Russian Naval Aviation to Receive 100 New Aircraft By 2020

RIA Novosti Sputnik06.01.2017 Russia
Russian Naval Aviation to Receive 100 New Aircraft By 2020

Russian Naval Aviation to Receive 100 New Aircraft By 2020

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Russian Naval Aviation will receive some 100 new aircraft before 2020, Major General Igor Kozhin, Naval Aviation Chief said.

Kozhin added that in 2017-2020 Russian Naval Aviation would receive MiG 29-K and MiG-29KUB fighter aircraft.

“In accordance with the existing program of modernization and renewal of the naval aviation aircraft fleet, about 100 new aircraft will enter service before 2020,” Kozhin told journalists.

It is also planned to update the fleet of attack helicopters, replacing Ka-29 helicopters with Ka-52K Katran helicopters, according to Kozhin.

In June 2016, the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Naval Aviation have received more than 60 Su-30SM multirole fighters, Production Director of Russia’s Irkut Corporation Sergei Yamanov then said.

The Su-30SM is produced by Irkutsk’s aircraft manufacturer under the contact with the Russian Defense Ministry. The Su-30SM has been supplied to the Aerospace Forces since 2012, to the Naval Aviation since 2014.

The Su-30SM is a 4++ generation fighter jet, developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company.

“Currently, Irkutsk’s aircraft manufacturer [Irkut Corporation] constructed and supplied to the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy 61 Su-30SM fighters,” Yamanov told RIA Novosti.

It is a two-seat derivative of the earlier Su-27UB (NATO reporting name: Flanker) capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions. The aircraft features thrust-vectoring engines to enhance maneuverability. 

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