24 - Sukhoi Su 30 MK Flanker

Sukhoi Su-30 MK "Flanker"

by Bjørn Jacobsen

Sukhoi Su-30MK

The Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation.

It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.

The Su-30 started out 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, only the Su-27, Su-30, Su-34 and Su-35 have been ordered into serial production by the Defense Ministry.

Crew: 2

Length: 21.935 m (72.97 ft)

Wingspan: 14.7 m (48.2 ft)

Height: 6.36 m (20.85 ft)

Empty weight: 17,700 kg (39,021 lb)

Max. takeoff weight: 34,500 kg (76,060 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × AL-31FL low-bypass turbofans

Dry thrust: 7,600 kgf (16,750 lbf) each

Thrust with afterburner: 12,500 kgf, (7,560 lbf) each

Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 (2,120 km/h, 1,320 mph)

Range: 3,000 km (1,620 nmi) at altitude

Service ceiling: 17,300 m (56,800 ft)


The Su-30MK's combat load is mounted on 12 hardpoints:

2 wingtip AAM launch rails, 3 pylons under each wing,

1 pylon under each engine nacelle, and 2 pylons in tandem in the "arch" between the engines. All versions can carry up to 8 tonnes of external stores.

Guns: 1× GSh-30-1 gun (30 mm calibre, 150 rounds)

AAMs: 6× R-27ER (AA-10C), 2× R-27ET (AA-10D), 6× R-73E (AA-11), 6× R-77 RVV-AE (AA-12)

ASMs: 6× Kh-31P/A anti-radar/ship missiles, 6× Kh-29T/L laser guided missiles, 2× Kh-59ME

Aerial bombs: 6× KAB 500KR, 3× KAB-1500KR, 8× FAB-500T, 28× OFAB-250-270, Nuclear bombs

The model is from Academy (1:48)

This video shows the incredible maneuverable Su 30

Bjørn Jacobsen