Russia has completed the delivery of 28 Su-30MKA Flanker-C multi-role fighters to Algeria.
The French ADIT research agency says the IRKUT Corporation at Irkutsk manufacturer “has built a total of 28 Su-30MKA fighters for Algeria” under a $2.5 billion contract signed in 2006.
However, the wikipedia, quoting Flight International note that Algeria by November last year operated 18 of the aircraft with another 20 on order.
But the ADIT disputed this saying the 2006 contract specified 28 fighter aircraft. It adds though thtit has been speculated that Algeria would receive 16 more SU-30MKAs to replace 15 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29SMT fighters Algeria returned to Russia after declaring them “defective.”
MiG is reportedly pressuring Algiers not to exercise an option for 20 more Su-30MKAs and to take a number of MiG-35s instead.
The Su-30MKA is a specialised variant of the Su-30MK developed for Algeria and fitted with a mix of French and Russian avionics. The former includes a head-up and multifunction displays manufactured by the Thales Group and Sagem of France.
The Su-30 is a twin-engine, multi-role military aircraft developed by from the Sukhoi Su-27UB. It is a two-seat, dual-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions introduced into operational service in 1996.
The type is flown operate by Russia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Venezuela.