MilitaryMedia.net - Moscow - For Russian Fans Boy, the name of the Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet feels sacred, this is a symbol of the superiority of the Russian Air Force defense system. It symbolizes the achievement of Russian technology in stealth-capable combatants.
Although its existence was rocked by several technical problems and the impact of the oil price war with Saudi Arabia, the Vladimir Putin government was still consistent in continuing the Sukhoi Su-57 acquisition project. Well, apart from that, do you know where the origin of naming Su-57?
The site id.rbth.com, quoting information from the Russian Aircraft Corporation "Gorizonti" Magazine, states that the Su-57 was originally named T-50, which based on the Russian tradition of aircraft production, the letter "T" was given to projects aircraft that have triangular wings. While the number 50 comes from the word "poltinik" (half-ruble coin), the unofficial name given by the designers of the aircraft.
Traced from its history, the T-50 was the product of Sukhoi, Alexander Davidenko, in which the T-50 flew first on January 29, 2010. And only in August 2017, the Russian Air Force Commander (AU) formally called the aircraft by the name Su-57 .
Then the Su-57 label ‘addition’ becomes the Su-57 Felon, where "Felon" is the code given by NATO to the Su-57. The NATO code in naming Russian production weapons is used in radio communication and in general use among Westerners, including fans.
The first letter of Felon is "F", or "FOXTROT," which is used by NATO to image Russian fighter jets, such as Foxbat for MiG-25, Fulcrum for MiG-29 and Flanker-E for Su-35.
"Then the Su code, of course, comes from the Sukhoi constructor and manufacturer (JSC Sukhoi Company). While the number 57 has its own meaning, five (5) shows the fifth generation of Russian warplanes, and seven (7) is the lucky number, which shows the relationship with the previous generation's best fighter, Sukhoi Su-27, "Gorizonti wrote.
Sukhoi Su-57 is designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth and and advanced avionics to overcome the deficiencies in previous generation fighter jets, precisely the Su-57 was indeed staying to replace the MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker in the Russian Air Force. With leading combat equipment, the Su-57 is claimed to be a match for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
MilitaryMedia.net - Moscow - Wednesday, April 8, 2020, there was a tense incident in the skies of Alaska, when a Russian maritime reconnaissance aircraft, the Russian Ilyushin IL-38N type was detected in the United States Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the Alaska region. And not wanting to take the risk, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) then sent a F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet, and a Raptor intercept incident occurred on the Il-38. Although it did not end up in the heat of the Washington-Moscow political tension, what became interesting here was the figure of Il-38, which was classified as a legendary reconnaissance aircraft since the Cold War era.
Flashbacks on December 7, 2010, two Russian Il-38 units were reported to appear above the Sea of Japan near the Noto Peninsula, both planes known to conduct "disturbances" in joint exercises between the US-Japanese Navy. The exercise was eventually suspended due to concerns that the Il-38 was carrying out a surveillance mission on US / Japanese naval activities.
Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO code - May) is actually a reconnaissance aircraft. Ilyushin Il-38 first flew on September 28, 1961, and was officially used by the Soviet Union in 1967. By global military analysts, the Il-38 is referred to as an aircraft copy of the Lockheed P-3C Orion, because Orion first flew first in 1959 .
Besides being operated by the Russian military, Il-38 users in several variants are only Indian and Egyptian. Even Egyptians only used Il-38 until 1976.
Well, in the ambush incident by the F-22 Raptor on April 8, competing was the latest upgrade variant of the Il-38, which was labeled Novella's Il-38N. Quoted from ainonline.com, Il-38N is operated by the navy and inaugurated its use by the Russian Navy Aviation Service Commander General Igor Kozhin on January 31, 2020 in Lanudal Ramenskoye, south of Moscow.
General Igor Kozhin said that there were about 30 of the 54 Il-38 fleet units that would be upgraded to become Il-38N variants, where the entire upgrade program would be completed by 2025 and would later be deployed in the Pacific and Northern Fleet.
