The Air Force of Kazakhstan has received two new Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, according to local media reports.
The Sukhoi Su-30SM, fighter aircrafts have been delivered to the aviation base in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan from Irkutsk, Russia.
“Today, the aviation fleet of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan has received modern high maneuverable Su-30 SM fighters. This increases the capacity of Kazakhstan’s Air Forces. In addition, the flying squad is able to reach higher level of competence thanks to technical characteristics of the aircraft. Su-30 SM will significantly increase the security of the Kazakhstani airspace. Thanks to the President of Kazakhstan and the Commander in Chief of the Air forces Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstani Army strengthens year after year obtaining modern equipment and enhancing the professionalism of the military personnel,” Major General Nurlan Ormanbetov of the Kazakhstan Air Forces said.
A first batch of four Su-30SM jets was delivered to Kazakhstan in May 2015 as part of agreements reached earlier between Kazakh and Russian defenсe ministries.
The multirole Su-30SM can be deployed in counter-air strikes, counter-land and counter-sea missions. It can conduct electronic counter-countermeasures and early warning tasks. The aircraft also acts as a command-and-control platform within a fleet of combat aircraft performing joint missions.