Sukhoi Su-30

ICAO aircraft code SU30
Manufacturer Sukhoi
Country Russia
New price USD 47 million (2020)

The Sukhoi Su-30 (Russian: Сухой Су-30; NATO reporting name: Flanker-C/G/H) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.


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Sukhoi Su-30 specifications


ICAO aircraft code
1992 - Present
New purchase price
USD 47 million (2020)

Aircraft performance

Sukhoi Air to Air Fire Control System
2x 2 × Lyulka AL-31FP turbofans
29,400 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1145 Kts
2,121 Km/h
Travel range:
1,620 Nm
3,000 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
1.36 Nm / gallon
0.665 Km / liter
Service Ceiling:
59,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
45275 feet / minute
230.00meter / second
Take Off Distance:
550 meter - 1,804.44 feet
Landing Distance:
750 meter - 2,460.60 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
34,500 Kg
76,059 lbs
Max Payload:
8,000 Kg
17,637 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
3,165 gallon
11,981 liter

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About the Sukhoi Su-30

The Sukhoi Su-30 (Russian: Сухой Су-30; NATO reporting name: Flanker-C/G/H) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air interdiction missions.

The Su-30 started as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family by Sukhoi. The design plan was revamped and the name was made official by the Russian Defense Ministry in 1996. Of the Flanker family, the Su-27, Su-30, Su-33, Su-34 and Su-35 have been ordered into limited or serial production by the Russian Defense Ministry. The Su-30 has two distinct version branches, manufactured by competing organisations: KnAAPO and the Irkut Corporation, both of which come under the Sukhoi group’s umbrella.

KnAAPO manufactures the Su-30MKK and the Su-30MK2, which were designed for and sold to China, and later Indonesia, Uganda, Venezuela, and Vietnam. Due to KnAAPO’s involvement from the early stages of developing the Su-35, these are basically a two-seat version of the mid-1990s Su-35. The Chinese chose an older but lighter radar so the canards could be omitted in return for increased payload. It is a fighter with both air supremacy and attack capabilities, generally similar to the U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle.

Irkut traditionally served the Soviet Air Defense and, in the early years of Flanker development, was given the responsibility of manufacturing the Su-27UB, the two-seat trainer version. When India showed interests in the Su-30, Irkut offered the multirole Su-30MKI, which originated as the Su-27UB modified with avionics appropriate for fighters. Along with its ground-attack capabilities, the series adds features for the air-superiority role, such as canards, thrust-vectoring, and a long-range phased-array radar. Its derivatives include the Su-30MKM, MKA, and SM for Malaysia, Algeria, and Russia respectively. The Russian Air Force operates several Su-30s and has ordered the Su-30SM variant as well.

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