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  • Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya
    Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya 9 September 2020
    It is said that a Mig-29 supporting Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya on September 8th. Russian-speaking pilot filmed himself on the ground, waiting for rescue operators. The Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube. The incident took place near the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by the so-called Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar. The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but...
  • India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia
    India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia 26 August 2020
    India is set to buy additional Su-30 and MiG-29 aircraft from Russia by the end of the year. "We know that due to objective reasons, the Indian leadership has decided to accelerate the allocation of funds for the purchase of this aircraft. Negotiations are already underway. We look forward to signing contracts, including for 6 Kamov Ka-31 Helix Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW & C) helicopters, by the end of 2020," Russian officials said.  Kamov K...
  • Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market
    Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market 24 August 2020
    Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of the Russian Defence Export Authority Rosoboronexport, made the remarks ahead of the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum event. Mikheyev said they plan to introduce nearly 50 new weapons systems to the world market. "In the next five or six years, Rosoboronexport plans to deliver almost 50 new weapon systems to the international arms market. These are final products involving air defence systems, combat and military transport aircraft, and ...
  • First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted
    First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted 3 August 2020
    The first three Su-35 fighter jets that Russia is producing for Egypt’s air force have been seen flying in Russia. The production had started at the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Five aircraft were spotted in flight at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport in central Russia with serials 9210, 9212 and 9214 visible. They were en route from the factory 3 600 km away. In early May, satellite imagery appeared to show four of the aircraft on the ground at the Komsomolsk-on...
  • Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms
    Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms 2 August 2020
    Ukraine has modernized the Soviet-era MiG-29 (NATO code: Fulcrum) aircraft. As a result of the process carried out by the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Facility under Ukroboronprom, it was announced that a modernized MiG-29 jet had been delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. The aircraft's engine and avionics were renewed. Ukroboronprom said the service life of the MİG-29, which is undergoing electronic equipment and maintenance, will be eight years, which could be extended by up to...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya
    New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July 2020
    The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya. "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials." According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Rus...
  • Additional Su-30MKI Procurement
    Additional Su-30MKI Procurement 2 July 2020
    In addition to the serious problems experienced in the combat readiness, India, which is in border disputes with China on the Himalayas, has approved the acquisition of additional aircraft. The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved the $ 2.43 billion budget required to procurement of 33 additional combat jets. In this context, New Delhi, which requested additional aircraft from Russia, will acquire 21 second-hand MiG-29 (NATO Code: Fulcrum) from Russia. In addi...
  • "Urgent" Procurement Request from India
    "Urgent" Procurement Request from India 22 June 2020
    India wants to add 33 new fighter jets to its inventory. According to the Mumbai-based The Economic Times, India wants to procure new platforms "urgently." New Delhi wants to procure 21 MiG-29 (NATO Code: Fulcrum) aircraft and 12 Su-30MKI from Russia. If an agreement is reached, the delivery of the platforms will be provided within two years following the signing of the contract.  The modernized version of the Su-30Ks for the foreign market of the Su-30, whi...
  • Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya
    Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya 20 June 2020
    Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-24 Fencers are caught in the air at Al Jufrah Air Base in Libya. Russia sent at least 14 combat jets, in total, to support Khalifa Haftar. Images prove that the jets are now actively flying. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) released two new images of Al Jufrah, which it said were taken on June 18, 2020, one of which showed a Su-24 Fencer taking off from the base. The other picture showed a MiG-29 parked in front of a hardened aircraft shelter, as well as ...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Jet Tender at Black Sea
    Jet Tender at Black Sea 25 May 2020
    Ukraine, which is in a state of war with Russia, and therefore, has reconstructed its army by rebuilding, announced that it will go on a combat jet tender. The Ukrainian Air Force Military Council decided to launch a new jet procurement process under the Air Force Vision 2035 Program. Within the scope of the decree signed on May 15, new platforms will be provided with the need to protection against enemy air raids, provide air defence in coordination with ground eleme...
  • Bulgarian Jet Problem Solved
    Bulgarian Jet Problem Solved 3 April 2020
    The final decision was made in the Bulgarian jet tender, which turned into a complete puzzle and many candidates shown. Bulgaria made its choice in the endless jet procurement process. Sofia signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for the procurement of F-16V Block 70, costs 512 million USD. Within the scope of Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Sofia will receive a total of eight aircraft. All platforms that will enter Bulgarian inventory at the time when the engine selection...
