medo wrote:So, now it becomes more clear. from initial order for 36 Su-27SM3 only 6 will be modernized. This mean, that there is no need for 20 Su-30M2 trainers for Su-27SM jets. For two Su-27SM regiments they need 8 Su-30M2 (2x4) and the rest 12 Su-30M2 could form combat squadron for regiment in Krymsk, which could have two squadrons. One squadron of 12 new build Su-27SM3 for air defense duties and one squadron of new build Su-30M2 for strike duties. They could equip those Su-30M2 with Hibiny ECM pods and T220 targeting pod and get very potent strike platform against ground and naval targets to operate over Caucasus region and over eastern Black Sea.
I'm not sure, why would RuAF sent some Su-27SM3 to Kaliningrad, when NAVY already equip their squadron with Su-30SM. I more see a job for those 6 or 8 extra Su-27SM3 in Hmeimim in Syria after war. Planes could be constantly there, only pilots and personal could rotate.
RuAF still have some number of standard Su-27 and Su-27UB jets, which will slowlly be replaced by newer Su-35. I wonder, if they could overhaul some of them and upgrade with Gefest SVP-24 like they did with Su-33. Russia will sooner or later recognize Novorussia (DNR and LNR) and they will sooner or later create their air force and a squadron or two of upgraded Su-27 and maybe Su-24M2 would be good start for them.
Su-30M2 are for "training" (teaching, "training" is a bad translation of "учение"). In peacetime all regiments "training" for war
Su-30M2 are stationed mainly in South district because in South district are the training centers and also because the squadrons are new.
Temporally are used for "training" of new squadrons. In Vladivostok are also used for "training" asiatic pilots.
In long term will be destined to training centrers. Kushchevskaya has one squadron of Su-27UB that need replacement of the half of the Su-30M2 , and the logical is all SU-30M2 will go to training centers to replace MiG-29 , because the line regiments have Su-30SM not MiG-29
Krymsk has one squadron of Su-27SM3 suported by a couple of Su-27UB, and now is forming a second squadron with Su-27SM3 and Su-27P
The Su-30M2 are attached there for training of new pilots, are not a "third combat squadron"
In Kaliningrad will be restored the two old regiments:
689 with Su-27P and probably the remainig Su-27SM, that in long term will be replaced all by Su-35S
4 OMShAP with Su-30SM and Su-24M, that will be repalced by more Su-30SM