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Smoke and Mirrors: Russian Aircraft Get a Sleek New Countermeasure

Demonstration flights with of the Russkiye Vityazi aerobatics group: Fountain disengagement with shooting heat flares

15:03 30.11.2015

Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), a subsidiary of the state-owned Russian corporation Rostec, has developed a new type of electronic missile jamming unit for Russia’s Armed Forces, according to RIA Novosti.

“The jamming transmitter developed by KRET is a single-use device designed to be used by a plane or a helicopter. After the device is deployed via a standard countermeasure launching system, it begins emitting an aimed jamming signal. It is essentially a full-fledged electronic warfare complex compressed into a standard decoy cartridge,” the company’s press service told RIA Novosti.

Depending on the situation, the deployed countermeasure either imitates an aircraft, thus drawing away the incoming rocket, or emits a jamming signal powerful enough to prevent it from acquiring its target.

Last week President Vladimir Putin said that Russia might utilize electronic warfare systems to ensure the safety of its aircraft in Syria following the downing of a Su-24 bomber by Turkish forces.

KRET is the largest radio-electronic holding in Russia; it was created in 2009 and has more than 50,000 employees. It manufactures a wide range of products, including avionics, operational and tactical systems, electronic warfare and intelligence equipment, friend-or-foe identification systems, special measuring instrumentation, plugs, electric connectors, and cable products.

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Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) is also the producer of President-S airborne defense system 


Russia could provide Algeria and Egypt with KRET’s President-S airborne defense systems for airplanes and helicopters“Pre-contract work is underway for the supply of President-S airborne defense systems to Algeria and Egypt,” said Igor Nasenkov, First Deputy CEO of KRET, during Dubai Airshow-2015.President-S is designed for the individual protection of aircraft and helicopters from attack by anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems based on the ground and sea.When detecting and tracking incoming missiles, the system directs a coded laser beam at the missile’s multispectral optical seeker and uses interference to jam the missile’s guidance system. This disrupts the missile’s tracking abilities and causes its trajectory to veer away from the protected aircraft or helicopter.As previously reported, the high effectiveness of President-S has been confirmed at the test sites of the Russian Defense Ministry using real Igla MANPADS.“A large number of MANPADS rocket launches, including two simultaneous rockets and various volleys with different angles and from different distances, were carried out on real helicopters and full-scale models,” said Yuri Maevsky, KRET general designer and deputy director of research and development for electronic warfare equipment and innovations.

“None of the missiles reached its target, as they were all diverted away from the helicopter without causing the slightest damage,” he said.

As noted by Yuri Maevsky, as a result of these tests, Russia has clearly created “a very reliable technology to protect airplanes and helicopters against attack from any optical homing missile.”

President-S optical-electronic suppression subsystems are already installed on the Il-76 military transport aircraft, as well as the plane of the head of state, the Mi-28 and Ka-52 combat helicopters, and the Mi-26 heavy transport and assault helicopters.

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India to Diversify Air Force With Local, Russian Aircraft – Air Staff Chief – Sputnik

India to Diversify Air Force With Local, Russian Aircraft – Air Staff Chief

13:50 30.11.2015(updated 13:58 30.11.2015)

New Delhi will purchase Russian-developed Su-30MKI aircraft and Indian-made Tejas MK-II planes as well as French-built Rafale fighters for Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said.

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande agreed to supply the Indian Air Force with 36 French-built Rafale multirole fighters in April. Initially India planned to buy 126 Rafale jets to modernize its air force.

“We are looking forward to receiving the Rafales. Apart from this, there are other aircraft we are looking at. We will also be getting more Su-30MKIs. An order has also been placed for 120 Tejas Mk-IIs. There are many plans and things will change in the next 10-12 years,” Raha said on Sunday, as quoted by The Economic Times.

He added that the need for new fighters stems from the upcoming retirement of the country’s Mig-27 ML fighter jets that have not been upgraded in recent years.

India is planning to form several additional fighter squadrons in the near future.

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Su-30 MKI: Details

Rafale fighter jet: Details

Tejas Fighter Jet

British Brimstone missiles capable of hitting 70mph moving target used to obliterate ISIS


LASER-GUIDED supersonic missiles that can hit a target moving at 70mph with little or no collateral damage are key to defeating Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East.

