Russian Naval Aviation to Get 2 Su-30SM Advanced Fighters

Sputnik14.04.2017 Bahrain
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Russian Naval Aviation will receive two Su-30SM advanced fighters in late April, Navy Spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said.

The ceremony will take place at the airfield of the Irkutsk Aviation Plantm according to Dygalo.

“In the last decade of April, the naval aviation will receive two Su-30SM multi-role advanced fighters in the framework of the program aimed at rearmament of the units,” Dygalo said.

He added that the Russian forces would get another three aircraft by the end of the year.

Su-30SM is a two-seat fighter jet capable to carry advanced high-precision air-to-air as well as air-to-surface weapons.

Meanwhile, India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) company signed last month an agreement with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and United Engine Corporation (UEC) for the long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

The agreement was signed by UAC President Yuri Slyusar, UEC Director General Alexander Artyukhov and HAL Chairman Suvarna Raju.

The agreement would allow “to increase efficiency of aircraft maintenance support,” according to UAC.

“In the framework of cooperation programs with India, one of our priority tasks is to increase the speed and quality of after-sales service, forming a comprehensive system of customer support,” UEC Head said, adding that the signed deal would contribute to these objectives.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI super-maneuverable fighter jet is a version of the Su-30MK developed for India by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. The Indian Air Force has a fleet of over 230 Russia-designed aircraft built under license by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Moscow and New Delhi have enjoyed mutually beneficial relations, especially in the field of defense and military cooperation, since the Soviet times. Russian military export to India amounts to more than $4.5 billion annually. 

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