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First flight of the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E

Writing by Tolip on Tuesday, 4 of March , 2008 at 1:14 am

On February 19, 2008 at 11:25 Moscow time the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E advanced multi-role fighter made its first flight. Flown by Sukhoi test pilot Sergey Bogdan from Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow, the test flight lasted 50 minutes and the set flight program was performed in full. The new “Super Flanker” is expected to be delivered to the Russian Air Force in 2010 and reach initial operating capability in 2011. Currently, another two planes are completed and are to join the first prototype in a series of test flights. The Su-35 will enter service under the name Su-27SM2.

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Kamov Ka-50/52 Hokum A/B attack helicopter

Writing by Tolip on Wednesday, 28 of November , 2007 at 1:11 am

The Kamov Ka-50/52 is the world’s first coaxial attack helicopter. The Ka-50 Black Shark and Ka-52 Alligator have entered service with the Russian Army in 1995. Developed in the mid 1980s, the Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark is also the world’s only single seat attack helicopter and the first production helicopter to be fitted with a zero-zero ejection seat.

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MiG AT advanced jet trainer

Writing by Tolip on Thursday, 11 of October , 2007 at 10:13 pm

In 1996 a new advanced jet trainer flew for the first time over the Russian skies. Designed to replace the Let L-29 and L-39, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG AT is part of a new generation of aircraft that will enter service with the Russian Air Force. Mikoyan hopes to receive orders for about 1,200 aircraft but up until now only 20 have been built.

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Mil Mi-28N Havoc attack helicopter

Writing by Tolip on Wednesday, 10 of October , 2007 at 8:47 pm

The Mil Mi-28A/N attack helicopter is the Russian equivalent of the American Apache helicopter. Developed as a successor of the famous Mi-24 Hind, the Mi-28, known to NATO as Havoc, is a tandem two-seat helicopter optimized for the anti-tank role. This is Russia’s latest gunship.

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The Caspian Sea Monster

Writing by Tolip on Tuesday, 9 of October , 2007 at 10:44 pm

There is a saying: “If it’s ugly, it’s British; if it’s weird, it’s French; and if it’s ugly and weird, it’s Russian.” On October 18, 1966, the KM Ekranoplan, Russian for Wing-In-Ground effect vehicle ( WIG) flew for the first time. Larger than any other flying craft at the time, the Ekranoplan was nicknamed the Caspian Sea Monster. (Read more…)

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Black Ops: American pilots flying Russian aircraft during the Cold War

Writing by Tolip on Thursday, 4 of October , 2007 at 8:25 pm

In the late 1960′s a secret program was undertaken by the US Air Force and Navy to evaluate flight characteristics of soviet built aircraft. The US acquired aircraft, radar systems, missiles as well as other hardware from friendly nations (Israel,Egypt,etc.) or aircraft used by their pilots to defect. The program continued until the early 1990′s, when the fall of the Soviet Union led to the end of the Cold War. (Read more…)

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Russian plasma stealth fighters

Writing by Tolip on Wednesday, 3 of October , 2007 at 2:30 pm

First developed by the Russians, plasma stealth technology is also known as “Active Stealth Technology”. Plasma stealth is a proposed process that uses ionized gas (plasma) to reduce the radar cross section (RCS) of an aircraft. A plasma stream is injected in front of the aircraft covering the entire body of the aircraft and absorbing most of the electromagnetic energy of the radar waves, thus making the aircraft difficult to detect. (Read more…)

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The White Swan of Russia’s Air Force Tupolev TU-160 Blackjack

Writing by Tolip on Thursday, 27 of September , 2007 at 9:33 pm

The heaviest combat aircraft ever to be built, the Tupolev TU-160 (NATO codename Blackjack) is a supersonic, variable geometry heavy bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau.

Due to the antiflash white finish and excellent maneuverability the TU-160 was nicknamed by its pilots the White Swan.There are currently 14 White Swans in service with the Russian Air Force.

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Russian strategic bombers out on patrol

Writing by Tolip on Saturday, 22 of September , 2007 at 9:12 pm

On August 17 the long-range divisions of Russia’s Air Force resumed patrolling of remote areas over the North Eastern Atlantic, the Norwegian and Northern Seas, the Sea of Japan, and the North Pole.Russia resumes long range patrols using the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear after nearly 15 years of inactivity.

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Russian military aircraft on sale for general public

Writing by Tolip on Friday, 21 of September , 2007 at 10:12 pm

Ever wanted to pilot a russian jet fighter or have your very own russian attack helicopter? Nowadays all you need to do that is have a little bit of cash and your dream just might come true. If you have anything between 10k $ and 5 million $ you can buy anything from a MiG-21 interceptor to the world famous Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker. There are dozens of ex-military aircraft for sale.
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Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind Helicopter in action videos

Writing by Cristian on Wednesday, 22 of August , 2007 at 1:00 pm

Here are two videos I posted on metacafe, featuring the mighty Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter. The first video is a Czech Mi-24, and the second is a Slovakian Mil. Both videos showcase the helicopter’s maneuvering skills, and performances. They are both very cool videos if you are a military fanatic like I am :) Enjoy!
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Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind Helicopter

Writing by Cristian on Wednesday, 15 of August , 2007 at 3:48 pm

The Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind helicopter is a true veteran. It’s seen 18 wars in its lifetime. That’s more than any other NATO helicopter in existence.
The Mi-24 Hind or the flying tank as it is called by Russian pilots because of it’s
reinforced cockpit, can take hits from all kinds of projectile weapons, including massive .50 caliber machine guns, without the bullets making it into the cockpit. Unfortunately any aircraft is as strong as its weakest part. For the Mi-24 Hind the weakest link is its resistance to shoulder launched rockets.
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Abandoned Russian airplanes

Writing by admin on Friday, 3 of August , 2007 at 3:28 pm

An unusual article caught my attention on Digg yesterday. It featured a website with pictures of old abandoned Russian aircraft. The pictures seem to tell a story of a long-gone era when everybody feared nuclear attacks and when the Berlin wall divided Europe into two areas of influence.

These airplanes were once top of the line, and a part of the proud air fleet of the Soviet Union, yet their lives are now over, their “guts” have been removed and their destiny is now only to sit in the sun, and watch history unfold itself.
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