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Russia's Naval Aviation to Upgrade All Su-33 Fighters to Su-30SM Level

Naval Aviation News - Russia
Russia's Naval Aviation to Upgrade All Su-33 Fighters to Su-30SM Level
All Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) fighter jets operational with Russia’s Naval Aviation will be upgraded to the Su-30SM level, Naval Aviation Chief Major-General Igor Kozhin said during MAKS 2017 air show.
SU 33 TAKR KuznetsovFile picutre: A Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) fighter jet with Admiral Kuznetsov in the background.
"Half of the Su-33 plane fleet has received advanced weapon systems designed to hit sea and land targets. In fact, their capabilities have been increased to the Su-30SM level. All Su-33 planes operational with the Naval Aviation will undergo such an upgrade," Kozhin said.

By late 2017, 60% of the fleet will meet requirements set to Naval Aviation aircraft, he added.
Su 33 Flanker DFile picutre: A Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) fighter jet
According to him, more than 20 Su-30SM planes were delivered to the Naval Aviation in two years and a new regiment operating Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum) fighter jets was formed. It was reported earlier that Su-33 shipborne fighter jets were undergoing upgrade to receive the special SVP-24 computer subsystem developed by the Gefest&T Company.

According to information available on the Internet, the planes had been upgraded and were undergoing tests at the Gromov Flight Research Center. However, there is no information whether the instruments of the Su-33 plane’s cockpit were modified.

The information required for the operation of the SVP-24 computer subsystem is likely to be shown on the EKP-NT single man-portable map tablet that will be located on the pilot’s lap during the flight.

The SVP-24 system allows planes to accurately attack ground targets in any weather conditions using a wide range of unguided air-launched weapons.

The system is mounted on the Su-24M (Fencer) frontline bomber and the Tupolev Tu-22M3 (Backfire-C) long-range supersonic bomber.

The SVP-24 system was actively used by Russia’s air task force in the counterterror operation in Syria. It was reported in November 2016 that Su-33 fighter jets of the ship Admiral Kuznetsov’s air wing had dropped bombs to destroy a big armed group of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror organization (outlawed in Russia) in Syria’s Idlib province.

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