How to turn a Su-30 fighter into a “Super Dry”: a “recipe” from Malaysia


Years after Malaysia acquired Su-30MKM fighter jets, it became obvious that since then there have been serious technological advances that require modernization of aircraft.


A powerful fighter, but there are complaints


The Royal Air Force (RMAF) must decide on the need to improve its air fleet, despite the fact that the Russian-made fighter is an excellent and powerful platform

- writes Malaysia flying herald, offering his recipe for introducing innovations that will turn a fighter into a "Super Dry."

In total, RMAF purchased 18 aircraft of this type, which were created on the basis of the Su-30MKI model operated by the Indian Air Force. According to the publication, the aircraft purchased by New Delhi were equipped with Russian, Indian and Israeli systems. However, on Malaysian fighters, Western equipment was used instead of technology from Tel Aviv.

Now it is time to review this package. According to the designated publication, modernization should affect four key elements - weapons, a laser-guided guidance unit, a radar station and an electronic warfare complex.



What to get rid of


The Royal Air Force has already been able to adapt the new R-77 missile from Vympel Design Bureau, however, “it is important that they [Su-30MKM] be equipped with autonomous cruise missiles” - such as Brahmos. The [French company] Thales Damocles laser guidance system is also close to obsolescence, so it should be replaced with the newer Thales TALIOS, which are already on the Rafale fighter jets ordered by India.

The radar from the scientific research institute of instrumentation type H011M Bars, which is just a passive electronic scanning system, should be replaced by AFAR, which will provide the crew of the Su-30MKM with a higher level of situational awareness

- indicates the publication.

The current electronic warfare complex from the Russian KNIRTI model SAP-518 should be supplemented with a jamming module SAP-14 ["Tarantula", electronic warfare of group protection], which "will make Malaysian Flankers a formidable electronic warfare platform." And this is despite the fact that the Royal Air Force does not have a separate aircraft specialized for this role.

Installing Pylon X [apparently one of the holders of local design] will allow the use of laser-guided [American] Paveway II bombs. The same pylon will make it possible to place the tactical aerial bait ADM-141 [US production, false target simulating a cruise missile]. Combined with the [Russian] X-31 anti-radar missiles, this will seriously enhance the ability to suppress air defense and missile defense systems.

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  1. iouris 13 February 2020 23: 54 New
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    Lucky people are: they are warm and have a lot of palm oil, which is very fond of in the northern country.
    1. bars1 14 February 2020 00: 06 New
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      What does Malaysia have to do with it? Problems in ,, northern country "where palm oil is added anywhere.
      1. iouris 14 February 2020 00: 11 New
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        Quote: bars1
        What does Malaysia have to do with it?

        And no one blames her: she is lucky. Driving to someone who is lucky.
  2. Lexus 13 February 2020 23: 55 New
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    "Recipe" from Malaysia

    No thanks! Pop your palm oil yourself.stop
  3. voyaka uh 13 February 2020 23: 58 New
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    In short: replace all avionics, starting with the radar.
    This is half the cost of the aircraft.
    1. Victor_B 14 February 2020 00: 05 New
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      And eat the fish and don’t choke on the bone!
      If I were to put Nikanor Ivanovich’s lips to Ivan Kuzmich’s nose, take some swagger like Baltazar Baltazarych’s, and perhaps add Ivan Pavlovich’s further burden to it, I would immediately decide.
    2. iouris 14 February 2020 00: 12 New
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      Quote: voyaka uh
      This is half the cost of the aircraft.

      And if the plane is cheap?
    3. dauria 14 February 2020 00: 39 New
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      This is half the cost of the aircraft.


