The Transport And Military Aircraft Of Russia And The CIS

While the world largely uses and recognize aircraft from companies like Boeing, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States developed their own airplanes as well. Granted, it’s a relatively obscure topic, but we’ll be covering at least some examples of the aviation technology that came out of union between several countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

For the purpose of clarity, we’ll be dividing the aircraft based on classification. Namely, these will be Fighters, Bombers, Reconnaissance, and Transport.


Looking at just the numbers alone, the Yakovlev Yak-9 is one of the more well-known and most used fighter aircrafts that came out of the CIS. Over 16,000 units of this single-engine aircraft was manufactured and some are still in use even today.

Then there’s the Mikoyan MiG-31, which is one of the last supersonic fighter jets that came out of the Soviet Era. Still in use by the military, it’s credited as being one of the fastest aircrafts in the world. It’s even expected to stay around until 2030.


In terms of bombers, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was one of the most successful ground destruction air units that the Soviet Union had. As many as 11,000 of these bad boys were manufactured and sent to decimate enemies, which were a lot considering that it was deployed in World War II.

Naturally, military technology continued to evolve after the war, which eventually yielded the Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed. Capable of going supersonic and reach Mach 2, it’s the world’s fastest bomber when factoring in the weight. Still in use, it’s one of the last Soviet-era bombers to still be in service.


Since reconnaissance aircraft are not exactly the most efficient and effective units to spy on enemies these days, you can thank drones for that, they are not as widely used as they were before. However, when it comes to planes capable of reaching incredible altitudes to basically gather intelligence, the Myasishchev M-55 is one of the biggest names in the business.

The Myasishchev M-55 broke several world records, many of which remain unbroken until today. Capable of high-altitude flights and extreme take-off weight, it’s mostly used for things like geographical research these days. You could actually learn more about these aircrafts or get collectibles, which Promo Coupons like the expedia discount code hotel and flight can make more affordable.




Now we’ve come to the transport or more social examples of aircrafts that Russia and the CIS uses. There are actually several functional units in this category that we can site, but some of the more notable include the Antonov An-2, which has the worthy nickname of Annie and the Ilyushin Il-96.

The former is a single-engine aircraft that is being used in the agricultural sector and as a utility plane. The latter is actually an airliner with four jet engines and is notable for being the aircraft of choice by Russian presidents.



8 Responsesto “The Transport And Military Aircraft Of Russia And The CIS”

  1. Lucia says:

    They have the best aircraft transports in the world.

  2. Monica says:

    A very good information that is so informative to read.

  3. Lucia says:

    I really didn’t know about all these things that they ever existed.

  4. Andrei Gornan says:

    Best information and very interesting reads.

  5. Marco says:

    So much has improved on aircraft technology since the early 90’s. Most aircrafts used in military service are the most advanced in terms of navigational technology. 🙂

  6. Danny says:

    So much improvements on technology but still, the fastest craft ever to fly is not outplaced in history! LOL

  7. Jess says:

    Transportation has just got more advanced 🙂

  8. Timothy says:

    The most advanced military transportation and aircraft comes from Israel and Germany. Russian aircrafts are also one big advanced piece of technological metal. LOL

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