The multipurpose fighter of the 4 + Su-30CM generation is a further development of the original Su-30, which gained great popularity in the international market of armaments and equipment. Unlike some other modifications of the family, Su-30CM was developed taking into account the requirements of the Russian armed forces. The first flight of an experienced Su-30CM made 2012 of the year in the fall. Soon, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, which is part of the Irkut Corporation, launched mass production of such equipment. Aircraft of the new type were produced in the interests of the military air / aerospace forces, as well as for naval aviation.
It is noteworthy that the Su-30CM already claim to be the title of at least one of the most popular fighters in the Russian Aerospace Forces. So, in June of this year, representatives of the Irkut Corporation said that by that time domestic customers had received more than 60 machines of this type. Over the next two years it is planned to build and transfer to the armed forces another 55 aircraft. From the 116 built by that time, the 88 fighter jets will serve in the Aerospace Forces, the 26 in the Navy. After the fulfillment of existing and planned orders, the appearance of new contracts for the construction and supply of fighters is possible.
Until the end of 2018, the Russian armed forces will receive 116 fighters like Su-30CM, which will make this technology one of the leaders in terms of numbers. Moreover, if we take into account not models, but aircraft modifications, then the new Su-30CM has every chance of becoming a full-fledged leader in terms of quantity. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the positive consequences expected from the massive supply of such equipment are not related to its quantity, but to its characteristics and capabilities.
To date, the number of serial Su-30CM exceeded six dozen. At the same time, the number of aircraft built and lifted into the air is constantly growing. So, on November 15, the first flights of two serial fighters took place in Irkutsk. It is interesting that, unlike some other serial "brothers", the new aircraft went on the first flight, having received all the necessary coloring. This feature of the machines makes it possible to predict the places of their future service, and the future belonging of one of the fighters can be determined with one hundred percent accuracy.
Su-30SM board number "70 blue" during its first flight, 15 November 2016. Photo by CAS / Forums.airforce.ru
One of the newest Su-30CM received a modern color of the domestic armed forces with gray upper surfaces and a blue bottom. By car were applied identification marks of naval aviation. The aircraft has already been assigned the tail number "70 blue". The serial number of the machine is 10MK5 1406. Coloring and identification marks clearly indicate that the newest fighter will go to serve in one of the fleet air bases. However, accurate data on future machine operators are not yet available, although certain assumptions are being made.
The well-known blog BMPD suggests that the Su-30CM “70 Blue” will replenish the fleet of vehicles of the 72-th aviation base of the Baltic Fleet aviation (Chernyakhovsk airfield). Currently, the squadron of this base is armed with Su-24M strike aircraft and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft. The transfer of the airbase of a new multi-role fighter can be the first step in re-equipping the squadron, with subsequent transfer to a new technique. However, the transfer of the aircraft 72-th base may be delayed due to some problems.
According to BMPD, the issue of transferring fighters to an air base has not yet been resolved, which is why the 10 th center for combat use and retraining of flight personnel of naval aviation (Yeisk) can become the first operator of the 5MK1406 859 machine. In this case, the 859 Center will become the temporary owner of the fighter. The transfer of the aircraft 72 th air base will occur only after the complete solution of all existing issues and the final approval of plans to re-equip its squadrons.
The aircraft with the tail number "70 Blue" is one of the X-NUMX Su-28CM fighters ordered for naval aviation. Within the four contracts executed with 30 of the year, the industry has already built 2014 fighters. 11 machines were handed over to the customer and now serve as part of the 9-th separate naval attack aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet (Saki, Crimea). One more Su-43CM with serial number 30МК10 5 and onboard "1403 blue", as well as with the name "Irkutsk" is planned to be sent to the same Crimean airfield by the end of this year. Until the end of this decade, naval aviation will have to receive more 45 fighters, including an aircraft that first took off several days ago.
Also 15 November in Irkutsk, the first flight of the Su-30CM fighter with the serial number 10МК5 1407 and the onboard "37 blue" took place. The characteristic color of this board leaves no doubt about the future owners of the car. The colors of the Russian flag and stylized Air Force flags on the keels clearly indicate that this multipurpose fighter will soon be handed over to the Russian Vityaz aerobatic team, which is part of the 237-th Center for displaying aviation equipment of the Russian Air Force. I. N. Kozhedub. It should be noted that the "37 blue" is not the first aircraft of its type for the aerobatic team. He, apparently, will enter the second batch of equipment for her.
Solemn ceremony of the transfer of new equipment "Russian Vityaz", October 14 2016. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
Until recently, the pilots of the “Russian Knights” group flew several Su-27 fighter jets. This technique has high characteristics, but the planes available to the group were built in the early nineties, because of which they were physically outdated and required replacement. A few years ago it was decided to move the aerobatic team to a new technique. The newest Su-30CM fighters were chosen as future workhorses.
According to reports, the "Russian Knights" were able to get acquainted with new aircraft in 2013 year. The pilots appreciated the new technique and compared it with the existing machines of old models. Products of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant was highly appreciated. In addition, the pilots from Kubinka wanted to start the operation of such equipment. In 2014, the command of the armed forces took into account the wishes of the pilots and confirmed the future re-equipment of the aerobatic team. Soon began the process of retraining pilots on new equipment.
