Skip to comments.Naval strike aircraft to be part of Russian Air Force
Posted on 03/23/2011 8:58:26 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Naval strike aircraft to be part of Russian Air Force
Naval strike aircraft will be reassigned to the Russian Air Force by the end of 2011, a high-ranking Navy source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
"The strike component of naval aviation will be transferred under the control of the Russian Air Force by the end of the year," the source said.
Naval strike aircraft include Tu-22M3 Backfire long-range bombers, MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors, Su-27 Flanker fighter jets, and Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft.
"Black Sea Fleet's Su-24 attack aircraft based in the Crimea under a treaty with Ukraine will remain under control of the Navy as an exception," the source added.
The Navy will also retain control over Su-33 Flanker D and Su-25UTG Frogfoot carrier-based aircraft, Il-38 May and Be-12 anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The transfer of the naval transport aircraft fleet to the Air Force is still under discussion.
According to the source, the Russian navy will soon start receiving MiG-29K Fulcrum fighter jets.
Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is capable of carrying 26 Su-33 and MiG-29K aircraft.
Russia is aiming to finish drafting plans for a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for its Navy by 2012 and build at least three of the ships for its Northern and Pacific fleets.
Shuffling deck chairs?
They look like Aardvarks.
“Shuffling deck chairs?”
And we’re not?
Our monthly trade deficit with the PRC is $50 BILLION.
Dunno. I can only see a white blur where the deck chairs used to sit...
Not only are we de-industrializing our once mighty nation as fast as (both) ends of the political spectrum can fire Americans.
We are squandering our treasure bombing Libya to protect al-Qaida linked rebels, spending billions to develop new oil wells in BRAZIL and destroying our space program.
They are comsiderably larger than either of those.
139 feet long. The F-111 and the A-5 were only a little over half that. The A-5 was 1.1k mile combat radius where as this monster is 2.4k mile combat radius. It is a serious long range anti ship weapon system and not to be taken lightly. The missles it launches are half the length of the Vigilante and can go 200 miles.
You think? Do check the size of a Tu-22 Backfire.
Not in a same class as Vigilante.
I think a B-1 is an American answer to Backfire.
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