mack8 wrote:I'm afraid it's fake, i've seen it a few weeks ago and it was claimed to show "Su-30" in Iran. It's some kind of game footage superimposed on real footage of that iranian base.
I don't know. Plane looks realistic, not graphic taken from games. Modern photo shops could do a lot, this is true, so fake is also possible. On the other hand we know, that Belarus retire their Su-27 fleet, some central Asian republics like Uzbekistan are selling their Flankers, so it is not impossible for Iran to buy few second hand Flankers in secret, which are not from Russia. Considering, that RuAF jets also were some time based in Iranian air base (Su-34 and Tu-22M3), Russia could deliver to Iran spare parts and equippment to support Su-27 fighters officially as equippment to support their Su-34 in operation over Syria. Situation in ME is very fragile and IRIAF need new fighters. If Iran bought them from belarus, than they got Su-27 modernized to Su-30KN standard. If they bought them from somewhere else, they could modernize them to that standard as well in Iran by the help from Belarus and Russia. Iran could buy them in China as well as China is retiring their basic Su-27 from first tranches, as they are replacing them with J-11. I don't think, Russia would be against their reselling to Iran.