PUBLISHED: 10:00, Mon, Nov 30, 2015 | UPDATED: 10:22, Mon, Nov 30, 2015
Tornado fighter jet, which carry the Brimstone missilesTornado fighter jet, which carry the Brimstone missiles
 Brimstone rockets which cost £100,000 each are the jewel in the crown of Britain’s armed forces and are already being used to rain down fire on the extremist’s network in Iraq.

The missiles use steerable fins to guide the missile towards the target and are said to be so accurate that they can be fired from 20,000 feet and seven miles away and still go through a small window.

Brimstones are so sophisticated that they can be fired at enemy targets in built-up areas with little risk of causing civilian casualties.

Britain and Saudi Arabia are the only two countries to have invested in the weaponry, which compares favourably to the American-made Hellfire missiles that are known to produce a large amount of shrapnel.

Brimstones, which cost £850m to bring into service, were designed for use against armoured vehicles and can hit fast-moving targets.

Brimstone missilesBrimstone missiles

The weapons use a twin charge warhead, with the first explosion piercing the outer, armoured shell of the target and the second explosion propelled through the hole.

Each rocket includes an in-built radar, allowing it to be used in all weather conditions, as well as a self-destruct function to abort a mission.

Brimstones, which weigh 49kg, are 1.8 metres long and have a range of 11 miles, were used against Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 and before that against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The deadly weapons could be fired at ISIS jihadis in Syria as early as Wednesday if David Cameron holds a much-anticipated vote on extending bombing raids beyond Iraq.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said he had been briefing Labour MPs on military action over the weekend but stressed the Government does “not yet” have a guaranteed majority to back airstrikes.

He rejected claims that bombing Raqqa and other ISIS-held cities could lead to a large number of civilian casualties as the terror group retreats into tunnels or uses the local population as “human shields”.

The deadly weapons could be fired at ISIS jihadis in Syria as early as Wednesday if David Cameron holds a much-anticipated vote on extending bombing raids beyond Iraq.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said he had been briefing Labour MPs on military action over the weekend but stressed the Government does “not yet” have a guaranteed majority to back airstrikes.

He rejected claims that bombing Raqqa and other ISIS-held cities could lead to a large number of civilian casualties as the terror group retreats into tunnels or uses the local population as “human shields”.

Jet firing Paveway bombsJet firing Paveway bombs

The increased accuracy of the Paveway IV allows for a warhead half the size of the earlier Paveway weapons, giving the potential for a single aircraft to carry more weapons and so strike multiple targets in a single pass.

Storm Shadow is another long-range, air-launched missile and is one of the most advanced weapon of its kind in the world.

The missile is equipped with a powerful conventional warhead and is designed to strike hardened targets and infrastructure such as buried and protected command centres.

Storm Shadow is a British, French and Italian air-launched cruise missilStorm Shadow is a British, French and Italian air-launched cruise missile

RAF jets also carry general purpose bombs that come in two types, the 505kg and a smaller 312kg version, and date back to those used in the Second World War.

At ten times the weight of the Brimstone missile, general purpose bombs can be dropped as freefall bombs or fitted with a retarder unit, which slows the bomb in flight, allowing aircraft to drop one at low level over the target and get clear before it detonates.

They have been adapted for use on supersonic strike aircraft and some are also converted for use as Paveway II and Paveway III devices, which can be guided by laser.

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New U.S. Navy destroyer’s seaworthiness, stability questioned

The Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 1000 is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard. The ship, the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces and operate as part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. | U.S. NAVY / GENERAL DYNAMICS

New U.S. Navy destroyer’s seaworthiness, stability questioned


The Navy will soon learn how this modern take on the “tumblehome” hull holds up when the first-in-class Zumwalt heads out to sea in December for trials in the rough-and-tumble North Atlantic.

The Navy, which views the ship as an important part of the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific strategy, cannot afford a flop after the cost of the first ship ballooned to at least $4.4 billion and construction fell behind schedule.

Amy Lent, of the Maine Maritime Museum, which works closely with the shipyard, said taxpayers need not worry, as the Navy and shipbuilder Bath Iron Works have “tested the hell out of it.”

