A photo has appeared on the internet revealing one of Angola’s long-awaited Su-30K two-seat heavy fighters in National Air Force of Angola colours.
The photo of serial C-132, by Dmitriy Berdasov, was taken during a visit to the 558 Aviation Repair Plant (ARZ) in Baranovichi, Belarus, which has been refurbishing the jets for sale to Angola.
Angola is also reported to be looking at purchasing a further six former IAF Su-30Ks, according to a report in Russian newspaper Kommersant in July. The Director of the 558 ARZ, where the jets are stored, confirmed at the MAKS airshow that a search for a buyer was continuing. Military sources indicated negotiations were under way with Angola, although they are said to be at an early stage.
All 18 of the original IAF Su-30Ks were placed in storage at the 558 ARZ and put up for sale after being replaced by new, multi-role Su-30MKIs. They were withdrawn from service in 2006 and shipped to Baranovichi five years later.
On February 12, 2014 it was confirmed 12 had been sold to the Força Aérea Nacional de Angola (FANA, National Air Force of Angola) under a contract signed in October the previous year. These are being refurbished and upgraded to Su-30KN standard, the first having been re-flown at Baranovichi around January 31 this year, although none have yet been delivered.