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15 octobre 2015 4 15 /10 /octobre /2015 16:40
Russian Military to Complete Testing on KAB-250 Guided Bombs This Year

The KAB-250 weighs a total of 565 pounds, with a warhead of 365 pounds and a 200-pound explosive.

 

Oct 11, 2015 Sputnik

 

The latest version of Russia's KAB-250 precision-guided bomb will soon complete trials, according to the weapon's manufacturer, Moscow-based Region Scientific and Production Enterprise JSC.

 

"The bomb is in trials on the Sukhoi Su-34 [Russian fighter jet], with the trials to be completed late this year," Region's director general, Igor Krylov, told IHS Jane's at the Russian Defense Ministry Innovation Day.

 

There are two versions of the 250-kilogram KAB: a laser-guided version and a satellite-guided version.

 

The KAB-250 follows the larger KAB-500, which made its combat debut in September when the Russian military began launching airstrikes in Syria.

 

The KAB-250 will enter the weapons suite of the PAK FA fifth-generation fighter next year. It can be mounted externally or stored in the jet's internal weapons bays.

 

According to Krylov, the KAB-250 was developed in response to the Small Diameter Bomb, which the United States developed for its F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighters, IHS Jane's reports.

 

The KAB-250 has a fragmentation warhead designed to destroy lightly vulnerable materiel, thin-skinned vehicles, and other enemy installations. The bomb can be dropped individually or in salvoes. The aircraft carrying the KAB-250LG-Es must be fitted with a laser illumination system or the target can be illuminated by a forward air controller, according to IHS Jane's

 

The KAB-250 weighs a total of 565 pounds, with a warhead of 365 pounds and a 200-pound explosive.

 

The bomb is 10.5 feet long. It has a complex, compact tail design and is fitted with four long-chord, short-span wings to increase its glide range. It falls from an aircraft at a rate of 655-1,150 feet per second.

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Sukhoi delivers new batch of Su-34 to Russia

 

8 October 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Sukhoi has delivered a new batch of Su-34 frontline bombers to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation as part of the 2015 state defence order.

 

According to the company, the new aircraft took off from the V.P.Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant's airfield.

 

Sukhoi, the subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation, has secured contracts to deliver Su-34s for Russia up to the year 2020, guaranteeing a stable work load for the company.

 

Powered by a twin Lyulka AL-31FM1 turbofan engine, the Su-34 aircraft has an increased flight range of up to 4,000km, a maximum speed of up to 1,900km/h and an 8 tonne payload.

 

A two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 features a new weapon system and an air refuelling system, the company stated.

 

With a range of airborne munitions, including high-precision types, the aircraft is capable of engaging a range of land-based, sea and airborne targets in all weather conditions and any visibility levels.

 

In addition, it features a long-range aiming system, a modern on-board communication, an information exchange system and a complex survival system.

 

It also has an armoured cockpit and an active safety system, in addition to the new computers to manoeuvre and perform accurate bombing when under enemy attack.

 

The transfer of Su-34 aircraft comes after Sukhoi delivered a batch of Su-34 and Su-35S fighters to the Russian Air Force in July.

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1 octobre 2015 4 01 /10 /octobre /2015 15:30
Sukhoi Su-30

Sukhoi Su-30

 

01 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Moscou - L'armée russe a déployé plus de 50 avions et hélicoptères, ainsi que des troupes d'infanterie de marine, des parachutistes et des unités de forces spéciales en Syrie, a indiqué jeudi le ministère de la Défense cité par l'agence Interfax.

 

C'est la première fois que Moscou confirme officiellement l'ampleur de l'engagement militaire en Syrie, dans le port de Tartous où l'armée russe dispose d'installations logistiques, et surtout à l'aéroport de Lattaquié où elle a construit une base militaire. L'aviation russe a mené mercredi ses premières frappes aériennes en Syrie. Une seconde vague de bombardements a eu lieu dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, selon Moscou.