The ship’s inverse bow juts forward to slice through waves. A composite deckhouse hides radar and antennas, lending a clean look, and its sharp angles deflect radar signals.

As is typical of tumblehomes, the hull slopes inward above the waterline, giving the Zumwalt something of a pyramid shape, which can cause problems in certain conditions, critics say.

Concerns have been voiced in the ship-design and shipbuilding communities about the warship’s overall stability — especially since any instability could be exacerbated if damage is sustained during battle, said Matthew Werner, dean at the Webb Institute, which teaches naval architecture and marine engineering.

But the hull’s sloping sides contribute to the Navy’s goal of stealth. The Navy contends the 15,000-ton behemoth will look like a small fishing boat on enemy radar.

“It’s a true engineering challenge. They’re trying to make a ship with stealth characteristics that requires certain shapes. To do that, they have to compromise,” Werner said.

Norman Polmar, a naval historian, analyst and author who is sometimes critical of the Navy’s decisions, said he has no concerns about the Zumwalt’s seaworthiness after a large-scale model was built to prove the concept.

“The technology today makes that concept doable and much more efficient,” Polmar said.

The ship is 50 percent bigger than the current generation of destroyers but has advanced automation to reduce the crew size. It will use turbines similar to those on a Boeing 777 to create electricity to drive the ship. It will also have new radar and sonar, and powerful guns with rocket-propelled projectiles.

“The Navy has validated the ship’s design through extensive computer modeling and simulation, as well as scale model testing in various sea states, speeds and weather conditions. We are confident the design is safe, that the ship is seaworthy, and its operating parameters are known and understood,” said Capt. Thurraya Kent, a spokeswoman.

The goal is to deliver the ship to the Navy sometime next year.



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Su-30 Multirole Fighter Aircraft, Russia

The Sukhoi Su-30 (Cyrillic: Сухой Су-30; NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.


The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family by Sukhoi. The design plan was revamped and the name was made official by the Russian Defense Ministry in 1996. Of the Flanker family, only the Su-27, Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 have been ordered into serial production by the Defense Ministry. All the others, such as Su-37, were prototypes. The Su-30 has two distinct version branches, manufactured by competing organisations: KnAAPO and the Irkut Corporation, both of which come under the Sukhoi group’s umbrella.


KnAAPO manufactures the Su-30MKK and the Su-30MK2, which were designed for and sold to China, and later Indonesia, Venezuela and Vietnam. Due to KnAAPO’s involvement from the early stages of developing Su-35, these are basically a two-seat version of the mid-1990s Su-35. The Chinese chose an older but lighter radar so the canards could be omitted in return for increased payload. It is a fighter with both air superiority and attack capabilities, generally similar to the U.S. F-15E.

Su-30MK2 of the Venezuelan Air ForceSu-30MK of the Indonesian Air ForceSu-30MK2 Vietnamese Air ForceSu-30MK2 Uganda People’s Defence Force Air Wing

Irkut traditionally served the Soviet Air Defense and, in the early years of Flanker development, was given the responsibility of manufacturing the Su-27UB, the two-seat trainer version. When India showed interests in the Su-30, Irkut offered the multirole Su-30MKI, which originated as the Su-27UB modified with avionics appropriate for fighters.

208356Su-30MKM closeup of canards and unique western IFF forward of cockpit

Along with its ground-attack capabilities, the series adds features for the air-superiority role, such as canards, thrust-vectoring, and a long-range phased-array radar. Its derivatives include the Su-30MKM, MKA and MKV for Malaysia, Algeria and Venezuela, respectively. The Russian Air force operates several Su-30s and has ordered the Su-30SM version.

Su-30MKI: Details

Su-30MKI of the Indian Air ForceSu-30MKA of the Algerian Air Forcesu-30mkm.jpgSu-30MKM of the Malaysian Air Force


The Su-30 is a multirole fighter. It has a two-seat cockpit with an airbrake behind the canopy.

