04.09.2015 MOSCOW (Sputnik)
The Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea has received several 4+ generation SU-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) multirole fighters, a spokesman for the fleet said Friday.
"The aircraft have arrived at the area of permanent deployment and are being readied for flights under the program for mastering new technology," Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told reporters.
The SU-30SM is a two-seat derivative of the earlier Su-27UB (NATO reporting name: Flanker) capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions. The aircraft features thrust-vectoring engines to enhance maneuverability.
Russia is currently conducting a $325-billion rearmament program to modernize 70-percent of its military by 2020.
In July, the Southern Military District's press service announced that the Black Sea Fleet would receive two Varshavyanka-class submarines. Overall, the fleet will receive six diesel-electric submarines by the end of 2016.
The Black Sea Fleet is stationed in both Crimea and the neighboring Krasnodar Region and operates in the Black and Mediterranean seas.