Not only in the Soviet Union quickly filled the technological gap throughout the war that had separated them from the other powers , but the USSR also managed to develop in secret and in a very short time similar aircrafts if not superior, to those of the block of Western countries. The Soviets managed to get these exceptional results thanks to various effects: first the immense effort of organization and production in the final phase of the conflict. Also because they managed at the end of the war to get their hands on German technological papers and studies. The last one which is still controversial today is that Great Britain has provided some models and indeed some production plans of engines and especially the Rolls-Royce Nene. Thanks to this unexpected technological gift Soviet technicians were able to go on the same footing as the Western and develop aircraft in in a very short time. The MiG-9 and Yak-15 were the first fighters to have jet engines: they were both equipped with engines of German origin. The first approach to a new Yakovlev prototype propulsion is embodied by the Yak-15. The project was implemented in 1945, immediately after the arrival of the Soviet Union. After testing, production continued for two years and gave the 400 aircrafts that NATO code named “feather”. The Mig-9 also represented the first attempt by Mikoyan and Gurevitch in the development of a fighter jet. The prototype flew on the same day of the Yak-15 did its first flight. It was equipped with two BMW engines of 800 kg of thrust each. The development of the aircraft was delayed by a series of structural problems and the production did not begin until 1946. The MiG factory produced 500 aircrafts during the next two years. NATO attributed the code name “Fargo” to the MiG 9.

Every country should be protected, but unfortunately, protection costs a lot of money as you need to either manufacturer yourself or purchase the tools to protect you, such as jet fighters, tanks, and so forth. So when countries do not have the budget to purchase such defensive weapons, they get into alliances, so that countries with bigger means can assist and protect them. And this is exactly what has been decided under the terms of a NATO agreement as the fighter aircrafts of the Hungarian Air Force will perform air policing over Slovenia and the Baltic States in the near future. The Minister of Defence said that the Hungarian Gripens are going to guard Slovenia’s airspace soon, while they are expected to participate in the Baltic Air Policing between 2015 and 2018. Like Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia do not have air forces. On their accession to NATO, it was decided that instead of the costly development of air forces and procurement of aircraft, Slovenia and the Baltic states would focus on other units of their armed forces and declare them to the North Atlantic Alliance. As the airspaces of these states must be defended and guarded too, this task will be carried out by the aircraft of the Hungarian Air Force.

China unveiled its latest jet fighter, the J-31 Falcon Eagle which looks remarkably like earlier models of a twin-engine variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. We would not think for minute that China would copy… This is the second fighter unveiled to the public, after the J-20 Black Eagle stealth fighter, built by Chengdu Aircraft. “ The design is stunningly like the F-35. Reports of Chinese industrial espionage related to the JSF give this aircraft added interest. Built by Shenyang Aircraft, little is known of the Falcon Eagle’s true capabilities beyond analysis of the photos.

“The rear section of the Chinese aircraft, however, shows little LO [low observable] design, though this may reflect its developmental nature,” Barrie said. “Signature management is also about a great deal more than basic shaping, with materials technology and emission control in terms of radio frequency and infrared also significant. The extent or limit to which China has developed already the requisite technologies to address these areas remains an area of conjecture.” Chinese-language media outlets indicate the fighter might serve on China’s future aircraft carrier fleet. China has one carrier-borne fighter in development, the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark.

Despite being on same side for a very long time, Mikoyan Gurevitch and Sukhoi have become competitors due to free market. The changing economic conditions have transformed the way these two units function. These last years, Sukhoi has been gaining more markets than MiG, and the net result has been announced just over the weekend: Russia’s aircraft making corporation MiG is a loss-making enterprise, parliamentary defense committee head Vladimir Komoyedov said on Thursday. “MiG Corporation has been a loss-making enterprise in recent years. The less than optimal distribution of manufacturing infrastructure causes some concern,” he said. The Defense Ministry has been reducing the share of MiG aircraft, which used to be the core of fighter aviation in the USSR, he said. A press handout distributed ahead of the committee meeting said MiG has completed modernization of the first six MiG-29 UPG fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, under a contract signed in March 2008. It also said MiG Corp. has more than 100 standing contracts with 20 countries worth more than $6 billion. MiG was formerly a Soviet design bureau, and was founded by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich as “Mikoyan and Gurevich”, with the bureau prefix “MiG.” Upon Mikoyan’s death in 1970, Gurevich’s name was dropped from the name of the bureau, although the bureau prefix remained “MiG”. MiG aircraft are a staple of the Soviet and Russian air forces, and the Soviet Union sold many of these planes within its sphere of influence. They have been used by the Chinese, North Korean, and North Vietnamese in aerial confrontations with American and allied forces, and form part of the air forces of many Arab nations. Recently had been reported that MiG jet fighters are being used by the Government forces of Syria against insurgents in civil neighborhoods in Aleppo. In 2006, the Russian government merged 100% of Mikoyan shares with Ilyushin, Irkut, Sukhoi, Tupolev, and Yakovlev as a new company named United Aircraft Corporation. Specifically, Mikoyan and Sukhoi were placed within the same operating unit. Therefore the final risk for the loss making unit is simply to be shut down, with engineers joining the same design bureau. With flyfighterjet.org