Flight characteristics

The integrated aerodynamic configuration, combined with the thrust vectoring control ability, results in high manoeuvrability and unique takeoff and landing characteristics. Equipped with a digital fly-by-wire system, the Su-30 is able to perform some very advanced manoeuvres, including the Pugachev’s Cobra and the tailslide. These manoeuvers quickly decelerate the aircraft, causing a pursuing fighter to overshoot, as well as breaking a Doppler radar-lock, as the relative speed of the aircraft drops below the threshold where the signal registers to the radar.


The aircraft’s powerplant incorporates two Saturn AL-31F afterburning low-bypass turbofan engines, fed through intake ramps. Two AL-31Fs, each rated at 12,500 kgf (123 kN, 27,550 lb) of full afterburning thrust ensures Mach 2 in level flight, 1,350 km/h speed at low altitude, and a 230 m/s climbing rate.

Saturn AL-31F 

With a normal fuel reserve of 5,270 kg, the Su-30MK is capable of performing a 4.5-hour combat mission with a range of 3,000 km. An aerial refueling system increases the range to 5,200 km (3,200 mi) or flight duration up to 10 hours at cruise altitudes.

187190_800With trust vectoring 


The aircraft features autopilot ability at all flight stages including low-altitude flight in terrain-following radar mode, and individual and group combat employment against air and ground/sea-surface targets. Automatic control system interconnected with the navigation system ensures route flight, target approach, recovery to airfield and landing approach in automatic mode.

Operational history


Several Su-30SMs were sent to Syria in the Russian military intervention in Syria to escort bombers that launch airstrikes against Islamist rebel groups. Su-30SM fighters were reportedly delivered to the al-Assad International Airport in Latakia, Syria in September 2015. At least 4 of Su-30SM fighters were spotted in satellite photo.

Potential operators

Bangladesh Air Force and the ministry of defence announced plans to procure one squadron of Su-30MK2s after the delivery of 16 Yakovlev Yak-130 in 2015.

Thailand formally requested information for the possible acquisition of the Su-30MK/MK2. However, the Saab Gripen was procured instead.




    Commercial (export) version of the basic Su-30.

Sukhoi proposal for upgrading Russian AF single seat Su-27S. Also proposed export version for Indonesia, 24 were ordered but subsequently cancelled due to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
Upgrade project for operational two-seat fighters, the Su-27UB, Su-30 and Su-30K. This was cancelled in Russia but later revived as Su-30M2. Belarus consider updating ex-Indian Su-30K to the Su-30KN standard.
Commercial version of Su-30M first revealed in 1993. Export versions include navigation and communication equipment from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.


A version from manufacturer KnAAPO based on the Su-30MK2. The Russian Air Force placed an initial order for the variant in 2009. Factory tests were completed in September 2010. Twenty aircraft have been ordered; 4 in 2009 and 16 in 2012. At least 12 have been produced as of August 2014, all four from the first contract in 2009, and eight from the second contract of 2012. They are mostly to be used as combat training aircraft for upgraded Su-27SM fighters.


MKI stands for “Modernizirovannyi, Kommercheskiy, Indiski” meaning “Modernized, Commercial, Indian”. Jointly-developed with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force. Includes thrust vectoring control (TVC) and canards. Equipped with a multinational avionics complex sourced from Russia, India, France and Israel.
Su-30MKI front seatSu-30MKI rear seat
Export version for China. MKK stands for Modernizirovannyi, Kommercheskiy, Kitayski or “Modernized, Commercial, China”. Its NATO codename is ‘Flanker-G’.
000-Su-30MKK-Cockpit-1S.jpgSu-30MKK front seat Su-30MKK rear seatSu-30MKK of the PLAAF 
A derivative of the India-Russian Su-30MKI, the MKM is a highly specialised version for Royal Malaysian Air Force. It includes thrust vectoring control (TVC) and canards but with avionics from various countries. It will feature head-up displays (HUD), navigational forward-looking IR system (NAVFLIR) and Damocles Laser Designation pod (LDP) from Thales Group of France, MAW-300 missile approach warning sensor (MAWS), RWS-50 RWR and laser warning sensor (LWS) from SAAB AVITRONICS (South Africa) as well as the Russian NIIP N011M Bars Passive electronically scanned array radar, electronic warfare (EW) system, optical-location system (OLS) and a glass cockpit.
Su-30MKM front seat Su-30MKM rear seat
A version of the Su-30MKI, except with French and Russian avionics for Algeria.
Su-30MKA of the Algerian Air Force
A specialised version of the thrust-vectoring Su-30MKI and MKM variants for the Russian military, produced by the Irkut Corporation. Russia’s Defence Ministry was impressed with the MKI’s performance envelope and ordered 30 Su-30SMs, a localised version of Su-30MKI, for the Russian Air Force. The Su-30SM is considered as 4+ gen jet fighter. The new version has been upgraded based on Russian military requirements for radar, radio communications systems, friend-or-foe identification system, ejection seats, weapons, and other aircraft systems. The aircraft is equipped with the Bars-R radar and the wide-angle HUD. A contract for 60 of the multirole fighter was signed in March 2012 with delivery by 2016. On 21 September 2012 Su-30SM performed its maiden flight.