 

Le détachement aérien qui doit réaliser des frappes en Syrie comprend plus de 50 avions et hélicoptères, a indiqué le général Igor Konachenkov, porte-parole du ministère russe de la Défense.

 

Le responsable militaire n'a pas précisé quels types d'aéronefs avaient été déployés. Ce détachement a été déployé dans les délais les plus brefs. Nous avons pu le faire dans la mesure où nos stocks de matériel et de munitions se trouvaient déjà dans nos installations logistiques de Tartous. Il a suffi de faire venir l'aviation et du matériel, a ajouté le porte-parole.

 

Des sources américaines avaient détaillé à l'AFP ce dispositif : 4 bombardiers Su-34, 12 bombardiers Su-25, 12 avions d'attaque au sol SU-24, 4 chasseurs Su-30 et une vingtaine d'hélicoptères.

 

 

Su-34 Fullback strike aircraft Oct. 31, 2014 photo Norwegian Air Force

Su-34 Fullback strike aircraft Oct. 31, 2014 photo Norwegian Air Force

Su-24 (code Otan Fencer) aircraft

Su-24 (code Otan Fencer) aircraft

Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft

Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft

Pour sécuriser Tartous et la base aérienne près de Lattaquié, fief pro-Assad dans le nord-ouest du pays, l'armée russe a également envoyé un bataillon tactique d'infanterie de marine avec des moyens renforcés, sans préciser le nombre exact. Un bataillon de l'armée russe comprend au moins 500 soldats. La presse russe avait évoqué la présence d'au moins 1.700 militaires, des sources américaines avançant, en comptant notamment tout le personnel lié aux avions (pilotes, personnel d'entretien et de support), près de 2.000 hommes sur place.

 

En plus de ces troupes d'infanterie de marine, le dispositif militaire prévoit des rotations avec des groupes de forces spéciales de la flotte de la mer Noire ainsi que des parachutistes habituellement basés à Novorossiïsk, dans le sud de la Russie, selon le ministère de la Défense.

 

Moscou a par ailleurs dévoilé le nom du militaire russe, le général Sergueï Kouralenko, dépêché à Bagdad pour participer au centre d'échanges de renseignements militaires que la Russie, l'Iran et l'Irak ont créé. C'est a priori auprès de ce général que les Américains pourront obtenir les informations qu'ils souhaitent sur les opérations russes en Syrie.

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Sukhoï Su-34 bombardier tactique photo Maya Chelkovnikova – Sputnik

Sukhoï Su-34 bombardier tactique photo Maya Chelkovnikova – Sputnik

 

27.03.2015 sputniknews.com

 

Selon un journal US, la Russie modernise avec succès son armée et pourra présenter de nouveaux matériels de guerre lors du défilé de la Victoire du 9 mai prochain.

 

La Russie construit plus de 100 bombardiers de génération 4+ Sukhoi Su-34 dont 16 seront livrés à l'armée dès 2015, rapporte le journal américain Newsweek.

 

Les bombardiers Su-34 remplaceront les Su-24. Leur production en série n'est qu'un élément du programme destiné à moderniser 70% des armements russes d'ici 2020.

 

Le bombardier tactique russe avec des capacités de lutte anti-navire Su-34 (code Otan: Fullback) a un rayon d'action de 4.000 km et sa vitesse maximale est de 1.900 km/h. Il est doté d'un canon de 30 mm et peut emporter une charge de combat de 8.000 kg.

 

Selon le journal, la Russie présentera plusieurs nouveaux matériels de guerre lors du Défilé qui aura lieu sur la place Rouge de Moscou à l'occasion du 70e anniversaire de la Victoire dans la Grande guerre patriotique de 1941-1945.

 

La Russie présentera notamment le blindé Taïfoun-U, le véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie Kourganets-25 et la plateforme lourde à chenilles Armata, d'après Newsweek.

 

La Marine russe sera elle aussi modernisée. La Russie entend construire ses propres grands navires de débarquement au lieu des porte-hélicoptères Mistral que la France refuse de livrer à Moscou.

