Contents tagged with Russian aircraft

  • Pentagon blames Russia for dangerously close encounter between aircraft over Syria

    Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon spoke about the dangerous encounter between Russian and American planes in the air over Syria, RIA Novosti reports.

    He commented that Russian and US planes had come close to each other near the Syrian city of Abu Kamal, and had remained so for roughly 40 minutes.

    “At one point a Su-25 came quite close to an F-22, and it needed to maneuver intensely in order to avoid a collision in the air,” Pahon noted.

    The Pentagon spokesperson said that Russian planes fly …

  • Russian plane violates Estonian airspace

    A Russian Il-76 plane violated Estonia’s airspace, the Estonian Defense Forces headquarters reported.

    The headquarters’ press service reported to Interfax news agency on Tuesday that “today at lunchtime, an Il-76 state airplane of the Russian Federation entered the airspace in the region of the Vaindloo island without authorization”.

    The plane was reportedly in Estonian airspace for less than a minute. Its transponder was active and a flight plan had been filed. The plane made no radio …

  • Latvia detects Russian warplanes near its borders

    Two Russian Su-27 aircraft were detected near the border of Latvia, as reported on Twitter by the National Armed Forces of the country.

    The message says that the Latvian planes while on a patrol duty above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea noticed two Su-27 fighters from Russian Armed Forces flying near the Latvia’s sea border.

    In October, the Latvian military reported that a ship and a submarine of the Russian Navy had been seen near Latvia's borders. According to the National Armed …

  • Latvia detects Russian warplanes and warships near its borders

    On Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, the Latvian National Armed Forces recorded the presence of a Russian plane and Russian Navy ships near Latvian borders, reported Delfi.

    On October 28, in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia, 14 miles off Latvian coast, armed forces identified the Russian Sura-class buoy tender Kilektor-1 ship. On October 27, the Viktor Konetsky tug boat was recorded 16 miles off Latvian coast.

    NATO patrol aircraft also identified yesterday a Russian Air Force An-27 …

  • Military pilots in Bulgaria refuse to fly Russian MiG-29 fighters

    Some military pilots in Bulgaria are refusing to fly Russian MiG-29 fighters during training flights, citing security issues of the obsolete airplanes, stated Atanas Zapryanov, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Radio Liberty reports.

    “Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov accused the pilots who refused to fly the Russian aircraft of carrying out a politically motivated campaign. He insists that Bulgaria will restore all of its MiG-29s and about 20 Russian Su-25 bombers,” the …

  • India considering canceling the fighter jet program with Russia

    The Indian Air Force command demanded the cancellation of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project where it planned to build a fifth-generation fighter for the Indian army based on the Russian Su-57 aircraft. This was reported by the portal with reference to the report of the Indian Air Force command.

    The decision was allegedly made because the program did not meet India’s requirements because it does not allow for the creation of an aircraft that could demonstrate …

  • Media: Russia tests its newest fighter jets in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has transferred four modern MiG-29 SMT fighter jets to the airbase in Khmeimim (Latakia, Syria). The fighters were delivered to the department by the MiG Corporation in December 2015.

    According to Kommersant, the fighter jets were sent to the region in order to provide practice for as many pilots as possible, as well as to test the aircraft in combat conditions.

    Kommersant reports that the first confirmations of the presence of MiG-29 SMTs in Syria appeared. A …

  • In 2017, Russian fighter jets scrambled 120 times in the annexed Crimea and along Russia’s southern border

    Russian Su-30SM fighters from the 4th Red Banner Army of the Southern Military District’s air force and anti-air defense have escorted reconnaissance flights near annexed Crimea and Russia’s southern border 120 times this year, TASS reported, citing Army Commander General-Lieutenant Viktor Sevostyanov.

    “Since Crimea became part of Russia in 2014, on a daily basis in the airspace close to our southern borders we detect in advance and strictly control all unsolicited guests of this kind. Over …

  • Russia conducts snap readiness check of its air force and air defense in Crimea

    Yesterday the air force and air defense of Russia’s Southern Military District were brought to complete combat readiness during an inspection, announced Vadim Astafyev, head spokesperson for the Southern Military District, as reported by RIA Novosti Crimea.

    “With the military alarm signal, the personnel of the aviation compound and the combat units were alerted, as well as the anti-air defense forces located in the Rostov and Volgograd provinces, Krasnodar and Stavropol Krai, the Republic of …

  • Three Russian military transport planes spotted on Latvian border

    The Latvian Armed Forces said in a tweet that they had identified three Russian military transport planes close to the country’s maritime border.

    According to the department, on August 26, patrol planes over the Baltic Sea close to Latvia’s maritime border identified three Russian An-12 military transport planes.

    Earlier the Latvian National Armed Forces announced that they are prepared for possible provocations during the Russian-Belarusian Zapad military exercises planned for September this …