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HA9502 Su-30SM Flanker C Blue 77, Russian Air Force, 2019

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.

Russia’s MAKS is an International aviation and space show designed to showcase Russian aviation and generate sales of their products. The event is a biennial and held during odd number years and is located at the Zhukovsky International Airport. In 2019 MAKS 2019 took place and one aircraft that displayed was Su-30SM RF-81881 Blue 77 that bore the name “Kaliningrad”. In 1945 WWII battle between Germany and the Soviets took place at Königsberg with the Germans surrendering. In 1946 Königsberg became Kaliningrad in honor of a Soviet leader.

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
Length – 21.94 m Wingspan – 14.7 m Height – 6.36 m
Empty - 17,700 kg Loaded – 24,900 kg Maximum – 34,500 kg
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
Gun – 1 X 30 mm
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