Indonesia Says ‘No, Thanks’ to More Sukhoi Fighters

MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti)

Indonesia will buy no more Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia, opting instead for U.S. F-16s, Air Marshal Eris Herryanto told Flightglobal aviation news portal on Thursday.

The Indonesian Air Force has 10 Su-30 and Su-27s with six additional fighters on the way.

Money is being made available to accelerate the refurbishment of its existing fleet of 15 Lockheed Martin C-130s, as well as buy four C-130Hs from Australia and upgrade them, and purchase more Indonesia Aerospace CN-295 transports, said Herryanto, who is secretary general of the Indonesian Defense Ministry.

« We are waiting for 24 F-16s from the USA. With those, we will have enough aircraft in our fighter inventory for the next 20 years. And that means we have enough Sukhoi fighters for now, » he said.

« Indonesia has also invested in South Korea’s K-FX program, which will produce fighters to replace aircraft like the [Northrop] F-5s and F-16s. We aim to buy enough K-FX fighters for three squadrons of 16-22 aircraft each. That will cover our long-term requirements. »

Sukhoi’s press service said they were not aware of Indonesia’s plans.

A source at United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) who spoke on condition of anonymity said he was not surprised by Indonesia’s decision, as there has been no discussion with Jakarta for any more Sukhoi sales.

Indonesia recently bought six Su-30 fighters to be delivered within the next three years (two a year).

The country’s Air Force will thus have a total of 16 Sukhois, which require spare parts, servicing, maintenance, etc, he said.

Any joint aircraft project with South Korea is unlikely to materialize soon, the source said.

Source: RIA Novosti

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Le futur moyen courrier russe MS-21 s’offre les moteurs de Pratt & Whitney

23/04/2012 – Emmanuel Grynszpan, à Moscou

Le moyen courrier russe MS-21 sera équipé au choix d’un réacteur américain ou russe. Le futur concurrent des monocouloirs de Boeing et d’Airbus, composé à 35 % de matériaux composite, entrera sur le marché autour de 2020.

Tout comme le dernier avion civil russe, le Sukhoi Superjet, le MS-21 recevra lui aussi un moteur étranger. Déterminée à revenir sur le marché de l’aéronautique civile après 20 années d’absence, la Russie intègre au maximum les technologies étrangères pour rattraper son retard. Constructeur du MS-21, la société d’Etat Irkut, plus connue pour ses célèbres avions de combat Sukhoï, devrait signer à la mi-mai un contrat avec le motoriste américain Pratt & Whitney.

Le quotidien russe « Kommersant » rapporte qu’Irkut va acheter « pour commencer » 100 réacteurs PW1000G pour son bimoteur MS-21. Des réacteurs coûtant 5,4 millions de dollars à l’unité. Le nouveau moteur de Pratt & Whitney a déjà été sélectionné comme moteur exclusif pour le C-Series de l’avionneur canadien Bombardier et du japonais Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Il est également dans le catalogue d’Airbus pour l’A320 Neo.

Irkut est également tenu par son propriétaire OAK (corporation d’Etat russe regroupant la quasi totalité des actifs aéronautiques du pays) d’offrir à ses clients le choix d’un autre moteur. Logiquement, c’est le russe ODK (filiale d’OAK regroupant les fabriquant de réacteurs), qui a été choisi pour équiper le MS-21. Ce futur moteur, le PD-14, va également recevoir une commande de 100 exemplaires. Le PD-14 coûte 6 millions de dollars à l’unité. Selon Kommersant, Pratt & Witney sont disposés à offrir des rabais importants par rapport au prix catalogue.

Safran pas intéressé

La filiale motoriste de Safran, Snecma, qui fabrique le moteur de l’avion régional Superjet 100 de Sukhoï, en partenariat avec le russe Saturn, ne s’est pas porté candidat à l’appel d’offre du MS-21. « Nous avons déjà fort à faire avec le Superjet », confie une source chez Snecma. « Les Russes ont choisi des partenaires européens pour le Superjet tandis que pour le MS-21, ils piochent plutôt dans les technologies américaines, ce qui est logique ».

La production en série du MS-21, qui était à l’origine prévue pour 2016, vient d’être reportée à 2020, selon le vice-Premier ministre, Dmitri Rogozine. Les essais vont démarrer en 2015-2016, précise-t-il dans des propos rapportés par Interfax. Premier avion moyen courrier conçu depuis la fin de l’époque soviétique, le MS-21 devra transporter jusqu’à 212 passagers sur 5.500 kms, suivant les versions. Son prix doit être autour de 65 millions de dollars.

