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    RMAF takes delivery of Sukhoi fighter aircraft


    After a four-year wait, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will take delivery of two Sukhoi Su-30MKM multi-role fighter aircraft tomorrow.

    They will be the first two of 18 aircraft ordered by Malaysia in May 2003, being the most sophisticated aircraft of its kind in Southeast Asia.

    Air Force Chief Jen Datuk Seri Azizan Ariffin and Defence Ministry Secretary-General Tan Sri Ahmad Latffi Hashim will receive the aircraft on behalf of the Malaysian government at the Irkut Aircraft Corporation manufacturing plant here.

    Malaysia and the Russian government agency, Rosoboronexport, signed a US$900 million (RM3.4 billion) contract for 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM (Modernizirovannyi Kommercheskiy Malaysia or Modernised Commercial Malaysia) aircraft.

    In return for the purchase, Russia agreed to train and send a Malaysian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS).

    The 16 other Su-30MKM aircraft will be delivered to Malaysia in stages up to the middle of next year.

    Other than Malaysia, the Indonesian Air Force has two Su-27 and eight Su-30MK2 aircraft while Vietnam has four Su-30 and 12 Su-27 aircraft.

    Defence analysts believe, however, that the Su-30MKM and a similar version, the Su-30 MKI, used by the Indian Air Force are the most modern Su-30 aircraft in the market.

    Although the Su-30 aircraft of the RMAF and the Indian Air Force are the same, the electronic equipment and avionics used by the aircraft are different, for political reasons. India’s aircraft are equipped with systems produced by Israel while Malaysia, which does not have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, uses electronic and avionics systems from France, India and South Africa for the Su-30MKM.


    RMAF’s two-seater Su-30MKM aircraft are equipped with the thrust vectoring control (TVC) engine system and two small wings by the side of the pilot’s seat called “canard” for maximum air movement.

    The TVC engine system relates to the control of the nozzle movement and vectoring for determining movement in the air.

    Maximum movement in the air is a factor that determines whether the aircraft can defeat the enemy during aerial combats or dogfights.

    The Su-30MKMs can fly for 4.5 hours covering 3,000 km with a normal fuel tank but with in-flight refuelling, the time and distance can be extended to 10 hours and 8,000 km.
    The ability to operate over long distances is important to RMAF as Malaysia has a vast undulating landscape and the peninsula is separated from Sabah and Sarawak by the South China Sea.

    http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/NewsBreak/20070523110151/Article/index_html
     
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    Sukhoi Sukhoi everywhere ...:D