At the aerodrome of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of OJSC Irkut Corporation (part of UAC OJSC), the Su-30SM fighter developed by Sukhoi Design Bureau and intended for the Ministry of Defense of Russia made the first flight.
As stated in a joint press release of the Sukhoi and Irkut companies, the plane was piloted by test pilots of the Sukhoi Design Bureau:
- crew commander - Sergey Kostin, test pilot of 1 class;
- navigator - Pavel Malovechko, honored test navigator of the Russian Federation.
The flight lasted 2 hours and passed without comment.
The Su-30CM multipurpose super-maneuverable fighter is a further development of the Su-30MK family of combat aircraft. Experts of the Sukhoi Design Bureau have adapted the fighter to the requirements of the Russian Air Force in terms of radar systems, radio communications and state identification, an ejection seat and a number of support systems. Also made changes to the composition of weapons.
The contract for the supply of 30 multi-purpose Su-30CM fighter aircraft to the Russian Federation Air Force in the period up to 2015 was signed by the Russian Ministry of Defense and Irkut Corporation in March 2012.
At the signing of the contract, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov stated that the upcoming entry into the Armed Forces of modern super-maneuverable two-seat Su-30SM fighters will significantly increase the combat power of the Russian Air Force. In addition, the technical capabilities of the aircraft will achieve a higher level of training for pilots, which is especially important in connection with the increase in the volume of military purchases aviation new generation technology.
Multi-purpose fighter Su-30CM made the first flight