Video shows Su-30MK2 fighter jet fly over people rafting on the Nile River in Uganda

A Sukhoi of the Uganda People’s Defence Air Force makes a low pass over raft.

Uganda People’s Defence Air Force (UPDAF) operates a small fleet of Su-30MK2 aircraft.

Six such multirole jets have been delivered to the Ugandan Air Force by Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms company, starting in 2011.

The aircraft, based at Entebbe, can carry air-to-air missiles as well as various general purpose bombs for air-to-surface missions. The six Su-30s are believed to have conducted missions against Al Qaeda targets in Somalia, to provide support for UPDF acting under the Africa Union/UN mission (AMISOM), and  have reportedly launched airstrikes against opposition forces in South Sudan.

In spite of its quality, the following video is quite interesting as it one of the few available on the Internet showing a Ugandan Su-30s at work: the aircraft was filmed from a raft as a group of people were rafting on the Nile in Uganda.

According to the author, the jet flew over the raft twice; the second time he filmed it. “It did a couple spins after it passed us. I think it was about 50 meters high, maybe lower,” the author says on Youtube.

H/T Alex Wambogu for the heads-up!

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