Su-30SM: Details

Su-30SMSu-30SM front seat view notice the wide angle HUDSu-30SM rear seat viewSu-30SM
Export version for Venezuela.
image.jpgSu-30MKV Venezuela Air Force
Su-30MK2 variant for Vietnam with minor modifications.

Su-30SM design

The airframe of Su-30SM is made of titanium and high-strength aluminium alloys. It is based on the Su-30MKI aircraft developed jointly by IRKUT and JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau, for the Indian Air Force (IAF).


The fuselage head houses cockpit, radar sections and avionics bay. High manoeuvrability was achieved through the integral aerodynamic form combined with thrust vectoring feature. (

Su-30SM weapon systems

The Su-30SM is capable of carrying an advanced weapons payload weighing up to 8t. The aircraft can be armed with a machine gun, bombs, air-to-air missiles, and Oniks (Yakhont) supersonic anti-ship and land attack missiles. Developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya, Oniks served as a basis for the BrahMos supersonic missile. Oniks has an operational range of 120km to 300km depending on altitude.

The aircraft can engage aerial threats, ground and naval surface targets by deploying onboard air-to-air and air-to-surface guided/unguided weapons. It can be fitted with anti-surface weaponry such as rockets and rocket pods for conducting land attack operations.

In Beyond Visual Range (BVR) combat, the Sukhoi will again have a kinematic advantage, which may be exploitable at the bounds of engagement radii, as the Sukhoi can gain separation in and out of the missile envelope of the F/A-18’s and JSF faster – it has the extra thrust and combat fuel to play kinematic games both smaller fighters cannot.

The BVR game is however dominated by sensor capabilities, both onboard and offboard the fighters, and long range missile capabilities. The F/A-18A HUG is wholly outclassed by an Su-30MK with an N011M phased array and R-77M ramjet missile. A late model F/A-18E with minimal external stores and the APG-79 AESA fares much better due to its radar signature reduction measures and better radar power-aperture performance, but with external stores its margin of survivability is eroded and it is likely to fall well within the engagement envelope of the Sukhoi and also come to grief (refer radar/missile plot). A post 2010 AESA equipped Sukhoi could almost certainly take on the F/A-18E with confidence as it will have much better power-aperture capability in the radar, enough to offset the radar signature reduction measures in the F/A-18E/F, with an advanced IRST to supplement radar data. (


A clean JSF will have the advantage of a very low X-band radar signature in the forward quarter which will significantly degrade the Sukhoi’s otherwise overwhelming radar power-aperture advantage over other types. However, the JSF is not designed to be a hot supersonic performer and like the F/A-18s will need to generously use afterburner to effect an intercept against a rapidly penetrating Sukhoi. (

