Feb 13, 2014
Russian Air Force to Get 21 Su-30 Fighter Jets in 2014
Irkut has delivered 16 Su-30SM planes so far. An additional 21 aircraft will be supplied this year. Irkut and the Defense Ministry have signed three separate contracts on the delivery of 65 Su-30SM fighters by 2016. The aircraft will be delivered as fully equipped squadrons.
The Su-30SM is the latest development of the twin-seat Su-30 jet fighter family, a derivative of the long-serving single-seat Sukhoi Su-27.
The new aircraft has better radar and communications capabilities, an improved friend-or-foe system, a new ejection seat and new weapons. It also has thrust-vectoring engine nozzles.