by Scott Humor


 Time – Forward! #253

 Russian transcript

We often hear that Russia spends too much money for the defense and that we should give this money away to poor people and pensioners.  Let’s see if this statement is true.

But before, a few news for the past week.

[0:40] In the Aldan district of Yakutia, started operations a mining and processing plant “Rybinovy,”  creating 400 new jobs. The launch of the gold recovery plant is the second stage of implementation of investment project for construction of the “Ryabinovy.” It’s expected output is 5,000 tons of gold annually. Total investment in the project about 6.5 billion rubles.

“RN-Uvatneftegaz”, a subsidiary of NK “Rosneft” has put into commercial operation North Tyamkinskoye oil field with over 13 million tons of oil in reserve.

[0:57] In Novgorod, an automotive supplier Schlemmer Group “Schlemmer Russland” opened a new  production plant for domestic and foreign auto industry.

[1:07]  In Kaliningrad region started operating a large fodder manufacture.  Total investment into this project exceeded 1 billion rubles.

[1:15] In Tula region, a new dairy farm with 5,500 cows.

[1:25} In Lipetsk, started operating LZTK LLC, a subsidiary company of KGP GREENHOUSES (the Netherlands) that constructs greenhouses throughout the world and also supplies all necessary accessories for heating, screening, shading, water and substrate technologies, automation, electrical engineering, sorting machines and greenhouse materials.

Total investments, RUB: 2154 millions

It expected to satisfy 50% of the Russian market.

[1:35} In Ryazan, a manufacturer of the plastic drainage system TechnoNIKOL has started production line of pipes for different drainage systems. The production lines has been equipped by the global industry leaders — ENGEL (Austria) and Theysohn (Germany). The most important piece of equipment, mold, is custom made. Modern equipment and use of high quality raw materials from domestic and foreign manufacturers provides the highest international standards quality products. It is noteworthy that TECHNONICOL will gradually increase the share of Russian raw materials in the composition of the multicomponent PVC granules, thereby reducing the dependence on foreign suppliers and reducing the cost of raw product costs without sacrificing quality. Total investment about 1.5 billion rubles.

[1:40] In Vladivostok, the Russian Navy received the newest corvette “Sovershennyy, a corvette in the Steregushchy-class.

It’s the first large ship built by the submarine manufacturer the Amur Shipbuilding plant in the last 50 years.

New materials used to built this ship significantly reduce its “visibility” for a potential adversary.

[2:30} A new aerial reconnaissance complex with unmanned aerial vehicles “Orion” was presented at the MAKS-2017. This is the first Russian drone in this class. The airframe is almost completely made of composite materials that can carry a payload up to 200 kg and stay in the air for up to 24 hours. It can be used for both military and civilian purposes, e.g., for monitoring of the forests.

In our 248th issue we talked about the fascinating history of Il-2 that was shot down by the Nazis in 1943 and sank to the bottom of the lake. Our experts salvaged it and restored to airworthiness, promising that from now on, the veteran will only fly in the peaceful sky at air shows. They kept their word. We were convinced personally seeing the flight of the restored Il-2 at MAKS-2017. The audience met the legendary attack aircraft with great warmth, and it has become  the centerpiece of the exhibition. So, work on its restoration was not done for vain and the “flying tank” still works hard for the good of the Fatherland.

Space Time

Story from our last issue about the record launch of a Russian rocket with 73 satellites got many of our viewers interested, that’s why we should describe this event in more details. The main object delivered to space was a Russian spacecraft, capable of remote sensing of the Earth, named the Canopus-B-IR satellite, an earth observation satellite for monitoring forest fires.  Two similar Russian satellites and one Belarusian have been operating on the orbit for several years, now. This new satellite features additional and more sophisticated cameras. It will track the outbreaks of forest fires down to an area of 25 square meters, covering over one flight strip with a width of 2 kilometers. Along with the “Canopus,” a record number of satellites 73 for one start were delivered. 48 of them is owned by an American company “Planet”, which already has a group of nano-satellites in orbit. The company aims to create a service similar to “Google Maps”, which will update its pictures daily.