      Warrior, again you are for the old. These times, when they sold an apartment for a VCR, remained in the 80s. Now the aluminum case of the smartphone is more expensive than the filling.
  4. bars1 14 February 2020 00: 04 New
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    Good recipe. The leadership of the RF Ministry of Defense needs to follow it for the Russian Su-30SM, with the exception of the French sighting and navigation container, Pylon X and ADM-141, well, and Paveway, of course.
    We also have such a niche as a more powerful engine from the Su-35S that they want to install on the new modification of the Su-30SM
    1. seti 14 February 2020 00: 23 New
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      In addition to a more powerful engine and new avionics, it would be nice to think about a long-range anti-ship missile based on Brahmos or our oxyx. Even one on this fighter if several of them are already a lot of power.
      1. bayard 14 February 2020 16: 18 New
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        It is better to wait for Zircon, its air launch has been practiced since 2012 (and even the first such launch in 2012 was successful). When the new version of the Su-30 appears, the Zircon should already be in service.
        And “Bramos” with an air start, this is a lightweight version for Indians and for export. She has a range of 300 km.
        For surface purposes now there is already a “Dagger” on the MiG-31, there were already 30 of them half a year ago. To have such a squadron in each direction is already a big deal. And there will be another 30 pcs. Tu-22M3M modernized under the media just "Daggers" and "Zircons."
        Performance MiG-31 - every 1,5 hours with a recharge.
        And let the Su-30 naval aviation engage in air targets, reconnaissance and all sorts of little things, on which the X-35 \ 31 is enough.
        1. seti 14 February 2020 21: 50 New
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          The range of "Bramos" is generally 400 km. Yes there are “daggers” and there are 20 MiG-31K carrier aircraft and several converted Tu-22M3Ms for 4 missiles each. But you understand - there are catastrophically few of them. Repairs, those maintenance does not increase their number. The “dagger” and, in the long term, “zircon” are good for large purposes - these are too expensive weapons to spend on small things. In addition to the aircraft carriers themselves, there are a very significant number of escort ships. And how many of them will reach the goal? There are also transport ships. We need a truly massive blow. What? Su-30SM is ideal - there are a lot of them, they are designed for two pilots, they can work in conjunction with the A-50. Each of them is capable of carrying 3 (!) Bramos-type rockets, the rocket weighs 2,5 tons, its speed is 2,8 times higher than the speed of sound.
          And in your 1.5 hours will happen ..
          1. bayard 15 February 2020 01: 07 New
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            About the lightweight "Bramos" air-based I heard / read that the Indians themselves stated its range of 300 km. 400 - 500 km - range of land / ship. And I heard (maybe they even changed their minds) that the lite version of the “Bramos” of the RF Ministry of Defense was not interested. Apparently waiting for something more serious.
            About the fact that for half a year as 30 MiG-31 modernized under the "Dagger", I heard just half a year ago. May your information about 20 pcs. available and more accurate, but in any case, by the end of this year they should be in service at least 30. Apparently 10 for each operational area: Pacific Fleet, Northern Fleet, Black Sea Fleet (work in the Black Sea-Mediterranean direction and the Middle East).
            Tu-22M3M when they still will be, but still they will.
            There are already Su-30SMs in naval aviation, but they also have an air defense function (as a rule, one squadron specializes in providing air defense for the Fleet, and the second - strike functions).
            The Su-30 is armed with such anti-ship missiles as the Kh-35 (subsonic, range up to 260 km.) And Kh-31 (supersonic direct-flow in the pure version of the anti-ship missiles, as well as the anti-radar version).
            Consider the actions of the fleet against the enemy’s AUG (or KUG) in a separate operational area. Based on the available, rather limited forces - 10 MiG-31K and regiment (two squadrons) of Su-30 SM.
            The task is to destroy the enemy’s ACG at a distance of 1000 - 1500 km from the base.
            10 MiG-31K and 12 (squadron) of Su-30SM strike are participating in the strike.
            The first blow is inflicted by the MiG-31K 10th "Dagger". The probability of hitting the target will be estimated as ... 70% ... even 60%.
            Three missiles hit the AB, the other three - the largest warrant ships - cruisers and destroyers. The aircraft carrier is out of order, it no longer launches airplanes, three warrant ships, if they stay afloat, are also out of order and are fighting for survivability.
            MiG-31 went to reload. We give them not 1,5 (full-time), but 2 or even 3 hours.
            The second wave at low altitude enters the link (4 pcs.) Of the Su-30SM with X-31 in anti-radar design, 4 missiles on each, total 16 X-31. Which attack from a distance of about 200 km. surviving warrant ships, who still have radar. Suppose there are still 4 large ships left in the warrant (cruiser \ destroyer), which means that there will be 4 pieces for each. X-31. With a high degree of probability, the remaining ships go blind and begin to repair the damage.
            At about the same time, the launch of their X-35s is carried out by the remaining 8 Su-30 SMs, each with at least 4 X-35s (but maybe 6) on board, from about the same distance - 200 km.
            What does the second Su-30SM squadron do?
            Provides cover for attacking groups.
            After the strike, the Su-30 SM also goes to reload, and the cover squadron remains in the air (it can take a long time to barrage) and insures against a possible attack by the surviving enemy aircraft (suddenly some of them were in the air during the strike) and a strike from surviving escort ships.
            By the time of the landing approach, the Su-30SM and MiG-31K strike squadrons are again flying into the air, because at least 2 hours have passed since their first take-off, and delivering a second - final (?) Strike to the enemy’s ACG. The probability of hitting in this strike will be estimated at 80 - 90% for counteraction against ship’s air defense is no longer expected, and the missile is very difficult to intercept ... many consider it practically unbreakable by modern means of ship’s enemy air defense systems.
            Then there was an additional reconnaissance and safety approach of the Su-30SM squadron with an updated ammunition.

