Kazspecexport and Russian state-run Irkut Corporation signed a contract to supply a new batch of Su-30SM to Kazakhstan during the KADEX 2018 exhibition in Astana.
The modern Russian fighters will join the fleet of another Su-30SM, which since 2015 have been armed by the Air Defense Force of Kazakhstan, United Aircraft Corporation said in a statement Thursday.
The additional fighters are probably part of the options set out in the original 12 aircraft deal signed in August 2017. Kazakhstan has eight Su-30SMs in its inventory as of now. It is expected to receive 44 aircraft by 2020.
The Kazakhstan Armed Forces bought its first batch of Su-30SMs in 2015. The next batch of modern multi-functional fighter jets of 4++ generation was delivered to Kazakhstan on January 17, this year.
The SU-30SM airframe is made of titanium and aluminium alloys based on the Indian Air Force’ Su-30MKI developed jointly by Irkut and Sukhoi Design Bureau. The fuselage head has a cockpit, radar sections and avionics bay and is powered by two AL-31FP by-pass turbojet engines.
Currently, there are Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, MiG-27 and MiG-31 fighter jets with Kazakhstan Air Defense Forces.
A Russian Su-30SM fighter aircraft has reportedly crashed into the Mediterranean sea soon after taking off from Khmeimim air based in Syria. Both the pilots have been killed
Kazakhstans Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to procure additional Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, according to a March 6 report by Russian news agency TASS. Kazakhstan Armed Forces signed an agreement for first batch of the Su-30SM in 2015
Russias Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday that the Russian troops will get more than a dozen new Su-30 SM fighter jets in 2018, Sputnik reports. "This years production plan is limited to 24 planes: ten Yak-130s, 12 planes for the Aerospace Forces and two Su-30SMs for the Navy," he said during a tour of an aviation plant in the eastern Siberian city of Irkutsk
Russias western military district will receive a combat squadron of Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets which will replace the existing Mikoyan MiG-29SMT fighters under the rearmament program in 2018. The aviation unit will get fighter jets for the new squadron in the Kursk Region from the Irkut Aircraft Corporation, the Districts press office report was quoted by
New 4+ Generation Sukhoi Su-30SM jet fighters have made a flight from the Irkutsk aviation plant to the Western MD to reinforce squadrons in the Kursk regions. The regiment has received two Su-30SM supermanoeuverable fighters
Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation announced its plan to conclude a new contract this year with the Russian Ministry of Defence for the supply of Su-30SM fighters. "This year we plan to sign a new contract, which will ensure the loading of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant in the coming years at the level of 12-14 aircraft per year," President of United Aircraft Corporation and Irkut Corporation Yury Slyusar was quoted as saying by the Vedomosti newspaper
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