Following the sale of 12 upgraded former Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30K jets to Angola, Moscow has expressed interest in selling six of the remaining Sukhois ahead of Russia-Africa summit.
India bought 40 Su-30 planes in 1996. Eighteen of these fighters (8 Su-30Ks and 10 Su-30MKs) lacking features such as canards and thrust vector controls, were then shipped back to Russia under a trade-in scheme. India replaced these with more advanced Su-30MKIs.
Russia offered these jets to African nations. Angola agreed to buy 12 of these second hand Sukhoi fighters for an estimated $1 billion in 2013, shipment of which concluded in May 2019. The fighters were reportedly upgraded to the “SM” standard in Belarus' 558th Aircraft Repair Plant, which was the principal contractor to perform repair works of Su-27s (from which the Su-30 was derived) during the Soviet period.
Rosoboronexport is currently looking for a buyer for the remaining six planes, TASS reported Wednesday.
The summit will be held from October 23-24. Leaders of all 54 African countries have been invited, of which 40 have confirmed their participation.
“Angola’s Sukhoi fighters have been upgraded to Su-30SM standard, giving them the ability to fire anti-ship and air-to-air missiles. They are also fitted with jammers. The contract included delivery of a flight simulator and training aids from Belarus,” Alexander Vorobey, Deputy Director for Development at the 558th Aviation Repair Plant, said in May.
The Su-30SM is an upgraded version of the Su-30MKI and MKM variants developed for the Russian Air Force. It has improved avionics including glass cockpit and Bars-R radar, amongst others. It has canards and AL-31FP engines with thrust vector control for improved manoeuvrability. It is not clear how many of the Su-30SM’s upgrades Angolan aircraft have received.
Belarus has delivered last of 12 Su-30K fighters to Angola last month, after they were upgraded by the 558th Aviation Repair Plant in conjunction with Russias Rosoboronexport. The last two Su-30Ks were delivered to Angola in April this year, Alexander Vorobey, Deputy Director for Development at the 558th Aviation Repair Plant told the TASS news agency
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,
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
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