Over 2,500 Su-fam­ily com­bat air­craft ex­ported

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Su-fam­ily com­bat air­craft have been ex­ported since 1964. Over 2,500 Su-7, Su-17, Su-20, Su-22, Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, Su-30 air­craft and their mod­i­fi­ca­tions were de­liv­ered to the Air Force of more than 30 coun­tries.

The air­craft were de­liv­ered to dif­fer­ent coun­tries of Europe, Asia, Africa and South Amer­ica. They are still in ser­vice in many armies of these coun­tries. The Su-fam­ily air­craft have proved to be re­li­able and ef­fec­tive com­bat sys­tems ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing a wide range of com­bat mis­sions.

Over the past decades, as from 1996, the main ex­port po­ten­tial of the Su-fam­ily air­craft is cen­tred on var­i­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tions of the Su30-type mul­ti­pur­pose fight­ers. Sales of these ma­chines to­gether with con­tracts for air­borne weapons and re­lated equip­ment ac­count for up to half of all for­eign mil­i­tary sup­plies of the Rosoboronex­port.

In the years 2000s with the ad­vent of the Su-30MKK and its fur­ther mod­i­fi­ca­tion — Su30MK2 — a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in ex­ports can be noted. This is a multi-pur­pose two-seat fighter able to strike air, land and sea tar­gets. A large amount of for­eign sup­plies is as­so­ci­ated with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the In­dian pro­gramme of de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of the Su-30MKI multi-pur­pose strike fighter with the lat­est on­board avion­ics com­plex. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions of the Su-30 fighter are sup­plied to other coun­tries as well.

Cur­rently the multi-pur­pose Su-35 fighter un­der­goes tests. The air­craft has a large num­ber of fifth gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies and ad­vanced tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions. Its radar with an un­prece­dented oper­at­ing range (up to 400 km), the engine with a thrust of 14.5 tonnes with thrust vec­tor con­trol, an early warn­ing sys­tem for ir­ra­di­a­tion, an op­ti­cal radar sta­tion, mis­sile launch de­tec­tion sen­sors and laser ir­ra­di­a­tion sen­sors give the air­craft su­pe­ri­or­ity over all the other fight­ers of the fourth gen­er­a­tion and the four+ gen­er­a­tion air­craft and make it ready for any com­bat con­di­tions.

Pro­duc­tion of Su-35s for the Rus­sian Air Force are man­u­fac­tured at the Sukhoi’s KnAAPO fac­tory in Kom­so­molsk-on-Amur. At present the Su-35 pos­si­ble de­liv­er­ies are dis­cussed with for­eign cus­tomers. This air­craft en­sures preser­va­tion of the Sukhoi Com­pany’s com­pet­i­tive­ness on the world mar­ket till the start of se­rial pro­duc­tion of the PAK FA fifth gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft.

Work on the ex­port ver­sion of the fifth gen­er­a­tion fighter — a prospec­tive mul­ti­func­tional fighter is in progress to­gether with In­dia. This air­craft has con­sid­er­able ex­port po­ten­tial.

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