THE SUPER SUKHOI PROGRAM
Under this program the SU 30 MKI of the IAF will be converted into formidable MRCAs called Super Sukhoi .
Under the program Irkut will redesign the SU 30 MKI in such a way that they are transformed from Air Dominance aircrafts to air supremacy aircrafts . The upgrades,will include the strengthening and service life-extension of the Su-30MKI airframes , installation of uprated turbofans, new glass cockpit avionics, mission management avionics, and integrated defensive aids suites. Deliveries are expected to begin from 2015 through 2018 for the first batch of SUper Sukhois .
The Super Sukhoi airframe strengthening programme when completed, will enable each of the Super Sukhois to carry two 290km-range underwing BrahMos supersonic multi-role (land-attack and maritime strike) cruise missiles (which itself is presently undergoing a weight reduction program), and also include two uprated Lyulka AL-31FP turbofans. The AL-31FP, presently rated at 126kN with afterburning, will offer 20% more power when uprated by NPO Saturn—its manufacturer--and will have a total technical service life of 6,000 hours, instead of the present 2,000 hours.
The glass cockpit avionics package, is currently being developed by Avionica MRPC and Tekhnocomplex Scientific and Production Centre . It will include new-generation hands-on-throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) controls made by KB Aviaavtomatika, panoramic active-matrix liquid crystal displays, and a compact OLS infra-red search-and-track sensor developed by Urals Optical & Mechanical Plant. The mission management avionics package will include dual redundant core avionics computers developed by DRDO and Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) ( in collaboration with Cassidian , Germany) and will be built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The integrated defensive aids suite,will include the AAR-60(V)2 MILDS F missile approach warning system, the EW management computer and Tarang Mk3 radar warning receiver , a countermeasures dispenser, a reusable fibre-optic ABRL active radar towed-decoy using suppression,TsNIRTI-developed expendable active electronic decoys, deception and seduction techniques, and an internal EW suite supplied by Elettronica of Italy (the same suit used in the MiG-29UPG).
The principal on-board mission management avionics components of the Super Sukhois will be the multi-mode MIRES X-band active electronically steered-array (AESA) multi-mode radar (MMR), developed and built by V Tikhomirov Scientific-Research Institute of Instrument Design along with Ryazan Instrument-Making Plant Federal State Unitary Enterprise, and modular L-band and S-band transmit/receive (T/R) modules that will be housed within the Su-30MKI’s forward wing and wing-root sections, as well as on the vertical tail sections. The MIRES, using the back-end elements of the Su-30MKI’s existing NO-11M Bars PESA-based MMR, will be able to simultaneously perform up to five ‘core’ functions, comprising look-up and shoot-up; look-down and shoot-down; directional jamming of hostile data-links; real-beam ground mapping via Doppler-beam sharpening in the inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) mode; and ground moving target indication.
The AMLCD configuration is derived from what was originally designed for the Su-35.Other new-generation avionics to be installed on the Super Sukhoi will include the RAM-1701AS radio altimeter, TACAN-2901AJ and DME-2950A tactical air navigation system combined with the ANS-1100A VOL/ILS marker, CIT-4000A Mk12 IFF transponder, COM-1150A UHF standby comms radio, UHF SATCOM transceiver, and the SDR-2010 SoftNET four-channel software-defined radio (working in VHF/UHF and L-band for voice and data communications), and the Bheem-EU brake control/engine/electrical monitoring system, all of which have been developed in-house by the Hyderabad-based Strategic Electronics R & D Centre of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). The digital air data computers and flight data recorders and their automated test benches will be supplied by Bengaluru-based SLN Technologies Pvt Ltd.
For air dominance operations the upgraded Super Sukhoi will be armed with two types of new-generation air combat missiles from Vympel JSC: the RVV-MD within-visual-range missile, and the RVV-SD beyond-visual-range missile.As for new-generation air-to-ground PGMs as and when they become available from Russia or elsewhere, depending on the operational reqmts, they will be easily integrated with the Super Sukhoi's navigation-and-attack system due to its open-architecture design.