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Russian Su-30SM fighter jet

Kazakh Armed Forces recently took delivery of a new batch of modern multifunctional 4th generation Su-30SM jet fighter jets from Russia.

“To be able to successfully deploy the fighter, a deep knowledge of technology and continuous self-improvement are needed,” said deputy commander of the air base on educational and ideological work Colonel Temirtas Ibraev.

“Our aircrew took an 18-month training to be able to pilot the fighters. The new aircraft enhance the safety and defence capabilities of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan as a whole,” Ibraev was quoted as saying by The Astana Times Wednesday.

The fighter jets are capable of performing a wide range of all-weather combat missions and counter hostile aircraft at a considerable distance from the base.

The Su-30SM is deployed to eliminate air, ground and sea targets, and is equipped with a wide range of weapons and complex modern avionics.

Kazakhstan bought its first batch of the Su-30SM in 2015 as part of agreements concluded earlier between the defence ministers of the two countries.

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