F-22 ripreso al decollo durante le esercitazioni Valiant Shield. Andersen AFB, Guam, 14 Settembre 2010. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Schultze
Parola di Vladimir Putin:
Putin boasts new jet fighter better than U.S. plane
(Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into the cockpit of Russia’s newest fighter jet on Thursday and said it would trump a U.S.-built rival, the F-22 Raptor.
Putin watched a test flight of a “fifth-generation” stealth fighter, dubbed the T-50 and billed as Russia’s first all-new warplane since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
“This machine will be superior to our main competitor, the F-22, in terms of maneuverability, weaponry and range,” Putin told the pilot after the flight, according to an account on the government website.
Putin said the plane would cost up to three times less than similar aircraft in the West and could remain in service for 30 to 35 years with upgrades, according to the report.
Successful development of the fighter, built by Sukhoi, is crucial to showing Russia can challenge U.S. technology and modernize its military after a period of post-Soviet decay.
Russia also plans to manufacture T-50s jointly with India.
The F-22 raptor stealth fighter first flew in 1997 and is the only fifth-generation fighter in service. Fifth-generation aircraft have advanced flight and weapons control systems and can cruise at supersonic speeds.
According to the government website, the test pilot told Putin the controls of the T-50 allowed the pilot to operate most of the plane’s systems without taking his hands off the joystick, which he said would be very useful under high forces of gravity.
“I know, I’ve flown,” Putin replied. Sukhoi has said the plane should be ready for use in 2015.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton and Robert Woodward)
Questo significa che verra’ raddoppiata la produzione dei Rapaci?
Ho appena appreso che lo scorso 1 Aprile il Corpo dei Marines USA ha attivato il VMFAT-501 “Warlords”, il primo degli squadron di addestramento destinati a ricevere il tanto chiacchierato F-35 Lightning II.
All’unita’ in questione sono stati assegnati 20 esemplari della versione STOVL F-35B, con consegne a partire dalla fine del corrente anno.
Il compito del reparto sara’ quello di formare i primi piloti destinati al nuovo caccia.
Il VMFAT-501, attualmente stanziato presso Eglin Air Force Base (Florida), raccoglie l’eredita’ del VMF-501 “Blue Devils”, un attack squadron che il Marine Corps sciolse nel 1997 dopo oltre mezzo secolo di servizio e un paio di guerre alle spalle (2a GM e Desert Storm). L’ultimo aereo a carico del VMF-501 e’ stato l’F/A-18C Hornet.
Il VMFAT-501 dipende amministrativamente dal Marine Aircraft Group 31 (2nd MAW), mentre da un punto di vista operativo cade sotto la responsabilita’ del 33d Fighter Wing “Nomads” dell’US Air Force, che a sua volta dipende dall’Air Education and Training Command della 19th Air Force (Randolph AFB, Texas).
Il vecchio e il nuovo (Hornet & Ligthning II)
Qui sotto potete vedere la patch del reparto, che ho dovuto rifare perche’ quella reperibile sul sito ufficiale del VMFAT-501 e’ di dimensioni microscopiche.
Photo credits: Department of Defense
Nota 1: le immagini non sono in scala (stime a occhio);
Nota 2: per l’YF-23 sono stato costretto ad usare la foto di un modello scala 1/72 perche’ non riuscivo a trovare un’immagine ad uopo del mezzo reale. Siccome il risultato proprio schifo non fa, per il momento dovete accontentarvi
saluti e OZARKAAAAAAAAAAA
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 :-D
E se vi piacciono i filmati “raw” privi di fastidiose colonne sonore, visitate ed iscrivetevi a questo canale YT:
Many happy landings :-D
Foto ad alta risoluzione scattate alla base aerea di Holloman (New Mexico) il 15 gennaio 2009. (Credits: USAF/Senior Airman Anthony Nelson Jr)