Ilyushin Il-38N features a new technology called Novella P-38 search and sighting system made by the company from St. Petersburg, Leninets. This control technology replaces the Berkut-38 which is now installed in the old Il-38 variant. Novella P-38 is able to track 32 targets simultaneously, and has a detection range at an air target of up to 90 km and a detection range at targets at sea level as far as 320 km. India is said to be a user of the export variant Novella P-38 installed on Il-38SD, in its marketing language, Novella P-38 is also referred to as the Sea Dragon sensor suite.
The Russians also realized how old the Il-38 design was, "This is an old platform, but we expect a substantial increase in mission equipment updates. Other maritime countries will be surprised by the new capabilities that Il-38 will show after modernization, "said Igor Kozhin.
Kozhin described the Il-38 as the first Russian anti-submarine aircraft capable of long-haul long-distance flights over the ocean, and was still able to locate and destroy submarines. He also praised Ilyushin for producing unique and durable machines.
Il-38 deployed by Russia is not limited to spying on the sea, but its intrinsic function is the destroyer of submarines. As a destructive force, Il-38 is equipped with two bomb bays which can load a variety of munitions, ranging from torpedoes, sea bombs and mines, to a total payload of 9 tons. Similar to the Orion P-3C, a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) appears on the tail. To accurately sniff the opponent's submarine, one of the bomb bays was prepared as a launch point for sonobuoys. (Haryo Adjie)
Specifications Ilyushin Il-38
- Number of crew: 7
- Length: 40,185 meters
- Wingspan width: 37.4 meters
- Height: 10.17 meters
- Empty weight: 35,500 kg
- Maximum takeoff weight: 66,000 kg
- Engine: 4 × Ivchencko / Progress AI-20M turboprop engines
- Max speed: 645 km per hour
- Roaming distance: 7,500 km
- Endurance: 13 hours
- Max altitude: 11,000 meters
MilitaryMedia.net - Still a family with the BMP-3F Marine Corps, the Russian military is now preparing to accept a new type of ranpur, and reportedly this ranpur will be included in the Russian Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2020. The intended Ranpur is the BMP-3M Dragun (Dragoon), a type of IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) that uses a firing control system with artificial intelligence technology. Reportedly, besides BMP-3M Dragun, who took part in the May 9 parade was BMP-3 hanud variant (Derivatsiya-PVO).
Dragun is a true unmanned shooting module. Another feature of the Dragun's BMP-3M is a modern fire control system called "Vityaz," which increases the BMP-3M Dragun's fire power compared to the older IFV BMP-3. The advantages of this technology include reducing the preparation time in the shooting process, scanning faster and increasing the attack power ranpur.
Vityaz firing control system is fully automatic, all-digital, with a unified information environment, anti-jamming, and able to track targets on land and air automatically. In comparison to the manned combat modules of the previous generation of BMP-3, Dragun which adopted the RCWS (Remote Control Weapon System) base ensured the movement of infantry troops could operate freely. The module location is at the back of the ranpur, which allows more free space for mounting additional devices.
The main armament of the Dragun RCWS dome consists of a main cannon 2A70 caliber 100 mm and an automatic canon 2A72 caliber 30 mm. Ammunition storage in the dome consists of 22 items for cannon 2A70 and 500 munitions for canon 2A72. The 2A70 cannon can shoot at targets up to a maximum distance of 7,000 meters. Dragun RCWS can also fire 8 ATGM missiles. Still from the dome, there was also a 7.62 mm caliber PKTM coaxial machine gun with 2,000 rounds of munitions.
Dragun RCWS is also equipped with an outside mounted panel for the "VPDU" remote weapon control system, which is fully digital, and is equipped with video information output, vision control, real time with jamming-free or optical fiber free radio lines.
The BMP-3M Dragun is equipped with a four-stroke UTD-32T diesel engine with direct fuel injection plus a 860 hp gas-turbine turbocharger. The location of the engine is at the front, while the compartment for eight infantry troops is at the rear which is equipped with a hydraulic door. The maximum speed of the Dragun's BMP-3M is 70 km per hour and swimming speed in water reaches 10 km per hour.
The standard weight of Dragun's BMP-3M is 18 tons, but when added additional protection, ranpur weight can reach 21 tons. This Ranpur OJSC Kurganmashzavod production has passed the trial in 2017 ago.
