Gaincorp GC8030 Russian Sukhoi Su-30KN "Flanker-H" Air Superiority Fighter - Factory Demonstrator, Zhukovskiy AB, Russia, 2001 (1:72 Scale)
"Their [US] defense budget in absolute figures is almost 25 times bigger than Russia's. This is what in defense is referred to as 'their home - their fortress'. And good on them, I say. Well done! But this means that we also need to build our home and make it strong and well protected. We see, after all, what is going on in the world. The Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, as the saying goes. It knows who to eat and is not about to listen to anyone, it seems."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to the Federal Assembly in his 2006 annual address
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) is a twin-engine, two-seat military aircraft developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multi-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions. The Su-30 started out as an internal development project in the Sukhoi Su-27 family by Sukhoi. The design plan was revamped and the name was made official by the Russian Defense Ministry in 1996. Of the Flanker family, only the Su-27, Su-30 and Su-35 have been ordered into serial production by the Defense Ministry. All the others, such as Su-37, were prototypes.
The Su-30 has two distinct branches, manufactured by competing organizations: KnAAPO and the IRKUT Corporation, both of which come under the Sukhoi group's umbrella. KnAAPO manufactures the Su-30MKK and the Su-30MK2, which were designed for and sold to China, and later Indonesia and Vietnam. Due to KnAAPO's involvement from the early stages of developing Su-35, these are basically a two-seat version of the mid-1990s copy of Su-35. The Chinese chose an older but lighter radar so the canards could be omitted in return for increased payload. It is a dedicated strike fighter designed for long-range air-to-surface attack missions, similar to the American F-15E.
Irkut traditionally served the Soviet Air Defense and, in the early years of Flanker development, was given the responsibility of manufacturing the Su-27UB, the two-seat trainer version of the Su-27. When India showed interests in the Su-30, Irkut offered the multi-role Su-30MKI, which originated as the Su-27UB modified with avionics appropriate for fighters. The series comes with additional features that are more common for the air-superiority role, such as thrust-vectoring, forward canards and a long-range phase-array radar, yet at the same time, maintains the two-seat configuration for ground-attack missions. Its derivatives include the MKM, MKA and MKV for Malaysia, Algeria and Venezuela respectively.
Pictured here is a 1:72 diecast replica of a Russian Sukhoi Su-30KN "Flanker-H" Air Superiority Fighter that was based at Zhukovskiy AB, Russia, during 2001. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9 inches
Length: 12 inches
Release Date: May 2012
Historical Account: "For the Rodina" - Sukhoi is a major Russian military fighter aircraft manufacturer. Founded by Pavel Sukhoi in 1939 as the Sukhoi Design Bureau, it is currently known as Sukhoi Corporation. It is comprised of the JSC Sukhoi Design Bureau located in Moscow, the Novosibirsk Aviation Production Association (NAPO), the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Production Association (KnAAPO) and Irkutsk Aviation. Sukhoi is headquartered in Moscow. Finmeccanica is purchasing 25% of Sukhoi's civil division. The Russian government is planning to merge Sukhoi with Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Irkut, Tupolev, and Yakovlev as a new company named United Aircraft Building Corporation.
Currently the Su-24 'Fencer', Su-24 'Fencer-D', Su-25 'Frogfoot', Su-27 'Flanker', Su-30 'Flanker-C', and shipborne Su-33 'Flanker-D' aircraft are in service of the Russian Air Force and Navy. Sukhoi attack or fighter aircraft were supplied to Armenia, India, China, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Syria, Algeria, North Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Iran, Angola, Ethiopia, Peru, Eritrea, and Indonesia. Venezuela will sign contracts for the purchase of 30 Su-30 fighter jets in July 2006. A total of more than 2000 Sukhoi aircraft were supplied to foreign countries on export contracts. With its Su-26, Su-29 and Su-31 models Sukhoi is also one of the leading manufacturers of aerobatic aircraft.