medo wrote:So modernizing Su-27 to Su-27SM3 is not just urban legend. So after all RuAF will have around 100 multirole Su-27SM/SM3 and 20 Su-30M2, enough to equipp 5 regiments with 24 planes or 4 regiments and the rest to have in reserve.
Of course not
The supposed contract for 36 SM3 was only a rumor of a russian fórum copied by a russian blog and later rectified.
The contarct for 36 was never signed.
This happened in late 2014 or 2015 when Putin wanted open a base in Belarus with two squadrons of Su-27SM3 , that now is absolutely discarded as Belarus will purchase Su-30SM
It seems only other 10 will be modernized for complete the regiment of Krymsk , that only had 14 Su-27SM3 since 2014 that was reopened and received two modernized Su-27SM3 (Nº63 and Nº64)
It is not clear how many have been contracted, in a russian fórum said 4 contracted with KnAAPO for 2017 , and in 2018 or also 19 should be other 6.
The number of Su-27SM in service are 36 in tree squadrons. the other 10 does not fly in 2017 and should be repaired and send to West, probably for compkete the regiment of Belbek or pherhaps for Kaliningrad (Navy) , where is expected to reopen Chkalovks airport in 2018 and probaby rearmed the 689 IAP regiment.
The question is that in 2020 all the Su-27S/P should be retired of VVS.
With 98 Su-35S , and 70 Su-27SM/SM3 is enough for 6 regiments of Flankers, and this means complete Krymsk , Vladivostok and open other regiment with the surplus of Khotilovo and Besovets, and of course also the Navy regiment of Kaliningrad.
An this is only in 2020, by 2025 the Su-27SM also will be retired and repplaced by more Su-35S ,because Su-27SM were modernized in 2004-2009By the way neither Su-27S/P/SM/SM3 nor Su-35 are "multirole"
"Multirole" does not mean anything.
To say that the role of a plane is "multirole" is a tautology.
That's another nonsense from the Western press.
The industry offers a plane with different capacities that each customer can use or not (upon payment)
Su-27 was designed and created as an interceptor for the Sily PVO (Air Defense of the USSR and also of Russia until 1998).
The little hardware for ground attack was removed in the Su-27P version to elude the limitations of the FACE treaty
, which does not mean that the other versions , previous and subsequent , do not have their interceptor capacity intact or even improved as the case of Su-35S
Su-35S is the Su-27 of XXI century that replaces Su-27 1:1 in all aspects.
Su-27/35 is faster and better than other airplanes of the russian inventory, for that plays the role of Air Defence in the polulated áreas.
In Siberia and the North the airplane is the MiG-31
Does not understan this is does not understand the russian air force that is very diferent to the western standard.
In modern western terminology Su-27/35 this is "air superiority fighter".
In Russian AF is the same that in soviet times given that neither the size of the country nor the defense military doctrine of this have changed.The role of Su-27/35 in the soviet/russian military doctrine is Air Defence
Nowadays all the planes have a certain capacity for several tasks, (actually with the standard installation you just have to load the necesary software, and little more) but that does not mean that the customer are going to use them or pays the full package ,
However Russia has airplanes enough for not to use Su-35 for sink the USA carriers despite it is "capable". They have Tu-22 , Su-24M and now Su-30SM for that role.
ROLE means that mission plays a plane in a certain air force.
Venezuela has Su-30 so this airplane need to play the role or Air Defence in that contry. This does not mean Su-30 is a Air Defence fighter despite in small air forces they use it as that
The Sukhoi team is:
Su-35 Fighter (Air Defence)
Su-30SM Strike-Fighter or FGA (figther-ground attack) , fighter of the Frontal Aviation
Su-34 Fighter-Bomber (Su-34= Su-27IB Истребитель-бомбардировщик), cataloged as a bomber (tactical) in the Russian air force
The role of Su-30M2 in russian air force is COMBAT TRAINING. It is not even clear that it was acquired with the entire package
ANd this is a bad translation of "UB" as "two seater"
Б=боевой = of combat/of battle