March 22, 2017. At the "LIMA'17" international exhibition (Malaysia, Langkawi), for the first time abroad the "Russian Knights" aerobatics group presented its flight program on the new Su-30SM supermanoeuverable aircraft manufactured by the Irkut Corporation.The performance of the Russian pilots evoked rave reviews of the exhibition visitors and the press.
A joint press conference took place on March 22. The participants were pilots of the "Russian Knights" group, commander of the Air Force - deputy commander-in-chief of the Aerospace Forces of Russia LtGen Andrey Yudin, president of the Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko and the first vice-president of UAC Alexander Tulyakov.
The "Russian Knights" pilots highly appreciated the Su-30SM aircraft, which they received at the end of 2016. Col Andrei Alekseev, the group leader, said: "Malaysia was one of the first countries where our group performed after it was created in 1991. And it is here that for the first time outside Russia we present our new flight program. Supermanoeuverable Su-30SM aircraft enabled to make aerobatics more complicated and spectacular".
LtGen Andrey Yudin noted that the Su-30SM aircraft have been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces since 2012. "Pilots like new aircraft and they are successfully operated in combat units", - said Andrei Yudin.
"Su-30SM aircraft have great development potential", Oleg Demchenko said.
First vice-president of UAC Alexander Tulyakov said that performance of the “Russian Knights" on Su-30SM aircraft perfectly demonstrates the capabilities of aircraft and promotes them to the world market.
The press conference was accompanied by the presentation about the "Russian Knights" aerobatics group and the Su-30SM aircraft.