Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, Russian Space Agency
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Russia has always dominated in the case of Space explorations and all. Recently Roscoscmos head Dmitry Rogozin said that the Russian Space Agency possesses ten jet planes which make them equal to an air force of Guatemala or Hungary.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that his agency could “win a small war” all by itself during his conversation with Moldova’s President Igor Dodon.

“I can tell how many aircraft we have. We have 10 jet fighters and three helicopters, three Il-76 [planes], six Tu-134, two An-24, one An-26 and one An-12,” Rogozin told the Moldovan President.

“But why do you need the fighter jets?” Dodon asked.


The Roscosmos full name is Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities. It is responsible for the activities like space flight and cosmonautics program. It was originally known as Russian Aviation and Space Agency. Roscosmos headquarters are based in Moscow and on the other hand main mission control space center is located in the city of Korolev.

The current director since May 2018 is Dmitry Rogozin. In 2015 the Russian government merged Roscosmos with the United Rocket and Space Corporation, the re-nationalized Russian space industry, to create the Roscosmos State Corporation.

“[They are used] for training the cosmonauts. [They are] L-39s,” Rogozin answered. “In principle, if needed, we are ready to win a small war,” he added jokingly.

Talking about Moldova, it had 34 MiG-29 fighter jets but it was so expensive to maintain all the jets for them after the dissolution of Soviet Union in 1991, so they were sold to the other countries like the U.S., Eritrea, Yemen. Now the country is not having any fighter jets which are active.

Aero Vodochody is an aerospace company and which made The Aero L-39 Albatros. It was the highest performing training jet developed till now in Czechoslovakia but now this company is based in Odolena Voda which is in the Czech Republic. In 1972, the L-39 was picked as the main training jet for Warsaw Pact nations, including the USSR. The plane is two-seated, as trainees fly with an instructor.

“They are pragmatic,” Rogozin said about the US. “If they can’t make the same thing cheaper, and with higher quality, why re-invent the bicycle?”

Talking to Igor Dodon, Dmitry Rogozin also disclosed that the US continues to buy rocket engines from Roscosmos, despite US media reports that Washington intends to stop conducting business with Russian space agency.
This plane can be attached with the number of different weapons like bombs, missiles and infrared guided missiles.
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