  • India and Russia Partnership Continues
    India and Russia Partnership Continues 17 March 2020
    According to the Military Balance 2019 handbook published by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, over 1,025 T-90S tanks are operational in the Indian Army at present. As a result of the agreement reached with Russia, it was announced in February that the contract for the platform produced under the license will be extended until 2028. Thus, India, which can produce 400 more tanks, is planned to sign the agreement in the next few months. Russia's Feder...
  • Boeing to change Super Hornets for India
    Boeing to change Super Hornets for India 11 February 2020
    Boeing plans trials to confirm that it's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter can operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a skip ramp rather than catapults. The US-based firm announced that it plans to test Hornet with a ramp. Competing with many companies for India, which declares that it will purchase 57 fighter jets, Boeing can make its place in the Indian Navy with the launch of the ramp. India in early 2020 operates just one carrier, Vikramaditya, a former Soviet vessel. T...
  • Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force
    Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force 6 February 2020
    With the transition from the Warsaw Pact to the NATO Pact, Poland is facing great difficulties in terms of logistics. It is stated that the Polish Air Force has a problem with the operationalities of the F-16 and Mig-29 fleets. It is stated that only 30-40 per cent of the fleet is in service with the difficulties in bringing the platforms into operation. The Onet news website, which researches the subject, spoke about the complexity with the Polish Parliament MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Kluz...
  • Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal
    Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal 1 February 2020
    Poland officially signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement to buy 32 F-35A. worth $4.6 billion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the price tag. The original State Department approval allowed for a price as high as $6.5 billion. Delivery is scheduled to being in 2024. Low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 13 F-35As are already priced below $80 million a copy (including engines) for the so-called flyaway cost. FMS deals include logistics, training and other support...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet 28 December 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 27 November 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • Su-30SM Delivered
    Su-30SM Delivered 13 November 2019
    Belarus received the first two of its 12 Su-30SM multi-generation combat aircraft today. "Under the defence procurement plan, Su-30SM multirole fighters will be delivered. Two fighters are expected to land at the Baranovichi aerodrome tomorrow afternoon." Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov was quoted by the BelTA news agency, on Tuesday. The agreement for the dozen Sukhoi jets to replace old MiG-29 fighters was signed in 2017. Two more jets are expected to be shipped to the c...
  • ASELSAN Touch on Albatros
    ASELSAN Touch on Albatros 8 October 2019
    Ukraine has modernized 16 of the L-39 Albatros aircraft in its inventory. ASELSAN took part in the program which was carried out within the scope of upgrade of advanced jet trainer with a work share of 8%. Following the modernization, AI-25 engines of L-39M1 Albatross were modified and upgraded to AI-25TLSH. The acceleration and climbing speed capabilities of the Albatros have been improved thanks to the increased thrust of engines. Three of the platforms which all of them integrate...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans 22 August 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 5 August 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • Donation from Russia
    Donation from Russia 25 July 2019
    BRDM-2M armoured reconnaissance vehicles that Russia promised to donate to Serbia, reached the country. The delivery of 30 upgraded BRDM-2Ms is part of a wider military agreement that has already resulted in the transfer of six surplus MiG-29 fighters to Serbia in 2017 and should be completed by the end of 2019 with the transfer of 30 modernised T-72 main battle tanks. BRDM-2, taken from Yugoslavia, were already in service of the Serbian army.
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets 24 July 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US 10 July 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement
    Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement 22 May 2019
    Poland Air Forces decided on Harpia program, which includes the exchange of Soviet-era Su-22 and MiG-29 fighter aircrafts, part of the Polish Air Force inventory.  Polish Vice-Minister of Defence Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced that the first squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters will be acquired during the current planning period, while a second squadron would be procured after 2026. Skurkiewicz mentioned about the fifth-generation combat aircraft to be supplied in total...
  • Bulgaria Desperate
    Bulgaria Desperate 16 May 2019
    Bulgaria, which is in the process of choosing the new combat jet platform, could not agree with the US for the supply of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which the country's top management units have shown as a favorite.   The parties could not agree on price and budgeting. At this point, Bulgaria holds the new MiG-29 or the JAS-39 Gripen procurement card. The prices suggested by the US for the F-16 Fighting Falcons are not satisfactory for the Bulgarian side, but negoti...
  • Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus
    Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus 26 February 2019
    Serbia has received four more MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus, bringing its fleet to a total of 14, Serbia’s Ministry of Defence Aleksandar Vulin said in a Monday, February 25 release. Speaking at ceremony, Vulin said, "We can freely say that we now have 14 MiG-29, which is a number that we could not dream of in 2012.” The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian-designed twin-engine fighter jet aircraft which entered service with the Sov...
