IN-DEPTH: A look at Russia's enhanced Sukhoi Su-30SM2

The Su-30SM is now well established in Russian service while also enjoying mild export demand. An enhanced derivative, dubbed Su-30SM2 and currently in development, is primarily aimed at meeting the Russian Naval Aviation requirements, as Alexander Mladenov reports.

The first orders for the affordable yet sufficiently capable multi-role heavyweight fighter were placed by the Russian defence ministry in early 2012. Not long after, the type became the mainstay of the Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily (VKS, Russian Aerospace Forces) and Aviatsiya Voenno-Morskovo Flota (AVMF, Russian Naval Aviation) tactical jet fleets.

Su-30SM [Andrey Zinchuk]
This Su-30SM from the 14th IAP comes equipped with the SAP-518SM radar jammer pods on the wingtips. Andrey Zinchuk

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