Pictures: Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet Naval Aviation Regiment's New Sukhoi Su-30SM

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Pictures: Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet Naval Aviation Regiment's New Sukhoi Su-30SM
 
Pictures of the latest Russian Naval Aviation fighter, the Su-30SM have emerged on Russian spotter forums. The most recent picture shows the fourth Su-30SM serial number "38" on order for the Russian Navy. The contract for the purchase of five Su-30SM for the Russian Navy was signed in December 2013. Three jets were delivered last year and the last two (including number "38") should be delivered this year. The aircraft are manufactured by Irkut Corporation (member of United Aircraft Corporation).
     
Pictures of the latest Russian Naval Aviation fighter, the Su-30SM have emerged on Russian spotter forums. The most recent picture shows the fourth Su-30SM serial number "38" on order for the Russian Navy. The contract for the purchase of five Su-30SM for the Russian Navy was signed in December 2013. Three jets were delivered last year and the last two (including number "38") should be delivered this year. The aircraft are manufactured by Irkut Corporation (member of United Aircraft Corporation).The latest Su-30SM for the Russian Navy (serial number "38") during a test flight from Irkut Corporation plant in May 2015. Picture: Alexei Korshunov / russianplanes.net (original source)
     
The first batch of five Su-30SM are intended for the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet 43rd Independent Naval Shturmovik (Assault) Air Squadron in Crimea (currently operating Su-24M and Su-24MR).

In September 2014, the Russian Ministry of Defense ordered a second batch of Su-30SM from Irkut Corporation. The new contract worth about 13 billion rubles ($250 million) is for seven Su-30SM for the Russian Navy.

A separate contract for 60 Su-30SM for the Russian Air Force was signed in March 2012 with delivery by 2016.
     
Based on the Su-30MKM and MKI variant for export, the Su-30SM is a specific variant for the Russian military produced by Irkut Corporation. The new version has been upgraded according to Russian military requirements with a new Bars-R AESA radar and specific radio communications systems, friend-or-foe identification system, ejection seats, weapons, wide-angle HUD and other aircraft systems.Su-30SM of the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet 43rd Independent Naval Shturmovik (Assault) Air Squadron in Crimea
     
Based on the Su-30MKM and MKI variant for export, the Su-30SM is a specific variant for the Russian military produced by Irkut Corporation. The new version has been upgraded according to Russian military requirements with a new Bars-R AESA radar and specific radio communications systems, friend-or-foe identification system, ejection seats, weapons, wide-angle HUD and other aircraft systems.

According to Irkut Corporation, Su-30SM are super maneuverable twin engine jets, equipped with phased array radar, thrust vectoring engines and canards. The fighter is able to use modern "air-to-air" and "air-to-surface" high-precision weapons.

The Russian Navy Su-30SM are not intended for the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov but operate from naval aviation bases on land. They have a two-tone dark gray camouflage and bear a St. Andrew's flag (Russian Navy Ensign) painting by the cockpit.
 

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