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Kazakhstan considers the acquisition of up to 24 Su-30SM fighter aircraft

Kazakhstan is contemplating an acquisition of a batch of Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) multirole fighters in Russia, a source in Russia’s defense industry told journalists on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The future contract’s value is estimated at over $140 million. Kazakhstan can buy up to 24 aircraft, and, as far as the source is aware, a contract for seven fighters can be signed before year-end.

The first four aircraft of the type were delivered to Kazakhstan in April 2015. Their delivery had been preceded by a flight demonstration of the Su-30SM at the KADEX arms show in the nation’s capital, Astana, in May 2014.

According to Russian official arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Kazakhstan was very interested in the fighter’s demonstration then.

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The Su-30SM (SM standing for ‘production-standard, upgraded’ in Russian) multirole fighter is designed for gaining air superiority and attacking surface targets. Its design includes the canards and swiveling-nozzle engines that afforded it supermaneuverability. The Su-30SM carries the Bars multifunction fire control radar and a wide array of weapons, including air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface precision-guided weapons. The aircraft can be used for training pilots in flying future single-seat fighters. The production of the type for the Russian Air Force has been in progress since 2012.

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