This Video Shows A Russian Su-30SM Almost Getting “Into” The Cargo Bay Of An Il-76 Airlifter Involved In Air Drop Over Syria

Dec 07 2017 - 44 Comments

An armed Russian Su-30SM gets much close to a UN Il-76 over Deir Ez Zor, Syria.

The video in this post was reportedly filmed during a mission over Deir Ez Zor, Syria.

It shows an armed Russian Air Force Su-30SM jet, escorting an Il-76 involved in an air-drop from high altitude, getting much close to the cargo bay of the airlifter after the pallets are dropped.

We don’t know when the footage was shot. However, it must have been filmed during one of the +250 UN agency World Food Program’s airdrops of humanitarian aid to Syrians: indeed, starting from Feb. 24, 2016 to September 2017, WFP has conducted air-drops in the Deir Ez Zor area, using an Il-76, to deliver vital food and humanitarian suppliesto trapped families in the besieged city in northeastern Syria.

A screenshot from the Russian TV showing the Il-76 escorted by a Russian Su-35 during the first air-drop in 2016.

Flying from Amman, Jordan, a white-colored Il-76 with UN markings (RA-76780) flew to the airdrop area escorted by Russian Air Force aircraft deployed to Hmeymim airbase, including the Su-35S, and the Su-30SM shown in the video.

The UN aircraft could be tracked online using ADS-B on during these missions.

The Su-30SM is a multirole derivative of the Su-27 Flanker. It’s a special variant of the thrust-vectoring Su-30MKI and MKM produced by the Irkut Corporation for the Russian Air Force. It’s a 4+ Generation twin-engine, two seat supermaneuverable multi-role aircraft equipped with improved avionics, the Bars-R radar and a wide-angle HUD (Head Up Display).

H/T Vladimir Konovalov and Trevor Siders for the heads-up

  • John Aceves

    I suppose a persons view of this stunt depends on the lens you’re looking at it through. If I was the commander of the air wing this plane belongs to, I would be reflecting on how close his idiot undisciplined pilot came to causing a catastrophe loosing valuable air assets, pilots and crew. I looked at it and thought “cool”..glad are pilots don’t do that stupid S%.#!

  • Ilya Kurenkov

    Amazing how steady that Flanker is! Turbulence behind Candid’s rear end with open ramp should be awful, but Su-30 is stable as a rock.
    It’s perfect aerodynamics and sophisticated control system does contribute greatly to pilot’s confidence in the air, no matter he flies in ultra-close formation or waltzing in the air at air shows.

    • Z-man

      Yes cool but what if they both hit an air pocket, dasvedanya. Hey not bad I was close to the spelling! dasvidaniya

    • Tomas Rodriguez

      If you watch the stabilators you will see they are very active, suggesting artificial stability at work. Pure manual control with that activity would probably result in pilot induced oscillations and a wild ride at best. This was an arranged photo stunt. The full video shows the loadmasters inside the cargo bay celebrating the thrill at the end. Risky, but not reckless.

      A picture in Pinterest shows a Phantom doing the same, but further away from a Hercules. Probably it could not handle the turbulence at the very low speeds involved (open ramp ).

    • El Kabong

      Lame, and useless.

    • franciwzm

      Perfect aerodinamics? May be optimized for very low speed flight: its sustained turn rate in supersonic is horrendous, as indian pilots confirm (mirage 2000 is much better in supersonic flight envelope), and even istantaneous turn rate is not good in supersonic. Furthermore it is a very draggy plane and not able to save energy momentum.

      • Ilya Kurenkov

        I guess you realize, that your comparison of single engined Mirage with twin-engined Flanker which is twice as heavy is a bit senseless?
        And you completely forget about Su-30’s thrust vectoring nozzles – this baby has no problem with saving of kinetic power – she can accelerate sideways!

