In 2003, the Su-30MKM (Modernizirovannyi Kommercheskiy Malaziyskiy – Modernized Export Malaysia) was selected by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The Su-30MKM was developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and is based on the Su-30MKI supermaneuverable fighter of the Indian Air Force, with many significant improvements over the original Su-30MK export version. The aircraft has the same airframe, same engines with thrust vector control (TVC), and an advanced digital fly-by-wire system. The MKM version differs from the MKI mainly in the composition of the onboard avionics. Thales supplies the Head-up display (HUD), navigational forward-looking IR system NAVFLIR and the Damocles targeting pod. The aircraft carries missile approach warning sensor (MAWS) and laser warning sensor (LWS) manufactured by Avitronics (South Africa). It can carry up to 8,000 kg/ 17,650 lb of weapons and payloads over 700 nmi unrefueled combat radius.
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