The Russian Defense Ministry has ordered an additional batch of double Su-30SM in the amount of seven vehicles costing 13 billion rubles (331 million dollars USA), thus increasing the total number of this type of aircraft to 72 (60 in the Air Force and 12 in naval aviation), AIN reported on 19 September.
The first contract in the amount of 30 aircraft was signed in 2012. Some of these fighters were stationed in the disputed territory of Crimea.
The latest contract with an option for 10 aircrafts was timed to the 80th anniversary of the Irkutsk aircraft factory. Today the company has transferred 29 Su-30SM, this year the factory will produce 15 aircrafts of this model, the general director of the plant Alexander Veprev reported.