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10 avril 2014 4 10 /04 /avril /2014 06:40
Destroyer USS Donald Cook - photo US Navy

Destroyer USS Donald Cook - photo US Navy

 

MOSCOU, 9 avril - RIA Novosti

 

L'entrée d'un destroyer américain en mer Noire risque de contraindre la Russie à déployer des bombardiers supersoniques Tu-22M3 en Crimée et à accélérer la construction de nouvelles frégates et de nouveaux sous-marins, a annoncé mercredi le rédacteur en chef du magazine Défense Nationale Igor Korotchenko.

 

"La Russie pourrait profiter de cette occasion pour renforcer ses infrastructures navales en mer Noire en déployant des systèmes supplémentaires Bastion dotés de missiles antinavires Iakhont", a déclaré M. Korotchenko à RIA Novosti.

 

Moscou pourrait en outre déployer en Crimée des bombardiers tactiques Su-34 et des bombardiers stratégiques Tu-22M3.

 

"La Russie doit suivre attentivement les activités des Etats-Unis dans la région de la mer Noire. A cet effet, il est indispensable de renforcer le système de contrôle et de reconnaissance assuré par l'aviation de patrouille maritime et l'aviation navale. La Russie possède de telles capacités et les utilise pour surveiller l'activité militaire dans différentes régions de l'Océan mondial", a indiqué l'expert.

 

D'après M. Korotchenko, il est nécessaire d'accélérer la mise en service, au sein de la Flotte de la mer Noire, de six nouvelles frégates et de six nouveaux sous-marins à propulsion diesel-électrique.

 

"Ces mesures permettraient de neutraliser aussi bien les menaces actuelles que celles qui pourraient surgir pour la Russie suite aux actions des Etats-Unis dans cette région, y compris suite à l'entrée en mer Noire de destroyers américains constituant un danger pour les forces stratégiques nucléaires russes", a conclu le rédacteur en chef du magazine Défense Nationale.

 

Le destroyer américain Donald Cook, qui entrera le 10 avril en mer Noire, possède un système d'alerte et de défense Aegis doté d'antimissiles et de missiles de croisière Tomahawk.

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Sukhoi to deliver additional Su-34 aircraft to Russian Air Force

.A Russian Air Force's Su-34 fighter-bomber from Lipetsk airbase. Photo Vitaly V. Kuzmin.

 

15 October 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

The Russian Air Force (RuAF) will take delivery of 30 new Su-34 Fullback strike aircraft from Sukhoi by the end of 2014, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed.

 

RIA Novosti reported the MoD as saying in a statement that, ''the current [2013] year plan on the delivery of 14 [Su-34] aircraft under the state defense order will be fulfilled, and the plant has promised to deliver another 16 fighter-bombers next year.''

 

Citing a report by the Novosibirsk plant, the ministry also noted that a total of 124 Su-34 fighters are scheduled to be handed over by Sukhoi to the air force under two contracts by 2020.

 

The Russian military has to date taken delivery of 29 series-production Su-34 aircraft, according to official data.

"The ministry also noted that a total of 124 Su-34 fighters are scheduled to be handed over by Sukhoi to the air force under two contracts by 2020."

 

Manufactured by the Novosibirsk aircraft plant, the Su-34 is a 4+ generation aircraft and can engage a range of land-based, sea and airborne targets in all weather conditions and any visibility levels, using a range of airborne munitions, including high-precision types.

 

The aircraft is a two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, retaining its basic layout and construction, and also features increased takeoff weight and an advanced multimode-phased array radar with terrain following and terrain avoidance modes.

 

 

Additional features include a long-range aiming system, a modern on-board communication and an information exchange system, a complex survival system, an armoured cockpit and an active safety system, as well as new computers to manoeuvre and perform accurate bombing when under enemy attack.

 

The twin Lyulka AL-31FM1 turbofan engine-powered aircraft is eventually scheduled to replace the Russian Air Force and Navy's ageing Su-24 Fencer strike aircraft fleet.

