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Russian Navy to Receive 6 Su-30 Fighter Jets, 10 Helicopters by Year End

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The Russian naval aviation will receive six Su-30SM (Flanker-C) multirole fighter jets, two Il-38 (May) maritime patrol aircraft, as well as 10 helicopters by the end of 2016, Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolev said Tuesday.

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ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — The Russian naval aviation has already received a significant number of modern military equipment and weaponry.

"The naval aviation has already received a significant number of modern military equipment and weaponry. By the end of this year, the naval aviation will receive additional six Su-30SM aircraft, two Il-38 planes as well as 10 helicopters of various types," Korolev said at a meeting of the Navy Military Council.

The Su-30SM is a 4+ generation fighter jet, developed by Russia's Sukhoi Company. It is a two-seat derivative of the earlier Su-27UB (NATO reporting name: Flanker) capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions. The aircraft features thrust-vectoring engines to enhance maneuverability.
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