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Posts Tagged: Belarus

October 31, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Preps Additional Attack Aircraft for Export

A review of satellite imagery shows some new developments at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi. Co-located at the 61st Fighter Airbase, the Belarusian-based Plant overhauled two Su-24M Fencer attack aircraft and a Mi-8-17 Hip transport helicopter, imagery from late June suggests. Previously decommissioned from the Air and Air Defense Force, the aircraft were…

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October 1, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Russia’s SU-27 Probably Departed Belarus

The Russian Air Force appears to have recalled their Su-27SM from Belarus, a review of satellite imagery of the 61st Fighter Airbase in Baranovichi suggests. Russia had 4 Su-27SM Flanker parked in revetments on the Quick Reaction Alert apron since December 2013. The multi-role fighters originally deployed as part of an advanced element that would eventually…

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April 21, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Has Sudan Received More Su-24 Fencers?

Sudan probably received additional Su-24 Fencer aircraft from Belarus, recently acquired satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe suggests. Back in 2013, it was reported that Sudan would acquire 12 Soviet-era Su-24 Fencer aircraft from Belarusian BelTechExport. The aircraft, previously flown by the Belarusian Air force, were decommissioned from the cash-strapped air arm not long before. We’ve been…

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February 23, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Deploys Additional S-300 at Polatsk near NATO Borders

Left: DigitalGlobe imagery of the S-200 site in Polatsk dated April 2015 / Right: September 2013 Belarus has partially converted the S-200 surface-to-air missile site at Polatsk to support the highly capable S-300 system, commercial satellite imagery reveals. As NATO beefs up contingency planning for the Baltic States in order to deter any potential aggression,…

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January 7, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Adds New SAM Revetments on Polish Border

Belarus has constructed new surface-to-air missile revetments since 2014, a review of commercial satellite imagery reveals. DigitalGlobe space snapshots from 2014 show new ‘C’ shaped drive-through revetments at two existing S-300 sites near the Polish and Lithuania borders. The expanded sites could provide prepared firing positions for jumped Russian units or potentially future Belarusian S-300 units….

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December 27, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian Airbase in Belarus Remains in Limbo

Plans for a Russian airbase in Belarus which could host between 12 and 24 fighters remain in limbo, despite Putin giving the go-ahead in September. A high level meeting in Moscow earlier this month between the countries’ leaders offered no signs of forward movement. [1] In fact, in the face of growing pressure from Moscow, Lukashenko has resisted…

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December 1, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Belarus Preps Additional SU-24M Fencer For Export

Sudan could soon receive additional SU-24M ground attack aircraft overhauled in Belarus, recently acquired satellite imagery suggests. Last year workers at Belarus’ 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi moved three decommissioned Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer from open storage to the plant’s work area. Over at War is Boring, I wrote they were being prepared for overhaul…

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