            Here is a spherical horse in a vacuum. Without taking into account the counteraction of the enemy’s basic aviation and the possibility of the enemy delivering a preemptive strike to our bases.
            From which it follows that it is desirable to have at least two Su-30SM regiments, MiG-31 squadrons and at least 4 units of Tu-22M3 \ M3M in each operational direction. In a ready state.
            While this is not there, but soon we can count on such forces in our main areas - Northern Fleet, Pacific Fleet, Black Sea Fleet.
            The Indian “Bramos” light might not hurt, but it seems that the bet is still on something else. Perhaps it is he - Zircon.
            And of course, the A-50, or even the A-100, wouldn’t hurt in our fictional operation, but it seems that their number is so small, and the modernization of the A-50s is going on ... traditionally, that ... we rely on lighting ZGRLS type "Container" in the West, and soon (as they say) in the East.
            And if, by the time of the operation we are considering, the Zircon will be in service, the decision of the BR will look like a total “beating of infants.”
            From the "all-seeing eye" of the Container, one cannot hide either at a distance of up to 3000 km, or even at a distance of 5000 - 6000 km (second jump).
            Long-range missiles (Dagger, Zircon) disable all large ships of the warrant and the AB itself, and then from a distance of about 200 km. they will methodically pursue less expensive missiles. If required, a long-range missile strike can be repeated.
            And a similar operation is possible in principle now ...
  5. Sergey39 14 February 2020 00: 18 New
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    Sukhoi should answer: Any whim for your money!
  6. Pavel57 14 February 2020 00: 26 New
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    Hindus have long been putting in the cost of the life cycle of a major modernization after half their life.
    1. Elephant 14 February 2020 10: 19 New
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      And they’re doing it right.
  7. Ggc1 14 February 2020 00: 49 New
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    Dude from the ground staff, the one in the green vest - Oscar for his acting skills and +100 to the power of a fighter)))
    1. kit88 14 February 2020 01: 16 New
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      This dude is called the "Aviation Technician Aircraft." Starley post.
  8. Well done 14 February 2020 01: 38 New
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    Local Kulibins are now fantasizing. Not really climbed, or what. We have the 27th in the ranks, and those who wish to get to know him are equal to zero.
    1. sanya_sergant 14 February 2020 02: 10 New
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      So with us. We only have the throne of an old man - the sons will immediately draw the Su-35S and Su-34 with the question "What is necessary?"
  9. Lelik76 14 February 2020 04: 30 New
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    “The current electronic warfare complex from the Russian KNIRTI model SAP-518 should be supplemented with a jamming module SAP-14 [“ Tarantula ”, group electronic warfare electronic warfare], which“ will make Malaysian Flankers a formidable electronic warfare platform. ”And this despite the fact that the Royal Air Force does not have a separate specialized aircraft for this role. "
    They write all sorts of nonsense. SAP-14 is a detached container that can be hung on any of the 18 purchased Su-30MKM, without any reference to SAP-518. The Indians have long been in operation.
    1. Hexenmeister 14 February 2020 10: 02 New
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      Well, the words "radar from a research institute of instrumentation type H011M Bars, which is just a passive electronic scanning system," do not add respect. To begin with, let them understand the classification of radars, and not use the "bird language" of experts from the Internet.
  10. Zaurbek 14 February 2020 16: 25 New
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    And when will we offer AFAR for 4th generation fighters? Consumers already do not want to buy airplanes without this option.