Su-30SM makes public debut at MAKS 2013

This here is the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker performing at the MAKS 2013 air show in Moscow this week–courtesy of our friends in Russia. The Su-30SM is making its public debut at the show.

DSC_0635crv1This magnificent aircraft is the Russian Air Force version of the Indian Su-30MKI Flanker-H. The Su-30SM is very similar to the MKI variant, but with subtle differences. Over here one can see the wide-angle HUD of the Russian domestic variant where as the Indian machine uses a narrower Elbit-made HUD.DSC_0328crv1

The Russian air force is buying a number of these aircraft as well as the more sophisticated Su-35S Flanker-E. The fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK-FA will complement these Flanker variants.


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7 Responses to Su-30SM makes public debut at MAKS 2013

  1. F-16 Photos 28 August, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Su-30 is nothing compared to F-16 . Here is some photos :

    F-16 Fighting Falcon Pictures

    • Expat 31 August, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      NOTHING? SU has greater range, higher top speed at low and high altitude, higher service ceiling, more weapons available and higher payload, rate of climb is better, etc. So what am I missing here (besides the photo link is dead)? Fancier pictures do not make a better airplane. And it is here ARE some photos but Americans don’t really have such a grasp of their mother tongue do they.

    • Oldibas 1 September, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Nobody care about some puny little Viper. Please don’t post any more nonsense.

    • Mauricio 6 September, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      You do not know anything about fighters. DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR IGNORANCE¡

    • Mauricio 6 September, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      You do not know anything about modern fighters. DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR IGNORANCE THIS WAY¡¡¡¡

    • James 22 September, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Of course the F-16 is no match for an SU-30. The F-16 is a 40 year old design which has not been improved or evolved in almost 20 years. The SU-30 is the lates evolution of the SU-27. Its a newer design, has newer electronic warfare suite. Its simply a mismatch.

  2. Oberst Minga 5 September, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Compare apples to apples.
    MiG-29 and more advanced is analogous to F-16- lightweight fighter class, expanded into lightweight multipurpose. It was not until 2003 that the US Navy managed to replicate the Helmet Mounted Weapons Sighting System the Russians had in service during the 1990s.
    Also the Americans lagged behind the Russians in Passive Electronic Scanned Array radar- Phazotron having records for world firsts in many aspects.
    F-16 was designed in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s. It’s design is essentially obsolete- hence many nations who have not invested enormous domestic resources in updating the F-16 will be retiring it.
    At that same time the Soviets commissioned a new Russian counterpart- but they opted for one plane that would be able to engage more targets- hence the much larger MiG-29.
    The advantage of the F-16 is an enormous parts and update packages. Israel produces some excellent advancements in radar and target acquisition, for example.
    But, many nations will retire their F-16′s as they become increasingly expensive and the airframe approaches end-of-life.
    One notable example is Japan- which pursued the Mitsubishi FSX- F2 upgrade creating essentially an entirely new variant based on the F-16, and another South Korea and new Indonesia which engages in a joint production for a Generation 4.5 fighter, the Golden Hawk.
    F-16 is considered Generation 3 at most.
    Su-30 M is an air superiority fighter in an identical class to F-15 Silent Eagle.

    The Russians have yet again shown the Western Military Industrial Complex to be utterly inefficient, sluggish in adapting new technology and even more sluggish in putting anything in production. Eisenhower’s warnings of the corrupt and complacent Iron Triangle remain entirely validated.
    Numerous Western military staff have made on record and off-record praise about the Russian Su30 the PAKFA and Berkut. One senior Canadian Air Force brass commented that Canada should opt for the best product off the shelf- the Russian PakFA and improved SU30 and not bother with coerced purchases of outdated, over-priced American weaponry where they pay exorbitant prices for 2nd tier equipment- the US hoarding the cutting edge for itself even above neighboring close allies.
    The Soviet analogues of any Western fighter have always been based on gaining higher probability of kill- meaning all Russian aircraft have larger radars, much more powerful engines, designed to carry more, larger and more sophisticated missiles or weapons compliment than the Western counterpart and built ruggedly to endure minimal maintenance and severe conditions.

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