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.
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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