MilitaryMedia.net - Moscow - The second Tu-22M3M long-range bomber is reported to have carried out its inaugural flight from the aircraft industry facility in Kazan. After carrying out the flight, the plane then landed again in the same place.
Tupolev (part of Rostec) said flights were carried out to test takeoff and landing parameters.
In addition, the flight control system and information technology were also tested in the flight.
As the Airspace Review quoted from TASS news agency on Friday (20/3), the aircraft will then undergo other tests in the near future.
Meanwhile, the first Tu-22M3M test aircraft was aired on December 28, 2018.
A source from the defense industry said, until October last year the first Tu-22M3M aircraft had carried out flights 18 times.
The Tu-22M3M is an upgraded aircraft from the old Tu-22M3 version. This aircraft can carry anti-cruise cruise missiles Kh-32 (X-32) and Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has previously planned to upgrade 30 Tu-22M3 to Tu-22M3M. It is known, Russia still operates approximately 60 Tu-22M3.
This modernization program also simultaneously increases the age of aircraft use to reach 45 years.
The Tu-22M3 prototype (NATO: Backfire-C) flew in 1977 and began to be used by the Soviet Air Force in 1989.
MilitaryMedia.net - United States - Designed specifically for the United States Air Force (USAF) and used since 2010, the HC-130 Combat King II is one of nine variants of the C-130J Super Hercules which gets the frightening name, the Combat King.
However, bearing the name Combat King does not mean that this aircraft is equipped with weapons for warfare in the air or carry out attacks against ground targets.
The HC-130J Combat King II remains in its original state as the military transport aircraft of the Super Hercules family, a descendant of the large Hercules family born on earth in the 1950s with the production of more than 3,000 units to date (2,600 C-130 and over 400 C-130J ).
Even if there is something special that earned the nickname the King of Combat, it is because this Lockheed Martin-made aircraft has specificity as a personnel recovery aircraft or in a more popular terminology called Combat SAR (CS Combat SAR).
More than that, this aircraft also has the capability to carry out air command and control missions and refueling in the air against helicopters (Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk). For the task of "breastfeeding" this rotary wing fleet, Combat King II can carry it out simultaneously on two helicopters at night.
Combat King II can also function as a land tanker to refuel other aircraft in remote areas or in other terms called FARP (forward area refueling point).
For the latter task, Hercules' expertise has gone into remote areas carrying out logistics and humanitarian transport missions.
Another advantage of the Lockheed Martin Combat King II, which is also a manufacturer of F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, is its capability to carry out tactical flight maneuvers to avoid enemy detection.
This was fulfilled with supporting equipment such as radio frequency jammer, digital radar warning receiver, terrain-following and terrain-avoidance radar systems, chaff and flare dispensing systems, missile warnings, and others.
The night vision goggle (NVG) system can be fully integrated into the aircraft's cockpit system. The use of head-up displays (HUD) and multifunctional displays (MFD) has also completed the cockpit device for flight navigation and control.
There are also INS, GPS, and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and satellite-based communication systems on this aircraft.
In terms of structure, the HC-130J Combat King II uses a C-130J-30 base or a stretced version. More precisely the aircraft uses the US Marine Corps (USMC) KC-130J tanker base with minor modifications and the addition of a more advanced navigation and detection system.
Speaking of Combat King II users, this aircraft was originally made to replace the role of HC-130P / N which is operated by the USAF Air Combat Command (ACC).
Now, there are three agencies in the USAF that have used this aircraft. The three are the USAF Air Combat Command (ACC), the USAF Air Training and Education Command (AETC), and the US Coast Guard (USCG). On 2 April 2020, one more agency followed after getting Combat King II, namely the USAF Reserve.
The first Combat King II was received by the USAF ACC in September 2010 as a realization of the 11-unit order contract in 2008.
Furthermore, USAF AETC received the first aircraft in September 2011. While USCG obtained this aircraft in 2015 through a contract to procure nine aircraft in 2012. One Combat King II unit at that time was hit by a tag of approximately 70 million US dollars. As for customers outside the US, currently the price per Combat King II unit reaches 100-160 million US dollars.
The USAF Reserve will operate Combat King II in the 39th Rescue Squadron, part of the 920th Relief Wing, based at the Patrick Air Base in Florida.
