RUSSIAN AIR FORCES TO GET NEW MULTIROLE JETS IN 2014
09:34 * 13.02.14
Russia’s air force will receive 21 Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter
jets in 2014, RIA Novostireported, citing the Irkut aircraft maker.
“We have delivered 16 Su-30SM planes so far. An additional 21 aircraft
will be supplied this year,” Irkut Corporation president Oleg Demchenko
said at the Singapore Air Show.
Irkut and the Defense Ministry have signed three separate contracts
on the delivery of 65 Su-30SM fighters by 2016.
Deputy Air Force commander Col. Sergei Kobylash said last year that
the aircraft would be delivered as fully equipped squadrons.
The Su-30SM is the latest development of the twin-seat Su-30 jet
fighter family, a derivative of the long-serving single-seat Sukhoi
Su-27, one of the air force’s most important warplanes.
The new aircraft has better radar and communications capabilities,
an improved friend-or-foe system, a new ejection seat and new
weapons. It also has thrust-vectoring engine nozzles, providing
super-maneuverability at low airspeeds.
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