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Russian newest jet-fighter makes maiden flight

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09:34, September 22, 2012

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Russia's newest Sukhoi SU-30CM jet fighter has successfully completed its maiden flight, the aircraft's builder Irkut Corporation said Friday.

"A test of the SU-30CM fighter has been conducted at an airfield in (the southern Siberian city of) Irkutsk. The two-hour flight did not reveal any problem," the company said in a statement.

The SU-30CM multipurpose fighter is the newest version of Russia's SU-30MK family. In March, the Defense Ministry ordered 30 SU-30CM airplanes to delivered to the Air Force by 2015.

The 22-meter-long fighter is capable of covering a distance of up to 3,000 km with a maximum speed of 2,125 km/h or Mach 2 on an altitude of 17.3 km. It is equipped with one machine gun, six middle-range guided missiles and eight non-guided bombs.

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