Iran's acquisition of Russian Su-35s could set fire to the Middle East

While the Russian intervention in Ukraine profoundly changed European geopolitics and triggered a major energy crisis, its influence on global geopolitics had so far been relatively moderate. As time goes by, some countries seem inclined to take advantage of Russia's relative isolation on this international scene, to their own advantage. This is the case of North Korea, which has intensified its exchanges with Moscow in recent weeks, in particular by offering available and very cheap labor to support the Russian war effort, in particular for major works. infrastructure and agricultural needs. In exchange, Pyongyang intends that Moscow lifts the…

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Russia challenges F-35 in UAE with Su-75 Checkmate

Since its official presentation this summer at the ARMY-2021 show in Moscow, the new 5th generation Russian single-engine fighter Su-75 Checkmate has obviously become the workhorse of Sukhoi but also of Rostec to impose itself during the upcoming international competitions in the field of combat aircraft. This week, on the occasion of the Dubai Airshow, the new aircraft, which still only exists in the form of a static prototype, took its first steps on the international scene, and is clearly positioned as an alternative to the American F-35A , but also to the European Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen, in the speech of Russian officials,…

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Russian Defense Ministry May Acquire Checkmate on Next Programming Law

Until now, the communication from the Russian authorities around the new Checkmate 5th generation single-engine fighter program had only focused on industrial and export aspects. The acquisition of the device by the Russian armed forces had always been a subject carefully avoided by them, especially since the country is already fully committed to a military programming law, or GPV, already very ambitious project extending until 2027, and focusing on the acquisition, in this area, of Su-57, Su-35 and Su-34 fighters and the S70 Okhotnik-B heavy drone to modernize the Russian air force. Add in these conditions the acquisition of a new unplanned device…

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The new Russian fighter Checkmate would already have a first export customer

The presentation of Sukhoi's new single-engine fighter, designated Checkmate, at the MAKS 2021 show near Moscow, caused a lot of ink to flow and raised many questions. Among them, the positioning of the aircraft on the export market as well as its possible adoption by the VVS, the Russian Air Force, were the most significant in terms of the potential future of this program which obviously has great ambitions. for the aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi. Part of the veil was lifted by Yuri Slyusar, the director of the United Aircraft Corporation to which Sukhoi belongs, during an interview given to the Russian site military-news.ru and the agency of…

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Sukhoi develops two-seater Su-57 that can control 4 S-70 Okhotnik B drones

Since its official presentation, the heavy combat drone S-70 Okhotnik B, developed by the Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, has always been presented as an extension of the heavy fighter Su-57, called to replace the Su-27 within the air forces. Russians, and to become the technological basis of a large number of devices, like its predecessor. In fact, the announcement of a two-seater version of the device had been awaited for some time by specialists in the field, as it seemed appropriate to add a crew member to control several drones of this type. It is now done, since the Tass Agency, citing a source from the Ministry of Defense, has published…

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The Russian CheckMate, a commercial and operational threat for Europe

The Teasing campaign which preceded the official presentation of the new 5th generation light fighter from Russian Sukhoi had created an obvious excitement on the part of all observers of the world defense aeronautical industry. They were not disappointed, as the announcements made by Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec, were astonishing, and as the Checkmate, since it seems that this is indeed its operational name, is designed to impose itself in the air as well as in international competitions in the years to come. And as long as the announcements made yesterday in Moscow actually materialize during the test phase which must…

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What do we know about the new Russian light fighter?

The announcement of the presentation of a new light fighter model developed by the Russian Rostec at the Moscow MAKS 2021 fair had already had the effect of a small bomb in the small world of world military aeronautics. But the photos showing a device that is visibly well advanced in development even though it is covered in tarpaulins, and the lobby proudly displaying the word "CheckMate" in English, Chess and Mat in French, clearly show that , the Russian aeronautics industry intends to mark the spirits with this device during this show. This is therefore an opportunity to summarize what we already know about…

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More information on the Russian New Generation Light Fighter Program

Russia's efforts to develop a new light fighter that can be piloted or used as drones seem to be bearing fruit, and both the official TASS agency and the Rianovosti.ru site have obtained additional information to get an idea of ​​​​the performance , but also the positioning of the new aircraft, the development of which was publicly announced by the CEO of the Rostec group, Sergei Chemezov, in December 2020. We thus learn that the new fighter will have a maximum take-off weight of 18 tonnes, classifying it in the category of the Mirage 2000 or the JF-17, that it will be powered by the Izdeliye 30 reactor…

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Washington wants to sell "less stealth" F35s to United Arab Emirates

The Emirati leaders expected a positive response to their request to acquire F35 fighters from the United States, following the agreement to normalize relations between Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem. According to the Reuters agency, Washington would indeed consider selling the American device to the United Arab Emirates, but in a version with degraded stealth performance, so as to allow Israeli radars to detect Emirati devices, and thus respect the legal framework. which obliges the United States to preserve Israel's technological advantage in its arms export negotiations in the Middle East. If this offer may seem, at first glance, satisfactory for both parties, it is far…

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Russia to export 64 Su-35 aircraft to Egypt and a second customer between 2020 and 2024

Since the indiscretion of the Russian magazine Kommersant concerning the contract for the sale of Su-35 to Egypt, indiscretion which will have brought the journalist to his origin in detention for "treason" in Moscow, no one was able to quantify the number devices sold in Cairo. It must be said that the American pressure in this case, and the threat of reprisals in application of the CATSAA legislation, called for the greatest discretion, both for the Egyptian and Russian authorities. But a video published on the occasion of an industrial presentation of the aeronautical industrial consortium OAK (United Aircraft Corporation in English), now makes it possible to know more about this file. This is…

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