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Tu-95MS 16 Red w/ Kh-101 above Engels.
Perfectly illustrates how Kh-101's 7.5m L prohibits it from being loaded into Tu-95MS's internal bay.

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8 hours ago, Belesarius said:

 

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the first conventional prompt strike missile for the United States Navy in the form factor that would eventually, could eventually be utilized if leadership chooses to do so in an Ohio-class tube,

 

So that's why the virginia class have enormous VLS tubes!

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The first flight of the Tu-160 bomber of the new production is planned for February 2018

 

   According to Antony Angrand, in the article "Le Tu-160M2 volera en février 2018", published by the magazine "Air & Cosmos", the first flight of the upgraded version of the Tu-160M bomber with serial number 0804 will be held in February 2018. 16 planes of this type in the VKS will be modified to version M2, and another 50 Tu-160M2 of the new production will be added to them later.

 

   According to the publication, in November the plane with the serial number 0804 should arrive at the flight-testing station of the Kazan Aviation Plant named after. S.P. Gorbunov - branch of PJSC "Tupolev".

 

   The first flight will also take place from the factory airfield. The aircraft with the serial number 0804 is actually the usual Tu-160, which will be modified to version M2. The Ministry of Defense of Russia specified that the serial production of new planes will begin in 2023, and that the Russian Air Force will purchase 50 aircrafts. Earlier, the commander-in-chief of the VKS Viktor Bondarev said that the Tu-160M2 could begin to arrive in part since the end of 2018.

https://bmpd.livejournal.com/2939236.html

 

 

 

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Russia's KTRV plans to export $1 billion worth of arms this year.

 

Buried in the article are two interesting things.  The first is that the Grom glide bomb is intended to fit into the SU-57's internal bays, as I guessed (this was not a difficult guess).  The second is that live weapons firings from the SU-57 have begun.

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18 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

Russia's KTRV plans to export $1 billion worth of arms this year.

 

Buried in the article are two interesting things.  The first is that the Grom glide bomb is intended to fit into the SU-57's internal bays, as I guessed (this was not a difficult guess).  The second is that live weapons firings from the SU-57 have begun.

So Syrian action as a marketing campaign looks to have worked well. :P

 

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