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Reducing reaction times key factor for Russian Air Force modernization
The greatest interest aroused by Bondarev statement was that the first complex of new generation C500 antimissile systems could be supplied to the troops already in 2013, though it had been previously announced that the system would only be ready for testing in 2015. Such a sharp of the process raises questions, but a possible explanation lies in the system being gradually brought to specified conditions.
Taking the year 2013 as a starting point, it is logical to assume that this year only a version of the system, equipped with a combat control item, radar from the previous C400 system, and a new missile launch pad will be ready for testing. Later, in the next 35 years, as new elements of the system are developed and adopted, the troops will be supplied with improved variants of the system. This practice has a number of advantages. Due to the fact that personnel of several regiments have already mastered experimental antimissile systems by the time standard systems are adopted, it will be possible to reduce the time needed for training detachments.
One of the modern military aircraft main characteristics is its reaction time to threats, and during his press conference Bondarev also drew attention to this factor. Answering the question about the state of the air defense system, he said that today the time of reaction to the appearance of an enemy aircraft in the zone of responsibility was 34 seconds, which allowed the intercepting of almost any target.
Maj. Gen. Bondarev also voiced another figure 4 hours which applies to the Air Force reaction time. This figure was mentioned in response to the question about the necessity of resuming Russian military aircrafts permanent presence on Sakhalin and expanding Russia presence in the Arctic.
He stressed that we are not present somewhere today, that doesnt mean that we cant appear there very quickly. The Air Force is a mobile type of armed forces, and airplanes can reach the same Sakhalin Island in four hours.
Maintenance of the Air Force in combat readiness is possible only in case of uninterrupted training of flight personnel. Today it is conducted both with the use of simulators allowing the practice of actions in emergency situations, and in the air. Moreover, the number of flight hours per crew is growing. In 2011, on average for the Air Force it totaled more than 90 hours, and this year it is going to exceed 100 hours per year.
In 2012, Air Force academies that have completed their restructuring are resuming the intake of students. This year about 180 students will enter universities aiming to become pilots in the Russian Air Force, and about 80 more will train to become pilots in other state structures possessing aviation of its own, such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Security Service, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Next year, this number should be increased. Theoretically, while Russia plans to bring the number of its Air Force to 22002500 airplanes and helicopters by the mid2020s, it will be necessary to have 45005000 people as flight personnel. Thus, it is essential to increase the intake of students at the academies.
Bondarev did not disclose the number of aircraft which should be supplied to the Air Force this year. However, he made several interesting points when speaking about modernization plans and decommissioning of aircraft. In particular, according to the CommanderinChief, the Antonov An26 light military transport aircraft will be completely written off in the next few years. airplanes are absolutely out of date, and their further modernization is inexpedient, he noted. This statement brings us back to the problem of replacing light transport aircraft, which was the topic of many discussions including those on Voice of Russia website. Touching upon a possible successor, Bondarev noted that a new light transport airplane was being developed for the Air Force, but he did not name either the developer, or the scheduled time of production.
Meanwhile, nothing can prevent analysts from making an educated guess. Based on the availability of relevant projects that are within the reach of our Air Force, it is highly probable that work on the Ilyushin Il112 project will resume. The 2011 report by OJSC Ilyushin Aviation Company published on the Internet states the company desire to reinvigorate the Ministry of Defense interest in the project. It is noteworthy that in May 2010 the Ministry of Defense dropped the Il112 project as the price of its development had twice exceeded the initialestimate.
If the military and the United Aircraft Corporation do find common ground, and work on the Il112 project resumes, this will be an optimal solution for the Russian Air Force, because in this case there will be no need to search for a foreign aircraft to fill the gap left by the An26.
For many people of the world the Bradley Manning case seems absurd and his persecution by the US Government something difficult to comprehend. He was something that the US government is afraid of, he was a soldier with a conscience who exposed war crimes being committed by US forces. The way the US has turned logic upside down by going after one who exposed crimes while protecting those who commit crimes should have the world up in arms. Only an illegal and illegitimate government would protect criminals while persecuting and even torturing a moral and upstanding brave individual who had the courage to stand up and blow the whistle on what he saw, rather than being rewarded and seen as a hero. Those protecting the criminals have decided to make Mr. Manning an example in order to throw fear into the hearts of anyone who would dare to expose their illegality.
The Children Rights Commissioner for the Russian President, Pavel Astakhov, asked the Federal Migration Service head to grant asylum for a daughter of a Russian woman who has escaped from her husband in Norway. The girl can be granted asylum in Russia as a minor needing protection, a lawyer, Roman Stepanov, said to the Voice of Russia. The girl and her mother are currently staying in transit zone of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport in much the same way as exCIA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden had for three weeks.
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