The “Russian Knights” aerobatic team will fly at the LIMA'17 Exhibition in Malaysia in March, 2017, according to Colonel-General Victor Bondarev, The Commander in Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The flights in Malaysia will be the world premiere of the “Russian Knights” flying the new aircraft – Su-30SM supermaneuverable multirole fighters.
"We currently train the "Russian Knights" to operate Su-30SMs; the pilots have already completed the full training course and mastered aerobatics," - Colonel-General Victor Bondarev states.
New Su-30SM fighters were manufactured for the "Russian Knights" by Irkut Corporation at late 2016. Earlier, this aerobatic team operated Su-27 and Su-27UB fighters, since establishment in 1991.
Colonel Andrei Alekseyev, the chief pilot of the "Russian Knights", discloses that the team works hard on the new flight demonstration program. "We train practically every day, depending on weather," - he says.
The pilots of the aerobatic team highly appreciate the new fighters. "Su-30SM is the excellent aircraft. Currently, we are in the process of mastering this fighter. There will be many new elements with the use of supermaneuverability in the individual aerobatics. We will also add something new to the group aerobatics," - Colonel Alekseyev says.
He also says that combat capabilities of Su-30SM are much better then those of previous generation fighters. Unlike most other aerobatic teams in the world, the "Russian Knights" fly serial aircraft completely retaining their combat capabilities. The pilots of this aerobatic team master aerobatics, as well as complete the full combat training course.
Su-30SM epitomizes the further development of Su-30MKI fighters operated by Indian Air Force and Su-30MKM fighters operated by Royal Malaysian Air Force. Large batches of Su-30SM fighters acquire the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy.
At the LIMA'17 exhibition in Malaysia, the "Russian Knights" will fly four Su-30SM aircraft.