing by deputy defense minister Alexei Krivoruchko, who commented, “Fulfilment of these contracts will see the Russian armed forces taking the most modern weapons, with a focus on precision strike systems and munitions for them.”

He did not release any figures except one. With previous agreements taken into account, the Russian defense ministry shall receive 15 Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters [emphasis added]. “We find this airplane as state-of-the-art," Krivoruchko said. "We shall receive 15 such aircraft new from the factory, with the first one due next year. This aircraft is a design success as it surpasses all of its foreign analogues, has undergone all sorts of trials, and gained some combat experience.” The initial production batch will be followed by shipments of more aircraft in improved versions that are now in development. In particular, the customer expects an upgraded variant, now undergoing flights trials, to become available in quantities from 2023.

Also speaking at the briefing, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) president Yuri Slyusar said that judging by their price-performance ratios, the Su-57 and MiG-35 represent the best solution in their classes, respectively. He described the contracts signed on August 22 as those for quantity production of both types. The Su-57 will provide the base for an aircraft family, as the Su-27 did, he added. “The Su-57 is a basic platform that will develop, undergo modernization, and re-engining. In the process, we will install more and more advanced systems, so as to expand the combat capabilities and functionality of the baseline aircraft. This shall shape the future of our aviation for many years ahead.”..

Although there is no official announcement on figures for the long-awaited MiG-35 order, industry sources claimed the initial contract is only for six aircraft [emphasis added]...
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2018-08-27/su-57-and-mig-35-land-russian-orders-during-army-2018

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #326 on: September 13, 2018, 12:21:42 »
Note fighter escorts--serious complicating factor for RCAF?

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NORAD Released A Photo Of A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Shadowing A Russian Tu-95MS Bear Bomber During Intercept Off Alaska

This time the Bear bombers were escorted by Su-35 jets.

On Sept. 11, at approximately 10 PM EDT, two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jets “positively identified and intercepted two Russian Tu-95MS A“Bear-H” bombers west of Alaska.

Nothing special then, considered that a similar intercept had occurred on Sept. 1. However, this time the Russian bombers, flying in international airspace but inside the Alaskan ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) – a special zone, that can extend well beyond a country’s territory where aircraft without authorization may be identified as a threat and treated as an enemy aircraft, leading to an interception and VID (Visual Identification) by fighter aircraft – were accompanied by two Russian Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets.

F-22s are among the aircraft in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) scrambled by NORAD in support of Operation Noble Eagle, launched in the aftermath of 9/11 to prevent a recurrence of Sept. 11, 2001-style air attacks in U.S. and Canada.

This is not the first time some Flanker jets operate alongside the Russian bombers on their long range sorties. Indeed, this is what this Author wrote commenting the previous intercept earlier this month:

    "Such close encounters are quite frequent and may also involve fighters, as happened in 2017, when the Bears were escorted by two Su-35S Flanker-E jets, and an A-50 AEW (Airborne Early Warning) aircraft. Anyway, this is the second time that Russian Bears pay a visit to the Alaskan ADIZ: on May 12, 2018, two F-22s were launched to perform a VID and escort two Tu-95 on a similar mission in the Northern Pacific."

In fact, in May 2017, a “mini-package” of two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-95MS Bear bombers escorted by two Su-35S Flanker-E jets and supported by an A-50 Mainstay flew inside the Alaskan ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone), and was intercepted by two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors some 50 NM to the south of Chariot, Alaska.

Here’s what we wrote back then:

    "The Su-35 is a 4++ generation aircraft characterized by supermaneuverability. Although it’s not stealth, it is equipped with a Irbis-E PESA (Passive Electronically-Scanned Array) and a long-range IRST – Infrared Search and Tracking – system capable, (according to Russian sources…) to detect stealth planes like the F-35 at a distance of over 90 kilometers.

    […]

    In my opinion the “mini package” was launched as a consequence of the increased flight activity in Alaska related to the Northern Edge exercise, confirming that the Russians closely observe what happens in the Alaskan area.

    This time, they wanted to showcase their ability to plan a complex long-range sortie as well as the Flanker’s readiness to escort its own HVA (high value asset), the Bear, during operations at strategic distance.

    The composition of this package is also worth a comment.