L’avion qui n’existe aujourd’hui que sous forme de maquette, possède déjà à son actif 156 commandes fermes, dont 50 de la compagnie malaisienne Crecom, auxquelles il faut ajouter 84 options.

Source: la Tribune / AFP

Indonesia signs $500 mln contract to buy six Russian jet fighters

MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti)

Indonesia has signed a $470 million contract with Russia to buy six Sukhoi Su-30MK2 jet fighters for the Indonesian Air Force, The Jakarta Post daily has reported.

The deal was confirmed by Russian defense-industry and diplomatic sources, but the Sukhoi aircraft maker and arms exporter Rosoboronexport declined to comment.

Deliveries will start after 2013.

Indonesian Deputy Minister of Defense Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said his office had handed over the contract to Rosoboronexport on December 30.

“We have another contract still in progress,” Sjafrie said.

The Indonesian Air Force currently has 10 Sukhoi jetfighters – six Sukhoi SU-27SKMs and four Sukhoi SU-30MK2s. The Air Force plans to place one squadron of the jetfighters at Hasanuddin Airbase in Makassar.

Russia recently completed a $300-million contract signed in 2007 on the delivery of three Su-30MK2 and three Su-27SKM fighters to Jakarta in addition to two Su-27SK and two Su-30MK fighters purchased in 2003.

Development of FGFA

08/08/2011

A Preliminary Design (PD) contract has been signed between HAL and Rosoboronexport, Russia on 21st December, 2010 for implementation of design & development of Prospective Multi-Role Fighter (PMF) Aircraft programme by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) jointly with Sukhoi Design Bureau (SDB) of Russia at a cost of $295 million. The duration of the PD phase is 18 months. Full scale Design & Development work will be taken up under a separate contract, which will be negotiated and signed towards the end of the PD phase. Presently induction of aircraft in Indian Air Force is envisaged from 2018 onwards with a requirement of around 250 Fighter.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri M M Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri L Raja Gopal in Lok Sabha today.

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Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

Russia enters S. Korean tender with 5th-generation fighter

MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter has been placed on a short list of a South Korean tender for the delivery of advanced fighter jets, a Russian arms industry think-tank said on Monday.

Korea is seeking to buy 60 fighters with advanced stealth capability from a foreign aircraft maker in the biggest arms-procurement deal ever for the country with an estimated budget of $7.86 billion under a program code-named FX-III.

Russia’s Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade cited South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) as saying that Sukhoi’s fighter would compete with the F-15SE Silent Eagle from Boeing, the F-35 Lightning II from Lockheed Martin and the Eurofighter Typhoon from the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS).

The winner of the tender is expected to be announced in 2012, but the actual deliveries may start four years later.

The Sukhoi T-50 fighter is being developed by the Sukhoi design bureau and built at a plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s Far East.

The first prototype conducted its maiden flight in January 2010 and has so far carried out over 40 tests. Two more prototypes are at the various stages of testing. The Russian Air Force said it had plans to acquire over 60 T-50 fighters after 2015.

Although T-50 specifications remain classified, reports indicate that the design incorporates the latest fighter jet developments, including advanced stealth capability, supersonic cruising speed, and highly integrated control systems.

The T-50 offered to Seoul is most likely an export version of the aircraft being developed by Sukhoi and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) under a $6-billion joint project.

Experts believe, though, that Sukhoi and EADS have little chance of winning the tender as Korea’s alliance with the United States will be a decisive factor in the race.

MAKS 2011: le chasseur de 5e génération ne sera visible qu’en vol

20:26 05/08/2011

Le chasseur russe de cinquième génération T-50 effectuera plusieurs vols de démonstration lors du Salon aérospatial de Moscou MAKS 2011, mais ne sera pas présenté au sol, a annoncé vendredi un porte-parole du Salon à RIA Novosti.

« Le public ne verra cet avion que dans le ciel. Pour des raisons de sécurité, il ne sera pas exposé au sol », a déclaré l’interlocuteur de l’agence.

Selon ses dires, cet appareil furtif constituera le clou du Salon qui se déroulera du 16 au 21 août.

Le chasseur russe de cinquième génération Sukhoï T-50 doit équiper les forces aériennes russes à partir de 2016. Ses trois prototypes procèdent actuellement à des essais en vol.

MOSCOU, 5 août- RIA Novosti

The flight tests of the first serial Su-35S have been started

05.05.2011

Sukhoi” Company” has started the flight tests of the first Su-35S serial fighter. The aircraft was flown from the airfield of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association named after Yuri Gagarin (JSC “KNAAPO”). During an hour and a half flight the pilot performed tests on various operating modes of the power plant and integrated control system. All aircraft systems and engines functioned smoothly. The aircraft was piloted by the RF Honored test pilot – Sergey Bogdan. He was the very pilot, who flew the first Su-35 prototype on February 19, 2008. After the completion of production flight tests the aircraft will be delivered to the RF Ministry of Defense.

