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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

Russia signs Tu-95MS, MiG-31 upgrade contracts

Modernisation contracts were signed at the international military and technical forum 'Army-2021', held at Kubinka Air Base near Moscow from August 22-28, for the Russian Aerospace Force’s MiG-31 fighter-interceptors and Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers

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IN-DEPTH: Russia's declining Su-27/30 Flanker fleet

The Sukhoi Su-27/30 fleet in Russia is now declining in numbers; even if it is set to continue more or less unchanged in the foreseeable future, as we explain

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Russia signs contract for first upgraded Ka-52Ms

Russian Helicopters announced on August 24 that it had signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence to supply the first modernised Ka-52M attack helicopters

Russia orders first batch of modernised Ka-52Ms

Russian Helicopters has been contracted to supply the first batch of upgraded serial production Kamov Ka-52M 'Alligator' attack helicopters to the Russian MOD, with deliveries expected to begin in 2022

Pilot killed in Russian MiG-29SMT crash

A Russian Air Force MiG-29SMT Fulcrum-F crashed on August 18, killing the pilot. The press service of the Southern Military District said that the aircraft came down in an open area near the Ashchuluk training ground, in the Astrakhan region, during a routine training flight.

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ANALYSIS: Russia's deadly Kinzhal missile

First presented to the Russian parliament by President Putin himself, the Kinzhal missile is a formidable asset. We delve into the background of this highly effective weapon, following its recent deployment to Syria for a Russian military anti-shipping exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

RAF Typhoons intercept Russian Su-24 over the Black Sea

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s assigned to the RAF’s 121 Expeditionary Air Wing were scrambled to intercept an unidentified Russian fighter in international airspace over the Black Sea on August 17

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Ilyushin Il-112V prototype destroyed in fatal crash

The first prototype of the new Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport aircraft was destroyed in a fatal accident on August 17, killing all three crew members

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MAKS 21: Russia unveils Sukhoi ‘Checkmate’ light fighter

After days of hype, Russia has officially revealed a full-scale mock-up of its new stealthy, single-engine, fifth-generation lightweight fighter, dubbed the Sukhoi ‘Checkmate’, but also referred to as the Legkiy Takticheskiy Samolet (LTS, Tactical Light Aircraft)