    The presence of the Mainstay should not be underestimated. It was flying well behind the Flanker and Bear aircraft with a specific purpose. As an AEW (Airborne Early Warning) platform the A-50 is believed to embed some ESM (Electronic Support Measures): in other words, it is able to detect far away targets as well as able to sniff radar, radio and data link emissions. Furthermore, Raptors in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) *usually* fly with external fuel tanks and Luneburg lenses: this means that they are (consciously) visible to radars. In such conditions, although it can’t “characterize” the clean F-22’s signature, the Mainstay can at least gather some data about the interceptors’ radar emissions (if any) and observe and study their tactics.

    Therefore, as frequently happens on both sides since the Cold War, on May 3, the Russians most probably carried out another simulated long-range strike mission but with a precise ELINT (ELectronics INTelligence) objective: the Flankers and Bears were acting as a “decoy” package to test the American scramble tactics and reaction times, whereas the Mainstay, in a back position, tried to collect as much signals and data as possible about the US fighters launched to intercept them."

General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD Commander, commented the latest event in a public release as follows: “The homeland is no longer a sanctuary and the ability to deter and defeat threats to our citizens, vital infrastructure, and national institutions starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace. NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, as well as fighters to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response.”
https://theaviationist.com/2018/09/13/norad-released-a-photo-of-a-u-s-air-force-f-22-raptor-shadowing-a-russian-tu-95ms-bear-bomber-during-intercept-off-alaska/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #327 on: December 11, 2018, 15:57:17 »
Quite the flight for several aircraft, video at original:

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Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers land in Venezuela after 10,000km transatlantic flight (VIDEO)

 Venezuela has welcomed the arrival of Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers as an opportunity to demonstrate its resolve to defend the nation against possible foreign military intervention, with the help of “friends” if need be.

Two Tu-160 strategic bombers made a gracious landing at Simón Bolívar International Airport on Monday where they were greeted by the honor guard of the Venezuelan air force. Wearing orange pilot suits and combat helmets, Russian servicemen descended onto the runway where they were eager to present their colleagues with a scaled model of the 'White Swan' bomber, which they had just flown over 10,000 kilometers to reach the Caribbean shores in order to take part in “combined operational flights” with the Venezuelan Air Force.

    We are getting prepared to defend Venezuela when it is needed.

And Venezuela "will do it with our friends who advocate respect-based relations between states,” Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said after the two bombers, together with An-124 transport and an Il-62 plane, landed in Venezuela [emphasis added]...

While the Russian delegation painted their arrival to be a rare friendly visit, the Venezuelan Defence Ministry noted that 'Russia-Venezuela 2018' operational flights will represent a “demonstration of strength.” The training, Caracas maintains, will foster military-technical cooperation and facilitate the exchange of practical experience between the two militaries...

The flight to Venezuela over the Atlantic Ocean, the Barents, Norwegian and Caribbean Seas did not go unnoticed, as Norwegian F-16 fighter jets shadowed the Russian planes during part of their flight [emphasis added, see below], even though according to the Russian Defense Ministry the flight was conducted “in strict accordance with the international regulations on the use of airspace.” The bombers’ deployment to the Latin American nation follows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s visit to Moscow last week...


https://www.rt.com/news/446125-tu-160-bombers-venezuela-land/

Plus RAF--best such missile in world?

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RAF Typhoons Launch With Meteor BVR Air-to-Air Missiles For the First Time During QRA Mission

QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) mission was sparked by Russian Tu-160 bombers activity off Scotland. But no intercept took place this time.

RAF Typhoons in QRA at RAF Lossiemouth, UK, “were scrambled today as a precautionary measure against unidentified aircraft approaching the UK area of interest. However, no intercept took place and the Typhoons subsequently recovered,” a UK MoD release states.

Indeed, two Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers, tail numbers RF-94100 and RF-94108 based on their radio activity, skirted the British Isles, reportedly on their way to Venezuela...

[More plots at original]
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10 DEC 0805z: Two RuAF Tu-160s now over the North Atlantic heading south west routing to Venezuela


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Whilst QRA missions are launched every now and then, the real news this time is that the two Typhoon fighters were carrying the MBDA-developed Meteor air-to-air missiles.