The aircraft is manned by five personnel. Consists of a pilot, copilot, combat systems officer, and two load masters.
Combat King II with a length of 29.5 m, a wing span of 40.4 m, and a height of 11.5 m has a maximum flying weight (MTOW) of 74,389 kg. The fuel tank capacity reaches 34,159 liters. The aircraft can also carry fuel in the cabin weighing 15,875 kg.
Four FADEC turboprop Rolls Royce AE2100D3 engines with six Dowty propeller blades are perched on both wings of the Combat King II. Each machine produces 4,591 shp.
The aircraft can go at a maximum speed of 316 knots and fly to an altitude of 33,000 feet. For cruising distances 3,478 nautical miles can travel.
Hercules and Super Hercules with a variety of variants, become examples of military transport aircraft that have long life and have proven resilience on all fields. The family of 'son of god' is a plane that is always missed during disasters to carry out logistical support missions to remote areas.
Militarymedia.net - Moscow, - Not wanting to be left behind by other combat vehicle manufacturers (ranpur), Russia's defense industry is currently developing a special battlefield armored ambulance.
It was Kamaz who initiated the creation of an anti-green vehicle-based ambulance (MRAP) with the production of Typhoon 4X4 for the Russian military.
The newest combat ambulance named Linza, was designed by Kamaz to be able to protect the medical personnel who served on the front lines during the war against terrorists or enemy forces.
To test the power of Linza, the Russian military began to specifically send these combat ambulances to the Syrian army.
Citing Russia Beyond, Linza has been placed on a hot battlefield in Raqqa, a city now under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SFD), a group that opposes the Damascus government.
Basically Linza itself is a special armored car to carry out evacuation missions for the wounded on the battlefield.
To survive on the battlefield, Linza's body is coated with composite material (steel plus ceramics) that is able to withstand the assault rifle bullets and 12.7 mm caliber shotguns and collisions of artillery shells.
Under his body, Linza was also able to survive the explosion of landmines or from IED (improvised explosive) approximately 8 kg of TNT.
No less interesting, the vehicle can still go with a speed of 50 km / h over rough terrain even though one of the wheels has been destroyed.
In a field combat operation, doctors can treat injured victims in the main compartment behind the driver's cabin.
Linza can also accommodate up to four people in a reclining position or six people when seated.
Medical personnel can also combine the position of the victim being transported. For example two people lie down and three others sit.
What is clear, Linza will ensure a smooth journey and will deliver injured victims through difficult terrain as comfortable as possible.
Linza's standard default equipment in addition to stretchers and medical equipment, are five cameras mounted around the perimeter to get a view of the field being traversed thoroughly.
There is also room for a machine gun mounted on the roof, which is operated by the driver's assistant from the screen inside the armored compartment.
In the military ambulance market, at least Linza will compete with Otokar Cobra II ambulances from Turkey which have also been tested by war.
Other challengers came from neighboring Georgia, which launched Didgori AMEV (armored medical evacuation vehicle). This vehicle is produced by STC Delta, which is reportedly also now owned by the Police Mobile Brigade.
Military Media.net - Germany - The Israeli Navy's SA'AR-6 class Corvette, possibly the first ship in the Magen INS class, begins its first sea test on March 10, 2020.
The first SA'AR-6 class corvette was named INS Magen in May 2019. German shipbuilder thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) acted as General Contractor to build four corvettes of this class for the Israeli Navy.
The SA'AR 6 corvette had a stealth design. The contract for shipping four SA'AR 6 corvettes was signed in May 2015. After the design phase, the construction phase began with a first-class steel cutting ceremony in February 2018. Only 15 months after the first steel was cut, the ship was launched , fulfilling his very ambitious schedule.
After the current sea trial campaign, INS Magen will be sent in the spring of 2020. Three other vessels will follow later at intervals of several months.
In terms of weapons systems, SA'AR 6 displays impressive firepower despite its compact size :
- Melara Oto 76 mm Main Gun
- two Typhoon Weapon Stations
- 32 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, the C-Dome point defense system
- 16 anti-ship missiles (likely Gabriel V)
- two 324 mm torpedo launchers
- About 90 m long
- 13 m wide
- Estimated weight of 1,900 tons
The sensor suite includes the EL / M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar. It has hangar space and a platform that can accommodate medium-class SH-type helicopters.