Interestingly, this launch delivered to the orbit a satellites of a private Russian company “Dauria aerospace,” one of the new providers of nano- and small-class satellites.

This company sets itself the same goal as the American “Planet”, but chose a different technological platform. Our guys were able to build two complete spacecraft that had already passed all tests on the ground and now went for the most important test in space. We are seeing a fascinating experiment, the results of which will make it clear whether the Russian private company is capable to create a major space project and to establish constructive cooperation with the “Roscosmos”. While things are going positively, it’s still a work in progress.

In addition, this record takeoff delivered to the orbit another interesting project, an amateur satellite “Mayak” “lighthouse.”

In itself it’s quite simple – the battery pack, electronics and mechanisms unfold in space a kind of sail, which reflects light and is visible from Earth as a bright star. Special thanks to a mobile app, anyone can find the sky is our “Mayak” “lighthouse” and see it with their own eyes. However, it will not last on the orbit for too long, and in a month it will gradually descend, but by the time it will be able to inspire thousands of Russian boys for the study of science. This project, by the way, was crowdfunded.

Victory Time

Russia’s sports team “KAMAZ-master” won the rally “the Silk Way” in China. Our crews routinely occupy an entire podium. The closest rival, the French team left the  race after breaking down. The second Czech team came 20 minutes  behind our athletes. This year the competition was not easy, as almost all the way from Moscow to China it went under torrential rain, but our crews confirmed the highest class of technology and personal skill.

The Silk Way in Kazakhstan – photo gallery

By the looks of it, good times had by all.

Another victory brought to the country by our boys at the international contest of welders in Shanghai. The contest consisted only of the practical part. To welding samples was given a limited time, after which the results passed the visual, measuring and radiographic control.  248 welders from different countries of the world competed, and the Russian team was the best.  A welder from “Sevmash” Eugene Hovoin was in the top five best welders in the world. He could do it faster, but all the instruction manual of welding equipment and technology the map were written in Chinese, which took additional time for translation.

Flights Assessment

Quite popular is an opinion that Russia today spends fabulous amount of money on armaments instead using this money to raise pensions and salaries, to build schools and hospitals. There are even proposals to abandon defense funding altogether.

However, you need to understand a few important points.

1 – our military-industrial complex is not only costs but also revenues. Today the portfolio of orders amounts to $45 billion dollars. This is revenue for our weapons, which will go to the budget and will be spent for different purposes, including on social needs. The other day it became known about a new contract for the supply of Russian T-90S tanks for the Iraqi army by approximately $1 billion. This is in addition to the contract for the supply of 73 to the same country. This means that our “Uralvagonzavod” will be loaded with work, workers will receive salaries and tax payments will go to the budgets. It is noteworthy, incidentally, that the Iraqis chose our tanks, not the American “Abrams”, which clearly contributed to the successful application of the T-90 in Syria and Iraq. But in addition to the tanks we supply the a variety of weapons abroad – from small arms to submarines.

The second aspect – it’s not only exports, but also that an extensive plans of rearmament, work load and orders for the large number of Russian enterprises. The entire regions depends on the defense manufacturers. And it is wonderful that such important manufacturers are operating and not being cut for scrap metal like it was done in the 90s. For example, the giant shipbuilding plant “Sevmash” is looking for more specialists in blue-color technical professionals. Last year they hired over 400 just welders. The plant is now ready to pay workers from other regions to move, for housing and food, and even to pay moving expenses.

And finally, the third aspect is science. All advanced technologies are being born in military or space laboratories and only then moved to be used for the peaceful life. That is why the US spends so much on defense, and not because they are afraid of the Russians or Chinese. System GPS or GLONASS would not have appeared without the military developments, there wouldn’t be many materials, microwave ovens, synthetic motor oil, and even jet aircraft engines. And much more.

