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HA9501 Su-30SM Flanker C Red 03, 31st Fighter Aviation Regiment,
Russian Air Force, 2015

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The Sukhoi Su-30, initially named Su-27PU, is a two-seat multi-role fighter that evolved from the Su-27UB trainer version. The Su-30 was given new avionics and weapons for ground attack abilities. The aircraft began production in 1992 and in 1996 was renamed Su-30, NATO name is Flanker. The Su-30 has several variants, India has the MKI, Algeria has the MKA and Malaysia the MKM and Russia the SM. These 4 variants all have thrust vectoring and canards for added stability to compensate for the nose-heavy radars. There are several other Su-30 variants without canards.

The 31st IAP (Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment) is based at Millerovo near the Ukrainian border. They retired their MiG-29s for the newer Su-30SM fighters to equip two squadrons. There are 16 Su-30SMs numbers 01 – 11 and 21 – 28. The Su-30SM is based on the export version built for India. The Russian Air Force ordered 60 Su-30SM with the Russian Navy ordering 12 for their carriers and plan on ordering 48 additional for their land based units. In 2015 the 31th Aviation Regiment Red 03 was stationed at Khmeimim AB Syria.

Su-30SM specifications
Developer - JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau
Number produced – 138
Maiden flight – September 21, 2012
Role - Multirole fighter
NATO name – Flanker C
Crew – 2
Dimensions Length – 21.94 m Wingspan – 14.7 m Height – 6.36 m Weight Empty- 17,700 kg Loaded – 24,900 kg Maximum – 34,500 kg
Performance Speed – Mach 1.9 Service ceiling – 17,300 m Range – 3,000 km Power plant 2 X AL-31FP Saturn/Lyulka engines Thrust – 7,6770 / 12,500+ kgf
Armament Gun – 1 X 30 mm Hardpoints – 12 Missiles – Air-To-Air R-27, R-73, R-77 Missiles – Air-To-Ground FAB-100 / 250 / 500 KAB-500 / 1,500 Kh-29, Kh-31, Kh-59 OFAB-100-120 / 250-270 S-8 / 13 / 25