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Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft are among the most aerobatic jet fighters deployed today.
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a multi-role aircraft that sees a variety of combat operations. Its missions include air superiority, ground attack, electronic counter measures, and sea attack.
The aircraft is equipped with canards and movable exhaust nozzles. They are what give it excellent maneuverability.
The Sukhoi Su-30 has been exported from Russia to a number of air forces around the world including Algeria, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Under a license agreement to Sukhoi, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in India is now the largest manufacturer of the Sukhoi Su-30 in the world.
Sukhoi Su-30 avionics enable BVR all weather performance in high electromagnetic spectrum noise environments.
Advanced scanning array radar systems enables multiple tracking and attack of air and ground targets at ranges of up to 250 miles.
A complete array of automated systems, including mission control, automatic navigation, targeting and landing, ensures that the Sukhoi Su-30 crew can concentrate on the missions at hand.
Computers provide inputs of over 1,000 pulses per second to the flight control systems enabling high alpha maneuvers, from walking speeds to supersonic.
The exhaust nozzles rotate and are used in conjunction with the fly by wire computer controlled system to provide extreme maneuverability.
Aviation war games were staged between the United States and India for seven days in 2005. Exercises were conducted in which the U.S.A.F. and Indian A.F. flew together and opposed each other. A number of scenarios ensued testing numerous deployments.
The Sukhoi Su-30 was the new star of the exercises. The short take-off run, time to climb and maneuverability of the aircraft even made a hit with United States A.F. pilots.
An interesting observation was the conclusion by Indian A.F. officials that the aircraft could match or exceed U.S. aircraft in all respects.
In 2012 the Russian A.F. ordered a total of 116 Su-30 aircraft with deliveries completed in 2018.
The Indian A.F. has ordered 272 Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft. To date some 250 have been delivered and are now deployed.
In June of 2018 the Russian Air Force placed an order for an additional 36 Su-30 aircraft.