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.
The potential of one fighter like this can be compared with the potential of two fighters of the previous generation.
No other fighter could solve combat tasks at such a high level in Russia before.