        • franciwzm

          Can you understand English and basic logic? Try and read it again: “as indian pilots confirm (mirage 2000 is much better in supersonic flight envelope)” Thrust vectoring and double engine does not make supersonic flight envelope of sukhoys decent…

      • xfrgtr

        lol, nonsense
        The Sukhoi 30 has vectored thrust along with canards and is among the most manuevarable aircraft of the world with a sustained turn rate of almost 20-25 degrees comparing with the raptors 28-32 degrees. While value of eurofighter id over 35…

        • franciwzm

          May be you dont know that typhoon continuos turn rate in supersonic is better even then f22, beeing able to sustain a G6,6 momentum at mach 1,6. Sukhoy istantaneous turn rate (totally unuseful with modern wvr missilesand even dangerous as f22 pilots confirm anout using thrust vectoring in wvr dacts vs eurocanards) is better, but continous turn rate ieven in subsonic is medicore…You wrote continous but it is a mistake: you should have written istantaneous, if you can understand the difference…Ahh

      • Tomas Rodriguez

        Not perfect, but better than others yes. This is an airplane optimized for supermaneouverability and it excels at that. Turn rates are irrelevant. It rotates. But not supersonic. There are no supersonic dogfights. If you pull 5g at 2M you will end flying an ejection seat. And if you start it supersonic, you will end down in the bushes, frantically hanging around at post-stall speeds at best. And the energy momentum mantra is for classic fighters only. Not for full 3D thrust vectorers. Gun armed helicopters, with virtually zero energy momentum, should be feared by fighter planes according to the USAF-ARMY, J-CATCH experiment that concluded:

        “….the helicopters proved extremely dangerous to the fighters when they were properly employed, racking up a 5-to-1 kill ratio over the fighters when fighting at close ranges with guns. The lesson was that fixed-wing aircraft should not attack helicopters except at long range and/or high altitudes with long range missiles.”

        While we are stuck in the past, pontificating about our sacred mantras of classic, outdated air combat rules and playing checkers, the primitive, Russian “Aero-Neardenthals” are playing chess and rewriting the air combat manuals on their own terms.

        • franciwzm

          R “Turn rates areirrelevant” So irrelevant that f22 pilots say that in wvr dacts with typhoon and raphale is a bad idea to use thrust vectoring as it make you loose energy momentum…Ahh! And this is about f22…Turn rates are irrilevant…May be the opposite: with modern wvr missile istantaneosu turn rate is irrelevant except that for air to ground role, while continous turn rate is relevant for bvr encounters (only ones that modern fighters would accept) while istantaneous turn rate is irrelevant for bvr ! Ahhh Exactly the opposite of what you said…Furthermore even istantaneous turn rate of suhkoys in supersonic flight envelope is bad. Please try and learn something.

      • abadhuta117

        Mirage is delta wing, what do you expect? The only reason Indians are unhappy with mki is maintenance and spare parts.

        • franciwzm

          Indians say that su30mkII is much less agile then mirage in supersonic flight envelope: f15 for example is more balanced both in subsonic and supersonic flight envelope; furthermore suhkoy design are very draggy even in subsonic.

    • Tomas Rodriguez

      Here is the full video. Obviously, this was a stunt arranged to thrill the loadmasters with a camera, probably an innocent photo op. for the web or something.

      As mentioned, in Pinterest there is a photo of a Phantom doing something similar.

      Of course, since these are Russians, it “Has” to be barbaric. Only we are civilized and fair.

      • Eric

        Your point? That was stupid too.

  • MSO

    Pilot was just making a practice refueling run. Or maybe the pilot was short on fuel and was looking for a little help.

  • ludob

    Great exemple of blaginism…

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    No matter your opinion of the actions taken on this flight, given this and other videos we have seen over the years we in the West should have no doubt that the Russians are willing to send their pilots into ultra risky environments and their pilots will be willing to do those risky things. What might those ‘risky things’ be? Oh actions like sending out a full contingent of 4th generation fighters with the full intent of having 5/7th of them shot down by AIM-120’s so the last two can close with a small formation of F-22 or F-35’s to take them down after closing. The Western notion of air superiority seems to rest a bit on a sort of deterrence. But for deterrence to work you have to present the other side with a price they’re not willing to pay. Actions like this show an enemy with whom this kind of ‘negotiation’ may not work. Both at a institutional level or at the individual level. For now the West is well off as it has the numerical advantage, in an air campaign of West vs Russia where Russia is willing to pay the price to close with and maul Western air formations, Russia will exhaust her squadrons first just as NATO would have done had the Cold War gone hot. However should the West have to pare our air forces down, we should review our thinking that we currently rest on.

