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HA9505 Su-30SM Flanker H Blue 45, 22 GvIAP, 11th Air and Air Defence Forces Army, Russian Air Force, 2020

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.

By the end of 2021, 120 Su-30 aircraft had been delivered with 18 more on order. 95 aircraft went to the RuASF with 25 to the Navy. The 22 GvIAP, 11th Air and Air Defence Forces Army, Russian Air Force Tsentralnaya Uglovaya (Vladivostok) received 3 Su-30 SM with Blue 45 being one. The 11th Red Banner Air and Air Defence Forces Army is a branch of the Russian Air Force tasked with defending the Russian Far East that covers the Eastern Military District.

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