The first Su-30CM in a characteristic tricolor color were transferred to the "Russian Knights" a little more than a month ago. On October 14, four fighters of the first batch with numbers from “30 blue” to “33 blue” arrived at the Kubinka airfield. A solemn ceremony was devoted to the transfer of the first aircraft of the new type, in which Colonel-General Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, Commander-in-Chief of the All-Union Flight Command Force, Oleg Pankov, Chief Designer of the Fighter, and Oleg Demchenko, President of the Irkut Corporation, took part.
A new aircraft for the aerobatic team is landing in Kubinka. Photo of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
A few days ago, domestic media reported the start of the procedure for accepting a second batch of fighters destined for the Russian Knights group. Within a few days, the specialists of the manufacturer and representatives of the customer had to study the state of the equipment, check the operation of its systems and conduct various tests. Further, it was planned to conduct several test flights. After completion of the required checks, the aircraft will have to go to Kubinka, to the place of permanent deployment. Judging by the numbers of the already transferred vehicles, the 37 Blue fighter, which took off for the first time on November 15, will become part of the second batch of aircraft.
After the completion of ongoing inspections and delivery of a new batch of equipment at the airfield in Kubinka, eight Su-30CM aircraft will be based with the inscriptions "Russian Knights" on board. The delivery of eight new fighters will significantly upgrade the material part of the flight team, and also affect its capabilities accordingly. A number of characteristic features of the new multi-purpose fighters allows us to hope for the appearance of new elements and pilotage figures in the “Russian Knights” program.
The renewal of the fleet of aerobatic equipment is an important event, but the main goal of the program for the construction of new fighters is still the re-equipment of combat units. To date, the VKS and the Navy have received more than six dozen Su-30CM, which have already been mastered by personnel and are actively used for their intended purpose. Pilots of various aviation formations perform various combat training tasks, including those associated with special loads and even records. One of these challenging workouts took place on November 16.
The first batch of Su-30SM for "Russian Knights". Photo of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The press service of the Eastern Military District reports on the conduct of regular training, in which the crews of one of the fighter regiments were involved. During this event, several crews of Su-30CM fighters completed the flight with the maximum allowable range and duration. Each crew spent more than 3,5 hours in the air. The number of fighters involved in the training was not specified, but it is reported that in total all the crews covered the distance of about 45 thousand kilometers.
In order to improve and improve the skills of the personnel, mixed crews consisting of experienced and young pilots were involved in the training. Working together, pilots with different experiences received a good opportunity to improve their skills in the long-term control of the aircraft and learn to fly to the maximum range. Due to the large length of the routes, the personnel were able to work out the management of fighters in different weather conditions, over different terrain landscapes and at different locations of alternate aerodromes.
In parallel with the operation of the new aviation technology and the improvement of the skills of the personnel, the transfer of multi-purpose fighters to the combat units continues. The last procedure for the transfer of serial Su-30CM to the Aerospace Forces took place a few weeks ago. At the end of October, the 31 th fighter aviation regiment of the 1 th mixed aviation division of the 4 th army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Southern Military District (Millerovo, Rostov Region) received two fighters with 29 Red and 30 Red onboard numbers. Interestingly, these aircraft were completed and lifted into the air in the spring, becoming the first Su-30CM 2016 year of release.
Su-30SM "29 Red" decreases from Irkutsk to Millerovo, October 19 2016. Photo by Ivan-stalich.livejournal.com
From October 2015 to February 2016, the 31 th Fighter Aviation Regiment managed to receive two dozen Su-30CM fighters (01-12, 21-28 numbers, red). With two new cars, the number of new equipment reached 22 units. Apparently, in the next few months, the Miller pilots will receive two new fighters, after which the acquisition of the regiment with aircraft will be completed.
Being one of the newest developments in the family of aviation technology based on the Su-27 fighter, the new Su-30CM differs from its predecessors in a mass of innovations that have a positive effect on its capabilities. For example, one of the main features of this machine is the use of AL-31FP turbojet engines up to 12500 kgf, equipped with a rotating nozzle. Such a power plant can give the aircraft high flight characteristics, as well as increase maneuverability by changing the thrust vector.
Su-30CM is equipped with a modern set of on-board radio-electronic equipment, characterized by high performance. The basis of the fighter's avionics is a multipurpose radar with a phased antenna array H011 "Bars". This product is able to monitor the situation in the air and on the ground, searching, detecting and tracking various objects. Multiple targets may be fired simultaneously.
The nomenclature of weapons of a multi-purpose fighter includes various aviation controls, guided and unguided bombs and missiles of various types. The composition of the weapon is selected in accordance with the objectives of the combat departure. There are 12 pylons under the wing and fuselage to accommodate the outboard armament. Also, the fighter has a built-in 30-mm gun.
Due to its high performance and corresponding combat capabilities, the Su-30CM multi-role fighter can rightfully be considered one of the best domestic aircraft of its class. As confirmation of this thesis, we can consider the existence of several contracts for the supply of such equipment already concluded by the Ministry of Defense. To date, the Russian armed forces in the face of naval aviation and aerospace forces have received several dozen aircraft, and over the next years the number of such equipment should increase significantly. In this situation, the Su-30CM really has all the chances to become the most massive fighter of the Russian military aviation, making a significant contribution to strengthening the country's defense capability.
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