The Defense Ministry’s proposal to suspend air bomb procurements for five years due to the excessive amount of air bombs in storage will do irreparable harm to the ammunition industry, Bazalt General Director Alexander Rybas told Interfax-AVN.
“A decision to suspend procurements of air bombs and cluster munitions until 2016 would destroy the ammunition industry. I do not believe this decision will be made,” he said, noting that the proposal had been made by a number of ministry workers.
“They say we have plenty of air bombs, but they must answer the question what air bombs are these,” Rybas said.
“Depots store plenty of munitions, whose service life has been extended many times. This cannot be done forever, because this is dangerous. The service life of munitions was extended in recent years only because the industry said they were safe. It is a question whether these munitions can hit targets,” Rybas said.
Okay, maybe begs isn’t exactly accurate, but close enough.
The Russian Defense Policy blog is just awesome and I highly recommend it. It’s what this blog would have become had I only had the time to put in that much effort.
One more Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bomber made its maiden flight at the Novosibirsk-based Chkalov Aviation Production Association belonging to Sukhoi Holding on Friday.
“It is the third of four aircraft that will be delivered to the Russian Air Force before the end of the year,” a source on the company management told Interfax-AVN.
He said that the first two bombers are undergoing flight tests before delivery and work on the fourth bomber is nearing completion.
The source said that the Air Force has already received five Su-34 bombers. “The state contract provides for the delivery of 32 aircraft,” he said.
In its combat capability the Su-34 belongs to the “4+” generation. It is capable of effectively hitting ground, naval and air targets round the clock and in any weather conditions with any aviation ammunition, including high precision. The active security system on board combined with the latest computers gives the pilot and navigator additional opportunities for targeted bombing and maneuvering under enemy fire.
This story is from Monday. Sorry for the late post.