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

Belarus moves ahead with Sukhois

As predicted late last year here at, Belarus is moving to purchase a number of Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft to replace aging MiG-29 Fulcrums. A preliminary agreement was signed between Belarus and Russia earlier in February.

The pending deal concerns twelve aircraft, with deliveries due to start in 2020. A formal contract has yet to be signed, but that seems a formality as relations between Moscow and Minsk have always been close. Russia operates up to sixty Su-30SM jets.

Belarus recently started operational use of the Yak-130, eight of which were ordered earlier. These aircraft replace obsolete L-29 Delphins.

© 2016 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A Kazakh Air Force Sukhoi Su-30SM. (Image © Ministry of Defence Kazakhstan)