Four Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, formerly flown by the Indian Air Force and returned to Russia in the early part of this decade, have be upgraded to Su-30KN standard and delivered to Angola in October this year.
The aircraft were part of a 12 fighter jet deal worth an estimated $1 billion and were upgraded to the 'KN' standard in Belarus, Offiziere.ch reported based on satellite imagery of Lubango civil-military airport in Huíla province.
The Su-30K aircraft are ex-Indian Air Force jets, which has ordered more than 200 Su-30MKIs in a number of batches. The early models delivered were basic aircraft without features like canards and thrust vector controls, and it is these 18 early model aircraft (ten Su-30MK and eight Su-30K fighters delivered between May 1997 and December 1999) that were returned to Russia and replaced with more advanced Su-30MKIs.
The Angolan Air Force currently flies around half a dozen Su-27s, out of 18 originally delivered. It also has other Sukhoi aircraft in its inventory, notably the Su-22 and Su-24.
Russian Ministry of Far Eastern Development has proposed delivering Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) passenger aircraft to Angola. "The main issue discussed during the meeting was the prospect of deliveries of Sukhoi Superjet 100 civil aircraft to Angola… At the moment, Angola's national airline — TAAG Angola Airline — uses Boeing 737-700, 777-200 and 777-300
Russia will complete the contracted delivery of 12 modernized Su-30K fighter jets to Angola by early 2018. "So far, two [Su-30Ks have been delivered to Angola], there is a delivery schedule, and its fulfillment has been launched as for now
Russia and Angola are negotiating the purchase of six additional Su-30K fighters. Luanda will be able to increase its fleet and Moscow will be able to get rid of the aircraft returned by the India built in fulfilment of the contract signed in 1996-1998
Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan will be acquiring Russian Mil Mi-8/17 medium multirole and Mi-24/35 attack helicopters by 2017. Helicopters are the most sought military hardware in South Africa, said Yury Demchenko, the head of the delegation for Rosoboronexport, to the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo, which opened in the South African Republic on Wednesday
A trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in neighbouring Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri district of Telangana on Wednesday, a defence release said. However, the trainee pilot ejected safely, it said, adding the accident occurred at around 11
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