The first flights on Su-30SM fighters in the Armenian Air Force
The newspaper of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia “Hay Zinvor” published an interview with the Chief of Aviation of the Armed Forces of Armenia, 1st-Class Pilot Colonel Gagik Aslanyan, which says that in March 2020, the Armenian Air Force pilots, who had previously been trained in Russia, made their first flights on received by Armenia At the end of 2019, Su-30SM fighters.
On behalf of bmpd, we recall that on December 27, 2019, four multifunctional Su-30SM fighters built for the Armenian Air Force at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAP) of Irkut Corporation PJSC arrived in Armenia at Shirak Airport in Gyumri. aircraft with red tail numbers "30", "31", "32" and "33" (alleged serial numbers from 10MK5 1611 to 10MK5 1614) were manufactured by IAZ under the contract concluded in January 2019 by the Armenian Ministry of Defense with the Russian side on procurement of four fighter jets Su-30SM, while the delivery of aircraft was carried out "through the CSTO" at domestic prices.
In accordance with the framework agreement signed by the Armenian Ministry of Defense back in 2012, in total, the Armenian side plans to receive 12 Su-30SM fighters in the future. Prior to receiving the first four Su-30SM, the Armenian Air Force did not have fighters, having only Su-25 attack aircraft from combat aircraft.