Militarymedia.net - South Korea - Following the success of the fourth generation F-50 light fighter jet program, which has been widely exported and proven to be very effective in fighting in Iraq and the Philippines, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) of South Korea is working to develop a fifth generation fighter aircraft under the KFX program. The program is very ambitious, with South Korea being relatively new in the field of military aviation especially when considering that there are only two countries in the world, China and the United States, which have deployed fifth-generation fighter planes locally developed in active Air Force units.
The KFX program was announced in 2001, four years before the United States dedicated its F-22 Raptor as the first fifth generation fighter in the world. PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) started to become a partner in the joint program of KAI in 2010. The Korean side holds an 80 percent stake in the program while the Indonesian side, with lower defense spending, underdeveloped military industrial base and fewer planned purchases, holds The remaining 20 percent.
KFX will be a twin-engined, lightweight, twin-jet jet seat capable of sophisticated stealth, and will prioritize low operating costs and ease of maintenance that will enable the South Korean Air Force to procure it in large quantities. This will also be the key to successfully marketing jets for export in Southeast Asia especially those also buying F-50s for this reason. The South Korean combat fleet is one of the largest in the world today, and with many fleets rapidly aging, there is room to induct several hundred KFX into service. This is the key to ensuring large scale production and cost-effective end products.
The fighter is expected to replace South Korea's F-4E Phantom and F-5E Tiger, which is the most widely used fighter currently with around 175 units on duty. Together with two F-4 units of 30 Phantoms each, the third generation jets currently operate in ten squadrons. If everything is replaced with KFX, it will be possible to run production that is large enough for domestic use alone beyond the production process expected of all other fifth generation combat programs in the world besides the American F-35 and possibly the J-20 China. The higher operational costs of KFX, especially compared to F-5, will likely mean that the number of squadrons will be cut or that the squadrons will be made much smaller because Tiger will be eliminated with new stealth aircraft.
In addition to replacing South Korea's third generation fighter aircraft, KFX also has the potential to replace most of the fourth generation fleet of the South Korean Air Force (ROKAF) which currently consists of F-16 and F-15K platforms. South Korea received its first F-16 fighter in the 1980s and currently has 163 aircraft, in addition to 60 of the newly acquired F-15 aircraft. The F-15K is still a very modern heavyweight jet capable of carrying out air-to-air attacks and operations, and neither the F-35 nor KFX can match flight performance or endurance.
The F-16, which was designed as an analog aircraft that was lighter and cheaper than the F-15, was increasingly considered an aircraft that was soon obsolete, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen told US Air Force Combat Air Command Chief General Mike Hostage predicting that the aircraft would become obsolete in the near future. While regular upgrades by Korea to the design could potentially extend its service life, especially for later production variants, it is likely that the South Korean Air Force will try to retire at least a large portion of the fleet to be replaced with KFX. The relatively low operational costs of new stealth fighter aircraft will make this aircraft quite affordable, and will be a serious increase for the South Korean fleet.
Aside from the acquisition for its own Air Force, KFX is expected to be marketed for export to Southeast Asian countries, especially those expected to become major clients. Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and maybe even Iraq could be a major client for fighter aircraft, all of which operate F-50s and F-16s or F-5s which are designed to be replaced by KFX.
Although it doesn't yet have full stealth features compared to the F-35 and integrates a less powerful engine, the advantages of KFX fighter jets have lower operational costs, easier maintenance, and lower prices. The new fighter aircraft is expected to be faster and be able to operate at higher altitudes than the F-16 and F-35, and will have access to various types of advanced ammunition. The most prominent of these are the original derivative of the European long-range Taurus bunker cruise missile, one of the most reliable in the world currently used by F-15K fighter aircraft, and the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile that has a capability twice the range of AIM AMRAAM -120C used by the F-35.
The fighter planes are also expected to be compatible with several types of US-made missiles, which means they may begin to integrate AIM-260 air-to-air missiles which are expected to start operating in the second half of this decade. These missiles are expected to be faster, more maneuverable, longer distances, more precise and cheaper than European Meteors. If South Korea's contract to acquire Taurus missiles is considered as an example, the country could request technology transfer as part of its contract to acquire Meteor missiles which in turn allows the manufacture of missiles with similar capabilities at home.
