The Kazakhstan Air Force has received four Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker C fighter aircraft from Irkut Corporation, a part of the Sukhoi Group.

The new twin-engine multifunctional two-seat fighters were handed over at Taldykorgan air base in southern Kazakhstan.

A maximum speed of 1,320 miles per hour can be achieved by the Su-30SM, meanwhile it has a ceiling of 56,800ft and a range of 1,620 miles. It is built to order at JSC Corporation Irkut.

The new aircraft will take part in the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, which will be held on 7 May in Astana.

"A maximum speed of 1,320 miles per hour can be achieved by the Su-30SM."

Kazakhstan Air Defense Force commander in chief AF RK Air Force Major General Nurlan Ormanbetov said: "Today, Aviation Park armed forces of Kazakhstan has received modern fighter Su-30SM. This shows an increase combat power of the air force of Kazakhstan, increasing the combat potential.

"In addition, the technical capabilities of the aircraft will achieve a high level of aircrew training. Su-30SM significantly increases the protection of air borders of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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"Thanks to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, supreme commander armed forces Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Kazakhstan Army every year is growing, the troops received modern military equipment, increasing the professionalism of our military personnel."

A team of flight crews and technical staff of the Kazakhstan Air Force were trained on the multifunction capabilities of Su-30SM at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

The Su-30SM is a multi-role fighter jet that features an enhanced radar system, a radio, and friend-or-foe systems as well as two ejection seats and modified weaponry configuration.

Image: Kazakhstan Air Force has received of four Su-30SM fighters that will take part in the May 7 V-E Day parade in Astana. Photo: courtesy of Irkut.