Russian naval aviation will take on the latest Su-30SM2 fighters. According to the approved plan for the construction and procurement of aircraft and their components, a copy of which Izvestia got acquainted with, slightly more than two dozen aircraft for the Ministry of Defense should be handed over to the customer by the end of 2022. All sides will undergo special marine revision. Their official name is Su-30SM2 (Navy).
According to Izvestia’s sources, the military department is currently working on the issue of distributing new fighters between units of naval aviation. The priority for receiving new products is three fleets – Northern, Black Sea and Baltic.
The plans to purchase a batch of Su-30SM2 fighters were announced in August last year by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a visit to the Irkutsk Aviation Plant. According to him, the total cost of the order for 21 Su-30SM2 fighters and 25 Yak-130 trainer aircraft is more than 100 billion rubles.
The aircraft will be delivered to the fleet in a modernized version of the Su-30SM2. It will differ from the basic model, which already in the amount of over 130 pieces is in service with the Aerospace Forces and naval aviation, with new engines, updated radar and avionics, an expanded set of weapons and import-substituted components.
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