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Sukhoi Su-30: All You Need To Know About The Magnificent IAF Aircraft That Pushed Pakistan's F-16s Out Of Indian Air Space

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

The Indian Air Force on Wednesday shot down Pakistan Air Force's F-16 Aircraft while attempting to intrude 3 kms into the Indian airspace. The intruder aircraft was shot down as IAF retaliated to the incursion with India's Mig-21 bison. 

The Pakistan Air Force F-16s was brought down in the Lam Valley in Nowshera sector. Furthermore, as per eyewitnesses, a parachute was seen as the Pakistani fighter jet went down.

Here is all you need to know about the magnificent Sukhoi Su-30 that was deployed to push Pakistan Air Force out of the Indian air space

  • Initially developed by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation, in Irkutsk, the Sukhoi Su-30 is a twin-engine, two-seater supermaneuverable fighter aircraft that first flew in December 1989. The two engines (twinjet) allows not only fuel efficiency but allows safety from single engine failure. 
  • The stunning Aircraft is a multirole fighter efficient for all weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.
  • Since December 2000, the Su-30MKI variant that the IAF uses have been manufactured and assembled under license by HAL.

Flight features

  • Sukhoi-30, the integrated aerodynamic configuration allows in high manoeuvrability and has innovating takeoff and landing configuration, and is around 73 feet in length and 21 feet in height with a wingspread of 48 feet,  
  • The Aircraft is able to perform some supremely advanced manoeuvres like - Pugachev's Cobra and the tailslide, and can also reach a maximum speed of 2,100 km/hour.


  • With a fuel reserve of 5,270 kgs, the SU-30 MK is able to perform 4.5 hours of combat mission with a range of 3,000 kms.
  • It also includes autopilot ability at all flight stages, including low-altitude flight

Weapon system

  • The IAF Aircraft that pushed back Pakistan's F-16 is armed with 30mm Gsh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds of ammunition. It has 12 hardpoints for missiles and bombs, which can be further augmented to 14 using multiple ejector racks. 
  • The BrahMos ALCM that weighs 2.5 tonnes is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on the Su-30 fighter aircraft and has been modified by HAL to carry weapons. 
  • The aircraft is able to launch a range of air-to-surface missiles and carries Vympel-built air-to-air missiles, and rocket pods, KAB-500 and KAB-1500 laser-guided bombs.