Operators Operating Operationally.

This is a military blog that features pictures and videos of weapons, vehicles, and the individuals who use them on a daily basis.
I find a portion of these pictures from military_armies. Thanks to him for letting me use so many of his great photos.
Enjoy.

Foxy.

The MiG-25 (NATO Codename “Foxbat”) is a twin-engine high altitude jet interceptor that was manufactured during the Cold War. When this aircraft was first heard of by NATO generals, there wasn’t much known about it. In fact, they didn’t even know what it looked like. As images arrived, it was speculated that this new aircraft was a very agile, very fast fighter. They named it “Foxbat” with the tradition of naming Fighter aircraft with a name starting with “F” and Bombers with names starting with “B”. However, they were wrong about the agility.

The MiG-25 was a balls-out fast as hell interceptor, designed originally to counter the American B-70, which never became anything, and was re-purposed to intercept the American SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. This aircraft was actually what spurred the F-15’s pricey production, as the American military recognized this as such a threat that a new aircraft was needed just to combat it, or at least, it’s perceived threat at the time.

The MiG-25 saw well over 1,000+ produced, with models covering the traditional Interceptor role (MiG-25/MiG-25A, MiG-25PD, MiG-25PDS), reconnaissance (MiG-25B/ MiG-25R, MiG-25RBK), Training (MiG-25C/MiG-25PU), Bombing (MiG-25RB), Electronic Intelligence (MiG-25RBT), and SAM Suppression (MiG-25BM)

let’s not ignore the fact that those two gigantic afterburners are thicker than a breadline in 1960’s Ukraine. God damn the ass is fat.

What in the…
Many of you might be wondering to yourself if this is some crazy Hind VTOL prototype. I thought the same thing, too. As it turns out, this is actually one of the prototypes developed to compete for the Mi-28 contract. Apparently, quite a number of unconventional aircraft designs were considered, this being one of them. It’s suspended by two upwards facing rotors, that are fixed on the wingtips, while being propelled by a rearwards facing propeller. The design, while extremely unconventional, was considered. However the contract was lost to a much more conventional design.

What in the…

Many of you might be wondering to yourself if this is some crazy Hind VTOL prototype. I thought the same thing, too. As it turns out, this is actually one of the prototypes developed to compete for the Mi-28 contract. Apparently, quite a number of unconventional aircraft designs were considered, this being one of them. It’s suspended by two upwards facing rotors, that are fixed on the wingtips, while being propelled by a rearwards facing propeller. The design, while extremely unconventional, was considered. However the contract was lost to a much more conventional design.

The KA-52

Because the KA-50 just didn’t perform well enough.

The KA-52 is a two-seat side-by-side tandem rotary winged aircraft, also produced by the Kamov design bureau. The KA-52 was designed to provide superior reconnaissance than the ordinary KA-50, while still matching it’s firepower. The KA-52 has been purchased by the Russian Navy, as they will employ it’s electronic reconnaissance to use in anti-ship warfare.

The KA-50

Because the MI-24 was outdated, and jet fighters are pretty cool.

The KA-50 is a single-seat rotary wing aircraft produced by the Kamov design bureau. The KA-50’s primary role is as a scout helicopter, and houses a 30mm cannon on the right side of the fuselage. Capable of fitting 2000kg of ordinance on it’s hardpoints, the KA-50 is usually spotted sporting an anti-tank loadout of up to twelve 9K121 Vikhr laser guided fire and forget rockets, or several pods worth of S-8 and S-13 unguided rockets, with any mix of the two being possible. A neat bit to mention of the KA-50’s armament is that the 30mm isn’t completely fixed, and at any point in time may be aimed by the pilot to accurately engage targets from a stationary position.

B-4 blasts away Fortifications in Berlin.

B-4 blasts away Fortifications in Berlin.