Indonesia to purchase the Su-35

As the business of selling jet fighters keeps on, some countries fair better than others. Recently, France got disappointed by Brazil as the deal to purchase the Rafale came to a halt. Now, the Russians are feeling a bit happy as Indonesia announces they are ready to purchase the Su-35 to replace its fleet of F-5. According to a report in Indonesia’s official newspaper, ANTARA, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro discussed the plan to replace the F-5 Tigers in a meeting with Indonesian Military Commander General Moeldoko and Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshall Ida Bagus Putu Dunia on Tuesday. The report went on to summarize General Moeldoko as saying that possible candidates include Russian Sukhoi Su-35, the American F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the Swedish Fighter SAAB JAS 39 Gripen. He noted that the Indonesian Air Force has already conducted a study on each of the jets.

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The report itself, however, singled out the Su-35 multirole fighter specifically. The Russian newspaper RIA Novosti ran a story highlighting Purnomo’s comments. The RIA Novosti report also noted that Indonesia has already purchased five Su-27SKM and 11 Su-30MK2 fighter jets from Russia over the last decade, and is currently considering buying Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Moscow. In late 2012, Russia’s Vnesheconombank (VEB) agreed to provide Indonesia with nearly $400 million over the next seven years to purchase Russian aircraft. According to Sukhoi, the maker of the Su-35, the fighter is a “4++ generation aircraft employing technologies of the fifth generation” that make it superior to other 4th generation fighters on the market or under development. The company has been aggressively pushing exports of the Su-35 to a number of countries including China, which has long been in negotiations with Russia over purchasing the fighter jet. Last July the deputy head of Russia’s defense export company, Rosoboronexport, said that Russia and China will sign a deal on the Su-35 sometime this year.

Fly the MiG-29 jet fighter in Russia

The MiG-29 is ending its maintenance and ready to fly again. Remember there is a 60 days timeframe to select your date to enable the security check. Flying the MiG-29 is absolutely awesome. This is the fastest jet fighter you can hold of and the beast is super powerful, agile and you will need that G force suit to resist. There are four options to fly the MiG-29:

1/ a discovery flight: you fly the aircraft at subsonic speed, and discover all the aerobatic maneuvers the MiG-29 is capable of. Loops and barrels are just the easy ones. Get ready for this intense program but do not worry, if you think that’s too much, you can always ask the pilot to stop.

2/ A supersonic flight: go faster than the speed of sound. This is one of the few chances to travel super fast and experience breaking the sound barrier. This program usually ends up with an aerobatic program, just to demonstrate going supersonic is not only what it does.

3/ Stratospheric flight: reach the edge of space in the MiG-29. Fly up to 70,000 feet, twice as high as a normal airliner, and admire the curvature of the earth. The sky is pitch dark, and you are at twice the speed of sound. This is an extraordinary experience, and the only one so far to get you into the stratosphere.

4/ Suborbital flight training. This program is design for the people who have signed up already for a suborbital ride, whenever it will be. In the meantime, you get to experience all the thrills in the MiG-29, with parabolas, G force, and the full program of an astronaut.

All these programs are just exceptional. What’s more: you get your own interpreter and guide on site, with driver that will assist on the day, but will also show you around after your MiG flight. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Contact us for additional information.

Russian aircraft manufacturers must develop at least two competitive prototypes of a fifth-generation fighter jet, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday. “Two variants of the future fighter jet must be developed to encourage competition,” Rogozin said at a meeting with Russian lawmakers.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the future fighter must possess all technical characteristics of a fifth-generation fighter, including elements of stealth technology, supersonic cruising speed, highly-integrated avionics, electronics and fire-control systems. The existing T-50 prototype, developed under the program PAK FA (Future Aviation System for Tactical Air Force) at the Sukhoi aircraft design bureau, made its maiden flight in Russia’s Far East in January 2010 and made its first public appearance at the MAKS-2011 air show near Moscow on August 17, 2011.

There are currently three fifth-generation T-50 fighters in tests, and a total number of 14 aircraft is planned for test flights by 2015. The T-50 is expected to enter service in 2016 and gradually replace MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker fighter jets in the Russian Air Force. This development is part of the multibillion dollars implementation plan to improve and develop the Russian Army, including jet fighters, over the next ten years.