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Facts confirm it: another Russian fighter jet shot down Su-30 during an exercise

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – This week, on September 22, the international press reported that a Su-30 fighter jet crashed during an exercise in the Tver region of Russia.

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BulgarianMilitary.com deliberately did not publish this information, as we received unconfirmed information from our source in the Russian Ministry of Defense that the crashed Su-30 was technically sound, and there is a real possibility that it was shot down by another Russian fighter involved in the exercise.

As of yesterday [September 23 – ed.], a number of Russian media, including the state-owned TASS, have released a version of the accidental downing of a Su-30 by another Russian fighter jet, indirectly confirming the information provided by our source.

We quote our source verbatim, who says that “the cause of the accident was an accidental collision of a missile in the Su-30 … fired from another plane.”

According to the preliminary information we had, the crew of the Su-30 managed to eject successfully before the missile hit the Russian aircraft. A number of Russian sources claim that the two pilots are in good health and that the damage was inflicted only on the machine.

More about Su-30 Flanker – C fighter jet

Sukhoi began developing the Su-30 in the mid-1980s. Even before the Su-27 (“Flanker”) was put into service, further development began. The aim was to create a whole series of aircraft types that would consist of a long-range interceptor, an air superiority fighter, a tactical fighter-bomber and a multi-role fighter. Suchoi referred to this generation as Series 30.

The Su-30, initially also called Su-27PU, should represent the long-range interceptor in this concept. The first prototype flew under the designation T-10PU-5 for the first time on December 30, 1989. The prototype was relatively free of problems, which is why series production began very quickly. The first Su-30 series aircraft flew on April 14, 1992, and this type was put into service that same year.

In use, the Su-30 was intended as a complement to the MiG-31 (“Foxhound”), which should then be used primarily for defense against cruise missiles. The Su-30 was designed to intercept US B-1 and B-52 bombers over the North Pole and the Pacific. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, this concept became obsolete, making the Su-30 “unemployed”. As a result, there was initially only a limited production of Su-30 machines.

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As a result, Sukhoi began to look for new tasks for the Su-30 and began to convert the Su-30 into a multi-role fighter. The result was the Su-30M, which is primarily intended for fighter-bomber missions. According to this range of tasks, a new combat electronics and a Chaika navigation system were installed instead of the interception radar. At the same time, the rear section of the machine was revised and stabilized to make it more resistant to fire. The Su-30MK was made available for export and repeatedly prevailed against its US American and European competitors on the Asian market.

Despite its size and weight, the Su-30 is capable of remarkable flight performance. This includes the cobra maneuver that has been demonstrated for the first time with a Su-27 and has been famous ever since. Compared to the Su-27, however, the Su-30 achieves a slightly lower climb performance and maximum speed. During maneuvers with very abrupt changes of direction, it loses enormous speed and thus also altitude, which is particularly evident in versions with thrust vector control, which greatly increase the maneuverability of the machine compared to aircraft with conventional engines.

The strength of the Su-30 lies primarily in its high flexibility, as it can be used for almost any type of application. These so-called “multi-role” capabilities are the greatest advantage of the Su-30MK on the world market, as only the F-16 “Fighting Falcon”, F / A-18 “Hornet” and JAS 39 “Gripen” have a similar one have a high degree of flexibility, but without achieving the flight performance of the Su-30. This could change with the introduction of the F-35 and the full operational capability of the French Rafale and the Eurofighter “Typhoon”.

The Su-30 has no stealth properties and, due to its size, has a high kerosene consumption, which is compensated for by the large internal tanks, so that the manufacturer has so far not integrated any additional drop-off tanks.

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