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Mi-8: Russia's electronic countermeasures helicopter

The Mi-8 has been a valuable electronic countermeasures asset for the Russian military for several decades. Air Forces Monthly examines the new-generation special-mission derivatives of the type

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An in-depth look at Russia’s only military flight-test centre

Russia’s only military flight-test establishment, 929th State Flight Test Center, celebrated 100 years of existence in October 2020. Alexander Mladenov delves into its organization and activities

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Bear necessities: Profile of Russia’s Tu-95 bomber

A massive, unimaginably noisy and definitely antiquated-looking turboprop bomber, the Tu-95MS Bear-H still retains its significance in Russia’s nuclear triad

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ANALYSIS: The Russian air assets that would prove vital in a conflict with Ukraine

Ukraine would face a massive task confronting the well-trained and technologically advanced assets of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as we explain

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Seymour Johnson AFB F-15E Strike Eagles Rocketing through Europe

USAF F-15E squadron, 336th FS ‘Rocketeers’ recently flew shoulder-to-shoulder with their Greek, Bulgarian and Romanian counterparts in support of operation Castle Forge, a US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa-led joint, multinational training operation. Alexander Mladenov reports from Graf Ignatievo

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Snap to attention: Russia's Ka-52 Alligator

Russia’s history of rotary successes has continued in recent years with the development of the Ka-52 Alligator

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Inside Ukraine's extensive but ageing air defence system

As Russian military forces maintain their strong presence along the Ukrainian border and tensions continue to rise, we provide an in-depth overview of Ukraine's extensive air defence system - which was strengthened significantly since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, but still faces a crisis with its ageing fighter fleet

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Coming of age: Maturing the MiG-29K/KUB fighter

How India helped the MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighter programme become Russia’s most important tactical aircraft development effort in the 2000s

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Inside Bulgaria's growingly obsolescent Air Defence force

We look at the slow and often painful transformation of the Bulgarian Air Force’s air defence assets, while revealing humble plans to field Western-made hardware in the foreseeable future

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IN-DEPTH: A look at Russia's enhanced Sukhoi Su-30SM2

The Su-30SM is now well established in Russian service while also enjoying mild export demand. An enhanced derivative, dubbed Su-30SM2 and currently in development, is primarily aimed at meeting the Russian Naval Aviation requirements, as we report