(Translated by Roy Cochrun)
(Translating the Russian Aviation News for You since Spring, 2000)
Date Posted 28 January 2011
Anniversary of PAK FA First Flight Is 29 January
Tomorrow it will be a year since the first flight took place of the prototype of the fifth generation aircraft complex (PAK FA), the Sukhoy company's press service reports.
Russian Federation honored test pilot Sergey Bogdan piloted the airplane. The flight assignment was executed in full. The aircraft made a good showing of itself at all stages of the intended flight program.
The Sukhoy company's general director, Mikhail Pogosyan, characterized this event as a great success of Russian science and design thought. The cooperation of more than a hundred partner enterprises stands behind it. The PAK FA program brings Russian aircraft construction and related branches to a qualitatively new engineering level. These airplanes, along with the upgraded fourth generation aviation complexes, will define the Russian air force's potential in the coming decades. At the present time, the PAK FA flight and ground tests are continuing successfully. In the very near future a second flying example will join it.
The Sukhoy company's plans include further development of the new generation aircraft complex's program with Indian partners. It is the largest joint project in the area of Russo-Indian military and technical cooperation. In December of last year within the framework of Russia Federation president Dmitriy Medvedev's visit to India, FGUP Rosoboronehksport, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited company and Sukhoy signed a contract for the development of a draft technical project of a future multirole fighter (PMI). The airplane is being developed based on the PAK FA in accordance with the technical requirements presented by the Indian side.
"In comparison with fighters of prior generations, the PAK FA possesses a number of unique features, combining the functions of a strike airplane and a fighter. The fifth generation airplane is equipped with a principally new avionics complex, an integrated "electronic pilot" function and a future radar with an active phased antenna array (AFAR). It reduces the workload on the airman to significant degree and allows concentrating on the performance of the tactical missions. The new airplane's on-board equipment allows exchanging data in real time both with ground control systems and within an airborne group. Use of composites and innovative technologies, the airplane's aerodynamic design, and measures for reducing the visibility of the engine assure an unprecedented low level of radar, optical and infrared detectability. It allows increasing combat effectiveness significantly in operation, both against aerial and ground targets, at any time of day and night, in good and poor weather conditions," the said at Sukhoy.
Source: 28.01.11, Aviation Explorer
PS-90A3 Engine Ready for Flight
The PS-90A3 aircraft engine was certified in January 2011.
((The Russian term NADPOLOCHNAYA is not translated in any dictionary available to your friendly translator, on-line or on his shelf, although it appears frequently on the Russian side of the Web. According to Russian-language explanations of the word, it means something "located above shelves" (or "above flanges"). It is an adjective.))
Source: 28.01.11, Aviadvigatel' Joint Stock Company
Date Posted 27 January 2011
Iraqi Military Aviation Receives Four Mi-171E Helicopters
((The first two arrived on 16 January and the others on 23 January. Iraq now has 14 Mi-171E and 30 Mi-17. Not further translated.))
Source: 26.01.11, Lenta.RU
Date Posted 26 January 2011
M-101T Airplane to Continue Mapping Operations
The lightweight multirole M-101T airplane belonging to the Myasishchev
Experimental Machine Building Plant Joint Stock Company (EhMZ Myasishchev) will
continue commercial mapping and aerial photography operations, an informed source
in the area of aircraft building reported to AviaPort.
Source: 26.01.11, AviaPort.RU, Correspondent: Dmitriy Kozlov
Date Posted 25 January 2011
Sukhoy Airplanes Occupy Second Place in Worldwide Marketplace for New Multirole Fighters. MiG Is Sixth
((First place is held by Lockheed-Martin. After Sukhoy are the Chinese. Fourth place is held by Dassault, fifth by Boeing, seventh by Gripen International, eight by BAe Systems and ninth place is held by Eurofighter. Title says the rest. Not further translated.))
Source: 25.01.11, Sukhoy Aviation Holding Company
Irkutsk Aviation Plant to Concentrate on Yak-130 and MS-21
((Title says it all. Not
Source: 25.01.11, Kommersant-Irkutsk
Date Posted 24 January 2011
Russia Transfers Two Mi-171E Helicopters to Ecuador
Russia has transferred two Mi-171E military transport
helicopters for Ecuador's ground troops, TsAMTO reports. Earlier in Russia,
four Ecuadorian pilots underwent training for controlling the helicopters. Officially,
the cost of the contract according to which the Mi-171E were delivered, is not
being disclosed. According to unofficial information, the total of the deal was
22 million dollars.
Source: 24.01.11, Lenta.RU