Nowadays “Sukhoi” Company” has successfully finished preliminary tests of Su-35/Su-35S thus conformed the avionics key features set by technical specification, the aircraft stability and controllability in flight and performance of power plant and navigation system were fully checked. In 2011 the fighter flight tests are considerably intensified due to the new aircraft to be involved in testing program. The Su-35/Su-35S has been presented to the state integration tests. The first stage within the bounds of the state integration tests will be the accepting of the customer (Russian Air Force) preliminary resolution on the aircraft compliance with the main requirements for the purpose of its future delivery to the air force regiments.

Su-35 is a profound modernized multi-role super-maneuverable fighter of “4++”- generation. At Su-35 development a lot of 5th-generation-fighter technologies were used that put Su-35 ahead of fighters under development and production in the world. The new fighter boasts of the up-to-date avionics based on digital information-management system integrating onboard equipment and systems, a new phased array radar providing long ranges of aerial targets detection with the increased number of simultaneously tracked and attacked targets (30 aerial targets tracking and 8 aerial targets attack, and 4 ground targets tracking and 2 ground targets attack); new TVC-engines with enhanced thrust. Su-35 possesses wide range of short, medium and long range guided weapon including anti-radar and anti-ship missiles, and guided bombs, and unguided weapon as well. The aircraft radar observability was considerably reduced due to the canopy electroconducting coating, the use of radio absorbent materials and coating, and reduced number of protrudent sensors. The aircraft lifetime – 6,000 flight hours, service life – 30 years of operation, the TVC engines specified lifetime – 4,000 hours.

Global Fighter Jets: Asia, The New Centre Of Gravity?

By Richard A. Bitzinger

April 20, 2011

Some of Asia’s aerospace industries are starting work on fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Despite huge technological hurdles, these countries could displace Western Europe as a leading centre of fighter jet development, and possibly one day give the United States some real competition in global markets.

FOR CENTURIES, North America and Europe have dominated the state-of-the-art when it comes to military technology. Nearly all the great breakthroughs in weaponry – from muskets to missiles – have originated there. And perhaps no field of military technology has been more consistently and overwhelmingly the purview of the occidental West than fighter jets.

Since the end of World War II, a handful of countries in the West – basically, the United States, the USSR/Russia, Britain, France, and Sweden – have controlled the global fighter jet industry. Many countries have tried to break into this business: Argentina in the 1950s, Egypt and India in the 1960s, Israel and South Africa in the 1980s; none were particularly successful, and some – such as the Indian HF-24 Marut – were spectacular failures. Even today, perhaps 90 percent of all fighter jets flown by all the world’s air forces are produced by these five countries, or are based on copies of their planes (such as the Chinese J-7 fighter, a virtual clone of the venerable Soviet MiG-21).

This Western dominance could begin to crumble, however, as Asia ramps up several new fighter jet programmes, all of which are intended to come into service over the next 10 to 20 years. Consequently, the centre of gravity in the fighter jet industry could gradually begin to shift from the North Atlantic closer to the Asia – a development that could have particularly grave consequences for Western Europe’s military aerospace sector and could eventually even challenge the US’s predominance in this sector.

Asia’s Fighter Jet Programmes: Who’s Up, Who’s Down?

Combat aircraft development in Asia is a decidedly uneven affair. Southeast Asia, for example, has hardly a player in this sector, despite the vainglorious efforts of B.J. Habibie to turn Indonesia into an aerospace powerhouse, or Singapore Technologies’ success as an aircraft maintenance and upgrade shop. In addition, Taiwan’s indigenous aerospace industry – which developed both an advanced trainer jet (the AT-3) and a frontline fighter (the Ching-kuo) – is for all practical purposes dead in the water, having not produced a new aircraft in over a decade.

Even Japan, Asia’s aerospace leader for decades (and the only country in the region to possess a military aircraft industry before World War II), is in a state of uncertain decline. Its current indigenous fighter jet, the F-2, has been a technological and programmatic dead-end: its all-composite wing is prone to cracks, and it is so outrageously expensive (three times the cost of the F-16 upon which it is based) that procurement was cut from 130 to only 98 planes. When the last F-2 is delivered this year, Japan will have no fighter aircraft in production – and no new programme to replace it.