    • Srg720

      With the existence of nuclear weapons, such a conflict isn’t possible. Until the day they’re gone, run as many conventional scenarios as you want in your head.

    • BernardP

      Your are basically saying Russians would behave like the Japanese did in WWII.

  • Yak

    Well, looking at the small time gab between the airdrop and the Flanker showing up, the fighter was sure close to the pallets when they left the Candid’s cargo bay.
    Nice timing and video, I liked seeing all the control surfaces moving to maintain the Flanker level on the wake of the cargo, even if I would consider the whole stunt a bit reckless.

  • C_Low

    My question is how close those pallets were to that bird when they rolled out. Vid looks like they rolled out just behind their port side.

  • Haris

    Why did he do that stunt? Cowboy?

  • Uniform223

    If I was on the ramp I would have a full chubby but at the same time holding back a brick.

  • Black Eagle

    Your inability to see things in the right way is the reason why you use to posting so much crap.

  • Tomas Rodriguez

    Been looking for a while. Could not find it, with no reference, it is like searching for a needle in a haystack. But WILCO. Keep coming back :)
    Not interesting though. The target was a guy sitting at the end of the ramp taking a photo of the F-4, not the aircraft alone. That’s why I did not save it. Seemed like another innocent fun session between a pilot and his friends in the Hercules.

  • Tomas Rodriguez

    Everybody hold your horses! Watch the full video. It clearly shows that it was an innocent fun session between friends living in the same base. Nothing outlandish.

    Let’s face it; had they been non-Russians, we all would be clapping now.

  • tofucatnip

    Val Kilmer at the joystick!

    Gotta love the porky guy in the striped tee shirt…..Fucking Russians.

  • Tomas Rodriguez

    Here is the complete video. Hold your horses and see that this was a simple fun session between friends living together in the same airbase.

    Let’s face it: If they were non-Russians, everybody would be clapping.

    Also, here is the similar Phantom photo from Pinterest.

  • Tomas Rodriguez
  • Tomas Rodriguez

    Clearly, you didn’t see the IAF debrief on the Indian Flanker performance at Red Flag. India N, USAF 0 or close. If I remember right.
    Same against the RAF.
    It’s called PR. ALL sides practice it. Especially effective when you are saying what your audience wants to hear.

    The only time the military will claim inferiority, is when they want money for new toys.

  • Eric

    Ummm………that’s not a refueling plane, gonad.

  • Tomas Rodriguez

    LOL ! The bestest comment!

  • katakoco

    he only checking the Candid for finished dumping all cargo, take pictures for report and go .. why you all making like an a ….

  • xfrgtr

    “Among the observers who had front row seats to the dogfights was

    senior Indian journalist Vishnu Som. According to him, contrary to the picture painted by Fornof, the IAF and its
    Sukhois more than made a mark during their stint in the United States. “For starters not a single Su-30MKI fighter was shot down in close air combat
    missions at Mountain Home AFB. In fact, none of the Sukhois were even close to
    being shot down in the 10-odd one on one sorties which were planned for the
    first two days of the exercises at Mountain Home. These one on one engagements
    featured USAF jets such as the F-15 and F-16 in close air engagements against
    the Su-30MKI. The majority of the kills claimed in these engagements were
    granted to the IAF with the remainder of these being no-results.”

    Som adds by the time the exercises at Mountain Home had matured the
    IAF had graduated to large formation exercises which featured dozens of jets in
    the sky. In one of these exercises, the blue forces, of which the IAF was a part, shot down more than 21 of the enemy jets. Most of these `kills’ have been credited to the IAF.”