Mikhail Kalashnikov and Mikhail Simonov - behind the AK-47 rifle and Sukhoi jet fight

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  1. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Two of the greatest names in weaponry design - Mikhail Kalashnikov and Mikhail Simonov - celebrate their 90th and 80th anniversaries, respectively.


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    Kalashnikov is the father of the AK-47, an assault rifle that inspires admiration and fear in equal measure. It represents a precise and ruthless killer with a human name. Yet we know little about the man behind the brand.

    Mikhail Kalashnikov still works in the city where the manufacture of the AK-47 was launched 60 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished persons of the 20th century for his invention.

    Meanwhile, Mikhail Simonov was behind what are widely regarded as the best fighter aircraft ever produced, the Sukhoi SU-27 and the SU-30. Like his compatriot, his work has never stopped.
     
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    Interview with AK-47 rifle inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov
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    Interview with Mikhail Simonov - the inventor of the Sukhoi jet fighters
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    PS;Mikhail Simonov passed away today at the age of 81
     
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    Man who made Sukhoi the star of Soviet defence dies

    MOSCOW: Aircraft designer Mikhail Simonov, whose supremely maneuverable, heavily armed and far-flying Sukhoi fighter jet became an icon of the Soviet defense industry and a cash cow for post-communist Russia, died in Moscow on Friday after a long illness.

    He was 81, the Sukhoi company said. Developed to counter the US F-15 fighter, Simonov's sleek twin-engined , twin-finned Su-27 joined the Soviet air force in the early 1980s and won respect in the West for its range of over 3,500km, its impressive agility and its ability to fly at 2.35 times the speed of sound.

    It was a star of international air shows, performing aerobatics that few other fighter planes could accomplish , and is matched only by the MiG jet and Kalashnikov assault rifle as a symbol of Russia's considerable prowess in weapons-making .

    The Su-27 's excellent thrust-to-weight ratio and sophisticated control system allowed it to perform exceptional maneuvers at very low speeds. When state defense orders ground to a near halt after the 1991 Soviet collapse, Simonov played a key role in winning lucrative export deals. The cash-strapped government sold hundreds of fighters to China, India and other foreign customers under contracts worth billions of dollars.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...f-Soviet-defence-dies/articleshow/7632239.cms
     
  6. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    RIP....

    Today SU-30MKI exists only coz of Him..

    Respect!
     
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    what a loss to the Russian and world's aviation industry!!!! it is this kind of techno leadership that makes the difference. RIP sir!!!!
     
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    Nice inventions and nice scientists or inventors. Good to see that they are alive.
     
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    He was one of the pioneers of the Russian aviation industry. May his soul RIP.
     
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    thanks to Mikhail Simonov for giving us the Su baby,,,,i still feel excited just at the sight of the beauty.. :) . peace be upon u.Om Shanti Santi.
     
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    Hats off to him, may his soul rest in peace.
     

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