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photo V.Kuzmin

photo V.Kuzmin

 

Aug 24, 2011 By Robert Wall aviation week and space technology

 

Moscow - Money alone cannot reinvigorate an air force after years of neglect—that is the painful lesson the Russian military is learning as it and the domestic industry work to modernize the country’s air force.

 

The influx of funding in the past two years has undoubtedly benefited industry, triggering a reversal of fortunes. But it also has brought to the forefront a raft of new problems, including how to meet the timetable for replenishing the air force fleet.

 

The size of the appetite for fighters was underscored by Russian air force chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, who says the service is looking to field five squadrons of Su-34s, or around 120 aircraft. The fighter program languished in development for years; the first operational unit was only established recently, more than a decade late. Four of the aircraft were handed over last year and six are due to be delivered this year, with 12 to follow each year thereafter.

 

But Zelin is concerned about fielding plans for the Su-35, Russia’s latest fighter, which is seen as an important element in the fleet renewal plan and also as a capability gap-filler until the fifth-generation T-50 arrives. The Su-35 program has suffered development delays, in part because of a ground accident with the third prototype three years ago that destroyed the aircraft, but also due to concern in the service that the Su-35 will not meet the Russian air force’s specifications. The fighter was initially designed for the export market when Russia’s industry was unable to secure funding at home.

 

Pressure is mounting on the Su-35 program also because of the aggressive time line that has been set for the T-50, which Zelin describes as the service’s top fighter priority. Two aircraft are in flight trials and United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) President Mikhail Pogosyan promises two more will be delivered this year. Plans call for the first preproduction T-50 to be handed over in 2013, with the production standard aircraft to become available in 2014-15.

 

But behind the scenes, military officials worry that the T-50 development and production milestones cannot be met, and they feel the Su-35 needs to be fielded quickly to address immediate equipment concerns.

 

In many respects, the Su-35 also serves as a technology pathfinder for the T-50. Both use the same Article 117S engines and their radar technology shares a heritage. The Su-35’s Irbis-E has a 350-400-km (220-250-mi.) detection range for targets with a 3-sq.-meter (33-sq.-ft.) radar signature and is both electronically and mechanically scanned. It has the ability to track up to 30 targets simultaneously and engage eight at the same time.

 

The Su-35’s laser targeting pod in particular could act as a trailblazer for the T-50. Plans call for the stealth fighter to use the large Article 110KS pod developed by UOMZ, although it would compromise the aircraft’s low observability. The Su-35, on the other hand, will likely use an internally mounted system, with a low radar cross section, that could migrate to the T-50.

 

Also helping to bolster the arsenal in the near term is a pending order for additional Su-30s. The Russian air force is expected to buy 28 Su-30SMs, the Russian version of the Su-30MKI Irkut has sold to the Indian air force. The Su-30SM would retain Western equipment from companies such as Thales and Safran in a rare departure from Russia’s emphasis on using domestic suppliers, says an industry official. The yet-to-be-announced contract for Su-30SMs also is expected to include an option for 12 aircraft, potentially to meet a not fully defined requirement from Russia’s navy aviation arm.

 

The concerns about fielding time lines go beyond the combat aircraft realm. Zelin notes that the Il-476 transport is due to be in service in 2013 but says,“we would like to have it earlier.” The current development activity will not allow that.

 

The fleet replacement worries are further illustrated by the troubles with the Tu-22M bombers belonging to the Russian navy’s air arm, which now fall under control of the air force. Obsolescence of engine parts has created a maintenance nightmare for the fleet and prompted the military to restart parts production of critical powerplant components. Zelin sees progress on this front and says that once the situation is improved the aircraft may be reassigned to the navy.

 

But there are limits to Russia’s appetite for new equipment. Despite the hopes of industry players such as MiG that the Russian air force will buy into a light fifth-generation fighter program, that does not look promising. Zelin suggests that more likely would be the acquisition of MiG-35s, which were initially developed for India. However, he tempers the prospect by noting that the issue is secondary to the T-50.

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