Upgrade of Su-27UB and Su-30 to
Irkutsk Aircraft Production Association (IAPO) and Russkaya Avyonika = Russian Avionics.
In the begining of 2001 Russian air forces produces technical requirements for 1st stage of upgrade Su-27S/P, Su-27UB and Su-30 from its inventory. Upgrade aircrafts should be multirole with possibilities to use most advanced weapons: R-74, R-77, R-77M, Kh-29, Kh-31, Kh-59M, KAB-500, KAB-1500. Two programs was created since 1999: one by IAPO for Su-27UB and Su-30 (Su-30KN) and second by Sukhoi and KnAAPO for Su-27S/P (Su-27SM).
Near the mainstream projects, on March 2001 cheap and quick proposition of Su-27UB upgrade was proposed to air forces by Sukhoi, Irkut and United Consortium of Production of Air Equipment from St.Petersburg: Su-27UBM.
Project Su-30KN was realised between 1999 and 2003. Then was canceled, after two prototypes, first preproduction aircraft and 4 aircrafts (Su-27UB or Su-30) upgraded. Russian Air Forces declined from upgrade of Su-27UB and Su-30, due to lack of founds appropriated to more important upgrade of Su-27 to Su-27SM standard. Two - four Su-30 are in Lipyetsk air base, two of them flyable.
Project Su-27UBM was canceled in 2003, after one prototype built.
In 2010 project Su-30M2 was restarted. Firsts four Su-30M2 were produced and delivered to Russian Air Force in late 2010 / 2011. Next 16 aircrafts delivered between December 2013 and Summer 2016 under contract from December 2012.
|1st prototype Su-30M2 (Su-30KN)||03.1999|
First prototype of Su-30KN was built in the begining of 1999 in Irkutsk - it was serial Su-27UB, first upgraded to Su-30 standard. First flight 03.1999. Testing (quick and successful) in air range at Akhtubinsk 1999-2000. Long time was unpainted, in stunning new painting (desinged in Irkutsk facilities) was displayed for the first time in 02.2000 at Gelendzhik air show. In 11.2001 state tests were ended.
In late 2013 aircraft #302 is still in Irkutsk, still in good condition and still flyable.
Up to end of 2001 two aircrafts Su-27UB and two old Su-30 from Russian air force inventory were upgraded to Su-30KN standard.
To speed up a military test of Su-30KN in Akhtubinsk conducted in 1999-2000, serial Su-27UB from Russian Air Force inventory (no. red 05) was converted to testbed on which weapons are firing and testing.
|T10PM2 ?||2nd prototype Su-30M2 (Su-30KN)||2000-2001|
Used by LII (gromov Flight Research Intitute @ Zhukovskiy) old Su-27PU no. 597 built in 1992 was upgraded to Su-30KN standard and served as testbed and 2nd prototype. Aircraft was repainted in grey-blue scheme, renumbered to 02 and presented in 03.2001 at Zhukovskiy to high commander of Russian Air Force - general Anatoliy Kornuk. Also Su-30KN no. 302 and Su-27UBM no. 20 were displayed.
Later prototype was still used by LII as experimental plane Su-27LL.
|T10PM2 ?||1st preproduction Su-30M2 (Su-30KN)||2001|
Su-30I-7 - vry little known aircraft, only from few photos (2002 and 2007) from Irkutsk facilities. It's a converted Su-27PU no. 596 / 603, manufactured by IAPO before program Su-30KN failed. Camouflage like Su-30KN no 302, number: blue 07. After 2001 its purpose remains unknown, but still in Irkutsk facilities. Since 2005 stay in Irkutsk as memorial.
67 66 68 69
Informations collected about 2001 are totally unclear, indicating that two Su-27UB and two Su-30 are upgraded to Su-30KN standard.
Aircrafts are since 2006 in Lipyetsk air base (4 Cyentr Boyevovo Primyenyenya i Pyeryeuchivaniya Lyotnovo Sostava CBPiPLS [4th Center of Combat Applications and Re-training of Flying Personnel]), in service of 968 Isslyedovatyelskiy Instruktorskiy Smyeshanniy Avyatsyonniy Połk (IISAP) [968th Research and Instructor's Composite Aviation Regiment] (squadrons are equipped with Su-27, Su-30, MiG-29, Su-24 and Su-25).
Between 2006 and 2010 Su-30s in Lipyetsk were repainted two times! Aircraft #67 in 2006 and second time the same year (a problem with used white enamel, scrapped especially near canopy). Second aircraft #66 first time repainted in 2007 or 2008. Third #69 repainted in 2007 or 2008.
Since 2009 only #66 and #69 are flyable. Both were repainted second time in the begining of the year 2010. During Victory Day parade in May 2010 they have new, three-colours stars.
Also, we know four Su-30 from Lipyetsk: #66, #67, #68 (only two photos from 2005; aparently aircraft later was not flyable, since then is still - in 2013 - in Lipyetsk) and #69. Many Russian sources said thas the aircrafts in Lipyetsk are simply four of five Su-30 (Su-27PU), produced between 1992-1993, shifted from Savaslyeyka (#50 #51 #52 #53 #54), upgraded to KN standard or not.
Almost for sure previous informations can be precised now, in 2013:
Serial Su-30M2 for Russian Air Force
|1||T10PUM2-1||10||2010||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|2||T10PUM2-2||20||2011||Dzemgi AB (23 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|3||T10PUM2-3||30||2010||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|4||T10PUM2-4||40||2011||Centralnaya Uglovaya AB (22nd Fighter Air Regiment). Red numer 40changed to blue in Summer 2012.|
|5||T10PUM2-5||20||2013||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|6||T10PUM2-6||50||2013||Dzemgi AB (23 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|7||T10PUM2-7||40||2013||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|8||T10PUM2-8||41||2013||Centralnaya Uglovaya AB (22 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|9||T10PUM2-9||70||2014||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|10||T10PUM2-10||91||2014||Belbek AB (38 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|11||T10PUM2-11||92||2014||Belbek AB (38 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|12||T10PUM2-12||93||2014||Belbek AB (38 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|13||T10PUM2-13||42||2014||Centralnaya Uglovaya AB (22 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|14||T10PUM2-14||43||2014||Centralnaya Uglovaya AB (22 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|15||T10PUM2-15||44||2014||Centralnaya Uglovaya AB (22 Fighter Air Regiment) [later to 38 Regiment with number 45],|
|16||T10PUM2-16||60||2015||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|17||T10PUM2-17||80||2015||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|18||T10PUM2-18||90||2015||Krimsk AB (3 Mixed Air Regiment)|
|19||T10PUM2-19||89||2016||Belbek AB (38 Fighter Air Regiment)|
|20||T10PUM2-20||90||2016||Belbek AB (38 Fighter Air Regiment)|
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