Su-33 fighter jet crashes from Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier
Published time: 5 Dec, 2016 10:35Edited time: 5 Dec, 2016 11:29
A fighter jet based on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov skid off the deck during landing and became lost at sea after an arrestor gear line snapped and failed to stop the aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
The pilot ejected from the plane and was rescued unharmed, the statement said.
“Naval aviation sorties are continuing in accordance with their tasks,” the ministry added.
The Su-33 is the second aircraft that has been lost from the Kuznetsov fleet during its ongoing mission in the Mediterranean. Earlier, a Mig-29 fighter jet was not able to land and ran out of fuel because the deck crew of the carrier failed to fix a broken arrestor gear.
The deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov to Syria is its first combat mission since the ship was built. It is the only aircraft carrier currently in service in the Russian Navy.
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Lockheed Martin to produce C-130J-30 aircraft for France
By Ryan Maass | Dec. 2, 2016 at 8:52 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin has received a $133.4 million contract modification to produce two U.S. government-configured C-130J-30 aircraft for France.
Work on the contract will be performed at Marietta, Ga. U.S. government officials expect the work to be done by Aug. 30, 2020. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is listed as the contracting activity.
All funding for the project supports the U.S. government’s foreign military sale to France.
The C-130J-30, also known as the Super Hercules, is a stretched-out version of the C-130J military transport plane. The larger model adds 15 feet to the fuselage and increases usable space, making more room for cargo.
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*Why is it only $66.7 million I heard it’s around $100 million? Or are they bundling the purchase with the US lot?
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