More Flankers to Russia

Military units of the Eastern Military District will take delivery of Su-30SM and Su-30M2 fighters

Representatives of military units of the Eastern Military District have started acceptance of four multi-role Su-30SM and Su-30M2 fighters at Irkut Corporation’s production sites and Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAZ), Interfax-AVN reports.

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Afghanistan Has Not Requested Additional Russian Mi-17 Helicopters: ISAF

WASHINGTON, October 30 (RIA Novosti) – Kabul has not asked for more Russian Mi-17 helicopters, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan Chris Belcher told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) has announced on Thursday that the deal between the United States and Russia for the Mi-17 helicopters was completed on October 29.

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Who needs to down the FGFA?

The spate of negative articles in the Indian media about the defence cooperation with Russia, especially concerning the FGFA project, indicates behind-the-scenes hectic attempts by Rafale lobbyists.

There is a buzz in the air about New Delhi’s intentions of shooting down the 2007 agreement with Moscow for the joint development of fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) or at least put it on the hold to generate the funds for financing the Rafale deal with France.

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India training Vietnamese pilots

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After submarine training, India likely to train Vietnamese pilots to fly Sukhois

NEW DELHI: After kicking-off submarine training for Vietnamese sailors last year, India is likely to coach Vietnam Air Force pilots in flying Sukhoi fighters as well, in keeping with the stepped-up defence cooperation between the two countries.

Both India and Vietnam are, of course, concerned about China’s assertive behaviour in the Asia-Pacific region, and are steadily building cooperation in military training and “capacity-building” as well as in joint oil exploration in the contentious South China Sea.

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No softlanding in sight for $20-bn Rafale deal

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The wait for the $20-billion 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft for the Indian Air Force is going to get longer due to budgetary constraints and the delay in concluding the negotiations with the French company Dassault.

Though the talks with Dassault have been going on for two years now, IAF chief Arup Raha has admitted that it would take another three to four years before the first squadron of Rafale aircraft could be raised. This effectively means a timeframe of 2015-16 if there is no further delay in signing the agreement.

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Indonesia and Flankers

VEB increased the sovereign risk limit for Indonesia to 16.3 billion rubles in the network of a contract for delivery of Su-30MK2 fighters.

Due to fall in exchange rate of ruble, Russia has to make changes in its export contracts in the area of military-technical cooperation. Vnesheconombank (VEB) increased the sovereign risk limit for Indonesia to 16.3 billion rubles (+2.3 billion) in the network of a contract for delivery of Su-30MK2 heavy fighters signed in 2011, Kommersant reports.

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Why India needs to rethink the Rafale deal

Russian Ambassador in New Delhi Alexander Kadakin claims Chinese Sukhoi Flankers will swat the Rafale like mosquitoes, but what’s more worrying is India is willing to spend $30 billion on a stop-gap aircraft.

Fighter planes fall into two categories – the hunters and the hunted. The French are pitching their Rafale as the dogfight duke that is the crème de la crème of jet fighters. But the Russian side disagrees. Alexander Kadakin, Russia’s ambassador in India, says Chinese-made Sukhoi-27s would be able to swat the Rafales like “mosquitoes on an August night.”
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“Russia Continue to Implement New START Treaty Against All Odds”

US, Russia Continue to Implement New START Treaty Against All Odds: State Undersecretary.

MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) – The United States and Russia continue to implement the New START Treaty against all odds, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Rose Gottenmoeller said. “The United States and Russia are continuing to implement the treaty in a businesslike manner, despite all the tensions,” Gottenmoeller was quoted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as addressing students Friday.

The United States and Russia signed the New START Treaty in 2010 in a bid to bilaterally reduce nuclear arms by 2018. The treaty did not start being implemented until its entry into force in 2011. The treaty enables both the United States and Russia to check each other’s facilities 18 times a year, according to Gottenmoeller.

Despite their “businesslike” approach to the treaty, the two countries should continue making progress in other areas of nuclear security, Gottenmoeller noted. MIT also quoted Gottenmoeller as adding that “the Russians have been good partners” in removing chemical weapons from Syria.

China’s J-31 to debut at Zhuhai air show next month

China’s mysterious J-31 fighter jet will make its long-awaited debut at the annual China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai on Nov. 11, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

The J-31, also known as “Gyrfalcon,” or Falcon Hawk by some military enthusiasts, is a twin-engine, mid-size fifth-generation jet fighter currently under development by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. The jet is said to be even more mysterious than the J-20, the fellow fifth-generation fighter being developed by the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation.

The J-31 has reportedly been undergoing a series of flight tests to prepare for its official unveiling at the upcoming air show in Zhuhai in southern China’s Guangdong province next month. Analysts say it is important for the plane to be fully prepared as its specifications will inevitably be challenged by experts if there are technical issues that have not yet been resolved.

The debut of the fighter jet is said to be of major significance for China’s aviation industry. On the one hand the J-31 will show off the maturity of China’s stealth technology. On the other, it is believed that the J-31 may become the first figher jet developed by China to enter the global arms market, which could bring in the necessary funds to fund future investments and continue the development of the domestic indistry.