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Russian Air Force: best warplanes, helicopters and airlifters

August 12, 2015, 11:18 UTC+3
Day of the Air Force is celebrated in Russia on August 12
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The Sukhoi Su-27  is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft. It's the Su-27 that is used by Russia's major aerobatic teams: Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) and Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights)
The Sukhoi Su-27  is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft. It's the Su-27 that is used by Russia's major aerobatic teams: Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) and Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights)
The Sukhoi Su-27 is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft. It's the Su-27 that is used by Russia's major aerobatic teams: Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) and Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights)
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a two-seat multirole fighter. The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a two-seat multirole fighter. The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a two-seat multirole fighter. The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family
©  EPA/CHIRIKOV
Carrier aircraft must be sturdy enough to withstand demanding carrier operations. They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy and very flexible to stop on a pitching deck. The Sukhoi Su-33 is the main jet of Russia's naval aviation
Carrier aircraft must be sturdy enough to withstand demanding carrier operations. They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy and very flexible to stop on a pitching deck. The Sukhoi Su-33 is the main jet of Russia's naval aviation
Carrier aircraft must be sturdy enough to withstand demanding carrier operations. They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy and very flexible to stop on a pitching deck. The Sukhoi Su-33 is the main jet of Russia's naval aviation
© ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev
Sukhoi Su-35 is a 4++ generation single-seat multirole fighter. When the plane was shown at Le Bourge in 2013 it was called 'Show Stopper' as all work stopped when the Su-35 rocketed into the sky
Sukhoi Su-35 is a 4++ generation single-seat multirole fighter. When the plane was shown at Le Bourge in 2013 it was called 'Show Stopper' as all work stopped when the Su-35 rocketed into the sky
Sukhoi Su-35 is a 4++ generation single-seat multirole fighter. When the plane was shown at Le Bourge in 2013 it was called 'Show Stopper' as all work stopped when the Su-35 rocketed into the sky
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
The Sukhoi T-50 is a fifth-generation fighter. The aircraft is the first in Russia's Air Force to use stealth technology
The Sukhoi T-50 is a fifth-generation fighter. The aircraft is the first in Russia's Air Force to use stealth technology
The Sukhoi T-50 is a fifth-generation fighter. The aircraft is the first in Russia's Air Force to use stealth technology
© EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
The Sukhoi Su-24  is a supersonic atack jet. The plane has a variable geometry wing with four sweep settings
The Sukhoi Su-24  is a supersonic atack jet. The plane has a variable geometry wing with four sweep settings
The Sukhoi Su-24 is a supersonic atack jet. The plane has a variable geometry wing with four sweep settings
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Bobylev
The Sukhoi Su-25 was designed to provide close air support to ground forces. It has been in service for over 30 years
The Sukhoi Su-25 was designed to provide close air support to ground forces. It has been in service for over 30 years
The Sukhoi Su-25 was designed to provide close air support to ground forces. It has been in service for over 30 years
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a twin-seat fighter-bomber intended for high-precision strikes, including strikes with nuclear weapons, on land and sea targets
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a twin-seat fighter-bomber intended for high-precision strikes, including strikes with nuclear weapons, on land and sea targets
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a twin-seat fighter-bomber intended for high-precision strikes, including strikes with nuclear weapons, on land and sea targets
© ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin
The Mikoyan MiG-29 is, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, one of the most used aircraft in the Russian Air Force
The Mikoyan MiG-29 is, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, one of the most used aircraft in the Russian Air Force
The Mikoyan MiG-29 is, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, one of the most used aircraft in the Russian Air Force
© EPA/ITAR-TASS/LESZEK SZYMANSKI
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft has a maximum speed of 3000 km/h and can fly on the altitudes of up to 20 kilometers
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft has a maximum speed of 3000 km/h and can fly on the altitudes of up to 20 kilometers
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft has a maximum speed of 3000 km/h and can fly on the altitudes of up to 20 kilometers
