Sunday, April 17, 2016

RUSSIA: Who's Who in the Aerospace Force--SUBJ SUKHOI DECONFLICTION


(COLORADO SPRINGS)--Recent aerial activity by the Russian Air Force has brought attention to command-control, consolidation and tactical considerations:

APRIL 11-12, 2016--

Russian attack jets flew “dangerously close” to a U.S. Navy destroyer numerous times in the Baltic Sea this week, according to U.S. officials, continuing a pattern of behavior in the region that the Defense Department has previously decried.
The incidents occurred Monday and Tuesday, with the planes making multiple passes by the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer, while it was traveling in international waters,

The aircraft identified were SU-24s...


Then, a few days later--

NEW YORK, April 17 /TASS/. A Russian Su-27 jet has intercepted a United States Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, the CNN reported on Saturday.
The incident occurred on Thursday, April 14, when the Su-27 "flew within 50 feet of the U.S. aircraft’s wing tip," CNN said citing the words of Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for the U.S. European Command. According to him, the U.S. plane was over international waters and did not violate the Russian airspace.


Russia has recently consolidated its Air Force as reported:

JANES 360--05 AUGUST 2015--

Russia has activated the Aerospace Forces as a new branch of its military, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 3 August.
The Aerospace Forces (VKS) has been formed by the merger of the Russian Air Force (VVS) and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces (VKO).

Colonel General Victor Bondarev, formerly the commander of the VVS has been appointed as commander of the Aerospace Forces. Lieutenant General Pavel Kurachenko has been appointed as First Deputy Commander, while the former commander of the VKO (Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko) has been appointed as Deputy Chief of the Aerospace Forces.


Born on 7 December 1959 in the village of Novo-Bogoroditskoye (the Petropavlovsk District of the Voronezh Region).

He graduated from the Borisoglebsk Higher Military School of Pilots (1981), Air Force Academy named after Yu.A. Gagarin (1992), and the Military Academy of the RF Armed Forces’ General Staff (2004).

During his service he occupied the following positions: the flight instructor, senior flight instructor, flight commander, deputy squadron commander, squadron commander, senior regiment navigator, deputy commander of aviation regiment, aviation division commander, deputy commander of AF and AD Army, commander of AF and AD Army, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force.

From July 2011 to May 2012 — the Chief of the Main Staff of the Air Force / First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force.

By the RF Presidential Decree of 6 May 2012 he has been appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force.

Honoured Military Pilot, Pilot-Sniper. Has totally more than 3000 flight hours. Has mastered over 3 types of aircraft: L-29, MiG-21, Su-25 and design changes of the last-mentioned.

Personal decorations: the Order of Service to the Homeland in the USSR’s Armed Forces, the Order of Courage, the Order’s Medal of Merit for the Fatherland 2nd grade, 11 Medals.

Awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation for courage and heroism during an antiterrorist operation in the North-Caucasian area by the Decree of the RF President of 21 April 2000.


The buzzing and barrel rolling Russian pilots may have been under orders from the top to promote the new group


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