Su-30MK Flanker-C

Operator: Algeria Iran
Status: In Service / On Order Negotiating Procurement
Number: 44 (14) Unknown
Cost: $2-3.7 billion ($37~ million per unit) Unknown
Acquired: 1st batch: 2006, 2nd batch: 2010, 3rd batch: expected 2017 Should not receive until after 2020 given JCPOA compliance and termination of U.N. conventional arms embargo
General Specs
Country of origin: Russia
Role: Multirole fighter
Manufacturer: Designer: Sukhoi Design Bureau; Production: Irkut Corporation (Algerian Su-30MKAs include avionics produced by Thales Group and Sagem)
Introduced: 1996
Power plant: 2 x AL-31FP turbofan engines with thrust vector controls
Thrust: 2 x 27,557 lbs (12,500 kgf)
Wingspan: 48.2 ft (14.7 m)
Length: 71.9 ft (21.9 m)
Height: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Weight (normal): 54,895 lbs (24,900 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight: 75,618 lbs (34,500 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 21,252.6 lbs (9,640 kg) internal
Speed: 1,457.8 mph (Mach 1.9)
Ceiling: 56,758 ft (17,300 m)
Range: Combat radius: 805.5+ miles (1,296.4 km/700+ nm)
Ferry: 1,864 miles (3,000 km/ 1,619.9 nm)
Crew: 2
Armament: 12 hardpoints and 17,637 lb (8,000 kg) payload
Guns: 1 x 30mm GSh-301 (150 rounds)
Air-to-air: RVV-AE) medium-range radar-guided missile
R-27R medium-range radar-guided missile
R-27T medium-range infrared-guided missile
R-73E short-range infrared-guided missile
Air-to-ground: Kh-31A anti-ship missile
Kh-31P anti-radiation missile
Kh-59ME medium-range missile
Kh-29TD missile
KAB-500Kr tv-guided 1,100 lb (500 kg) bomb
KAB-1500Kr tv-guided 3,300 lb (1,500 kg) bomb
S-8 & S-13 unguided rockets
unguided bombs and cluster munitions
Radar/Sensors: N011M BARS phased array radar
OLS-30 infrared search and track (IRST) system or OLS-31E-MK IRST
Countermeasures /Defenses: Chaff and flare dispenser
SPO-32 radar warning receiver
Knirti SAP-518 wingtip jamming pod
Knirti SAP-14 high power support jamming pod
Misc Systems: Helmet-mounted target designator
IFF system interrogator
Color multipurpose LCD indicators
GPS/INS system
VHF, UHF, and SW band radio receivers
Notes: Algerian Flankers are designated as Su-30MKA

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