Rising Centres: China, India, and South Korea

On the other hand, some Asian fighter aircraft producers are obviously on the rise, despite all odds. China startled the world in January with the first flight of its J-20 fighter. Not much is known about this aircraft, which in some ways resembles the US “fifth-generation” F-22, and one should be careful not to read too much into this programme. Nevertheless, the J-20 certainly demonstrates China’s ambitions – and the aggressive steps it is prepared to take – to claw its way up into the vanguard of fighter-jet producers.

India is also attempting to develop a fifth-generation fighter, in collaboration with Russia, based on the Sukhoi PAK FA (T-50) prototype. If this programme is successful, it would constitute a generational leap in India’s fighter jet technology, as well as atoning for its long-delayed and over-budget Tejas fighter.

Finally, South Korea is pressing ahead with not one but two designs for an indigenous fifth-generation “KF-X” fighter – a twin-engine, canard-type fighter, and a single-engine aircraft resembling the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Interestingly, both Indonesia and Turkey are keen to partner with Korea in developing and manufacturing one of these fighters.

What About Europe?

All of these fighter jets are intended to fly or even be fielded within a decade. Of course, these countries face tremendous challenges translating these programmes – some which are literally paper aircraft – into actual frontline fighters. India is heavily dependent upon Russian know-how and systems, while it is highly uncertain that South Korea possesses the technological base to indigenously develop a state-of-the-art fighter. If these countries should succeed, however, this would constitute a tectonic shift in the centre of gravity in the global fighter jet industry.

Europe is the most at risk for losing its place to Asia in the global fighter jet hierarchy. Western Europe has basically not developed a new fighter in nearly 30 years. At present there is no money in the European aerospace sector to fund a fifth-generation follow-on to the Eurofighter Typhoon, the French Rafale, or the Swedish Gripen. Moreover, talk about a European UCAV (an unmanned combat aerial vehicle), which could constitute the region’s next-generation fighter programme, remains just that – talk.

Consequently, the future global fighter aircraft business could in time become a US-Asian duopoly. And while the US, with the F-35 JSF, is likely to dominate this sector for the next two decades – especially when it comes to international arms sales – some upstart Asian aircraft producers could eventually give it a real run for its money.

Richard A. Bitzinger is a Senior Fellow with the Military Transformations Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Formerly with the RAND Corp. and the Defence Budget Project, he has been writing on aerospace and defence issues for more than 20 years.

Source : Eurasiareview.com

Sukhoi Superjet conducts first passenger flight

The Armenian airline Armavia completed the first passenger flight of Russia’s newest commercial plane, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, on Thursday.

The plane, which was carrying 90 passengers, landed at Moscow’s Sheremetevo Airport at 4.45 am Moscow Time (00.45 GMT). The aircraft was delivered to Armavia at a ceremony in Armenia on Wednesday.

« The delivery of the first production aircraft is the key milestone of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Project, » said Mikhail Pogosyan, President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and General Director of Sukhoi. « The event opens a new stage of the program – the beginning of commercial operation and full-scale serial production. »

The Superjet 100 is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with U.S. and European aviation corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

The aircraft is capable of carrying 75-95 passengers up to 4,500 kilometers.

Armavia, which bought four of the planes in 2007, plans to use the aircraft to conduct flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi and Ukraine.

Currently, there are 17 models in production at different stages of completion.

The company plans to manufacture at least 14 Superjet 100s this year, and 25 in 2012, and intends to sell 35% of them to the United States, 25% to Europe, 10% to Latin America, and 7% to Russia and China.

MOSCOW, April 21 (RIA Novosti)

Chasseurs / Brésil: le russe Su-35 réintègre l’appel d’offres

MOSCOU, 22 avril – RIA Novosti

Le chasseur russe Sukhoi Su-35 réintègre l’appel d’offres brésilien pour l’achat d’un important lot d’avions polyvalents de combat, a annoncé vendredi par téléphone un représentant de l’industrie de défense brésilienne.

« Le chasseur russe Su-35 sera réadmis à l’appel d’offres et il a toutes les chances de le remporter. Le commandement de l’Armée de l’air brésilienne l’apprécie beaucoup », a indiqué le responsable.

En 2001, le Brésil a lancé son premier appel d’offres visant à remplacer ses F-5E américains obsolètes. L’avion russe Su-35UB a remporté ce concours grâce à ses caractéristiques techniques, mais les résultats de l’appel d’offres ont été annulés en 2005. Un nouvel appel d’offres a été lancé en 2008. Le chasseur Su-35 de génération 4++ présenté par l’agence russe d’exportation d’armements « Rosoboronexport » n’y a pas été admis. Le concours brésilien a été suspendu en 2010.

Parmi les concurrents de l’avion russe figurent les chasseurs américain Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, français Dassault Rafale, suédois Saab JAS 39 Gripen NG et européen Eurofighter Typhoon.