Within the implementation of the State Defence Order for 2016-2018, the Russian Defence Ministry has concluded a new contract with “Irkut” corporation for Su-30SM aircraft deliveries.
According to the conditions of the contract, the Russian Aerospace Forces are to receive over 30 multi-purpose fighters Su-30SM by the end of the year 2018.
The aircraft Su-30SM is a multi-purpose “4++”-generation highly-maneuverable fighter designed for achievement of air supremacy. The complexes have been produced for the Russian Ministry of Defence since 2012.
On 24 May 2018, Republic State Enterprise Kazspetsexport of Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Irkut Corporation (an affiliate of UAC) signed the contract for delivery of another batch of Su-30SM multirole fighters. The contract was signed by the General Director of Kazspetsexport, Arman Ramazanov and the First Vice-President and General Designer of Irkut Corporation, Oleg Demchenko.
On May 12, 2018, the maiden flight of the second MC-21-300 test aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member). The testing results of the first test aircraft were taken into account in the production of a new aircraft.