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BMPDThe Russian Ministry of Defense received the first Su-30SM2 and Yak-130 aircraft in 2022
November 21st, 19:13
As the United Aircraft Corporation PJSC reported on November 21, 2022, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC PJSC, part of the Rostec State Corporation) manufactured and handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense new Su-30SM2 fighters and Yak-130 combat training aircraft.
One of the Su-30SM2 fighters of the new construction of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant PJSC United Aircraft Corporation (part of Rostec State Corporation) transferred to the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy. Irkutsk, November 2022 (c) United Aircraft Corporation PJSC.
The UAC press release states further:
“In light of the current challenges, the industry is acting in solidarity with the Ministry of Defense. The Coordinating Council under the Government controls the provision of the needs of the armed forces for equipment and compliance with the deadlines for deliveries, said Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation - Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. “In addition, everything is being done to ensure that our industrial enterprises, including those included in the Rostec aviation cluster, continue to develop their technical base, are provided with Russian machine tools and equipment, and rhythmically increase production volumes and output rates.”
The Su-30SM2 fighters represent a further development of the aircraft in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces and Russian Navy aviation. New machines received an improved complex of on-board radio-electronic equipment. Thanks to the modernization carried out on the instructions of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the combat capabilities of the aircraft have increased. In particular, the range of detection and identification of air targets has increased. New high-precision means of destroying air, ground and sea targets at a distance of several hundred kilometers have been introduced into the armament of fighters.
The two-seat combat training aircraft Yak-130 provides basic and advanced training for pilots of modern and advanced combat aircraft, including super-maneuverable fighters of the 4++ and 5 generations.
“As part of Rostec, we continue to fulfill our obligations under the state defense order. “Today, another batch of aircraft is in production, which will be handed over to the customer before the end of the year,” said Yury Slyusar, General Director of the United Aircraft Corporation. “As for the transferred equipment, the upgraded Su-30SM2 fighters have proven themselves to be efficient and reliable vehicles for the tasks of the Ministry of Defense.”
On the part of bmpd, we point out that, as usual in recent times, the UAC in its press release did not report the number of aircraft delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defense in this batch, and their side numbers were retouched in official photo and video materials. The Su-30SM2 aircraft have the standard painting of the Su-30SM family of the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy.
Based on the available information, it can be concluded that the transferred Su-30SM2 fighters are the second batch (and the first in 2022) of Su-30SM2 aircraft built by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAZ) under a contract for the supply of 21 fighters of this type for Naval Aviation Russian Navy concluded by the Russian Ministry of Defense with the KLA on August 25, 2020.
The first batch of four Su-30SM2 aircraft under this contract was manufactured and transferred to the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy at the end of 2021. On January 25, 2022, these four Su-30SM2 fighters with blue tail numbers from "78" to "81" entered the 4th Guards Naval Assault Aviation Regiment of the 34th Composite Aviation Division of the Baltic Fleet Aviation, based at the Chernyakhovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region. Earlier in 2016-2018, eight Su-30SM aircraft with blue tail numbers from "70" to "77" were delivered to the 1st squadron of this regiment (formerly the 72nd air base), and the arrival of four more Su-30SM2 allowed at the beginning of 2022, complete the understaffing of the 1st squadron of the regiment to the full state.The main part of the regiment is still equipped with Su-24M and Su-24MR aircraft.
In general, the supply of Su-30SM2 aircraft under this contract marked the resumption of deliveries of Su-30SM family fighters for the Russian Armed Forces, which had been suspended since 2018. In total, under previous contracts from 2012 to 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defense received 116 Su-30SM fighters, of which 22 were delivered to the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy. Thus, if a standard batch of four Su-30SM2 aircraft has now been delivered, then the total number of delivered Russian Su-30SMs has reached 124 units, including 30 for Naval Aviation.
As for the designation of the aircraft now delivered as Su-30SM2, then, as can be judged, we are talking about aircraft of the first stage of modernization. As previously reported, "at the moment, when upgrading the fighter to the level of the Su-30SM2, emphasis is placed on equipping additional aircraft weapons" and "the combat capabilities of the upgraded aircraft will be significantly expanded, including through a new range of weapons. In addition, the Su-30SM2 will be completely import-substituted. Completion of tests of the Su-30SM2 of the next stage of modernization, equipped with AL-41F-1S engines ("Product 117S"), is expected only by the end of 2023.
Presumably, in 2022, IAP should hand over to the Russian Ministry of Defense (Naval Aviation of the Navy) only eight or ten Su-30SM2 fighters.
As for the IAZ-built Yak-130 combat training aircraft handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense on November 21, 2022, it can be assumed that this is the second batch (and the first in 2022) of Yak-130 aircraft built under a contract for the supply of 25 machines of this type for Russian Aerospace Forces, also concluded by the Russian Ministry of Defense with the UAC on August 25, 2020. The first two Yak-130s under this contract were reportedly handed over to the Aerospace Forces by IAP at the end of 2021 (tail numbers unknown).
Thus, since 2009, the Russian Ministry of Defense has received a total of up to 120 Yak-130 aircraft under various contracts - of which 12 of the first two series were built at the Nizhny Novgorod Aviation Plant Sokol JSC, and the rest - at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
One of the Su-30SM2 fighters of the new construction of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant PJSC United Aircraft Corporation (part of Rostec State Corporation) transferred to the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy. Irkutsk, November 2022 (c) United Aircraft Corporation PJSC