George1 wrote:2017 Deliveries Update
Su-30SM: 18 (13 to VKS, 5 to Ru Navy)
we expected the last batch of 4xSu-34s and 4 more Su-30SM till the end of the year
Sorry but this in not true.
Plan for Ru MoD in 2017 are 17 Su-30 , 12 for VVS and 5 for Navy, see previous post , oficial source: Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov
As Besovets has received this year 6 planes in october and 6 in november, however 2 of them are transferred from Dzemgi , so the number of 2017 built airplanes are 10, exactly the number planned.
In the same way , is posible ZVO has received 3 planes (unconfirmed, Ria Novosti of other journal is not a realiable source in military affairs),
but then the supposed third airplane must be a transfer from other base.
The only reraliable source is MoD that announces the 100th Su-30SM in the the 100 plane in your inventory reaches Kursk.
These are 10MK 1505 and 1506 ,the 105th and 106th manofactured , 100 for Russia and 6 for Kazhakstan, completing the 12 for Kursk announced for this year.
12/05/2017 - Admission of the 100th Su-30 SM fighter (the airfield "Halino", Kursk) to the combat strength of the Western Military District fighter regiment
If West district have received other airplane this must be transferred from other place, probably the East district , as the two Su-35 transferred from Dzemgi to Besovets.
The press informations is unreliable, the official source said "three links" (in russian "zveno" that means "small military unit" )and these are not a precise number of aircraft. A "zveno" can be 2,3,4 or more aircraft depends of the context.
If you literally take the press words you're lost. The photos will confirm how many airplanes there are, where they come from and where they have been destined. Meanwhile, there is no reason to believe that the Irkut manufacturing and MoD acquisition plans have been modified