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Codenamed `Flanker' by NATO, the twin-seat SU-30, a derivative of the Su-27, is a multi-role fighter bomber and air superiority aircraft which can also be used in the maritime strike role. The Flanker has and operational radius of around 1500 km, and are equipped with an inflight refuelling facility extending their radius by another 500 km. India signed a $1.8 billion dollar deal for 40 SU-30s (2 squadrons) in November 1996. And in June 1997 the first batch of eight Sukhoi Su-30 MK fighters were inducted into the Indian Air Force's 24 Squadron at the Lohagaon air base near Pune.
Country of Origin. CIS (formerly USSR).
Similar Aircraft. Su-27 Flanker, F-15 Eagle, F-14 Tomcat, MiG-29 Fulcrum.
Crew. One.
Role. Interceptor, air superiority.
Armament. Missiles, cannon.
Dimensions. Length: 69 ft (21 m). Span: 47 ft, 6 in (14.5 m).
Wings. Mid-mounted; LERX extends downward and forward of the wing roots. Semidelta with square tips.
Engine(s). Two turbojets in the fuselage. Square, diagonally-cut air intakes mounted under the wings alongside the fuselage.
Fuselage. Rectangular from air intakes to the tail. Pointed nose and bubble canopy.
Tail. Fins swept-back, tapered with square tips, and mounted outboard of the engines. Flats are mid-mounted, swept-back, and tapered.
Belarus, CIS, Germany, People's Republic of China, Ukraine.

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