Ex-Indian Air Force Su-30K destined for Angola makes its first flight after restoration

First flight of restored Ex-Indian Air Force Su-30K destined for Angola
First flight of restored Ex-Indian Air Force Su-30K destined for Angola

A Sukhoi Su-30K fighter jets which was previously operated by the Indian Air Force made its first flight after undergoing overhaul in Belarus.

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The Indian Air Force received the Su-30Ks between May 1997 and December 1999, and has returned them to Russia after placing an order for more than 200 Sukhoi Su-30MKI jets that will be delivered in batches.

First flight of restored Ex-Indian Air Force Su-30K destined for Angola
Ex-Indian Air Force Su-30K destined for Angola makes its first flight after restoration

Angola is due to receive 12 (18 according to some sources) Su-30Ks  to become the third operator of the Sukhoi Su-30 series twin-seat fighter jets in Africa after Uganda, which received six new Su-30MK2s from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur factory in 2011, and Alergia, which operates 40 Su-30MKA multirole fighter delivered new from Irkut in two batches.

The Su-30Ks which were originally destined for the Belarus air force are undergoing a major overhaul and repair work by Sukhoi at the Aircraft Repair Plant no. 558 in Baranovichi, Belarus.

The contract for the Angolan Su-30Ks were signed in October 2013, which was part of a $1 billion arms deal with Russia.

The Angolan Air Force currently flies around half a dozen Su-27s, out of 18 originally delivered. It also has other Sukhoi aircraft in its inventory, the Su-22 and Su-24 bombers.

 

 

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