The Russian Navy will get an additional batch of seven Sukhoi Su-30SM (Cy-30CM) multi-role fighter jets, Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut confirmed, bringing the total strenght to 12.
The deal for the next batch was signed in September and is the second order for the Voyenno-morskoy Flot Rossiyskoy Federatsii. “These modern aircraft are capable of hitting air, surface and ground targets and will significantly increase the potential of naval aviation”, a spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Defence has said.
In July 2014 Irkut delivered three of the five Sukhoi Su-30SMs of the first batch ordered in late 2013. Designed by the famous Sukhoi bureau the Su-30CM has a phased-array radar, thrust vectoring engines and canards to increase its manoeuverability.
Double Su-30SM has super-maneuverability, equipped with a radar with a phased antenna array, engines with thrust vectoring and canards. The aircraft has a range of 1864 miles (3,000 km), can fly up to speeds of Mach 2 and up to 57,500 feet of altitude. Apart from the standard gun, the aircraft can be fitted with guided missiles and bombs.
The Russian Air Force flies the Su-30SM – known to NATO as Flanker – as well, having ordered at least 60 so far. Apart from the dozen planned Su-30SMs the Russian Naval Aviation will also operate 24 MiG-29K carrier-borne fighters, with the last 10 planned for delivery in 2015.
Source: Irkut with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger