The Air Force of Kazakhstan continues to increase the number of Russian multipurpose Su-30SM fighters. According to the Kazakh military department, another batch of aircraft arrived in the republic.
A flight of multipurpose Su-30SM landed at Karaganda aviation base named after the hero of the Soviet Union Nurken Abdirov, having made a flight from Irkutsk. The transfer of fighters from the Irkutsk aircraft plant was carried out by Russian pilots.
At the airbase, a solemn meeting was held for Russian fighters, which was attended by the Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan, Lieutenant General Nurlan Yermekbayev and the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces of Kazakhstan, Lieutenant General of Aviation Nurlan Ormanbetov.
The Su-30SM will significantly increase the ability to cover troops and objects from air attacks, detect and destroy air and ground targets. Thanks to them, the combat potential of the Armed Forces will increase
- said the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces, Aviation Lieutenant General Nurlan Ormanbetov.
The previous batch of Su-30SM fighters, also in the amount of 4 pieces, arrived at the Karaganda airbase in early November this year. Taking into account the newly arrived aircraft, the number of Su-30SM in the Air Force of Kazakhstan has reached 24 units. Earlier, 16 Su-30SM received the 604th air base of the NWO of Kazakhstan in Taldy-Kurgan.
As explained in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic, the Su-30SM fighters enter the Air Force under an agreement with the Russian Federation and the program for rearmament of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan. Aircraft deliveries began in 2015. In total, the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan plans to purchase 36 super-maneuverable Su-30SM fighters.