Myanmar to receive first Su-30SME this year

Su-30SME of Myanmar Air Force undergoing factory trial.

The Burmese ordered 6 Su-30SME back in 2018 for $34 million per unit which will be delivered by this year. Some experts believe Myanmar might order additional Su-30SMEs. Currently, the Myanmar Air Force’s Su-30SME is undergoing factory trials before formally handing them over to Myanmar.

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Russia expressed confidence that the Su-30 warplanes would become the main fighter jets of the Myanmar’s Air Force to protect territorial integrity and repel terrorist attacks.

Russia has started assembling the six Su-30SME fighters that will be delivered to Myanmar under a 2018 bilateral contract, Myanmar Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing told Russia’s Sputnik News.

The Su-30SME is an export variant of Su-30SM fighter jet, developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Company, and is capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions, according to the United Aircraft Corporation.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Myanmar to sign a contract to sale six Su-30SME.

During the visit by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to Myanmar the South East Asian republic signed an agreement to purchase six Su-30 fighters. These are set to form the frontline fighters of the country’s Air Force – currently comprised primarily of lighter platforms such as the MiG-29 and JF-17. 

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