Sukhoi Holding Company (Russia) will cannibalize Su-30K fighters previously operated by India if it fails to find a buyer for the vehicles, Lenta.ru reports.
According to a source close to the military-technical cooperation system, Rosoboronexport has not found a buyer for six jets of the type yet. The fighters are stationed in the territory of aircraft repair plant No. 558 located in Baranovichi (Belarus).
At present 18 Su-30K are stationed in Belarus. Last November a representative of Rosoboronexport, Mikhail Zavaliy, said that the state company has managed to find a buyer for a number of these jets. It was reported in January 2014 that Russia agreed to deliver 12 fighters of the type to Angola and provide the country with a $1 billion export credit.
It is expected that the first batch of the fighters will be delivered to the customer in 2015; despite the fact that delivery of the first three jets was scheduled for September 2014 (three more fighters should have been delivered to Angola in November 2014 and the rest vehicles – in 2015). No country is interested in purchasing the rest six jets. Rosoboronexport declined to comment on the future of the remaining Su-30K fighters.
Su-30K jets were delivered to India under a contract signed in 1996. Under this agreement Russia should have delivered Su-30MKI fighters to Indian air forces, however, it was decided in 1997-1999 to deliver 18 Su-30K fighters to the customer (simplified configuration). Such agreement was reached because Russia was unable to deliver Su-30MKI fighters on time.
Later Russia delivered 18 Su-30MKI jets to India. At the same time Su-30K aircraft were returned to Russia on paper only. The jets were stationed in India until July 2011 and then the vehicles were delivered to aircraft repair plant No. 558 located in Baranovichi (Belarus) in order to be overhauled. Belarusian Ministry of Defense expressed interest in purchasing the jets earlier.