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‘Indonesia signs Su-35 deal’

Just days after China confirmed it is buying Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft, Indonesia reportedly is doing the same. According to sources in Jakarta on Friday 27 November, the Indonesian government has agreed to buy 12 of the state-to-art, Russian made fighter aircraft.

The Indonesian interest in the thrust vectored Su-35 Flanker E has been doing the rounds for some time already. The aircraft should replace ageing Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara; TNI-AU) F-5 Tigers and operate alongside former US Lockheed Martin F-16C/D aircraft currently being delivered.

US offer

The apparant deal likely means the offer for the F-16V to Indonesia is to be rejected, although exisiting Indonesian F-16 could still be modified to F-16V , which is Lockeed Martin’s latest version of the Fighting Falcon.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: The Su-35 Flanker E. (Image © UAC Russia)

 

Middle-East sources: “Egypt buys 62 MiG-fighters”

Egypt is closing a deal with Russia to buy not 24, or 46 – as earlier reported – but even up to 62 Mikoyan-Gurevich designed MiG-29 and/or MiG-35 Fulcrum fighters from Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, sources in the Middle East say.

For months there have been conflicting reports on the type and number of Fulcrums the Egyptian Air Force is likely to get. In May we at Airheadsfly.com reported that Cairo was in fact interested in the MiG-35 – which is a further development of the MiG-29. We won’t rule out a combination deal: 48 MiG-29SMTs and 24 MiG-35s – or 46 MiG-35s and 26 MiG-29SMTs. But a day after the renewed rumours, Moscow officials denied any immediate plans to deliver MiGs to Egypt.

The Russian-made fighter aircraft will augment the 24 Dassault Rafale jets Egypt ordered in France this year, as well as the increasing fleet of US-made Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons – with 12 new aircraft expected to augment the 288 already on strength.

The new Russian MiGs will be first and foremost be used to replace the aging MiG-21 Fishbed, with about 56 of them still serving. The Egypian Air Force also operates 57 somewhat similar Chengdu J-7s provided by China, as well as 18 Dassault Mirage 2000s. Several tens of Mirage Vs (out of 82 delivered) are also on duty.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A MiG-29SMT (Image © Russian Aircraft Corporation)

RAF Typhoons meet a flock of Russians

Four Su-34 Fullbacks, four MiG-31 Foxhounds and two An-26 Curls. That’s was the score in a single Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) last week for Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons participating in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission over the Baltics. The Typhoons operated from Estonia to where they are deployed from homebase of RAF Lossiemouth in the UK.

The Typhoons met the Russian armada in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The Russian aircraft appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training missions, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. Since May, the Typhoons carried out 18 live intercepts of Russian aircraft, but never before did they encounter such a large formation of Russian airplanes.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): As seen from an RAF Typhoon. (Image © UK Ministry of Defence)

Russia: final Navy Fulcrums this year

The Russian Navy is to receive the last of 20 MiG-29K Fulcrums this year, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow reported on Sunday 26 July. The final delivery will conclude a contract signed in 2012. The Fulcrums are meant to operate from Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Admiral Kuznetsov.

In Russia, the MiG-29K is seen as a replacement for older Sukhoi Su-33 Flankers operating from the Kuznetsov. The type was developed in partnership with India, which has ordered a total of 45 MiGs for its navy. Among these are MiG-29KUB two-seater variants.

The Russian ministry of Defense has stated the MiG-29K will be used to equip a new unit within the Northern naval fleet.

Source: Russian Ministry of Defence
Featured image: A MiG-29K on the Kuznetsov (Image © Mikoyan Gurevich)

‘Sukhoi SSJ100 for Crimean carrier’

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is planning to launch an airline flying from the Crimea, using up to six Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ100) airliners. The plan came to light over the weekend and is seen as a provocation in Ukraine and elsewhere. The airline is yet unnamed.

The airline would be based in Simferopol and fly to 14 locations in Russia, with another 22 destinations named as a possibility. Half a million passengers in the first year of operation is a feasible number, according to UAC. Investment costs are said to be around 24 million USD.

By using Russian made planes, the airline will not run into trouble caused by international sanctions against Russia over the annexation of the Crimea in 2014. The Sukhoi SSJ100 was developed however, in cooperation with Italian aircraft manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi.

Carriers
The type first flew on 19 May 2008 and entered service with three years later with Aeroflot. Since, the SSJ100 was ordered mostly by Russian carriers like Red Wings. A Letter of Intent for four aircraft – and ten more options – was signed by Belgian carrier VLM Airline.

Delivery of the Belgian aircraft has been delayed until late 2016, as the type is not certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) yet. Under current sanctions, the question is wether that will change soon.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (Image © Sukhoi)