Sukhoy announced that its third PAK FA prototype conducted its first test flight today. Operating from KnAAPO’s factory runway, the aircraft flew for more than an hour.
To run back a few milestones, the first PAK FA flew on January 29, 2010. A second prototype joined it in March of this year. PAK FA’s first public flight was August 17 at MAKS-2011. And Sukhoy says the PAK FA has completed more than 100 test flights to date. The hundredth flight apparently occurred early this month or in late October.
On November 11, ARMS-TASS reported that the third prototype will test the onboard phased array radar (AFAR) system designed by the Tikhomirov NII of Instrument-building (NIIP). Nezavisimoye voyennoye obozreniye published the same news, citing a Sukhoy spokesman.
Posted in Air Forces, Defense Industry, Force Modernization
Tagged AESA, AFAR, Fifth Generation Fighter, KnAAPO, PAK FA, Radar, Sukhoy, T-50, T-50-3, Tikhomirov NIIP
How Will They Represent VKO on the Space Troops Flag?
VVKO faces west. And north . . . ok, northwest. Makes sense, that’s the direction those hypersonic missiles are coming from, right? Maybe, maybe not.
Mil.ru, as is its wont, printed a little item on military preparations for the December 4 Duma election.
It indicates 80 percent of 53,000 servicemen and civilian personnel of the new Troops of Aerospace Defense (VVKO) will vote [i.e. are based] in the Western MD (ZVO).
The press-release says more than 150 of 171 polling places (88 percent) for VVKO bases, garrisons, and military towns are located in the ZVO.
Space Troops weren’t very big, and they’ve gotten much bigger by swallowing as-yet unclear parts of the OSK VKO (the former KSpN or Moscow PVO District) and other Air Forces’ PVO units into the new VVKO. OSK VKO, in particular, was a large, westward-leaning formation.
Still it’s surprising VVKO’s center of gravity has shifted so drastically to the west. One would have thought there’d be a substantial chunk of VVKO-controlled PVO in the Far East, or northeast, too.
Microrayon for Ex-Servicemen (photo: Podolsk.ru)
A Defense Ministry source tells Interfaks nearly 800 former officers and generals who served in the military’s central command and control organs are suing the department over its failure to allocate them housing in Moscow.
The news agency’s source says these men have a right to apartments in Moscow and are refusing the Defense Ministry’s offer of housing in the capital’s suburbs. He says new buildings in Moscow Oblast lack infrastructure, schools, and medical services, and it’s difficult to find work.
In particular, he notes more than 21,000 apartments are being finished in the close-in suburbs of Podolsk and Balashikha. But many remain unoccupied. The military department decided to build housing there in 2008 because the cost per square meter was 35,000 rubles — less than half the prevailing cost in Moscow.
The agency’s interlocutor says, in Podolsk, the military is building an entire microrayon with more than 14,000 apartments, and Balashikha will have more than 7,000.
President Medvedev and Defense Minister Serdyukov Toured Podolsk Military Housing in January
Interfaks added that Deputy Defense Minister Tatyana Shevtsova, who holds the housing portfolio, acknowledged in September that there are 8,000 officers awaiting housing in Moscow, and indicated apartment blocks might be erected on Defense Ministry property in the city. At the time, she also suggested that many of those who wanted apartments sooner were accepting ones in the nearby suburbs.
Exactly a year ago, Defense Minister Serdyukov said the military could not afford to, and would not provide servicemen permanent apartments in Moscow, according to RIA Novosti. Moskovskiy komsomolets at the time noted that the Defense Minister’s order clearly contradicted the Law “On the Status of Servicemen.” As this NVO editorial indicates, Shevtsova’s September statements on Moscow housing came in the context of the flap over 160 generals and colonels who retired, probably in the hope of privatizing a service apartment, rather than obey orders to rotate to duties outside the capital.