Based on the precedents set for a very high-performance and cost-effective weapons system set by the South Korean defense sector, such as K9 Thunder artillery and K2 Black Panther battle tanks to F-50 fighter planes and Hyunmoo-3 cruise missiles, KFX is expected to be one of the fifth generation of the most successful combat programs in the world and quite possibly the most successful outside of China and the United States.
With Russia's Su-57 program hampered by very small production steps, Turkey's TFX program which seems overly ambitious but relies heavily on foreign technology and comes from a country with a much more limited domestic technology base, and Pakistan's AZM fighter project is expected to be built in around China rather than with native technology and placing great emphasis on reducing costs like JF-17 before, this left KFX as a leader among the original fifth generation programs outside of China and the United States.
Militarymedia.net - Moscow - The latest Buk-M3 "Viking" mid-range air defense system will be displayed at the Russian Victory Day parade on 9 May.
There will be at least four Buk-M3 units and four Tor-M2 units that will be displayed in the parade at the Moscow Red Square.
The Ministry of Defense (Ministry of Defense) of Russia such as the Airspace Review quoted from TASS said, the whole family of Russia's advanced air defense systems will be shown to the public.
"Four Buk-M3 land-to-air missile systems and four Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile launchers will be shown to the public in a parade of mechanical combat vehicles," explained the Russian Ministry of Defense on Monday (3/16).
Added, S-300V4 will also be included the first time in the parade.
Then do not miss the main battle tanks T-90M Proryv, Armata, Kurganet-25 IFV, and so on.
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 225 weapons systems would take part in the 2020 Victory Day parade. As many as 24 of them were inaugural performers at this annual event.
This year, on May 9, 2020, Russia (then the Soviet Union) will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. The war took place in the period 1941-1945.
WASHINGTON - Militarymedia.net - The United States (US) said they would not send Patriot missiles to Turkey, as long as Ankara still has Russian S-400 air defense systems. This is a response to Ankara's insistence that Washington immediately send Patriot missiles to Turkey.
"Turkey will not accept Patriot missiles unless they return the S-400," US Defense Ministry spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
Washington had previously said it was willing to provide ammunition to Turkey for its military operations on Idlib and was evaluating Turkey's request for the Patriot missile system in the context of the S-400 problem.
As is known, earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on the United States to deploy the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system in the country. He insisted that Turkey needed the support of its NATO allies amid the crisis in Idlib, Syria.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyep Erdogan said earlier this week, the US attitude had softened related to the potential sales of the Patriot missile defense system.
"We made this offer to the United States with a Patriot: If you are going to give us a Patriot, then do it. We can also buy Patriots from you. They also softened significantly on the S-400 problem, "
WASHINGTON - Militarymedia.net - The head of the United States Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie said, Washington was in the process of bringing an air defense system to Iraq to protect American troops.
"We are also in the process of bringing an air defense system, ballistic missile defense system, to Iraq in particular, to protect ourselves against other possible Iranian attacks," McKenzie said in a hearing with the US House Armed Services Committee.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon said it was trying to get permission from Iraq to bring the Patriot missile defense system to the country to better defend US forces after the Iranian missile attack on January 8.
During the hearing, McKenzie placed Iran as the main US concern in the CENTCOM operations area, which includes the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"Our presence sends a clear signal about our ability and our desire to defend our partners and national interests," McKenzie said.
"Going forward, CENTCOM's goal is to form troops in regions with operational depth to achieve preventive conditions that are consistent with Iran and can adapt to Iran's future threats.
Iran fired ballistic missiles at Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq on January 7-8 to retaliate for a US drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani while he was in Baghdad. This attack left hundreds of US soldiers traumatic brain injuries.
Military media.net - For a long time, the Russian Navy (Navy) is preparing to continue the development of maritime reconnaissance aircraft and anti-submarine capabilities. This new aircraft will be developed from the Tupolev Tu-204 jet base and the Tu-214 variant.
