Multi-role Su-30SM fighter of the Russian air forces is being showcased at International Kazakhstan Defense Expo 2014 (KADEX – 2014) held in Astana on May 22nd – 25th 2014, press-service of the Russian air forces reports.
The jet is taking part in the show in accordance with the invitation from Kazakh Ministry of Defense.
Su-30SM fighter is being piloted by the chief test pilot of Irkut Corporation, Hero of Russia, Vyacheslav Averyanov, and the head of department – instructor pilot of the State Aircraft Staff Training and Operational Testing Center of the Ministry of Defense (Lipetsk), Lieutenant Colonel, Ashot Arustamov.
In the network of demonstration flights the crew will demonstrate the unique capabilities of Su-30SM supermaneuverable fighter.
The multi-role Su-30SM fighter manufactured by Irkut Corporation is derived from Su-30MKI jet. The new fighter has been upgraded in accordance with the requirements of Russian Ministry of Defense in terms of radar, radio communications systems, friend-or-foe identification system, ejection seats, weapons and a number of systems.
The two-seat Su-30SM supermaneuverable fighter is fitted with radar with the phased antenna array and it is capable of using the advanced high-precision “air-to-air” and “air-to-surface” weapons.
The first Su-30SM was delivered to Russian air forces in 2013.