Friday, January 25, 2013

Russian army adopts new aircraft generation 4 + +

The new Russian 5th generation fighter T-50, destined to become the main force of the Air Force in the country, is currently undergoing extensive testing. Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force actively buying heavy fighters Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft classified 4 + + generation.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has recently said in a statement that the Air Force would receive in 2013 under an administrative contract, 12 multirole fighter latest Su-35S. Sukhoi group that built these planes, the air force already sold two fighters of this type in 2011 and another six in 2012. However, the production of these aircraft will be doubled in 2013.

According to the official spokesman for the Russian Air Force, Colonel Vladimir Drik, air forces are considering buying about 90 Su-35S. Russian Defense has acquired total, since 2008, 244 Sukhoi fighters and bombers.

The Su-35 (Flanker E + or, according to NATO classification) is a multi-role fighter high maneuverability 4 + + generation. This generation is a relative concept used to say that most of the technical characteristics of the aircraft, except stealth, are close to those of airplanes latest fifth generation.

The construction of the first Su-35S series was launched in 2006. In summer 2007, Sukhoi developed the first prototype of the aircraft, which was presented on the floor in the Salon MAKS international aerospace Moscow. Testing the new model began in early 2008 and already in 2009, Sukhoi signed a contract with the Defence for the delivery of Su-35S, for the supply of 48 hunters this type between 2012 and 2015.The parties intend to sign another agreement for the period 2015 to 2020.

In June 2010, Sukhoi said preliminary tests of the aircraft had been successfully completed, confirming the proven performance-board equipment and high maneuverability of the hunter, who was now ready to undergo formal operational tests involving drivers Air Force.

The characteristics of the Su-35S are really impressive. Length of service calculated fuselage hunter stood at 6000 hours flown (compared to 2 500-4 000 hours for older models). The aircraft is equipped with latest avionics, including a radar array antenna using phase control, capable of detecting large air targets such as AWACS or B-52 bombers at a distance of 400 km, and a station at a distance of infrared detection of 80 km. The radar is also capable of monitoring ground targets and lead guided bombs.

"The Su-35S is more modernized version of the Su-plane 17SM3. It will replace the famous Su-27, "said Colonel Drik.

Equipped with modern weapons and equipment, the hunter is also very easy to operate. "In terms of driving, the air force pilots will not encounter serious difficulties in relearning for the Su-35S, but the modern computer system will require them to acquire additional knowledge and skills," says test pilot, Sergei Bogdan.

As for the business prospects of the new fighter, he will face strong competition from popular aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16 U.S. and European hunters Rafale, Eurofighter and Gripen. It should be noted that the new U.S. cinquème generation fighter F-35 will also be exported by Washington. In addition, the Su-35S will be competing in Russia: it is of course the Russian fifth generation fighter T-50 Russian counterpart of the famous American F-22.

However, Mr Bogdan, who took part in the tests of T-50 as a pilot, the Su-35S considered as a major breakthrough in the field of military aviation. The driver described the fighter as "very delicate and at the same time, very obedient, with excellent transient response and very powerful during maneuvers. "Mr. Bogdan noted, moreover, increased security of the aircraft ensured by the thrust vector control, which could also be an important argument in favor of the purchase of Su-35S.

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