Copio e incollo dall’agenzia Reuters:
Russian “stealth” fighter to fly by end-Jan
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will test fly by the end of January a new “fifth generation” stealth fighter that aims to challenge the United States for technical superiority, an aviation industry source told Reuters on Wednesday.
This would be the first all-new military aircraft Russia has built since the Soviet Union collapsed two decades ago and is crucial to showing that Moscow still has advanced technologies of its own, defense analysts said.
However, it would probably take five to seven years before Russia’s military finally got to fly the first of these fighters, they said.
Fifth-generation jets are invisible to radar, have advanced on-board flight and weapons control systems and can cruise at supersonic speeds. Russia currently builds military aircraft based on designs dating from the Soviet era.
Asked when the new fighter, built by the Sukhoi company, would make its maiden flight, the industry source said: “By the end of this month.”
Sukhoi is Russia’s largest exporter of military planes and accounts for a quarter of the country’s annual arms sales. It has foreign orders worth billions of dollars, with India its biggest client.
A spokesman for Sukhoi said the plane would fly “in the near future.”
Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where the first prototype plane has been built, as saying its first flight could take place “in two or three days, depending on the actual weather.”
DELAYED JET IS MOSCOW’S PRIDE
The warplane is seen as Moscow’s challenge to the U.S.-built F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, which first flew in 1997.
“The importance of this project is huge. This is the first and principally new plane built in Russia after the fall of communism,” said Alexander Khramchikhin, chief analyst at the Moscow-based Institute of Military and Political Analysis.
“This is good for Russia’s defense capability, because so far only the United States has built such a jet.”
But Khramchikhin said he was not starry-eyed about the plane, recalling delayed deliveries to Russia’s armed forces of much-publicized new diesel submarines and the formidable Iskander tactical missiles.
A series of failed tests of the newest, submarine-launched Bulava (Mace) intercontinental nuclear missile, touted by the Kremlin as a perfect weapon able to pierce any air defense, has only added to Moscow’s embarrassment in recent years.
“In an optimistic scenario, Russian air forces meanwhile will probably rely strongly on supplies of the less advanced Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter whose deliveries are due to start this year,” the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) said in an analytical note sent to Reuters.
“It appears the new jet will take years to be fine-tuned, and its delivery to the armed forces would take between five and seven years at least.” It said Russia was likely to produce the new jet jointly with its close partner India.
CAST said the mass output of the fifth-generation fighter and its future modifications would attract young engineers to the aviation sector and boost Moscow’s military exports after the market for the current Su-30 had been saturated.
“The fifth-generation plane could easily occupy a niche of at least one third of the world market for this type of output,” CAST said. “Europe is not building such jets, and China’s would-be copycat planes will not match the high standards.”
Potential exports of U.S. fifth-generation jets may be limited by Washington’s security considerations, reducing sales to a narrow circle of close U.S. allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Japan, CAST said.
(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov and Dmitry Solovyov; writing by Steve Gutterman and Dmitry Solovyov; editing by David Stamp)
PS : ma non siamo gia’ a fine gennaio?
PPS: degnarsi di mostrare una fottutissima thumbnail? No, eh?
PPPS: per me ci pigliano nuovamente per i fondelli
Alcune fantastiche evoluzioni dello Squadrone Elicotteri dell’Aeronautica di El Salvador. Questa unita’ e’ l’unica al mondo che impiega ancora gli UH-1C/M nel ruolo gunship (M21 Subsystem).
Mötley Crüe in sottofondo, yeah.
M21 armament subsystem (US Army photo)
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Danny Gladstein, left, and Engineman 3rd Class Raymond Kite talk with a U.N. peacekeeper from the Sri Lanka Navy as he provides security while displaced Haitians wait in line to get fresh drinking water from a U.N. water truck at the Lifeline Christian Ministries Mission in Grand Goave, Haiti.
GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Jan. 25, 2010) A Sri Lanka Navy Sailor serving as a U.N. peacekeeper provides security from atop a U.N. water truck as dozens of displaced Haitians wait in line for fresh drinking water at the Lifeline Christian Ministries Mission in Grand Goave, Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)
IDF Field Hospital Begins Transferring Patients to USNS ‘Comfort’ and other Local Hospitals
Closing the IDF Aid Delegation in Haiti + Address by Col. Dr. Itzik Kryce
IDF Doctors Transfer Premature Babies to Local Hospital in Haiti, 23 January 2010
GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Jan. 25, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jennifer Atkinson, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), helps Doug Pogue, an emergency medical technician with Lifeline Christian Ministries, transport an injured Haitian woman to a medical holding and recovery area after she received primary care at the Ministry’s mission clinic in Grand Goave, Haiti. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)
Canadian and American citizens waiting to be evacuated from Haiti (Canada AF)
Search and rescue technician MCpl Nic Meunier, of 424 (T & R) Sqn, treats an elderly woman after she and her family arrived in the Canadian camp at Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti. Credit: Cpl Julie Bélisle.