MBDA Meteor is considered one of the most lethal BVR (Beyond Visual Range) AAMs currently available. One of its peculiarities is the use of ramjet ramjet propulsion system – solid fuel, variable flow, ducted rocket. “This ‘ramjet’ motor provides the missile with thrust all the way to target intercept, providing the largest No-Escape Zone of any air-to-air missile. To ensure total target destruction, the missile is equipped with both impact and proximity fuses and a fragmentation warhead that detonates on impact or at the optimum point of intercept to maximise lethality,” the vendor website says.

Meteor has been developed by a group of European partners led by MBDA to meet the needs of six European nations: the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden. The BVR AAM will equip Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale and Gripen and will also be integrated with the F-35...
https://theaviationist.com/2018/12/10/raf-typhoons-launch-with-meteor-bvr-air-to-air-missiles-for-the-first-time-during-qra-mission/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #328 on: December 11, 2018, 20:08:11 »
Quite the flight for several aircraft, video at original:

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If I remember correctly this is the second time this has happened.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #329 on: December 11, 2018, 20:11:25 »
If I remember correctly this is the second time this has happened.

You are correct, it's definitely not the first time.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #330 on: December 12, 2018, 00:16:15 »
I don’t understand how sending just two expensive aircraft that can be blown out the sky by the USA makes Venezuela feel like they have a reliable friend from a goodwill visit.
 A joint Russian-Chinese airfield with hardened shelters, munitions, technicians, SA 400, a few TUv160/bombers, maybe a half dozen interceptors ( J15 and Su30) , 8 flights of  Orland 10’s packages (24 platforms + spares) and a permanent naval and submarine base, and establish a special forces “ training camp” might have some interesting impacts.

That ought to distract the US, tie down about 300 us aircraft and countless personnel and limit strategic operations elsewhere.  In return, the PeePee tapes won’t be released.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #331 on: December 19, 2018, 16:41:44 »
NORAD have to look south? But any Bears won't be polar (apologies). Start of major piece, lots of imagery:
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Venezuela Agreed To Let Russia Set Up A Bomber Outpost On This Caribbean Island: Reports
A Russian base with strategic aircraft in the Western Hemisphere would significantly change the regional security situation for the United States.

Russian media outlets are reporting that the Kremlin is planning to establish a forward outpost on the Venezuelan island of La Orchila in the Caribbean Sea and base nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, two of which just wrapped up a recent deployment to the country, at the site. If true, this could help bolster the embattled regime of Venezuela’s dictatorial president Nicolás Maduro and would significantly change the strategic reality in the Western Hemisphere for the United States.

Russian newspapers Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Kommersant both reported the possible basing deal on Dec. 12, 2018. Russia had sent a pair of Tu-160s to Venezuela on Dec. 10, 2018, and those bombers left the country on Dec. 14, 2018. This was the third visit by these type of aircraft to the Latin American country since 2008 and they conducted a 10-hour long-range patrol in the Caribbean for the first time ever during this trip.

“Our strategic bombers will not only not have to return to Russia every time, but also won't perform aerial refueling while on a patrol mission in the Americas,” retired Colonel Shamil Gareyev, formerly chief of the Uzbekistan Defense Ministry's Operations Department and now a commentator on military affairs, told Nezavisimaya Gazeta. “Our Tu-160 aircraft arrive to [sic] their base in Venezuela, conduct flights, execute their missions and are then replaced on a rotating basis. This is how it should be done.”

So far, there are no details about what the Russian outpost might consist of, what forces might go there and when, and what timeframe the Kremlin and Venezuela might have agreed to for starting the project at all. La Orchila, which sits less than 500 miles from Puerto Rico and less than 1,500 miles from Florida, has significant space for new and expanded military facilities, though, as seen below.

Having a forward base capable of accommodating strategic aircraft would enable Russia to conduct flights near the United States on a regular basis, something it is otherwise largely incapable of doing at present. As it stands now, Russian aircraft are generally only able to fly sorties in the vicinity of Alaska without the commitment of substantial support assets.

