Russia to buy “2,000 aircraft” in next decade
The Russian Air Force plans to buy up to 2,000 aircraft and helicopters by 2020.
Gary Parsons - 1-Dec-2010
Sukhoi’s Su-35 will form the backbone of the Russian Air Force over the next decade. Sukhoi image
December 1: As European air forces dwindle in size, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that the Russian Air Force plans to buy up to 2,000 aircraft and helicopters by 2020 together with a “significantly increase” in high-precision weapons.
A deputy air force commander, Lt General Igor Sadofyev, is reported to have confirmed that 1,500 new aircraft would be purchased and some 400 refurbished over the next ten years. Among the new buys will be Sukhoi Su-27SM, Su-30M2 and Su-35S multirole fighters, Su-34 fighter-bombers and Yak-130 combat trainers as well as Kamov Ka-52 and Mil Mi-28N attack helicopters, Mi-8 armed assault helicopters, Ka-226 and Ansat-U light multipurpose helicopters. Planned modernisation programmes will update Tupolev Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Tu-22M3 bombers and Ilyushin Il-78M aerial tankers.
It was announced on July 19 that the Russian Air Force intends to acquire ten Sukhoi T-50 PAK/FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft for test and evaluation purposes between 2013 and 2015, with a further 60 orders envisaged post-2016.
mike yates said on the 12-Jan-2010 at 21:22
The RED bear is waking up from a ten year hibernation and rattling its cage again eh!. I hope Cameron and friends are slumbering comfortably in their beds, BECAUSE WHEN THEY WAKE UP it will all be too late. In a safe world Russia`s cosying up to western ideas seems o.k. But in my (cynical) world could this be a trust misplaced. I truely hope not, I do..I do....But do I?
I can understand them needing new airframes like the T 50, and the small numbers of these ordered looks to be a match for the F22... but IF this is a safer world, why do they need another 1500 fighters and bombers, at a time when everyone else in Europe at least are reducing their stocks. Do THEY not trust US. Or are they just trying to gain parity with the USA. Or are they not so trusting of the Chinese as they make out.
Peter Bos said on the 12-Feb-2010 at 11:01
Probably about time for Russia.
Current forces to obsolete and small in numbers to control and defend such a large slab of real estate.
No mention of refurbishing te airlift capacity. Does that mean that there is no real threat of aggression from the bear for NATO?
mike yates said on the 12-Feb-2010 at 17:23
I hope so. The positive aspect about this news for the Russians is that they can boost their economy at the same time as re-building their stocks. Maybe there would be a lesson to be learned here for our FUTURE governments....if they hadn`t almost destroyed our aircraft manufacturing industry... I mean where can our government turn to to build our future military aircraft needs. Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and especially France, all build aircraft for themselves, whether fighters, troop carriers, helicopters or trainers as well as buying into Typhoon, they can order aircraft from their own countries factories to their own specifications...well its about time we Brits could.
Here`s a thought for Cameron. We need a Buccanneer type CAS aircraft...ideal for the desert types of war we are into...even if it was just a very beefed up Hawk...strong , simple,-2 ardour 951 engines for comonality or 1 tornado engine (you`ll have some spare soon) -5 tons of weapons -1.3 Mach top speed...and cheep. We need `em, it will keep workers in jobs in Yorkshire, and they will fill a gap between Hawk and Typhoon. No-one else makes this type so there`s a potential for orders too...its a win win surely.
Peter Bos said on the 12-Mar-2010 at 10:41
@ Mike Yates:
Buccaneer as a CAS platform? If anything....
The craft you suggest is called Jaguar. Luckily it's still in production.
mike yates said on the 12-Mar-2010 at 21:23
@ Peter I have suggested Jaguar on other sites, I think the government made a monumental mistake in dropping this airframe in 2007 when it would have been perfect (I thought) for the job in the desert. It seems though that even upgraded, it supposedly couldn`t carry enough payload in the high temperatures in Afghanistan. I dispute this having seen videos of their performance in Iraq.
I think Jaguar fell foul of Mod bean counters in the same way as Harrier has now.
I mentioned the Buccanneer simply because it was a powerful low level platform compared to Harrier and Jaguar, also 2 engines give shot damaged aircraft more chance to get back to base. In fact, in my humble opinion, the loss of the Jaguar has been a bigger loss to the RAF than Harrier or Tornado will. If you think about it, apart from stealth, Jaguar has similar specifications of payload and speed etc. as the F35,and is as agile even without FBW. I wish it was still in production here in the u.k.....it would even solve our carrier problem.
Peter Bos said on the 12-Apr-2010 at 05:58
@Mike: It seems that we agree.
A carrier capable Jaguar with Brimstone could do the trick for a margin of the cost of a JSF.
So could a F/A 18 E/F with the added bonus of a ASEA radar and even some stealth
mike yates said on the 12-Apr-2010 at 14:44
@ Peter; The powers that be won`t go back to Jaguar because it would prove what WE all know..that they were wrong to scrap it. Personally I would rather buy 20 Jaguars for the price of 5 F35`s, and beg a carrier from the Yanks for the next 8 years. An even better way would be the "begged" or leased carrier with 30 F18`s to fly off it. Then when our carriers and F35`s are ready for the navy, the F18`s could join the RAF, especially if they were (E) wired like the Australians want...
The F18 has to be one of the most potent aircraft that the RAF have misseed out on. They could have been bought off the shelf 10 years ago for a fraction of the price of the developement of the Typhoon, for example. They would be,as you say, perfect for our new carriers, and they also tick the box as far as CAS is concerned. They would give us something to fill the gap left by the Harrier cut, and also the widening gap being left by our ever decreasing Tornado stocks. Because this is an ideal solution though, the MoD will of course take no notice at all, and I bet we will see nothing to replace Tornados, and Rafales flying from our carriers decks.
Stig781 said on the 16-Nov-2013 at 21:32
"The F18 has to be one of the most potent aircraft that the RAF have misseed out on. They could have been bought off the shelf 10 years ago for a fraction of the price of the developement of the Typhoon,"
It isn't a potent aircraft the RAF has missed out on. The Typhoon is in a different league. Enough with your nonsense, I'm out.