  • India Seeks MiG-29
    India Seeks MiG-29 15 February 2019
    India that had inked a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French manufacturer Dassault is looking for an interim solution.  Dassault does not experience problem to deliver aircraft but allegations of corruption with regards to that contract locks Indian Air Force. the Indian Air Force is now reportedly in talks to buy 21 unfinished Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrums from Russia and have them completed in a modernized configuration. The Times of India reported on the possible acqui...
  • Hungary to Sell Off Decommissioned Mig-29s
    Hungary to Sell Off Decommissioned Mig-29s 15 February 2019
    The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has put its remaining fleet of decommissioned MiG-29 fighters up for sale. The single lot includes 19 aircraft (some of which are not airworthy and partly cannibalised), 20 engines, and 293 other items including integrated weapons. The initial price for the package has been set at USD10 million and the deal must be approved by the relevant Russian authorities.
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 16 January 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Ukrainian Air Force Renewing
    Ukrainian Air Force Renewing 8 January 2019
    During high military tension in 2018, Ukraine has continued to renew its army. Ukroboronprom announced the country's activities in 2018. Within the scope of the modernization works carried out in 2018, 50 aircraft were renewed and delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. In addition to the Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, Su-25 combat jets, the An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39 jet trainer, Mi-24, Mi-14 and Mi-8 helicopters were modernized. Ukroboronprom is not only modernize...
  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16
    Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 16 December 2018
    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s. Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.” Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia. Bulgaria has budgeted 900 million euros ($1 billion) for the purchase of at least eight fighter jets. ...
  • F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed
    F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed 14 December 2018
    Lockheed Martin signed an agreement. With this, one more country become a F-16 Block 70/72 user. With a procurement agreement worth € 1.6 billion, Slovakia has finalized the purchase of F-16s. The agreement was signed at a ceremony attended by Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš and Lockheed Martin Vice President Ana Wugofski. Agreement covers a total of 14 aircraft, necessary equipment, logistic support and training activities for personnel. All of the platforms will b...
  • Russian AESA Tests Scheduled to 2019
    Russian AESA Tests Scheduled to 2019 22 November 2018
    Russia-based Phazotron-NIIR announced the launch of new AESA radar tests. The system, called Zhuk-AME, will be tested by Russian Aerospace Forces. The radar system, also called as FGA50, was developed with an active electronic phase array. Radar will be integrated into MiG-29 and MiG-35 aircraft in the Russian inventory. The system, which was finalized before the trials and delivered to the testing authority, was introduced in 2016. Tests of the radar will begin in early 2019. Manuf...
  • Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria
    Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria 12 October 2018
    Italy and its defence company Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig-29 fleet. The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s...
  • Russia  Prepares Catamaran Aircraft Carrier Concept
    Russia Prepares Catamaran Aircraft Carrier Concept 5 October 2018
    The Krylov State Research Centre fundamentally changes aircraft carrier concept. According to the article published at TASS news Agency, new design has already been presented for the first time at the Army-2018 forum at the end of August. Apparently no one noticed the offer. This new design concept is based on future semi-catamaran but the proposed project has no name yet. It will be a non-nuclear multirole aircraft carrier. "The semi-catamaran design of the ship’s underw...
  • Chinese Eye for Serbia
    Chinese Eye for Serbia 26 September 2018
    Serbia signed and agreement with China for procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles. Serbia took delivery of MiG-29 from Russia in recent weeks. It is stated that platforms that can be used in all weather conditions will also be able to use laser-guided ammunition. According to Serbian media, six platforms will be supplied. Some of them may be Wing Loong II. First flight of sytems are planned to 2019. According to official statement, Serbia will provide technology transfer as well as vehicles ...
  • Kh-35UEh Missile Launch İn The Pacific From the Russian Su-34
    Kh-35UEh Missile Launch İn The Pacific From the Russian Su-34 26 September 2018
    The Kh-35UEh airborne missile-mounted missile tested a Russian Su-34 aircraft in the Pacific Ocean. The test scenario was complex and portrayed the attack on a group of ships. In total, eight missile launches were made, which were successful. The Kh-35UEh anti-ship missile was developed and manufactured by the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) and tested on aircraft in 2017. The rocket has been certified for use by the Su-24M bomber, the Su-30SM fighter, the MiG-29K fighter /...