Russian Knights aerobatic team to switch to Su-30SM fighter in 2016

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Russian Knights aerobatic team to switch to Su-30SM fighter in 2016
The Russian Knights aerobatic team operating Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-B) fighter jets will use new Su-30SM (Flanker-H) planes this year, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.
Russian Knights aerobatic team to switch to Su 30SM fighter in 2016 640 001The Russian Knights currently operate on Su-27 fighter jets
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"The Russian Knights aerobatic team will operate new Su-30SM fighter jets in the imminent future," Bondarev said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.

"The flight crews are currently completing the theoretical course. After that, they will practice cohesion and I believe that this year we will see them operating these aircraft," he added.

The Su-30SM (SM standing for serial-produced, upgraded) multipurpose fighter jet is designed both to gain air supremacy and attack ground and surface targets. The fighter jet has canards and engines with a controlled thrust vector, which makes the aircraft supermaneuverable.

The Su-30SM fighter jet is equipped with the Bars multipurpose control radar. The fighter jet’s ammunition load comprises a wide range of munitions, including air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface precision guided weapons.

The Su-30SM fighter jet can be used to train pilots for future single-seat fighter jets. The Su-30SM fighter jet has been manufactured for the Russian Air Force since 2012.
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