Canadian Armed Forces News – Master Corporal Gerald Handwood, an Air Force Communications Research Operator embarked on HMCS Athabaskan, wraps the injured arm of a little girl. Canadian Task Group 301.1 is the Canadian Navy component of Op Hestia which includes the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, the frigate HMCS Halifax and a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment under the leadership of Task Group Commander, Captain (Navy) Art McDonald.
U.S. Airborne soldiers provide medical assistance to Rico Dibrivell, 35, who was rescued from a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince, in this January 26, 2010 United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) handout photo. REUTERS/Marco Dormino/UN/MINUSTAH/Handout
A U.S. Airborne soldier exchanges a fist-bump with a Haitian youth in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in this United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) photograph taken on January 26, 2010. U.S. troops pulled a man alive from under a collapsed building in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday as U.N. troops sprayed tear gas at survivors desperate for food two weeks after a catastrophic earthquake. REUTERS/Marco Dormino/UN/MINUSTAH/Handout
A Haitian police officer chases scavengers in downtown Port-au-Prince, in this United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) photograph taken on January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Marco Dormino/UN/MINUSTAH/Handout
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort is anchored off the coast of Haiti January 26, 2010. Patients are treated for a variety of the most serious earthquake-related injuries aboard the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship Comfort stationed in Haiti. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte
Haitians rest in a room after being comforted at the The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort is anchored off the coast of Haiti January 26, 2010. Patients are treated for a variety of the most serious earthquake-related injuries aboard the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship Comfort stationed in Haiti. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – JANUARY 26: A U.S. Army solider in the 82nd Airborne Division helps guide his his convoy of vehicles from the gun turret January 26, 2010 in central Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
A Brazilian U.N. peacekeeper uses pepper spray to control the crowd during food distribution near the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 26, 2010. U.N. troops fired tear gas at desperate Haitians crowding a food handout outside the wrecked presidential palace on Tuesday as delays in getting help to earthquake survivors persist two weeks after the catastrophe. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – JANUARY 26: A Haitian National Police officer tries to get people into a line as the crowd of people waiting for food turned into a frenzy as they fought for handouts during a distribution of food at a police station in Cite Soleil on January 26, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 24, 2010) Sailors assigned to Naval Cargo Handling Battalion 1, based in Williamsburg, Va., stage pallets of water at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for shipment to Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Allen/Released)
CERCA-LA-SOURCE, Haiti (Jan. 25, 2010) Sailors from the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) use rigid-hull inflatable boats to bring water and food supplies ashore. Bunker Hill is conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE , Haiti (Jan. 21, 2010) Children use plastic bags from humanitarian meals as boots at an earthquake survivor camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Some have estimated there are as many as 10,000 families living in the camp near a relief distribution point set up by the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. (Department of Defense photo by Fred W. Baker III/Released)
GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Jan. 25, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Vilma Bauer, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), examines a Haitian infant as her family looks on at the Lifeline Christian Ministries Mission medical clinic in Grand Goave, Haiti. Fort McHenry, along with the amphibious dock landing ships USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), and the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) are participating in Operation Unified Response as the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission by providing military support capabilities to civil authorities to help stabilize and improve the situation in Haiti in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on Jan. 12, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)
GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Jan. 25, 2010) Electronics Technician 2nd Class Adam Soper, left, and Operations Specialist 2nd Class Danny Gladstein, both members of the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), walk to the medical clinic at the Lifeline Christian Ministries Mission in Grand Goave, Haiti, with a Haitian girl. Soper and Gladstein are at the clinic assisting Fort McHenry hospital corpsmen as they treat Haitian citizens. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 25, 2010) Sailors from the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) load a helicopter with water to be distributed to affected areas of Haiti as part of continuing relief efforts in Haiti. Bunker Hill is participating in Operation Unified Response, a multi-national humanitarian and disaster relief operation following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael C. Barton/Released)
… occhio a Arnie!
Puntata spettacolare del Green Car Challenge con Arnold Schwarzenegger come special guest.