Russia deploys frontline fighter jets to Syria amid Turkish tension

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A Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35S (Wikimedia Commons) **FILE**

 

“Starting from last week, super-maneuverable Su-35S fighter jets started performing combat missions at Khmeimim airbase,” Maj. Gen. Konashenkov told the Russian state news agency, TASS.

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Turkish Air Force declares ‘orange alert’

Speaking to reporters at Istanbul Ataturk Airport before his departure for Chile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the violation of Turkish airspace, which he also described as NATO airspace, was a result of Russian attempts to escalate existing tension in the region, the Anadolu Agency reported. Continue reading

Russia Developing Fifth Generation Lightweight Fighter Jet

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The new concept is loosely based on Mikoyan Project 1.44 (NATO reporting name: Flatpack). The venture was meant to create an alternative to the US’ Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) project which gave birth to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Continue reading

Russian Jet Again Harasses U.S. Reconnaissance Plane

‘Unsafe’ aerial intercept of RC-135 over Baltic Sea

A Russian fighter jet conducted a dangerous aerial intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft two weeks ago over the Baltic Sea in the latest sign of heightened military tensions between Moscow and Washington.

“The nature of the intercept was unsafe,” said a senior defense official familiar with details of the encounter.

However, it is unclear whether the May 30 incident between the RC-135 reconnaissance jet and a Russian Su-27 interceptor that flew too close was intentional or due to the pilot’s lack of flying experience, the official said. Continue reading

Russian Fighter Jet Intercepted Over Baltic With Transponder Off

Nato fighter jets intercepted a Russian military transport aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea on Monday.

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Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet to make maiden flight in 2017

T-50 fighter jet

 

The fifth generation fighter will be equipped with second-stage engine 17% to 18% more efficient than its predecessor

MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. First Russian fighter jet of the fifth-generation fitted out with a second-stage engine is expected to make a maiden flight in 2017, Vyacheslav Massalov, the Director General of the United Engine-Building Corporation said on Thursday. Continue reading

Ukraine crisis: Russian fighter jet passes ‘within feet’ of Swedish surveillance plane over Baltic Sea

A Russian fighter jet has passed within feet of a Swedish plane over the Baltic Sea in an “unusually provocative” move, according to authorities.

Sweden’s signals intelligence agency the FRA, also known as the National Defence Radio Establishment, and the country’s armed forces have documented an increase in Russian military activity in the region.

The FRA released a statement on Thursday saying Russian fighter jets had approached Swedish surveillance aircraft “on several occasions” over the past six months. Continue reading

APNEWSBREAK: Russian Jet Passes Near US Warship

…and the best this administration can do in response to this blatant act of war is call it ‘unprofessional‘.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.

In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level.

The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond. Continue reading