The Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract with the Irkut aircraft manufacturer for eight Sukhoi-designed Su-30SM multi-role fighters for the Russian Navy on Monday 7 September 2015.
Russian Defense Minister Yuri Borisov himself confirmed the deal to the press. The aircraft will be supplied in 2016 and 2017, bringing the total number of Russian Navy Flankers of this type to at least 20.
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-30SM 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 also operates MiG-29K carrier-borne fighters, with the last 10 of 24 planned for delivery in 2015.
Source: Irkut with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The Sukhoi Su-30SM (Cy-30CM) during a test flight (Image © Irkut)