New gen­er­a­tion Su-30 un­veiled


The brand new Su-30SM, the lat­est vari­ant of the Su-30 se­ries, de­vel­oped by JSC Sukhoi De­sign Bureau and de­signed for the Rus­sian Min­istry of De­fence, made its de­but flight at the air­field of Irkutsk Avi­a­tion Plant in Rus­sia. The Rus­sian Air Force has or­dered 30 Su30SMs (deal signed in March this year), now likely to en­ter ser­vice ear­lier than expected. The new vari­ant is an evo­lu­tion of the MK se­ries of Flanker jets sup­plied to In­dia as well. The vari­ant has a new radar sys­tem, IFF and ejec­tion seats, in ad­di­tion to a list of other equip­ment stip­u­lated in re­quire­ments drawn up by the Rus­sian Air Force. Ac­cord­ing to an Irkuts state­ment, at the con­tract sign­ing Ana­toly Serdyukov, the Rus­sian De­fence Min­is­ter, noted that the up­com­ing en­try of the mod­ern two-seat su­per­ma­noeu­vrable air­craft into the Rus­sian armed forces sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the com­bat power of the Rus­sian Air Force. “More­over, tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the fighter al­low achiev­ing a higher level of pi­lot’s train­ing, which is es­pe­cially im­por­tant due to the in­creas­ing pro­cure­ment of new gen­er­a­tion com­bat air­craft,” the state­ment said. The IAF is also in the process of eval­u­at­ing an up­grade of its Su30MKI fleet. The Su-30SM de­but flight was pi­loted by JSC Sukhoi De­sign Bureau test pi­lots Sergey Kostin and Pavel Malovechko. The flight lasted two hours and is said to have “passed flaw­lessly”.

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