(Translated by Roy Cochrun)
(Translating the Russian Aviation News for You since Spring, 2000)
Date Posted 01 October 2010
Indonesia to Buy 180 Su Fighters in Next 20 Years
Indonesia's defense ministry intends to obtain 180 Russian
Su brand fighters in the next 20 years, Lenta.RU reports referring to Jane's
((Not further translated as item repeats information from an English article in Jane's Defence Weekly.))
Source: 30.09.10, Avia.RU
Ukraine and Iran Sign Contract for Purchase and Manufacture of An-158 Airplanes
Ukraine and Iran have signed a contract for the Purchase and
manufacture of An-158 airplanes, the
management chairman of the Antonov State Enterprise, Dmitriy Kiva, said at a
press conference at the AviaSvit-21 exhibition.
Moreover, the Antonov State Enterprise management chairman also reported that Iran intends to activate a project for the assembly of An-140 airplanes at the HESA ((Latin letters) aviation enterprise in Isfahan. Ten such aircraft already have been introduced into service in Iran.
Source: 01.10.10, Aviation Explorer
Date Posted 30 September 2010
Assembly of First Modernized An-70 Airplane Should Be Completed in 2011
Assembly of the first modernized
An-70 airplane should be completed in 2011, RBK reports.
((Your friendly translator normally translates the word for "modernized" as "upgraded;" however, in light of the lengthy delays of putting this aircraft into service, he has chosen "modernized" for what he hopes are obvious reasons.))
Source: 30.09.10, Avia.RU
United States Buying 21 More Mi-17 Helicopters for Afghanistan
The United States will purchase 21 Mi-17 helicopters for
Afghanistan, BFM.RU reports. As the Defense Technology Inc. ((in English)) press
service reports, the deal was approved by the Russian minister of defense.
Source: 30.09.10, Avia.RU
No Russian Aviation News Translations Monday
Because of a prior engagement, the Russian Aviation News Translations will not appear Monday, 4 October. Anything missed will be caught up with the translations published on Tuesday, 5 October.
As usual, the automated Russian aviation history feature will continue to run.
Date Posted 28 September 2010
Sukhoy Performs Factory Flight Tests of First Series-Built Su-30M2 Fighter for Russian Air Force
The Sukhoy company has concluded
pre-delivery (factory) flight tests of the first of four twin-place series-built
multirole Su-30M2 fighters intended for the Russian air force. They took place
at the Komsomol'sk-on-Amur Aviation Yu. A. Gagarin Production Association
(KnAAPO) flight test station. The
airplane is being prepared for acceptance testing at the present time.
The state contract for the delivery to the Russian Federation defense ministry
in 2010 - 2011 of four airplanes of this series was signed at the MAKS-2009
international aerospace salon. Four state contracts were entered into there for
the delivery of 48 of the newest Su-35S multirole ultra-maneuverable fighters
and 12 upgraded Su-27SM.
Source: 28.09.10, Aviation Explorer
Indonesian Defense Ministry: We Shall Continue to Purchase Combat Airplanes in the Russian Federation
Indonesia intends to continue to purchase combat airplanes in the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti reports Indonesia's defense minister, Purnomo Yustiantoro announced on Monday.
He visited as an honored guest the official ceremony transferring to the Indonesian side the three last Su fighters delivered by Russia within the framework of a 2007 contract which took place Monday morning at the Indonesian air force Base Sultan Hasanuddin in the South Sulawesi province.
"It seems to me this airplane is extremely good for us to defend Indonesia's sovereignty. And we will strengthen this squadron thanks to Su fighters which will arrive in the future," the minister said, who had personally made a flight on a Su on Monday.
He also expressed the Indonesian side's gratitude to Russia for the assistance rendered within the framework of bi-lateral military and technical cooperation.
Source: 27.09.10, Avia.RU
Not in "That" Direction
The History of the Tupolevs is coming to an end
This somewhat longish article discusses what may be the demise of the Tupolev design bureau, at least on the civil side. It is based on the fact that the Tu-204, in particular the Tu-204SM appears to have no customers. There is a short history of the OKB and its transports and the author points out a number of Russian airlines still do use older Tupolev aircraft. The Tu-334 gives some hope Tupolev may survive.
The combat aircraft (bomber) side of Tupolev is not addressed.
The title of the article is a play on words that is difficult to explain in English. Transliterated, the Russian title is "Ne v Tu storony." Only the first word is capitalized in Russian titles. The fact that the "Tu" is capitalized here indicates it is a name, in this case Tupolev. That is why your friendly translator put "That" within quotation marks. They did not appear in the original.
Source: 28.09.10, Lenta.RU, Correspondent: Aleksandr Polivanov
Date Posted 27 September 2010
Syria to Lift Tu-204 into Air
The country may order an airplane whose series production is
on the verge of being shut down
((No one wants the Tu-204. Atlant-Soyuz had intended to buy some, but as no other airline is, they are refusing to place their order. The Syrians must sign a contract this week or the Tu-204 assembly line will be closed. Not further translated.))
Source: 27.09.10, Kommersant, Correspondent: Aleksey Yekimovskiy