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How the Ukraine War has exposed vulnerabilities within Russia's Su-25 fleet

The protracted war in Ukraine has exposed key vulnerabilities of the ageing Su-25 fleet, leading to significant combat attrition while the type’s operational effectiveness has been unimpressive. This leads to a conclusion that the end of the Frogfoot’s career in Russia is in sight. Alexander Mladenov explains why

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Why Rogachevo Air Base is key to Russian military operations in the Arctic

Alexander Mladenov looks at the prospects of further development of Rogachevo Air Base on Novaya Zemlya archipelago – key to airspace control over the Western sector of the strategically important Northern Sea Route in the frigid High North of Russia

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Russia's intense air and missile defence operation in Ukraine War

Alexander Mladenov examines Russia’s air and missile defence operations in its protracted and hotly contested war with Ukraine

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How Russia is upgrading its Bear-H and Backfire-C bombers

In the second of his two-part article on Russia’s big bomber fleet, Alexander Mladenov examines the upgrade programmes for the Bear-H and Backfire-C, and looks at the impact of systematic strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure

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Just how powerful is Russia's strategic bomber force?

Alexander Mladenov examines the current state, operations and inventory of Russia’s long-range bomber fleet which has been undergoing upgrades while also seeing active service in Ukraine

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Su-57 Felon: Why Russia’s first stealth fighter has yet to fully ‘take-off’

The fifth-generation stealth fighter Su-57 is among Russia’s top airpower priorities, but the ambitious project has suffered from protracted development and testing and the production effort is yet to gather speed. Alexander Mladenov reports

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Russia moves to make the Sukhoi Su-34 deadlier amidst war in Ukraine

AirForces Monthly reviews the status of the Su-34 Fullback, the enhancement plans for the type and its controversial operations in the ongoing war in Ukraine

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Mil Mi-24 and Mi-35 Hind family reviewed

Known as the world’s most numerous attack helicopter, the Mi-24/35 Hind is still in production in Russia, with a series of upgrades and continuing interest from operators. Alexander Mladenov reports

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India's BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile to become even more lethal

Billed as the first ever operational supersonic cruise missile, the heavyweight, sea skimming PJ-10 BrahMos is set to be developed into a more versatile and lethal version. Alexander Mladenov reports

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Russia's helicopter portfolio: In a tail spin

Alexander Mladenov reviews Russia’s military rotorcraft exports of the past decade and what remains of deliveries to the largest markets