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NEW RUSSIAN A-100 FLYING RADAR COULD PREMIERE AT MOSCOW VICTORY DAY PARADE
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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The Beriev A-100

Source: Russia MoD


The Beriev A-100

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MOSCOW -- According to reports out of Russia, the Kremlin's new Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A-based Beriev A-100 flying radar will likely make its public debut at the annual Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9. The AEW aircraft, which is dubbed the "All-Seeing Eye," carries around 20 tons of electronic equipment, according to Anatoly Serdyukov, Director of Rostec's aviation cluster. Vega Radio Engineering Corporation is credited as the lead electronics manufacturer.

The A-100 is somewhat similar to the U.S. E-3 in appearance, also featuring a large, top-mounted circular radome. Operationally, the A-100's radar is said to be capable of tracking up to 300 targets simultaneously with a detection range of 405 miles.

President of United Aircraft Corporation Yury Slyusar told the Interfax news agency that the aircraft is due for delivery to the Russian Air Force as early as 2020. Its maiden flight was in late 2017.

Source:  Forecast International
Author: C. Zachary Hofer  

 
AIR FORCE’S F-35A LIGHTNING II ARRIVES FOR FIRST MIDDLE EAST DEPLOYMENT
Monday, April 15, 2019
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Source: US Air Force


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AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates -- The Air Force’s fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived for its first deployment to the Middle East on April 15. The F-35A Lightning IIs are from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

As the first deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, crews are prepared and trained for the AFCENT mission. The F-35A, the conventional takeoff and landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, provides greater operational capability by combining advanced stealth capabilities with the latest weapons technology.

"We are adding a cutting edge weapons system to our arsenal that significantly enhances the capability of the coalition," said Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander. "The sensor fusion and survivability this aircraft provides to the joint force will enhance security and stability across the theater and deter aggressors."

The F-35A is designed with the entire battlespace in mind, and is intended to fuse, integrate and share data with other battlefield assets. It has one of the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor packages. It improves lethality, survivability and adaptability against emerging threats in order to maintain air superiority.

"The F-35A provides our nation air dominance in any threat," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. "When it comes to having a ‘quarterback’ for the coalition joint force, the inter-operable F-35A is clearly the aircraft for the leadership role," he stated.

The F-35A previously deployed to RAF Lakenheath in April 2017, as well as the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility in the fall of 2017.

"We look forward to demonstrating the full range of the F-35A’s capabilities while it increases the interoperability of our forces throughout the region," Guastella said.

Source:  US Air Force
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ROSTEC OPENS HELICOPTER TRAINING CENTER IN VENEZUELA
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Mi-35

Source: Russian Helicopters


Mi-35

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CARACAS -- Russian defense-aerospace giant Rostec announced in early April that it had inaugurated a new training center in Venezuela for crews of Russian-made military helicopters.

According to Rostec representatives, the training center is intended to train Venezuelan pilots to fly Mi-35M attack helicopters as well as a broader range of Russian-made utility rotorcraft such as the Mi-17 and Mi-27 series. The center was established through a contract with Venezuela's state-owned defense contractor CAVIM.

Alongside these kinds of corporate initiatives, the Russian Government has deployed an increased number of military-technical specialists to Venezuela in recent months and revealed long-term plans to bolster its basing capacity in the country. The Governments of Russia and Venezuela maintain close political and economic ties owing largely to the former's substantial investments in the Venezuelan energy sector.

As Venezuela has become increasingly gripped with domestic economic crisis and escalating tensions with the United States under the leadership of President Nicholas Maduro over the past year, Russia has sought to expand its physical presence in the country as a deterrent and source of complications for potential efforts to oust Maduro from power.

Source:  Moscow Times
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