Myanmar Commissions Russian Su-30SME Jets

Su-30SME induction took place on Dec. 15, 2023
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Myanmar Commissions Russian Su-30SME Jets
Myanmar Commissions Russian Su-30SME Jets

Two Su-30 SME fighter aircraft were officially commissioned into service at Nay Pyi Taw airbase on December 15, commemorating the 76th anniversary of Tatmadaw (Air).

Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing highlighted the potential contribution of the fourth-generation super maneuverable Su-30 SME fighter aircraft to enhancing Tatmadaw (Air)'s capabilities. These deployments are seen as a strategic move to bolster the air force's effectiveness in addressing local conflicts and external threats.

Underlining the historical role of Tatmadaw (Air) in confronting regional conflicts and participating in joint operations against narcotics, Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing expressed his vision of elevating Tatmadaw (Air) to a tactical air force with strategic capabilities.

In a demonstration during the event, Chief of Staff (Air) Lt-Gen Zaw Win Myint declared the commissioning of the Su-30 SME fighter aircraft. Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Tun Aung presented a scale model of the aircraft to Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, underscoring the official nature of the induction.

During the ceremony, one Su-30SME fighter aircraft saluted Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing and demonstrated flying skills. The Senior General participated in a traditional gesture by sprinkling scented water on the commissioned aircraft.

The Su-30 SME fighter plane, known for its flat spin flight capability, boasts advanced integrated technologies in its body and flight maintenance systems. Unique features include flat spin maneuvers and maximum banking turns with the narrowest radius, setting it apart from conventional jet fighters.

Myanmar Commissions Russian Su-30SME Jets
Myanmar Commissions Russian Su-30SME Jets

In a broader international context, the Su-30 series has gained attention, with Kazakhstan recently opting for Russian Su-30SM fighter jets over French Rafale due to considerations of quality-price ratio. The Su-30SM2, a multipurpose fighter-jet designed for air supremacy, border patrol, aerial target interception, and ground airstrikes, was showcased to the public for the first time.

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