Russia will spend nearly $1.4 billion for 46 Su-30s and Yak-130s

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MOSCOW, (BM) – By the end of this year, the Russian Armed Forces will sign an agreement on the purchase of 46 Su-30SM2 and Yak-130 aircraft, learned citing the statement of the country’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Read more: Russia will buy an additional batch of Su-35 fighters worth about $1 billion

“We have made a decision and will sign this year in addition to the existing two state contracts worth more than 100 billion rubles, according to which 21 Su-30SM2 fighters and 25 Yak-130 combat training aircraft will be built,” the head of the military department said.

Of this amount, about 70 billion rubles falls on the Su-30SM2.

Shoigu added that the next agreement on the Su-30 totaling 7.2 billion rubles will involve the repair of these fighters.

In August, Izvestia, referring to experts, reported that the Su-30SM would receive a heavy air-to-surface missile developed as part of the Adaptation-Su development work. The newspaper notes that, most likely, we are talking about the adaptation of the liquid hypersonic missile Kh-32, previously used on Tu-22M3 bombers.

It’s not enough

As we reported yesterday [August 12 – ed.] the Russian Armed Forces will sign a new contract worth $1 billion [70 billion rubles] for the supply of Su-35 generation 4 ++ fighters.

“By the end of the year, we plan to conclude an additional state contract for the supply of multifunctional Su-35S aircraft. The amount of the contract will be 70 billion rubles,” Shoigu said on Wednesday in Komsomolsk-on-Amur at a meeting with representatives of the military-industrial complex.

“Actually, we came for this, to make sure that the enterprise is able to fulfill this contract,” the minister said.

Read more: India Upgrades Su-30 MKI to the Most Fearsome Fighter Jet in the Region

Su-35 is a super-maneuverable multipurpose fighter of the 4 ++ generation. Developed by the Sukhoi company (part of the UAC) and serially produced at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant (KnAAZ). The enterprise serially produces Su-35 fighters both for the RF Ministry of Defense and for foreign customers.

The new universal engines may also be the reason for both purchases

A reason for both purchases could be the news from a few weeks ago that the Russian military industry is starting to use completely newly developed universal engines for the following fighters – Su-27, Su-30 and Su-35.

As Evgeny Semivelichenko, managing director of the Lyulka Design Bureau said on July 21, Russia is working on a universal engine for Russian fighters.

Semivelichenko said that “the possibility of creating a kind of universal engine” is being considered. It will use the “previous engine components”. At the same time, it is planned to obtain “higher technical characteristics”.

The universal engine can be installed on the Su-27, Su-30, Su-35 without modifying the airframe. As Semivelichenko said, “there is such an order from the Ministry of Defense.”

Also, the Lyulka Design Bureau is technically ready to start mass production of the second stage engine for the Su-57, but it is necessary to complete its tests, Semivelichenko said.

Read more: Aerial battle over Malaysia: Russian Su-30 fighter dealt with three F-18s

In addition, he said that it is planned to manufacture the “hot part” of the VK-650V demonstrator engine by the end of the year to replace the French one on the Ka-226T light helicopter.

We will remind, it was reported that Russia planned to create a hybrid aircraft engine using alternative fuels.


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