Thus it is necessary to admit that Russia still needs to learn to produce competitive products for civilian use. If our weapon has worldwide recognition, the civil goods until now haven’t received this status. But it’s a matter of time. A large-scale program of conversion of defense enterprises that has been launched, i.e. reorientation of their output for civilian use. This means that maybe soon we will be proud of not only our tanks, but also mobile phones, computers and so on. If the topic interests you, we’ll have more to say about such plans in our next releases. And in the meantime to summarize – spending on defense today are an important part of our economy and if you cut them, it will simply return us to the situation of the 90s with the poverty and mass strikes, not to mention reducing the combat capability of our armed forces, that many of our enemies would really like.

Time of people

This amazing woman is Svetlana Kapanina, she is well known to all interested in aviation, but, unfortunately, little known to the general public. We would need to make an entire program just to recite all her titles and awards.  Multiple champion of the USSR, Russia, Europe and the world, awarded with the Order of Courage, medal of merits before Fatherland of II degree and many others. You can find many of her fan clubs in foreign social networks.  but she’s a great Russian woman, whose courage is envied by many men.



On 30 July in Saint-Petersburg and Kronshtadt, warships and naval aviation of several fleets, including the Pacific, Northern, Baltic and the Black Sea will take part in the naval parade.  The largest ships of the Russian Navy of Russia will participate in the parade in the sea outside of  Kronstadt: they can’t go into the Neva river due to their technical parameters. In St. Petersburg will be shown a “small fleet” in the form of a frigate “Admiral Makarov” with a length of 125 meters, the Corvette “Resistant”, the submarine “Dmitrov” and other ships of the naval fleet of Russia.

Photo gallery here

Dmitriy Donskoy, a heavy nuclear ballistic missile submarine, Project 941 Akula class in the Baltic Sea

St. Petersburg is getting ready to host the biggest naval parade in #Russian history.

During the MAKS 2017, aviation experts were stunned by the incredible aerobic performance of the SU-35S.

The most complicated figures of aerobatics

“At 1:35, the Su-35 begins what is called the “Cobra Turn,” which is described as “where the aircraft performs the pull-up, but instead of returning to level flight applies rudder or thrust vectoring and turns downward”.”

“At the 1:56 mark, the pilot appears begin the famous “Pugachev’s Cobra” maneuver, in which he points the nose straight up before returning the plane to level flight. The video then cuts to another point in the show.”

“At the 3:25 mark the pilot starts what Russian pilots call “Frolov Chakra,” or “Kulbit” (“Somersault”), in which a fighter does an extremely tight turn, sometimes no wider than the plane itself. Having bled off so much energy, the test pilot then masterfully plays his plane like a fiddle, using his engines and control surfaces to put the plane into a slow horizontal spin. The pilot does it a second time at the 6:29 mark.”

“The 5:25 mark shows off possibly the most spectacular move of all. The pilot suddenly jerks the nose of the Su-35 straight up and then the plane flips around in midair while momentum still carries it forward. The plane then pirouettes into a spiralling dive, which the pilot uses to regain energy.”

“The Su-35 is this maneuverable in large part due to powerful AL-41F1S engines, which together generate 63,800 pounds of thrust at maximum power, each of which the pilot can then vector in a different directions.”


This Su-35 Flight Demo Will Make Your Head Explode

You might as well forget everything you know about how planes fly.

“Russia’s Su-35 fighter jet performed yesterday at a Russian airshow and the results will leave you scrambling to pick your jaw up off the ground. The famously maneuverable fighter displayed stunts that seem designed by someone with no knowledge of aerodynamic rules at all, but the fighter pulled them off anyways.”

[It looks like Youtube is removing the MAKS 2017 videos after I put them up.

Here is two more, in case the featured video disappears again.]

Russian Su-35 Display Impossible Stunt at MAKS 2017 Air Show

MAKS 2017 Moscow Air Show Sukhoi Su-35S Aerobatic flight!

MAKS 2017 Russian Air supremacy Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA Aerobatic flight!

