Over the weekend Russia made a point of revealing another of their post-Cold War EW (electronic warfare) aircraft. This one is called the Il-22PP and described as an airborne electronic jammer that can block all manner of signals but particularly the digital ones (like Link 16) favored by Western warplanes. The Il-22PP was also described as being able to protect itself from anti-radiation missiles, like the American AGM-88. Since late 2015 Russia has revealed (to the public) the existence of other post-Cold War electronic warfare aircraft by using them in Syria or over Ukraine. Not so the Il-22PP, at least not yet. Continue reading
As mentioned quite a few times in the past, Russians love to use wars to test their new toys. This is why they love keeping Chechnya unstable. It’s the gift that keeps giving to the Russian military.
RUSSIA has tested more than 160 new weapons since intervening in Syria last year, the Kremlin revealed today.
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the systems included Su-30SM and Su-34 fighter jets and Mi-28N and Ka-52 helicopters.
He told senior Russian officials: “During the operation in Syria, 162 advanced and upgraded weapons have been tested in combat.
“They have proven to be highly efficient.” Continue reading
The Russian Air Force will receive more than 200 new warplanes and helicopters by the end of 2014, Russian Air Force commander in chief Viktor Bondarev said on August 12. The announcement came just weeks after Moscow had announced that its naval force would get more than 50 new vessels by the end of the year. Continue reading