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M-346 undergoing cold test certification

M-346 in cold test certification

03rd February 2017 – 9:30 by The Shephard News Team

Leonardo has carried out cold test certification of the M-346 in January in Kiruna, Sweden, the company announced on 2 February.

The testing ensures that the aircraft and all systems behave as expected in extreme cold conditions. This included starting all engines, systems and APU after the aircraft had been left outside in a ‘cold soak’ for around 12 hours in recorded temperatures of -20°C, on an icy and snow covered ramp and runway, in wind and heavy snowfall. The behavior and performance of systems were then evaluated.

Testing also including de-icing operations, evaluation of braking performance on contaminated runway, and a dedicated flight test. According to the company all testing gave positive indications.

The M-346 underwent hot climatic testing in 2011 in Kuwait, in temperatures reaching up to +60°C.

Original post shephardmedia.com

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Second batch of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 to be delivered to China in 2017

Russia to deliver 10 Su-35 fighter jets to China in 2017

Published time: 2 Feb, 2017 14:20

Edited time: 2 Feb, 2017 16:22

The second batch of 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 multipurpose fighter jets will be delivered to China this year with a further 10 aircraft in 2018, TASS reported on Thursday, citing its sources.

“The first four planes were supplied late last year and the second batch of 10 jets will be delivered to the customer this year,” said an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

In November, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov told TASS that Moscow had started deliveries of the fighter jets to China.

The contract for 24 Su-35s was inked in November 2015, making China the first international buyer of the advanced Russian warplane. The three-year deal for the aircraft, ground equipment, and spare engines is valued at $2 billion.

The Su-35 is a long-range ‘4++ generation’ super-maneuverable fighter jet. It is armed with an internal 30mm cannon and has 12 hardpoints with a combined capacity of 8,000 kg, compatible with a wide range of unguided and guided missiles and bombs. Its maximum speed is 2,500 km/h, with a range of 3,400 km, and a combat radius of around 1,600 km.

Beijing first showed an interest in buying Su-35s in 2008 during the Airshow China international expo. Formal negotiations started in 2011.

China is currently among the world’s top five buyers of Russian arms, restoring its position after a slowdown in the late 2000s.

The country buys advanced Russian jet engines, submarines, and surface-to-air missiles, among other high-tech military items.

According to the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, cooperation between the two countries “is at an all-time high” and “continues to steadily expand each year,” particularly in the economic sphere.

Trade between China and Russia was about $68 billion in 2015. Projects for the next three years are estimated at $200 billion.

In November, Russia announced the delivery of the S-400 missile systems to China by 2020, making it the first country authorized to buy the advanced air defense weapon. The deal is reportedly worth $3 billion.

Original post rt.com

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Deliveries of T-50 (PAK FA) fighter jet may start in 2018

Russian army may start receiving 5th-generation T-50 fighter jets in 2018

Military & Defense  February 02, 18:21 UTC+3

It is first necessary to complete the fighter jet’s trials, the deputy defense minister said

BUDAPEST, February 2. /TASS/. The deliveries of the fifth-generation T-50 (PAK FA) fighter jet to the Russian Armed Forces may start after 2018, Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov said on Thursday.

“Most likely, this will be already the next state armament program, i.e. 2018-2025,” he said in response to a question about the possible timeframe of delivering the fifth-generation fighter jet to the troops.

It is first necessary to complete the fighter jet’s trials, the deputy defense minister said.

“We are not in a hurry,” Borisov said.

As long as the existing analogs meet the requirements of the Armed Forces, there is no need spending money on the purchase of expensive new military hardware, he said.

“We are holding an operational evaluation and have purchased limited batches. We’ll see how they will operate in practice. We are now revealing all drawbacks and making changes to ensure that we purchase practically proven examples when time comes,” the deputy defense minister said.

Original post tass.com

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