A Vietnam People’s Air Force’s Su-30MK2 has gone down during a trial flight.
Vietnam has confirmed it lost contact with a fighter jet this morning. A flight Su-30MK2 jets departed from Sao Vang Airport in the central province of Thanh Hoa. By around 8am, one of the fighter jets disappeared from radar according to local media.
Major General Do Minh Tuan, Deputy Commander of Vietnam Air Defense – Air Force told a local news outlet that the jet lost contact when it was training east of Nghe An central province. The air crew are reported missing.
The Vietnamese Air Force currently has around 36 Sukhoi Su-30MK2 jets in service.
The Sukhoi Su-30MK2 Flanker-G is a modification of the Sukhoi Su-30, incorporating advanced technology from the Sukhoi Su-35 variant. Su-30MK2 was developed by Sukhoi as a result of a direct Request for tender between the Russian Federation and China.
It is a heavy class, all-weather, long-range strike fighter, and like the Sukhoi Su-30, comparable to the American McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle. Su-30MK2 featured upgraded avionics and maritime strike capabilities over the basic Su-30. The aircraft is currently operated by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, Indonesian Air Force, Vietnam People’s Air Force, Venezuelan Air Force and the Ugandan Air Force.