Ugandan Su-30 pilots threaten to leave
Uganda Su-30 fighter pilots leave the country's air force. Two out of eight recently trained Su-30 pilots have already resigned, and the remaining six are threatening to do the same. It's all about money, or rather, their absence. Fighter pilots aviation Uganda gets $ 500 a month, and foreign pilots get $ 8000 a month for the same job. Ugandan pilots working for civilian airlines receive the same salary as foreign pilots, Ugandan military pilots require the same conditions. The Ugandan government promised its Su-30 pilots to raise salaries last year, but the money never arrived.
Last year, Uganda received six Russian Su-30 fighters, paying $ 124 a million for each. The cost also includes maintenance and training. This deal was seriously criticized locally, not least because a third of Uganda’s foreign exchange reserves were spent on it. Such high prices also indicate possible kickbacks when making a deal.
The Ugandan government justifies the need to purchase modern MiG-29 jet fighters by the presence of these aircraft from regional neighbors such as Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. On the other hand, many neighbors can now feel obliged to also modernize their air force. About five years ago, oil was discovered in Uganda, so Uganda now has something to defend and be than to pay for it. Maintaining the Su-30 in flight condition costs several million dollars a year. In the last fifty years, most African countries that received modern fighter jets did not maintain their technical condition at the proper level, and these fighters eventually became useless and were constantly on the ground.
The 37-ton and Su-30 is the approximate equivalent of the X-NUMX-ton and the American F-25. Like the F-15 Su-15, the Su-27 is available in several versions. India acquired the Su-30MKI, which are more like two-seater F-30E fighter-bombers. The Indian aircraft was equipped with French and Israeli electronics. Despite this, Su-15MKI was worth less than half of what Uganda paid. Su-30 capable of carrying more than eight tons of bombs and hit targets at a distance of more than 30 kilometers.