For the Kremlin, the imbalance has long been glaring. The Russian government routinely complains about the large number of intelligence-gathering and other missions that Western military aircraft, especially those from the United States, fly near its borders on a regular basis...


http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25570/venezuela-agreed-to-let-russia-set-up-a-bomber-outpost-on-this-carribean-island-reports

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #332 on: December 27, 2018, 21:41:44 »
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/12/russian-newspaper-russia-to-set-up-nuclear-bombers-on-caribbean-island/?utm_source=militarymemes&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=alt

Another angle on the story, if this was the 60s or 70s we would be looking at a new version of the cuban missile crisis. I doubt this will make much of a mumor though after a few days
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #333 on: January 22, 2019, 16:25:42 »
A Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bomber blew up while trying to land in an arctic blizzard killing 3 and injuring a 4th.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russian-bomber-explodes-during-landing-killing-3


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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #334 on: January 26, 2019, 21:52:26 »
A Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bomber blew up while trying to land in an arctic blizzard killing 3 and injuring a 4th.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russian-bomber-explodes-during-landing-killing-3
Here's the video of the crash as it happened.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #335 on: January 26, 2019, 22:13:44 »
Hard landing for sure. I have seen a lot of them but I cannot recall any aircraft breaking in two like that.  That appears to me to be a very serious design flaw: either that or the result of repetitious overstressing that hasn't been addressed. I don't know where the surviving crewmember was sitting but he has definitely used up at least 8 of 9 lives. 

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« Reply #336 on: January 26, 2019, 23:30:39 »
That was one hell of a rate of descent.

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« Reply #337 on: January 27, 2019, 08:43:11 »
very graphic illustration of Newton's law.  As for rapid rates of descent, AC621 came down at least that hard in YYZ and while it did cause one engine to sever from the wings it didn't snap the aircraft in two.  There were DC8's as well that did the same thing.  I wonder how much weight he was carrying?  There has to have been a lot of momentum  built up to cause that breakage and that can only come from weight and vertical velocity if I remember my physics correctly.  I am going to guess that the vertical descent was not that much beyond specs which suggests that he had excess weight on board.  Pure speculation on my part as my specialty is in rules and regs and not structures.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #338 on: January 27, 2019, 09:20:07 »
The video adds credence to the adage that 'most initial news reports aren't accurate.'

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Aviation experts say it's likely that a vertical wind gust hit the plane.
I didn't see any abrupt changes in descent, either upwards or down;  the plane just seemed to hammer in at the same rate.

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Witnesses described seeing the long-range bomber exploding and breaking apart while still in the air.
Nope.  a) not still in the air;  b) broke in half first, then;  c) explosion.


It does add credence to my personal belief though, that "the more pilots I know, the more I prefer jumping out of the aircraft."   :nod:

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #339 on: January 27, 2019, 19:29:50 »
Video of another Backfire that comes in for several hard landings and does not blowup. Mind you clear weather landing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUiowVPZIpE

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« Reply #340 on: January 27, 2019, 19:57:05 »
Video of the aircraft wreckage and photos of two of the crew members, plus commentary saying pilot lost control of aircraft while landing. More commentary on pilot and family history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3n-3ZNAg_A

Facebook posting showing pictures of the crash and photos of three deceased crew members.

https://www.facebook.com/Fighterjetsworld/photos/basw.AboxgnAWFb7U-6TIlWeg51V2ur0-HNVhxXRh_hppUn277kMLXWvvePNXW3Nza-Z99SBXi9Ta1iW4uCiqmnaHtKEt3lF7Ji3byRPUMRIbkixlI_6NzPIwHKsOYUX5degeTNaBnV-jnllTrosIpraJANvM.2439059176104123.2448767231822697.2448767168489370.631218790647235.2448767185156035.2174564366131477/2448767231822697/?type=1&theater

 
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #341 on: February 02, 2019, 21:42:09 »
Video of another Backfire that comes in for several hard landings and does not blowup. Mind you clear weather landing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUiowVPZIpE

Good thing the Russians have 30,000’-long runways...at least 5 touch-and-goes before he planted it...

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« Reply #342 on: February 02, 2019, 21:55:26 »
Link to a video on a Russian news site showing one of the Tu-160 Blackjacks that was recently intercepted by Us and Canadian aircraft.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #343 on: February 05, 2019, 11:24:17 »
And escorts for Russkie bombers?

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Russia resumes North Pole patrols with fighter jets
Combat ready MiG-31BMs will protect Russia’s northern regions by circumnavigate the airspace around the North Pole, Defense Ministry announces.

