A modification of the Su-30SME fighter dubbed as Su-30SM2 destined to Myanmar, Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan, equipped with a new AL-41F-1S variable wind thrust engine, will take to the air by the end of 2020.
A new powerful engine from a Su-35 will give a greater thrust for Su-30SM2. This means an increased amount of ammunition and equipment that an aircraft can carry onboard. The variable thrust vector enables the aircraft to conduct a manoeuvrable air battle, said test Pilot Colonel Igor Malikov according to Izvestia.
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According to the test pilot, the fighter jet can quickly change its position, and the pilot must be able to use air-to-air missiles at ennemy.
In addition, the fighter also has upgraded engine, the fighter jet will get new surveillance systems from Su-35. Experts note that at the moment the Su-30SM in the basic configuration is the most numerous air assets in service with Russia and its closest allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
The AL-41F-1S engine with an all-aspect controlled thrust vector is known as the “Product 117S”. Compared to the Su-30SM power plant, which the fighter is equipped with at present, the thrust of the new engine has been increased by 16%, to 14,500 kg. The service life of the aircraft engine has doubled at once, up to 2 thousand hours, without increasing the mass and dimensions.
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