The Kazakh Air Force received its two of its four ordered Sukhoi Su-30SM (“Flanker”) multirole fighters on 17 April 2015, manufacturer Irkut announced. They two-seat jets of the 4++ generation arrived at Taldykorgan Airbase, or the 604th Air Base, after they were handed over to Kazakhstan at the Irkut aviation plant last month.
The Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazahkstan (Qazaqstannıñ Qarwlı küşteri) are known to operate up to 26 older Sukhoi Su-27 “Flankers” from Taldykorgan. Ten of those are or have been upgraded to the new Su-27BM2 (single-seat) and Su-27UBM2 (two-seat) standard. Moreover, a dozen Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27 “Flogger” fighter-bombers fly from Taldykorgan.
Compared to earlier Flankers the Su-30SM (spelled Су-30CM in Cyrillic) has engines with enhanced thrust-vectoring, meaning the entire nozzle section of the engines can move in different direction to give the aircraft superb maneouverability. It also has a newer radar, a new wide-angle HUD, new communications and other systems. Moreover, it can fly a wider range of weapons. The first Su-30SM made its flight on 21 September 2012.
The Kazakh Air Force will show off its new Su-30SM jets during an official World War II memorial anniversary fly-past on 7 May 2015 in Astana.
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Featured image (top): One of the Kazakh Air Force four new Sukhoi Su-30SMs landing (Image © Ministry of Defence Kazakhstan)