Regular patrols by fighter jets on combat duty on the top of the world have not been seen since the end of the former Cold War. While exercise flights were made to the North Pole in 2018, such flights will now become regular, Izvestia reports from Defense Ministry sources.

Two squadrons of MiG-31BM from the Northern- and Pacific Fleets will be in charge.

With flights from both east and west, the Russian fighter jets aim at controlling the entire Arctic air space north of mainland Siberia to beyond the North Pole.

From Russia’s European Arctic region, the patrols will be carried out by the 98th Guards Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment at the air base in Monchegorsk on the Kola Peninsula. See video below.

The MiG-31BM is a supersonic long-range interceptor fighter capable of flying up to 3,000 km without refueling. The plane can fly at a speed up to 3,000 km/h. With such speed, the North Pole is just about half an hour away after takeoff from Monchegorsk [video at end].
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/02/russia-resumes-north-pole-patrols-fighter-jets

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« Reply #344 on: February 05, 2019, 20:36:58 »
The MiG-31BM is a supersonic long-range interceptor fighter capable of flying up to 3,000 km without refueling. The plane can fly at a speed up to 3,000 km/h. With such speed, the North Pole is just about half an hour away after takeoff from Monchegorsk [video at end].
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/02/russia-resumes-north-pole-patrols-fighter-jets

Yes, the Mig-31 can fly at 3,000 km/h (but only under certain circumstance). And, yes it can fly 3,000 km without refueling (roughly the distance from Monchegorsk to the North Pole). But it can't due both. More info here (Wikipedia).

Also, if you watch the video at the link, most of it is of SU-24 Fencers ( Aircraft # 33). The aircraft landing towards the end is a Mig-31.
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« Reply #346 on: May 13, 2019, 14:27:08 »
How will CF-18s, and whatever new fighter RCAF ends up with some sunny day, cope with the number of cruise missiles that might be launched if Bears/Blackjacks not shot down first? Can North Warning System cope with low-flying missiles? How will they be detected?

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New Missiles for the ‘Bear’ and ‘Blackjack’

Low clouds and mist in the morning of May 9 caused the cancellation of an aviation flypast with 78 aircraft over Moscow, preventing freshly upgraded bombers from showing their teeth as newly developed missiles begin to enter service.

This year’s Victory Day parade was to demonstrate Long-Range Aviation’s strategic bombers that have recently undergone a modernization program—a single Tu-160M “Blackjack” and four Tu-95MSM “Bear-Hs. "Strictly speaking, their public flying debut (the Tu-95MSM was displayed statically at MAKS’2017) was spoiled rather than canceled, because Muscovites had watched them pass overhead on May 4 and 7 when Russia’s Air and Space Force (VKS) crews practiced for the flypast. A single Tu-160M led four smaller Tu-22M3s, while a trio of Tu-95MSMs flew in a Vic formation, with another following an Il-78M tanker to demonstrate inflight refueling.

Each of the “Bears” was fitted with four large underwing pylons with rails for Kh-101/102 land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs). Previously modified Tu-95MSMs fired Kh-101s at Islamic State targets in Syria on two occasions, in November 2016 and July 2017. On the eve of the V-Day parade, the Russian defense ministry said that last year four more Tu-95MS aircraft underwent modernization into the MSM variant with improved mission equipment and the outer pylons.

Although adding these large pylons increases aerodynamic drag, it enables the aging type to carry eight new missiles that cannot fit into the aircraft’s internal bomb bays. In the future, a further improved Tu-95MSM may also carry an even larger LACM that is now in development at the Novator design house, a member of the Tactical Missile Corporation (Russian acronym TRV). Although this weapon is intended primarily for use in the Caliber-M strike system on warships, it may also be carried by the “Bear” thanks to its new outer pylons.

In 2018 sources in the Russian navy confirmed that R&D work on the Caliber-M with a maximum range of 2,430 nm (4,500 km) had commenced. This is about twice the figure for the in-service 3M14T of the original Caliber and is achieved primarily through enlargement of the missile body's diameter. The newer weapon will carry a larger warhead, at one tonne, compared to the current 250- to 500-kg (550- to 1,100-pound) warhead. In February, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow will develop new members in the Caliber family following the Trump Administration’s decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that was signed in 1987.
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Because of its large dimensions, the new missile is unlikely to be fitted to the Tu-160. To fly supersonically, the “Blackjack” requires its air-launched missiles to be carried in the internal bays. For the Tu-160, however, another TRV member—the Raduga design house—is developing the Kh-50, a shorter-range version of the Kh-101 broadly similar to the AGM-158 JASSM with a larger (1,600 kg) warhead. A Tu-160 can carry up to 12 such missiles internally on two rotary launchers.

TRV is also working on GZUR, the Russian acronym for “hypersonic guided missile,” whose parameters are yet to be made public. It is likely to be a scaled version of the Kh-90, of which development commenced back in the 1970s. Weighing 15 tonnes, this air-launched weapon can accelerate to Mach 4 to 6, using a powder booster and a scramjet running on aviation kerosene. A prototype was shown at MAKS’1995 as the “Hypersonic Experimental Flight Vehicle,” local acronym GELA. Reportedly, prototypes successfully passed fire trials from a modified Tu-160 but did not enter serial production.
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2019-05-13/new-missiles-bear-and-blackjack

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« Reply #347 on: May 21, 2019, 15:34:44 »
Note Su-35 escorts for two of the Bears--could they actually perform that mission in a real attack and would USAF F-22s (which might not be in stealth mode carrying fuel tanks and external missiles), and esp. RCAF Cf-18s, cope? And when Su-57s finally get into serious service?

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The U.S. military scrambled five aircraft on Monday to intercept two groups of Russian warplanes that flew in opposite directions off the coast of Alaska but never entered the U.S. sovereign airspace, officials with the bi-national North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) said Tuesday.

First, NORAD dispatched two F-22 Raptor stealth fighters based in Alaska to intercept one group of Russian air planes consisting of two Tu-95 strategic bombers known by NATO identification as “Bears,” said NORAD spokesperson Capt. Cameron Hillier of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Two additional Raptors were scrambled to intercept and accompany another group of two Russian Bears and two Su-35 fighter jets flying in the opposite direction, Hillier said.

The U.S. military also dispatched an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) to monitor the situation, Hillier said.

The interaction between Russian and U.S. air crews was “safe and professional” and the Russian planes remained at all times in international airspace, Hillier said.

The Russian aircraft did not enter the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the Arctic and no Canadian fighter jets were involved in the intercept, he added.

According to international law, a country’s sovereign airspace extends 22 kilometres from its coastlines. The ADIZ off Alaska extends more than 300 kilometres from the shore.

During the Cold War, such intercepts over the Arctic were regular events, however, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, cash-strapped Russia drastically reduced its strategic bomber air patrols.

In recent years, with tensions between Russia and the West mounting in other areas of the world, Moscow has increased the number of patrols by its Bears that have been modernized and outfitted to carry long-range nuclear-tipped cruise missiles [emphasis added].
http://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2019/05/21/alaska-russia-plane-fighter-bomber-military-defence/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #348 on: May 22, 2019, 11:33:50 »
Further to previous tweet's comments on stealty, note this from another story about USAF intercepting Tu-95s and Su-35s off Alaska:

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F-22s intercept Russian fighters, bombers off Alaska
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The pictures posted by NORAD also appear to show the F-22s with external fuel tanks, which would increase the radar signature on what is normally a stealthy, fifth-generation aircraft. That appendage helps to increase the F-22′s time in flight and can help Russian aircraft spot the fighter jet, which isn’t always a bad thing.

During intercept missions, U.S. aircraft aren’t necessarily attempting to sneak up on an aircraft, but instead are focusing on escorting the adversary safely and professionally.

The NORAD official would not comment on the radar disposition of the F-22s: “We do not disclose tactical details such as that due to operational security reasons,” they said...


https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/05/21/f-22s-intercept-russian-fighters-bombers-off-alaska/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Air Force
« Reply #349 on: May 22, 2019, 15:29:01 »
USAF is an Air Guard tanker wing at Eilson AFB and an F16 Wing.Although I would rather have F15's due to their greater range. Maybe move some F22's to Eilson. The USAF used to use King Salmon and Galena to forward stage fighters for the NORAD mission but I think both air stations were lost to the USAF bean counters.King Salmon's radar site remains open though.

https://www.afcec.af.mil/Home/BRAC/Galena.aspx