We are about to visit another place, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, to see new multi-purpose fighters Su-30SM made for the Russian Air Force. Thirty units of this vehicle are to be built by 2015 under the contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Modern air-superiority double-seat fighters will significantly increase the combat power of the Russian Air Force.
Su-30SM, built under the contract, performed its first flight in September, 21, 2012.
Su-30SM is equipped with a phased array radar. It can apply modern and advanced “air-to-air” and “air-to-surface” high-precision weaponry.
Apart from solving combat tasks, the fighter can be used for training pilots who will fly by newest multi-purpose air-superiority single-seater fighters.
Su-30SM is the new model of the series of combat fighters Su-30MKI.
The fighter was adapted for the needs of the Russian Air Force (radar systems, radio contact, ejections seats, a number of support systems).
42 units of Su-30MKI will also be made for India.
272 units of Su-30MKI were ordered in general, 150 of them have already been supplied.
Air-superiority of Su-30SM is achieved with help of the engines with thrust vector control.