Russian Air Force To Get More Su-30SM Fighters This Year

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  • 10:59 AM, February 13, 2014
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The Russian Air Force will receive 21 Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in 2014, the Irkut aircraft maker was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

“We have delivered 16 Su-30SM planes so far. An additional 21 aircraft will be supplied this year,” Irkut Corporation president Oleg Demchenko said at the Singapore Air Show 2014.

In addition, Irkut and Russia’s Defense Ministry have also signed three separate contracts for 65 Su-30SM fighters, delivery scheduled by 2016.

The Su-30SM is the latest development of the twin-seat Su-30 jet fighter family, a derivative of the long-serving single-seat Sukhoi Su-27, one of the air force's most important warplanes.

The new aircraft has better radar and communications capabilities, an improved friend-or-foe system, a new ejection seat and new weapons. It also has thrust-vectoring engine nozzles, providing super-maneuverability at low airspeeds, the report added. 

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