Russian Defense Ministry signs contract for procurement of 30 more Su-30SM fighters

The Russian Defense Ministry reports the signing of a contract for the delivery of 30 Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters.

"Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Yury Borisov and President of Irkut Corporation, Senior Vice President of the United Aircraft-Making Corporation Oleg Demchenko have signed a contract for the delivery of a batch of Su-30SM multirole fighters to troops," a newsletter of the ministry's press service obtained by Interfax-AVN on Wednesday says.

Under the contract, Irkut Corporation is to build 30 fighters of this type for the Defense Ministry by 2016, the newsletter says.

The first contract for the delivery of 30 Su-30SM fighters was signed on March 21, 2012. Two fighters were transferred to the Air Force on November 22 and are currently being tested at the Defense Ministry's Chkalov flight testing center, the newsletter says.

It quotes Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev as saying that "already today the flight personnel training centers and Air Force combat units are conducting a set of measures to prepare for the acceptance of modern aircraft, in particular, Su-30SM fighters. In 2013, the Russian Air Force expects to receive over 10 Su-30SM fighters."

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