MAKS 2017 photo gallery and more videos


New SU-35 STEAL MAKC 2017 Air Show with Super Manuevarability Performance

Sukhoi T-50/PAK FA #Russian 5th gen. stealth fighter vector thrust & aerobatics demonstration during 2017 MAKS Air Show

Russian aviation #RuAF KA-52 Alligator attack helicopter at #MAKS2017

ZeroHedge: “It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the deal might cover deliveries of several hundred T-90 tanks, and that the contract may exceed $1 billion.”

“The T-90 is among the best-selling tanks in the world. Hundreds of vehicles have been sold to India, Algeria, Azerbaijan and other countries. A small number of tanks has been delivered to Syria to reinforce the military’s capabilities of combatting Islamic State (IS). Kuwait, Vietnam and Egypt are considering the option of purchasing T-90s.”

“Known for its firepower, enhanced protection and mobility, the T-90 features a smoothbore 2A46M 125mm main gun that can fire both armor-piercing shells and anti-tank missiles and the 1A45T fire-control system. Standard protective measures include sophisticated armor, ensuring all-round protection of the crew and critical systems, including Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor and active infrared jammers to defend the T-90 from inbound rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and other projectiles.”


For the past 12 months, the official gross income from all the sales of goods and services in the country exceeded the official gross total for all paid wages and pensions by 10 trillion rubles. This is considering that an entire annual budget is 16 trillion rubles.

Saving deposits for private persons  grew by 4.2% and have reached 24.2 trillion rubles.

And still, in 2017 Russians spent to purchase the Federal bonds more than they saved.


MAKS-2017 airshow yields contracts to over $6bln – Russian ministry of industry and trade

“Among MAKS’ biggest deals were a contract for the supplies of 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 planes to Aeroflot and a contract on operational lease of 16 MC-21 planes with the Red Wings air carrier

The international airshow MAKS-2017 was held in Zhukovsky outside Moscow from July 18 through 23 and was visited by more than 452,000 people.”

Russian Helicopters negotiated supplies of ten helicopters to China with United Helicopters Group. Helicopters will be delivered in 2017-2018, the Russian helicopters producer said in the press release on Thursday.

“According to signed agreements, United Helicopters will receive five Ansat light helicopters with medical outfit, three Mi-171 transport helicopters and two Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopters for subsequent delivery to operators in China,” the Russian company said.”

Strizhi (The Swifts) Russian Aerobatc Team in Saint-Petersburg, beautiful images

МС-21-300 Maiden flight


Check Out Why New Russian Jet MC-21 Is BETTER Than Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 video English subtitles

The latest Russian MiG-35 / MiG-35D tactical and technical characteristics (MiG-35 / D) video in Russian

Video of MC-21 assembly


The Aircraft of the Future / MC-21

The  Konzern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET)

The Russian Defense Ministry has received about one hundred Su-34 aircraft equipped with Khibiny aircraft electronic countermeasure systems made by the KRET, a part of the Rostec state corporation.

The Khibiny-10V complex is a complex of individual protection for Su-34. The survivability of Su-34 combat aircraft equipped with Khibiny-10V increases 25-fold. KRET will also deliver to the Russian Defense Ministry 15 SAP-518 jamming pods for u-30SM aircraft.

VRT-300 Arctic Supervision rotor drone

The VRT300 Arctic Supervision was designed to develop the transport system of the Northeast Passage and help explore the Arctic region. For these purposes, the system was equipped with a high-resolution X-band side-looking radar that makes it possible to quickly scan changes in the ice.

The system may be used to transport various cargoes (products and medicine) between a ship and a polar station. The unmanned helicopter can also measure ice thickness along the ship’s route, conduct search and rescue operations at sea and assess large ice fields in which polar stations can be set up.”

Sberbank closes first deal on Shanghai Gold Exchange

Russia and Belarus are to agree on the principles of the operation of the single oil and gas market by the end of 2017, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov.

He stated this at a press conference following the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.


The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is underway in Kazan, Russia

How Russia builds military bases for defending herself? Watch this video and you will know how!


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