See Russia unveils Su-30SME fighter export version: HERE



  • Angolan Air Force ordered 18 Su-30K fighters on 16 October 2013 as part of a $1 billion deal that also included other equipment and maintenance services for the country. The Su-30Ks were initially delivered to India in the 1990s, but were returned to Russia in 2007.
 People’s Republic of China
  • Indonesian Air Force (TNI – AU or Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara) has ordered a combined 11 Su-30MK/MK2 fighters. As of September 2013 it has all Su-30MK/MK2s in inventory.
  • Kazakh Air Force ordered Su-30SM fighters in February 2015. The first 4 were delivered in early 2015.
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force after a close visit to see India’s Su-30MKI, ordered 18 Su-30MKMs in May 2003. The first 2 Su-30MKMs were formally handed over in Irkutsk on 23 May 2007, later arrived in Gong Kedak airbase on 21 June. As part of the contract, Russia sent the first Malaysian cosmonaut to the International Space Station in October 2007. Malaysia has 18 Su-30MKMs in service.
 Russian Federation
  • Russian Air Force has 3 Su-30, 16 Su-30M2, and 39 Su-30SM fighters as of November 2015. It ordered 16 Su-30M2 fighters in December 2013, following a previous order for 4 aircraft of that type. A total of 65 Su-30SMs was on order in February 2014, with deliveries to be completed by 2016.
  • Russian Naval Aviation – 20 Su-30SMs on order, 50 planned. 8 aircraft were delivered as of September 2015.
  • Ugandan Air Force ordered 6 Su-30MK2s in 2010. The last two aircraft from the order were delivered in June 2012.
  • Venezuelan Air Force and the government of Venezuela announced on 14 June 2006 the purchase of 24 units of the Su-30MK2. The first two Su-30MK2s arrived in early December 2006 while another 8 were commissioned during 2007; 14 more units arrived in 2008. A second batch of 12 Su-30MKV was also being considered in 2009, it never proceed further. It has 24 Su-30MK2s as of January 2012. In October 2015, Venezuela announced the purchase of 12 more Su-30MK2 from Russia for $480 million.
  • Vietnam People’s Air Force operates 4 Su-30MKs and 20 Su-30MK2Vs in 2013. Vietnam reportedly signed a contract for 12 more Su-30MK2s in 2009, but the contract was reduced to 8 fighters.On 20 July 2010, it was announced at Farnborough International Airshow that Vietnam signed a contract for 20 Su-30MK2s. On 21 August 2013, Russia announced it would deliver another batch of 12 Su-30MK2s under a recent $450 million contract, with deliveries in 2014-2015.

Specifications (Su-27PU/Su-30)

 Data from KNAAPO, Sukhoi, Gordon and Davison.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21.935 m (72.97 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14.7 m (48.2 ft)
  • Height: 6.36 m (20.85 ft)
  • Wing area: 62.0 m2 (667 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 17,700 kg (39,021 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 24,900 kg (54,900 lb) with 56% fuel
  • Max. takeoff weight: 34,500 kg (76,060 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × AL-31FL low-bypass turbofans
    • Dry thrust: 7,600 kgf (74.5 kN, 16,750 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 12,500 kgf (122.58 kN, 27,560 lbf) each
  • Fuel capacity: 9,400 kg (20,724 lb) internally


  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 (2,120 km/h, 1,320 mph) at altitude
  • Range: 3,000 km (1,620 nmi) at altitude
  • Service ceiling: 17,300 m (56,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 230 m/s (45,275 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 401 kg/m2 with 56% fuel (468.3 kg/m2 with full internal fuel) (82.3 lb/ft2 with 56% fuel)
  • Thrust/weight:
    • With full fuel: 0.86
    • With 56% fuel: 1.00
  • Maximum g-load: +9 g


The Su-27PU had 8 hardpoints for its weapon load, whereas the Su-30MK’s combat load is mounted on 12 hardpoints: 2 wingtip AAM launch rails, 3 pylons under each wing, 1 pylon under each engine nacelle, and 2 pylons in tandem in the “arch” between the engines. All versions can carry up to 8 tonnes of external stores.

  • Guns: 1× GSh-30-1 gun (30 mm calibre, 150 rounds)

  • AAMs: 6× R-27ER (AA-10C), 2× R-27ET (AA-10D), 6× R-73E (AA-11), 6× R-77 RVV-AE (AA-12)
  • ASMs: 6× Kh-31P/A anti-radar/ship missiles, 6× Kh-29T/L laser guided missiles, 2× Kh-59ME
  • Aerial bombs: 6× KAB 500KR, 3× KAB-1500KR, 8× FAB-500T, 28× OFAB-250-270, Nuclear bombs

