Russia is developing a modernized version of its super-manoeuvrable Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet with upgraded avionics and is capable of using latest high-precision ammunitions.
Designated as Su-30SM1, Russian-language newspaper Izvestia reports that this latest modernization is based on Russia’s combat experience in the ongoing Syrian conflict.
According to the report, Su-30SM1 has upgraded on-board radio electronic equipment, as well as an expanded range of precision munitions. Irkut—United Aircraft Corporation subsidiary that builds the Su-30SM1 says the modernization is underway at its plant but declined to comment on the number of planes undergoing the upgrade.
The Su-30SM1 will likely feature an upgraded stores management system and carries an expanded range of Russian precision-guided weapons including the KAB-250 and the Х-59МК2 air-to-surface missile, the newspaper reports.
The KAB-250 is modular and can use GPS/GLONASS-corrected inertial guidance or it can be guided by laser. Meanwhile, the Х-59МК2 is a new version of the original X-59 anti-ship missile that is optimized to attack land targets. The new X-59MK2 gains the ability to strike at pre-programmed stationary land-based targets, but it is not clear if it retains the ability to warships at sea.
It is not clear what other upgrades are onboard the Su-30SM1.
During a recent visit to the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAZ), Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov had said that the delivery of 17 new Su-30SM fighters is expected this year.
Russia announced at Paris Air Show that it is planning to modernize India's Su-30MKI multirole fighters with help from Italy. "In cooperation with the Italian side, we will start modernizing Indian Su-30MKIs," Russian Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheev said during a news conference Monday, in comments quoted mostly by the Russian media
Malaysian Air Force has modified Russian-made Sukhoi-30 fighter jet in order to equip it with US GBU-12 laser-guided bombs. The Royal Malaysian Air Force put out a video showing their Su-30MKM fighters specifically designed for Malaysia, dropping 500-pound GBU-12s made by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon,
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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
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
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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
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