UGANDA AIR FORCE’S NEW SU-30MK JETS

Small country doing big things based on the resolve, sense of national pride and political will of one man, Yoweri Museveni.

Congrats..these neither came easy nor cheap but they are not the stuff of everyday shopping lists for a country like Uganda.

However, with neighbouring countries such as Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan flying MiG-29 and Su-27 jets, I guess it really is a situation of damned if you don’t.

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6 Responses to UGANDA AIR FORCE’S NEW SU-30MK JETS

  1. beegeagle says:

    The Independent (Kampala)
    Uganda: UPDF Meets Russians to Buy Eight Fighter Jets

    29 July 2011

    document
    UGANDA PEOPLES’ DEFENCE AIR FORCES

    OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER

    AIR FORCES HEADQUARTERS

    ENTEBBE

    MINUTES OF A MEETING WITH THE RUSSIAN AIR FORCE DELEGATION HELD IN THE OFFICE OF COMMANDER AIR FORCES ON 11 APR 10

    ATTENDANCE

    Maj. Gen J.B. Owoyesigire (CAF-Chairman)

    Brig. Samuel Turyagyenda (D/CAF- member)

    Ag. Lt Col MK Bisaso (D/Eng. Member)

    Ag. Lt. Col Geofrey Turuma (CTO- member)

    Mr Vladimir Rudenko – Rosoboronexport (AF Dept. Head of Delegation)

    Mr Anatly Mikityk – Rosoboronexport (Air Force Dept)

    Mr Andrey Kotsubinsky – Rosoboronexport (Air Force Dept)

    Ms Irina Potapova – Rosoboronexport (Air Force Dept)

    Mr Sergy Sergeyev – Sukhoi Company (Deputy General Director)

    Mr Valery Chistyakov – Sukhoi Company (Chief of Dept)

    Mr Sergy Zaitsev – Sukhoi Company (Director of Directorate)

    Mr Boris Ronkin – Sukhoi Company (Chief of Training Dept)

    Capt. J.M. Niwamanya – MA CAF/DPP (Secretary)

    AGENDA

    Communication fm the Chair.

    Missiles, Armament and Ground Support Requirement

    Training Requirements.

    A.O.B.

    Item 1: Communication from the Chair

    The C/Man called the meeting to order at 10:30 hrs by welcoming the Russian delegation to UPDAF HQs. He started by introducing the UPDAF Officers present to the Russian delegation. He informed the members that for the past two weeks, he had been having discussions with the Russian delegation and were now almost at the final stage.

    He observed that the Russian delegation was in the country to finalise the discussions in regard to delivery of SU-30MK aircraft. He noted that MOD [Ministry of Defence] was to procure 8 pieces and that 2 pieces would be delivered by June 2011, two more pieces be delivered by November 2011 while the balance would be delivered in 2012.

    He noted that the major aim for the meeting was therefore to agree on the final position before the contract can be signed.

    Item 2: Missiles, Armament and Ground Support Requirements

    The C/Man noted that due to lack of adequate funds, there was a need to reduce on the missiles and armament proposed so as to reduce the contractual cost.

    Head of the Russian delegation, however, noted that all the missiles and armament proposed were meant for normal operations and any reduction may, for instance, make the pilots fail to train on such missiles. He further informed the members that ground support equipment proposed were just one set that would be used for all the eight aircraft.

    A concern was raised as to the lifespan of the missiles to which the Head of Russian delegation informed the members that the shelf life of the proposed guided missiles was eight years. He however noted that after 8 years, they would send an expert to inspect any missiles that are not yet used with a view to extending their shelf life further.

    After thorough deliberations, it was resolved that the missiles proposed be reduced by half, observing that the balance would be procured after the first delivery is exhausted so as to reduce the risks of the missiles expiring before they are used. It was also resolved that the proposed quantities for OFAB should be reduced by half.

    The Russian delegation was informed that UPDAF required a fuel bowzer that refuels from the bottom (pressurised) as opposed to the one that refuels from the top (gravity). It was noted that this was a result of the current demands by the companies supplying fuel to UPDAF who only want fuel bowsers that fuel from the top. The Russian delegation informed the members that their fuel bowsers have the capability to refuel from the top and as well as from the bottom.

    Item 3: Training Requirements

    It was noted that the Draft contract proposed the training of 20 pilots with no less than 500 flight hours and 77 technicians with almost the same experience. It was however resolved that the pilots to be trained should be reduced to 16 and technicians be increased to 80. The Draft further proposes that the trainees would undergo an average 5 months theoretical training and 6-8 months practical training in Uganda. It was however noted that the pilots available do not have the required 500 flight hours and therefore their training ought to be more comprehensive and to take a little longer time than suggested.

    It was resolved that the training be conducted in two phases, the first phase consisting of 8 pilots and 40 technicians should commence immediately, and the second phase omprising of the same number to be trained immediately after the completion the first phase.

    The Russian delegation observed that in case UPDAF does not have pilots and technicians with relevant experience for training in the second phase, they were in position to adjust and conduct training of fresh airmen to professional level. It was therefore resolved that in an event that there would be no experienced pilots and technicians for training in the second phase, fresh airmen with no aviation training qualifications shall be nominated for the course.

    Specification requirements to installing SU-30MK2 simulator training and requirements for SU-30MK2 simulator classroom were given to the UPDAF Director of Engineering to study the structural requirements of the Simulator as well as specifications for the classroom and raise issues of concern, if any. Also, the training program was handed over to the DCAF for perusal and to make observations, if any.

    Item 4: Any Other Business

    The Russian delegation required to know how soon the contract would be ready for signing. They were informed that the LO-MOD was drafting the contract but that it has to be approved by the End User (UPDAF), Solicitor General and back to the PS-MOD before it is finally signed. The C/Man however noted that should it be necessary that the President first peruses through the Draft Contract, it might take a little more time. He therefore called upon them to be a bit patient since the contract may take some time before it is eventually signed.

    In his closing remarks, the C/Man informed the Russian delegation that a meeting with PS-MOD scheduled for 12 March 10 would discuss, among other issues, the simulator room, classroom and training program.

    The meeting was adjourned at 1345 hrs.

    J.M. Niwamanya

    Capt.

    MA-CAF/DPP Secretary

  2. musoke says:

    wastage of our money

    • beegeagle says:

      Do note the fact that, like never before, regional neighbours are arming up seriously.

      We already know about South Sudan but what if we said to you that the DR Congo in 2010, acquired 100 units of T72 tanks from The Ukraine?

  3. xnur44 says:

    This contract is cutting it too thin for Uganda (understandably getting the best for less) while the Russian want to maintain a strong presence in that region. The Su-30 is an integrated fighting platform that requires extensive ground support like radar, electronic surveillance and telemetry systems. What the Russians have presented is a below-bare-bone requirement for airplane availability to conduct routine missions (e.g. 500hrs on fast jet for pilots and ground crew training). While second generation warplanes can conduct single sortie type missions, the Su-30 are better suited for packaged missions where they play highly defined roles for mission effectiveness. The Ugandans may end up with an expensive set of aerial toys in their hands if they want to fly “the plane and count their money”. They are in the big league now so, there is nowhere to hide.

  4. James Varela says:

    Who on Earth is Uganda under threat from?. This is a CRIMINAL waste of money.

  5. ronnie says:

    How can i join

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