Notes: O/B – seeker off-boresight acquisition angle; IRH – heatseeking, single or dual colour scanning seeker; SARH – semi-active radar homing seeker; DL – datalink for midcourse guidance corrections – either analogue or digital; IMU – inertial package for midcourse guidance; Passive RF – passive radio frequency anti-radiation seeker; ARH – active radar homing seeker; Acquisition Range is that at which the seeker can acquire its target; Kinematic Range is A-pole or F-pole; Target G – max load factor of target vehicle; Launch G – max load factor of launch aircraft; APU – Aviatsionnaya Puskovaya Ustanovka (rail launcher); AKU – Aviatsionnaya Katapultnaya Ustanovka (ejector); This is a current open source compilation based on manufacturers’ and third party data therefore figures should be treated with appropriate caution (Author). (


Source: wiki/

Updated Dec 27, 2016

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Is Russia Building Up Air Defense Shield All Over Syria? – Sputnik



Is Russia Building Up Air Defense Shield All Over Syria?

20:41 29.11.2015(updated 20:47 29.11.2015)

Anti-aircraft missile system S-400 during combat duty to ensure the safety of the Russian air group in Syria

Russia is actually building an all-over air defense zone in Syria, according to Russian Zvezda TV channel. The Hmeymim air base, Russian jets and also pilots will be protected by the most advanced Russian weapons.

After a Turkish jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria, the Russian Defense Minister reported to President Vladimir Putin that the air defense system around the base needed to be enhanced.

The president said approved the move and 24 hours later an S-400 missile defense system was deployed to the Hmeymim base.

The S-400, an upgrade of the S-300 Growler family, is a new-generation anti-aircraft defense system operated solely by the Russian military. It knows no equals in the world, including the US-made Patriot system.

The S-400 ensures air defense using long- and medium-range missiles that can hit aerial targets at ranges of up to 400 kilometers. It is also can hit ground and sea targets.

The system is not only versatile but also very mobile. It has a mobile deployment time of 15 minutes, and a stand-by deployment time of only 15 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force task unit continues to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIL) positions in Syria. Russian jets are conducting up to 80 sorties a day.

Russia plans to build up its anti-ISIL offensive in Syria. New Su-27 and Su-30 jets are expected to be deployed to the Hmeymim base in the near future. Russian pilots will also be equipped with advanced electronic warfare devices.

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The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)

Latakia, Syria

Russian Handgun Osa to Decrease Fatal Shootings in US – Sputnik


A buyer examining Osa traumatic pistol in one of the Moscow arms shops

Russian Handgun Osa to Decrease Fatal Shootings in US

18:40 29.11.2015(updated 18:55 29.11.2015)

One of the police department’s in Arizona would soon become the first agencies in the United States to use the Russian-made Osa handgun with rubber bullets; the local police hopes the use of Russian guns would lead to fewer deaths, the LA Times reported.

Being right on the Southwestern border of the United States, the Pinal County Sheriff’s office often has to deal with illegal immigrants, smugglers and human traffickers coming from the south.

“Illegal immigrants don’t generally have guns, but they could be throwing rocks. I’ve seen those incidents end with someone getting shot, someone getting killed,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, as cited by the LA Times.

That’s why with the use of the Osa, a four-chamber pistol that uses a laser target pointer and shoots rubber bullets, would bring the number of deaths down, the sheriff said.

Osa bullets have blunt edges and don’t make piercing wounds. Instead, the rubber bullets strike targets with the force equal to that of a person swinging a baseball bat or a professional boxer’s punch, according to Leao Gitirana, a spokesperson for the US distributor of the Osa.

The Osa handgun might be just what US police agencies have been looking for all these years with the goal of decreasing the number of fatal police shootings in the country, the LA Times said.

The Russian handguns would become available to all Pinal County deputies early next year and will cost the department $1,100 each.

In addition to rubber bullets the handgun can also fire flares, pepper-gel bullets and flash-bang rounds.

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The OSA non- lethal pistol PB-2-4 is a multipurpose, compact, nonlethal handgun which is capable of reliably stopping the assailant with minimal risk of fatal damage.

The OSA non-lethal pistol 18.5 x 55 caliber is a weapon without barrel loaded with two or four special cartridges. This electronic pulse gun is very light and efficient. Stopping power is achieved by the pain shock of a large caliber heavy rubber bullet from a range to 1 m – 35 m maximum. (