One of the Kazakh Air Force four new Sukhoi Su-30SMs landing (Image © Ministry of Defence Kazakhstan)

Debut for Kazakh Air Force Sukhoi Su-30SM

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 Sukhoi Su-30SM (Cy-30CM) during a test flight (Image © Irkut)
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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.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): One of the Kazakh Air Force four new Sukhoi Su-30SMs landing (Image © Ministry of Defence Kazakhstan)

Sunrise for the Sukhoi Su-30SM (Image © Irkut)
Sunrise for the Sukhoi Su-30SM (Image © Irkut)