First Su-33M Prototype Shown To the Public


Actually, the journalists mistakenly called the aircraft in the video the third Su-35S serial aircraft, but it is in fact the first Su-33M prototype, a modified version of the carrier-based Su-33 air defense fighter. Therefore, I will not translate what is stated in the video and will instead write about the Su-33, the Su-33M, and their rivalry with the Mig-29K.

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2nd Buyan Corvette, The “Volgodonsk”, Accepted Into Russian Navy


The Volgodonsk stealth corvette, the second ship of the Project 21630 “Buyan” class, has just joined the Russian navy. The first ship of the Buyan class, the Astrakhan, was commissioned in 2006 and put into service with the Caspian fleet. The Volgodonsk is also due to join the Caspian fleet, and will be transferred there after the winter.


These ships are some of the newest corvettes in Russian service, and are designed to attack surface warships. They incorporate stealth features in their design to make them harder to detect by the enemy and have a full arsenal of weapons including two AK-630M2 twin-barreled 30 mm Gatling guns for use against incoming missiles and aircraft, the A-190 100 mm main-gun, the A-215 Grad-M 40-barreled MRLS system (naval version of the famous BM-21 Grad MRLS), the Igla-S short range air-defense missile system, and the SS-N-27 (Klub) multi-role supersonic missile.


The Buyan class has a displacement of about 600 tons, a 10 day endurance, a range of 1,500 miles, and is 62 meters in length. The corvette is equipped with the Pozitiv-ME1.2 phased array radar system, has a full EW (Electronic Warfare) suite, and has the Anapa-M dipping sonar. Russia currently has 5 modified Buyan-M corvettes on order, and is expected to have a total of seven such vessels operating in the Caspian fleet by 2015.

New Photos Of Second Serial Su-35S


More info about the Su-35S here.


Photos of the unpainted Su-35S from knaapo.

Photos of the painted Su-35S from russianplanes.

AK-12 Assault Rifle And “Strike” Pistol Unveiled At Izmash


The new AK-12 assault rifle was shown for the first time at the latest Izmash arms demonstration: the 12 in its name standing for the release date of 2012. By December, it will be handed over to the government commission for review. It is the 5th modernization of the Kalashnikov rifle in 65 years, and is the most advanced.


The legendary designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, examined the arms with great interest,  but the military stated that they do not have an urgent need for procurement. At the factory’s firing range, it was requested that the weapons be fired in fully automatic mode to test the full capabilities of the weapons. While Dmitry Raguzin fired off over 12 different kinds of weapons, the spectators covered their ears and patiently waited.


Another novelty was a pistol called the “Strike”, which experts claim can be drawn and fired six times in just one and a half seconds. The “Strike” was developed particularly for use in tight quarters, with advice from the Alpha Spetsnaz unit.


On the same day, the guilty parties were identified and prosecuted in regards to a recent incident where a senior citizen who was expecting a box of logs found over 80 AK assault rifles inside the crate. It appears that the operators misplaced the load. The result was four people were fired, including the deputy of security for the Izmash arms factory.

Photos Of Latest Su-34’s In Both Blue And Gray Paint Schemes


More info about the Su-34 here.

S-400 And Pantsyr S-1 Systems Demonstrated To The Public


Today, the 11th Training Center Of Air Defense demonstrated computer simulated tests of Russia’s latest surface-to-air missile technology to the public. The job of the instructors was to demonstrate to students how to operate examples of the latest technology, which are just beginning to be accepted into the Russian military. These systems can destroy not only all current aerial targets, but future ones, as well.


These men are at the controls of Russia’s most capable air defense system, the S-400 long range SAM system. Their assignment is to intercept 20 enemy targets, which include not only aircraft, but ballistic missiles, as well. The S-400 is capable of destroying targets flying at speeds of up to 5 km/ second. To increase kill probability, two missiles are guided at each target at once. In less than 10 minutes, no trace of enemy forces is left on radar, although in a real situation, it would’ve taken 8 minutes longer, which is how long it would have taken to get the systems battle-ready. The military declined to perform live-firing tests in front of the cameras.

Now, the Pantsyr S1 short range SAM system, on the other hand, is so new that it is not even well known in the Russian army at this time. The main draw of this system is its ability to engage targets at short ranges: as close as within 200 meters and at altitudes as low as 5 meters. In addition, the Pantsyr S1, with the aid of an advanced detection system, is able to surpass any electronic countermeasures that an enemy could possibly use. Therefore, almost all enemy targets are intercept-able at ranges of up to 20 km and at heights of up to 15 km. The only two tests conducted on the Pantsyr were both at this training center.


Besides conducting firing tests, the training center also conducts “test drives” of the systems that are operated there, and great care is put into detecting and fixing any defects. Demonstrations of Russia’s air defense power took an hour, during which time, the weapon systems employed had the capability to eliminate as many as one hundred targets. In addition, Vladimir Putin stated that all air defense regiments in Russia will receive the S-400 and Pantsyr S-1 systems by 2020.