The idea of developing the Tu-204/214 into a patrol aircraft began in the mid-1990s. At that time the Tu-214P (Patrol) won the bid and defeated the A-42, the seaplane alerted by the Beriev design firm. But due to lack of budget, this project was frozen.
As the Airspace Review quoted from the Izvestia report in mid-January, the project with the name Antisubmarine Airborne Complex (PlAK) was lined up to replace the role of the Ilyushin Il-38 reconnaissance aircraft May.
It is known, the Russian Navy currently still relies on 15 aging aircraft powered by the 1960s turboprop. Eight of them have been upgraded to the Il-38N (Novella) version.
But specifically, until now it has still not been decided which variants will be used as the basis, whether the version of Tu-204 or Tu-214.
Please note, the Tu-204 is a passenger plane manned from 160 to 210 passengers (depending on class). The aircraft was produced by the Aviastar-SP factory in Ulyanovsk. The aircraft, which was in the same class as the Boeing 757, flew on January 2, 1989.
While the Tu-214 variant was produced by the Kazan Aircraft Production Association (KAPO) factory in Kazan and flew on March 21, 1996.
The Tu-214 variant itself is indeed a popular basis for the development of Russian military aircraft. For example, the air-saving aircraft Tu-214ON for the TOS (Treaty on Open Skies) mission.
Then Tu-214PU Air Command Post version to fly the Russian President.
There is also the Tu-214R to carry out electronic warfare missions and the Tu-214SR communication relay role.
Compared to Il-38N, the Tu-204/214 PIAK has a much better performance. The aircraft is equipped with a pair of turbofan PS-90 engines made by Aviadvigatel with a maximum speed of 900 km / h with flying altitudes up to 12,100 m.
As an illustration, Tu-204/214 PIAK can make non-stop flights from Moscow to Vladivostok. This means that they can patrol for long periods of time and offer comfortable conditions for the crew in their cab.
In addition to being equipped with the latest missionary equipment, especially the opponent nuclear submarine tracking device, the Tu-204/214 PIAK is rumored to have the ability to control a submarine-hunting water vehicle from the sky.
In addition to its rapid detection capability, the Tu-204/214 PIAK is also equipped with a deterrent weapon, both for combing submarines and surface ships. But not yet mentioned the type.
The presence of Tu-204/214 PIAK will certainly be a balanced counterpart for the Boeing P-8 Poseidon (based on Boeing 737-800) from the United States and the Kawasaki P-1 from Japan.
Military Media.net - Russia continues to strengthen their defenses. Most recently, Moscow has just successfully tested Gibka-S, an air defense system whose job is to paralyze unmanned aircraft or drones.
Launching RBTH, Gibka-S is an integration of human portable air defense systems, which are used in combat by infantry, with Tiger armored vehicles.
One Gibka-S platoon consists of up to six combat vehicles with built-in missile launchers, plus surveillance and weapons control vehicles stationed as part of the group's command.
Gibka-S detects enemies in the air at speeds of up to 700 meters per second in a radius of up to 40 kilometers and altitudes up to 10 kilometers. The detection was handled by the complex Garmon electronic optics, which were integrated into the "brain" of the system.
This machine is based on artificial intelligence, which allows it to distinguish targets and non-targets around it separately, lock it up, and then wait for human commands to destroy it.
This weapon can also receive target coordinates from installations and stronger radar centers, and convey all tactical situations on land to human operators. Each Tiger armored vehicle can be fitted with up to four Igla and Verba missile launchers on it.
This system is designed to bring down low-flying aircraft, helicopters and drones with infrared guides that can target targets up to a distance of six kilometers.
Victor Murakhovsky, a weapons expert who is also the Editor in Chief of the magazine Arsenal of the Fatherland, said air defense systems such as Pantsir-S1, S-400, Tor-M2, Buk, and others were built to destroy warplanes, bombers, cruise missiles, and the like . These weapons are high-cost systems with expensive missiles aimed at crippling other expensive systems.
"Therefore, mobile forces need cheap effective weapons to eliminate the threat of a dozen small drones, which in the next decade will turn into coordinated detachment," he said.
According to him, currently engineers are struggling with artificial intelligence that will be able to simultaneously control and coordinate the attacks of dozens of drones.