The first samples of Su-30SM2 fighters were transferred to the Russian Navy. Yesterday, on January 20, the TASS news agency reported that, as part of a single day of military acceptance, Rostec State Corporation handed over samples of modernized aircraft to the armed forces.
"Rostec has started deliveries of upgraded Su-30SM2 fighters for naval aviation. The aircraft received increased combat capabilities and retained the main advantages of the Su-30SM: super maneuverability, long flight range, onboard radar with a phased array antenna, a crew of two people providing simultaneous air combat and the defeat of ground targets," the press service of the state corporation reported.
Infographics of Su-30SM2
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In addition, the Russian Helicopters holding, part of Rostec, has begun deliveries of Mi-28NM and Ka-52 attack helicopters. In total, within the framework of a single day of military acceptance, Rostec enterprises delivered eight types of weapons and military equipment to the Russian armed forces, including BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, upgraded T-72B3 tanks, as well as electronic jamming equipment.
The Su-30SM is a Russian two-seat multi-purpose fighter of the "4+" generation. The aircraft is capable of striking air, surface and ground targets day and night, as well as in difficult weather conditions. The Su-30SM is an upgraded version of the Su-30 fighter developed in the 80s on the basis of the Su-27UB. Initially, various modifications of the Su-30 were made for export, and in 2012 deliveries of the Su-30SM to the Russian army began.
Plans to modernize the fleet of Su-30SM fighters have been known for several years. Initially, it was a project of aircraft remotorization, later it expanded and was named Su-30SM1, but it did not go further than plans. Then it became known about the Su-30SM2 project, within the framework of which it is planned to modernize the entire fleet of Russian Su-30SM. It is known that as part of the modernization to the Su-30SM2 level, the aircraft receive the most modern Russian engine - AL-41F-1C (product 117C), which is now being installed on serial Su-35 aircraft, a more powerful Irbis radar, as well as an expanded arsenal of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, including hypersonic.