The Su-30SM advanced Flanker is getting a lot of press lately as it provides counter-air coverage for Russia’s forward-operating air base near Latakia in Syria. Now Russia is showing off the jet’s most simplistic of weapons, its fire-breathing 30mm cannon. »
Russian news site RT has posted a video report showing Su-34 Fullbacks operating at Russia’s growing airbase located south of the Syrian port city of Latakia. As far as I know, this is the first photographic evidence showing Russia’s most potent strike fighter in Syria, although they were rumored to have arrived last… »
A gaggle of F-22A Raptors belonging to the 199th Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 154th Wing of the Hawaiian Air National Guard, deployed to the Middle East yesterday. This comes as tensions are hot between the U.S. and Russia over Syria and as the F-22 seems to be in demand around the globe. »
I gripped the wheel tightly and steered the Jeep toward the warehouse. My heart was thumping so hard I thought Oleg might be able to hear it in the passenger seat.
It was just a matter of time before Russia’s new expeditionary pocket air force in Syria began its bombing operations. Over the last few weeks Russian drones have been flying missions out of Latakia Air Base looking for targets. Now the first Russian shots have been fired in what could be a very long battle to secure… »
The Russian-French Mistral Class helicopter carrier saga has been a long and rocky one. Originally the two amphibious assault ships were built for Russia, with many Russian combat systems installed, but France denied delivery after Russia seized Crimea a year and a half ago. Since then, many potential customers have… »
New satellite imagery shows that Russia’s air combat power in Syria has exploded over the last 48 hours, with 12 Su-25 Frogtfoots adding to the four Su-30SM Flankers and about a dozen or so combat helicopters already stationed at Latakia Air Base in Syria. A dozen Russian Su-24 Fencers are also said to be on the… »
The Syrian puzzle has officially become more complicated. As reported on Friday, fighter jets have arrived at Russia’s burgeoning airbase outpost south of the western port city of Latakia in Syria. New satellite images unveil exactly what type of fighters Russia has deployed: four advanced Su-30SM Flankers. »
An exercise dubbed “Centar 2015” is said to be Russia’s largest set of war games of the year, with tens of thousands of soldiers, thousands of vehicles, and hundreds of aircraft participating from multiple locations within Russia’s vast central territory.
It’s official, Russia has deployed tactical fixed-wing jets, supposedly Su-27s Flanker derivatives, along with attack helicopters, to Syria as part of its rapidly expanding outpost there. Meanwhile the chief of the U.S. Air Force in Europe wants a permanent F-22 presence in the region. »
There have been rumors floating around that Russia’s only operational Typhoon Class ballistic missile carrying nuclear submarine, the largest submarine in the world, Dmitri Donskoy, was deployed to the Mediterranean, or more specifically, to sit off the coast of Syria. Here’s why that’s highly unlikely. »
No less than 15 Russian An-124 Condor cargo flights have landed in Syria in recent days. This is in addition to a steady stream of Russian cargo ships arriving at Syrian shores, some of which dropped off T-90 main battle tanks, artillery pieces and dozens of armored personnel carriers. »
There has been a sudden wave of speculation and fragmented reporting on the possibility that Russia is becoming a more active supporter of the embattled Al-Assad regime in Syria. What could Russia possibly want by deepening its involvement in such a complicated and bloody conflict? »
“What is the value of my life? You in America only care about death if it involves your allies?” a young pro-Russian soldier at a funeral for a fallen comrade plead his case. He smelled of tobacco, gunpowder and booze. Tears streaked his face. His uniform: mismatched camo pants and shirt.
This video shows what it looks like to intercept a Russian IL-20M electronic intelligence collection aircraft, high over the Baltic Sea. The Royal Air Force Typhoons that were scrambled on August 17th to intercept the aircraft were launched out of Estonia as part of NATO’s rotating air defense mission in the Baltics.… »
Russia’s fledgling Sukhoi T-50 fighter, also known as the PAK-FA, continues to waddle through development even though the demand for the aircraft may turn out to be less than stellar. Nonetheless, Sukhoi hopes to integrate a wide array of weapons onto their new jet, including everything from supersonic cruise missiles… »
A Byzantine shipwreck from roughly 1,000 years ago was discovered on the floor of the Black Sea in May, which was apparently so fascinating to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he decided to check it out for himself. (You can do stuff like that when you’re Putin.) »
Tanks! They’re big, mean, ugly, and loud, and their crews are highly competitive. Russia is hosting the World Championship Tank Biathalon right now, and the finals mean that the best of the whole group are competing for the title of Best Tank Biathelete (I think). But the winner gets a tank! A real tank! »
The Daily Beast reports that a series of classified war gaming exercises ran by the Defense Department have clearly shown that the U.S. is ill-prepared for a sustained military engagement with Russia. Such a situation is not that hard to believe as our forces have been mired in counter-terror and counter-insurgency… »