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Su-30SM: how Russia learned more precisely “to beat in the flank”

In the early 80s of the last century, the world military aviation experiencing major changes. They were associated not only with the development of new technologies and strategies for conducting air combat. Aircraft became technically more difficult, and even such superpowers as the USSR and the USA could no longer keep thousands of multi-sorted combat vehicles in service.

There is a trend towards universalization. The pioneers in this area were the Americans, adopting the F-15E "Strike Eagle", which, in addition to its destructive qualities, had the opportunity to work on land and water. Our response to the “Shock Eagle” was the Su-30, which NATO called “Flanker-C” (“Strike on the flank”).

The new aircraft was not born in the best times for the country. In 90, there was a lot of things, but definitely not military construction. Purchase of new cars was single. Then Sukhoi Design Bureau decided to create an export version of the aircraft and try to enter the international market with it. Su-30K quickly won the hearts of many armies. Later, a specially upgraded version of the Su-30MKI was developed specifically for the Indian Air Force. The car turned out to be so good that the Russian Ministry of Defense decided to put it into service, albeit with the "SM" index.

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  1. Vard
    Vard 11 January 2018 14: 17
    A very good plane ... To hit the flank ... is it in the liver or something ...
    1. HEATHER
      HEATHER 22 January 2018 19: 43
      This is not a plane. It's a fantasy. How it flies is impossible. But not for ours!
  2. Valery Saitov
    Valery Saitov 12 January 2018 13: 35
    There are already about 80 fighters of this class in service with the Russian aerospace forces. Given the new agreement, the Su-30SM will become the most massive fighter of the Russian army. The total number of cars will be 110 pieces.
    In 2018, at least 14 squadrons of these aircraft with a total of 272 units will be in service with India.
    Somehow it’s not equivalent. I think the MO needs to get more money for the VKS.
    1. Valery Saitov
      Valery Saitov 12 January 2018 13: 37
      Until 2020, it is planned to supply 116 Su-30SM fighters - 88 for the air force, and 28 for naval aviation.