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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.

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  1. taseka
    taseka April 28 2012 06: 27
    500 to 8000 ratio according to the principle "Hit your own so that strangers would be afraid!"
    1. vadimus
      vadimus April 28 2012 08: 26
      Ethiop your mother! Pyatihatka in Africa is no longer money? bully
      1. Норд
        Норд April 28 2012 10: 51
        Circus. Pepelats bought a cab and slippers no tanga. Africa is one word. But seriously, then for that kind of money you can keep a dozen pilots for one car.
    2. Uralm
      Uralm April 28 2012 12: 18
      Wow! Uganda has Su-30 fighters!
      1. Yarbay
        Yarbay April 28 2012 12: 22
        Ural !! I'm also in shock)))))))))))
  2. sazhka0
    sazhka0 April 28 2012 06: 35
    What the crap .. So Mig or Su.?
  3. Vanek
    Vanek April 28 2012 06: 42
    Two out of eight recently trained pilots

    But were there pilots at all?
    1. YARY
      YARY April 28 2012 07: 31
      Now imagine - everyone will start the same song laughing
      Nah only in Russia there can be people for whom the Oath is not an empty phrase !!!!
      1. Armata
        Armata April 28 2012 15: 45
        Quote: Ardent
        only in Russia there can be people for whom the Oath is not an empty phrase !!!!

        I absolutely agree.
        I wonder when the Amer pilots at least the strike begins? Maybe send them this article wink I would have a good laugh. laughing
  4. itr
    itr April 28 2012 06: 44
    Ethiopians are not insolent want 8 pieces to receive
    I wonder how much ours get? I think until recently there was nothing more, plus the lack of apartments
    I think it will not work, but hijacking will work to the fullest laughing
  5. Trailer
    Trailer April 28 2012 07: 43
    Ours there, and even for 4 thousands per month. It would be nice already! And so, Uganda is a local manufacturer, well, or a pilot, it is necessary to support!
    1. Recon
      Recon April 28 2012 09: 42
      There are a lot of our pilots (civilians) in Africa.
      1. Trailer
        Trailer April 28 2012 10: 05
        This is another question, I'm talking about military pilots! After all, they retire early, and there they earn extra money - God himself ordered!
  6. crusader
    crusader April 28 2012 08: 46
    For every 124 million bucks ..... even too expensive (((((((((and apricots also know how to write off their people’s money as we do for creating an Internet site for a defense, like 50 lemons zhranuli
    1. Recon
      Recon April 28 2012 09: 43
      Kickbacks and corruption.
    2. Jaguar
      Jaguar April 28 2012 10: 00
      Maybe there is maintenance for 30 years in advance
    3. Trailer
      Trailer April 28 2012 10: 06
      But what a tetris there, on the site! I played the same with my granny at work in the year so 1995!
    4. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov April 28 2012 11: 15
      Of course expensive, but losing oil is even more expensive. And those who want to pick her up are unmeasured and armed to the teeth
  7. Horde
    Horde April 28 2012 09: 17
    The 37-ton Su-30 is an approximate equivalent of the 25-ton American F-15.

    the weight data of the planes in the article are somehow incorrect, here are the data from the Internet.
    Su-30MK modification
    Wingspan, m 14.70
    Aircraft Length m 21.90
    Aircraft height, m ​​6.40
    Wing area, m2 62.00
    normal takeoff 24900
    maximum take-off 34500
    Fuel Weight, kg
    normal xnumx
    maximum 9640
    Engines 2 TRDDF AL-31FP
    Thrust, kgf 2 x 12800
    Maximum speed km / h
    at an altitude of 2125 (M = 2.0)
    off the ground xnumx
    Practical range, km
    without refueling 3000
    with one air refueling 5200
    Practical ceiling, m 17300
    Max. 9 operational overload
    Crew 2
    Armament: 30-mm cannon GSH-301 with 150 rounds of ammunition, mounted on the right in the influx of the wing.
    12 kg of combat load is suspended on 8000 pylons
    (In this case, each individual pylon can take up to 1500 kg.)
    It includes:
    up to 6 air-to-air missiles of types R-27R / ER /, R-73E and R-77 (RVV-AE) or 2 R-27P (EP), R-27T1 (ET1)
    up to 6 air-to-surface URs of types Х-29Т / Л, Х-25МЛ, Х-25ЛД, Х-31А / П and С-25Л; or 2 UR X-59ME
    6 air bombs KAB-500KR, KAB-500OD or
    3 KAB-1500KR, KAB-1500L
    free-falling bombs of caliber from 100 to 500 kg; 8 bombing cartridges RBC-500 SPBE-D;
    up to 8 incendiary tanks ZB-500 PT
    NURS S-8, S-13 and S-25.
    Suspension of containers with REP equipment, laser rangefinder-targeting systems, and IR stations is also provided.


    Crew: 2 person
    Length: 19,4 m
    Wingspan: 13,05 m
    Height: 5,63 m
    Wing area: 56,5 m
    Wing Profile: NACA 64A006.6 wing root, NACA 64A203 wingtip
    Weight empty: 14 300 kg
    Curb weight: 28 440 kg
    Maximum takeoff weight: 36 700 kg
    Fuel mass: 5952 kg (in internal tanks)
    Engines: 2 TRDDF Pratt & Whitney F100F100-229
    maximum thrust: 2 79,18 kN
    afterburner thrust: 2 129 kN
    [edit] Flight performance
    Maximum speed: 2660 km / h (Mach 2,5)
    Cruising speed: 917 km / h
    Range of flight: 3900 km
    Combat radius:
    when flying on a mixed profile with PTB: 1270 km
    at low altitude: 600 km
    at low altitude with PTB: 800 km
    Ceiling: 18 300 m
    Rate of climb: 250 m / s (15 m / min)
    Maximum operational overload: +9
    [edit] Armament
    Gun: 120 mm (M61); ammunition - 510 shells
    Suspension Points: 9 (without the use of conformal fuel tanks (English) Russian)
    Combat load: up to 11 000 kg
    [edit] Avionics
    Radar: Radar with AFAR AN / APG-63 (V) 2/3/4
    [edit] Literature

    1. AlexVas44
      AlexVas44 April 21 2019 10: 29
      As if to bring the thrust of engines to one unit, the reluctance to consider it verbal .... drinks
  8. patriot2
    patriot2 April 28 2012 09: 27
    Our aviators recently received a sum similar to $ 500 and served, in general, fulfilling the oath of Russia, almost for food!
    I think in Africa, fruits are cheaper than ours, and the rest, too. Therefore, GLORY TO THE RUSSIAN PILOT, protecting our sky day and night!
    1. Professor
      April 28 2012 09: 37
      Ugandan pilots are more annoyed that the mercenaries flying next to them receive $ 8000 and in civilian life they would have received the same $ 8000 without problems. Patriotism patriotism, but no one wants to be suckers.
    2. Recon
      Recon April 28 2012 09: 46
      + To you. If the contractors have different reasons, then the officers in the army serve mainly by conviction, and not for money. Because a warrior is a calling. For example, I could earn on a citizen much more than I have now. However, I'm here. My real business has called me! wink
  9. Skiff
    Skiff April 28 2012 09: 37
    For Uganda, I think serious planes would buy something simpler.
  10. escobar
    escobar April 28 2012 10: 46
    As I understand it, techies from Russia to fly for a five-cope broke off))
  11. Num lock U.A.
    Num lock U.A. April 28 2012 13: 13
    Africa Africa, and know the difference everywhere laughing
  12. maksim
    maksim April 28 2012 21: 59
    they should watch the video "monkey with a gun" wassat
  13. AlexVas44
    AlexVas44 April 21 2019 10: 31
    Quote: Professor
    ... and in civilian life they would have received the same $ 8000 without problems.

    Just let me teach laughing