Aviation

Airbus A400M Atlas: Fatigued Before Start-Up. To be replaced with the Antonov An-70?

By Vladimir DobruninLast year, on May 9, 2015 the Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft crashed near Seville. This aircraft was Airbus Consortium’s pride and glory, the result of an ambitious development program that was meant to show everyone which company was able to develop the best aircraft in the world. The crashed aircraft was empty and…
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Air Force Supermarket

The Russian Air Force modernization process is boosted up in order to make up for lost time for the past 20 years. First of all, the tactical aircraft – the “first line” of Air Force - are undergoing refit.   By Alexander Yermakov, independent military expert The production of combat aircraft is likely to reach the world’s highest rates.…
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New REW Systems for Russian Aviation

The importance of radio electronic warfare weapons (REW) is really tremendous in the contemporary air warfare. The radar stations (RS) form a core of any air defense system (ADS) being its “eyes and ears”. Particularly, the RS detect targets, track them for guidance of anti-aircraft missiles, etc.   By Pavel Rumyantsev The task of aviation…
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All-Seeing Eye

As soon as people started to conquer “the fifth ocean”, or the sky, they made attempts to look behind the enemy lines, using air surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles. At first, such aircraft as hot-air balloons and airships were used to solve this problem but they failed to accomplish this task completely and, by the way,…
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Syria: Direct and Indirect Tasks

 In late September 2015, the scenario that had seemed to be a sci-fi story or a computer game’s script became real. The Russian Air Force launched an air operation against militants of the so-called “Islamic State” (the terrorist organization banned in Russia). By Pavel Rumyantsev and Leonid NersisyanSince late August, the events were developing rapidly. The…
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The Ups and Downs of Test Pilots

This is an article about the history and fate of the amazing people who let the mankind step into the sky, about their successes, failures, accidents and achievements. The victors Obviously, the first test pilots, in the sense that we are putting in the word today, were the builders of the first airplanes, aerodynes. But…
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Fortress Aircraft of the World War I

War of motors In the early 20th century, the structure of the Russian Army included 12 military districts (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Finland, Vilna, Warsaw, Kiev, Odessa, Kazan, Caucasus, Turkestan, Siberia and the Amur). The Don Cossack Army was an independent military formation. The armed forces of the Russian Empire, as well as in many other…
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Space Technologies on the Ground, under Water and in the Air

Speaking of the space technologies’ application here, “on the ground”, certainly, nobody provides using special small-lot and, for this reason, expensive components. The point is, first, of the “space” reliability level of the ground systems, and, second, of the use of “dual-purpose” components – for example, electronics and optics which may be manufactured both for…
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12th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015: Demonstrations Ranging from a Giant “Flying” Axe to a Robotic Mars Rover

We have to admit that complicated international relations have affected a tone at MAKS-2015. European aerobatic flying teams were represented only by the Baltic Bees aerobatic team (Latvia) using the L-39 aircraft developed in Czechia. The main teams in the aerobatic demonstration program were ace fliers from the “Russkie Vitiazi” (Russian Knights) and “Strizhy” (Swifts)…
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