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Semekhin
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is a 4++ generation jet fighter. At present, MiG-35 is regarded as a transitional stage to the fifth generation fighter
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is a 4++ generation jet fighter. At present, MiG-35 is regarded as a transitional stage to the fifth generation fighter
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is a 4++ generation jet fighter. At present, MiG-35 is regarded as a transitional stage to the fifth generation fighter
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Krivchikov
The Yakovlev Yak-130 is the only jet trainer and attack aircraft in the russian Air Force. The Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA
The Yakovlev Yak-130 is the only jet trainer and attack aircraft in the russian Air Force. The Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA
The Yakovlev Yak-130 is the only jet trainer and attack aircraft in the russian Air Force. The Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
The Mil Mi-8 is the main helicopter of the Russian Air Force. It's  is among the world's most-produced helicopters
The Mil Mi-8 is the main helicopter of the Russian Air Force. It's  is among the world's most-produced helicopters
The Mil Mi-8 is the main helicopter of the Russian Air Force. It's is among the world's most-produced helicopters
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Sevostyanov
The Mil Mi-24 large helicopter gunship and attack helicopter. The machine holds the world record of helicopter speed at 368,4 km/h
The Mil Mi-24 large helicopter gunship and attack helicopter. The machine holds the world record of helicopter speed at 368,4 km/h
The Mil Mi-24 large helicopter gunship and attack helicopter. The machine holds the world record of helicopter speed at 368,4 km/h
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V. It is operated by the Armed Forces of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan
Multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V. It is operated by the Armed Forces of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan
Multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V. It is operated by the Armed Forces of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan
© ITAR-TASS/Tina Shaposhnikova
Russian heavy transport helicopter Mil Mi-26 is sometimes called 'flying cow' because it's the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production
Russian heavy transport helicopter Mil Mi-26 is sometimes called 'flying cow' because it's the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production
Russian heavy transport helicopter Mil Mi-26 is sometimes called 'flying cow' because it's the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production
© EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
Mi-28N anti-armor attack helicopter is called Night Hunter. It is designed to carry out search and destroy operations against tanks, armoured vehicles, enemy personnel in combat and low-speed airborne target
Mi-28N anti-armor attack helicopter is called Night Hunter. It is designed to carry out search and destroy operations against tanks, armoured vehicles, enemy personnel in combat and low-speed airborne target
Mi-28N anti-armor attack helicopter is called Night Hunter. It is designed to carry out search and destroy operations against tanks, armoured vehicles, enemy personnel in combat and low-speed airborne target
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopter. The machine has a distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau
Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopter. The machine has a distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau
Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopter. The machine has a distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
The Tupolev Tu-160  supersonic strategic bomber was given the nickname of "White Swan". It's the largest supersonic aircraft in the world
The Tupolev Tu-160  supersonic strategic bomber was given the nickname of "White Swan". It's the largest supersonic aircraft in the world
The Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber was given the nickname of "White Swan". It's the largest supersonic aircraft in the world
© ITAR-TASS/Alexei Panov
Tupolev Tu-95 is a large, turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today
Tupolev Tu-95 is a large, turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today
Tupolev Tu-95 is a large, turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today
© ITAR-TASS/Dmitriy Rogulin
The Beriev A-50 is the only Russian airborne early warning aircraft
The Beriev A-50 is the only Russian airborne early warning aircraft
The Beriev A-50 is the only Russian airborne early warning aircraft
© ITAR-TASS/Viktor Tolochko
Ilyushin Il-76 is a multi-purpose strategic airlifter designed for delivering heavy machinery to remote, poorly served areas
Ilyushin Il-76 is a multi-purpose strategic airlifter designed for delivering heavy machinery to remote, poorly served areas
Ilyushin Il-76 is a multi-purpose strategic airlifter designed for delivering heavy machinery to remote, poorly served areas
© TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Antonov An-12 transport aircraft became very popular with cargo operators. This airlifter is operated by a crew of five or six men. The aircraft entered into service in 1959 and its production ceased in 1973
Antonov An-12 transport aircraft became very popular with cargo operators. This airlifter is operated by a crew of five or six men. The aircraft entered into service in 1959 and its production ceased in 1973
Antonov An-12 transport aircraft became very popular with cargo operators. This airlifter is operated by a crew of five or six men. The aircraft entered into service in 1959 and its production ceased in 1973
© TASS/Yuri Smityuk
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The Sukhoi Su-27 is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft. It's the Su-27 that is used by Russia's major aerobatic teams: Sokoly Rossii (Falcons of Russia) and Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights)
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a two-seat multirole fighter. The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family
©  EPA/CHIRIKOV
Carrier aircraft must be sturdy enough to withstand demanding carrier operations. They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy and very flexible to stop on a pitching deck. The Sukhoi Su-33 is the main jet of Russia's naval aviation
© ITAR-TASS/Lev Fedoseyev
Sukhoi Su-35 is a 4++ generation single-seat multirole fighter. When the plane was shown at Le Bourge in 2013 it was called 'Show Stopper' as all work stopped when the Su-35 rocketed into the sky
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
The Sukhoi T-50 is a fifth-generation fighter. The aircraft is the first in Russia's Air Force to use stealth technology
© EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
The Sukhoi Su-24 is a supersonic atack jet. The plane has a variable geometry wing with four sweep settings
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Bobylev
The Sukhoi Su-25 was designed to provide close air support to ground forces. It has been in service for over 30 years
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a twin-seat fighter-bomber intended for high-precision strikes, including strikes with nuclear weapons, on land and sea targets
© ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin
The Mikoyan MiG-29 is, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, one of the most used aircraft in the Russian Air Force
© EPA/ITAR-TASS/LESZEK SZYMANSKI
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft has a maximum speed of 3000 km/h and can fly on the altitudes of up to 20 kilometers
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Semekhin
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is a 4++ generation jet fighter. At present, MiG-35 is regarded as a transitional stage to the fifth generation fighter
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Krivchikov
The Yakovlev Yak-130 is the only jet trainer and attack aircraft in the russian Air Force. The Yak-130 is able to replicate the characteristics of several 4+ generation fighters as well as the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
The Mil Mi-8 is the main helicopter of the Russian Air Force. It's is among the world's most-produced helicopters
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Sevostyanov
The Mil Mi-24 large helicopter gunship and attack helicopter. The machine holds the world record of helicopter speed at 368,4 km/h
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V. It is operated by the Armed Forces of Russia, Venezuela, Brazil and Azerbaijan
© ITAR-TASS/Tina Shaposhnikova
Russian heavy transport helicopter Mil Mi-26 is sometimes called 'flying cow' because it's the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production
© EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
Mi-28N anti-armor attack helicopter is called Night Hunter. It is designed to carry out search and destroy operations against tanks, armoured vehicles, enemy personnel in combat and low-speed airborne target
© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva
Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopter. The machine has a distinctive coaxial rotor system of the Kamov design bureau
© ITAR-TASS/Yuri Smityuk
The Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber was given the nickname of "White Swan". It's the largest supersonic aircraft in the world
© ITAR-TASS/Alexei Panov
Tupolev Tu-95 is a large, turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in operational use today
© ITAR-TASS/Dmitriy Rogulin
The Beriev A-50 is the only Russian airborne early warning aircraft
© ITAR-TASS/Viktor Tolochko
Ilyushin Il-76 is a multi-purpose strategic airlifter designed for delivering heavy machinery to remote, poorly served areas
© TASS/Yuri Smityuk
Antonov An-12 transport aircraft became very popular with cargo operators. This airlifter is operated by a crew of five or six men. The aircraft entered into service in 1959 and its production ceased in 1973
© TASS/Yuri Smityuk

August 12 is the Day of The Russian Air Force. The aerial warfare service branch of the Russian Armed Forces today marks 103 years since its foundation. The holiday was established in 2006 by a presidential decree.

Russia's best military aircraft, transport and attack helicopters in this photo gallery by TASS.

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