SEVASTOPOL, Russia --- Russia's Black Sea Fleet has formed a full-strength squadron of 12 advanced Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in the country's southwestern region of Crimea, the fleet's spokesman said Wednesday.
In October, the Russian Defense Ministry reported the arrival of the ninth Su-30SM fighter to Crimea. On Monday, three more aircraft were deployed to the peninsula.
"A full-strength squadron of advanced multirole Su-20 fighters has been created as part of the Black Sea Fleet's aviation. The aircraft are fully operational and staffed with personnel," spokesman Сapt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told RIA Novosti.
The Su-30SM, commissioned in 2013-2014, is a two-seat derivative of the Su-27UB jet, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground strikes and can be equipped with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions.