The Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered additional Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, TASS news agency reported.
The contract for the additional aircraft was signed by the Kazakh Ministry of Defence’s Kazspetsexport agency and Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation on 24 May during the KADEX 2018 defence exhibition in Astana. The number of aircraft involved in the deal was not disclosed and Irkut announced that the contract will be completed by 2020.
Kazakhstan Armed Forces ordered the first batch of the Su-30SM 4++ generation jet fighters in 2015. The first four aircraft were delivered in June 2015 and the second batch of two aircraft was delivered in December 2016. A second batch of 12 aircraft were ordered in August 2017. The first two aircraft of the second batch was delivered in late December 2017 and additional aircraft were delivered earlier this year.
As of January 2018, the Kazakhstan Air and Air Defense Forces has eight Su-30SMs in its inventory. A total of 32 aircraft expected to be delivered by 2020.
“Within the framework of the agreement on military-technical cooperation with the Russian Federation in 2018, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan plans to conclude a contract for the supply of Su-30SM multirole aircraft, and until 2020 it has planned to purchase [additional] Su-30SM aircraft and Mi-35 helicopters,” the MoD in Astana told TASS.
Su-30SM is based on the Su-30MKI aircraft developed jointly by Irkut and JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau, for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The aircraft is powered by two AL-31FP afterburning turbofan engines with thrust vectoring.
Kazakhstan Air and Air Defense Forces also operates Su-27 Flanker, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Su-25 Frogfoot, MiG-27 Flogger and MiG-31 Foxhound which are inherited from erstwhile Soviet Air Force.