Angola Plan for Acquiring ex-Indian Su-30K


Russia and Angola are negotiating the purchase of six additional Su-30K fighters. If successful, Luanda will be able to increase its fleet, and Moscow to get rid of aircraft built in fulfillment of the Indian contract in 1996-1998. There are also complications, back in 2013 Luanda contracted a squadron of such fighters but still has not received a single one. 

The fact that Russian and Byelorussian specialists are searching for buyers for six Su-30K fighters in storage in Belarus, this was confirmed by the director of the 558th aircraft repair plant (ARZ) Pavel Pinigin, who arrived at the MAKS-2017 Airshow (Zhukovsky). According to him, the search for a buyer is “just a matter of time” and “no significant problems arise”. “Do not rush, and everything will be all right”. Anonim sources from Military Technical Cooperation (MTC) clarified that negotiations for the supply of six fighters are being conducted with Angola. The Representatives of Rosoboronexport and the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation refused to comment.

The history of these Su-30Ks began in 1996-1998. Then the Irkut Corporation signed a contract for the delivery of the Su-30MKI fighter aircraft to India, but because of the need to prepare the capacity for the deployment of serial production of new aircraft. The customer was provided with simplified versions of the fighters with the obligation to replace them in the future. These obligations were fulfilled, simplified fighters were replaced with Su-30MKI, and in 2011 18 Indian-returned Su-30K were driven to 558th ARZ in Baranovichi, after which Rosoboronexport began searching for potential buyers for them.


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