Russian Fighter Jet Shows Thrust Vectoring Maneuvers

A rare chance to see an example of thrust vectoring maneuverability at its best with the Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighter. Thrust vectoring, also thrust vector control or TVC, is the ability of an aircraft to manipulate the direction of the thrust from its engine in order to control the attitude or angular velocity of the plane. For aircrafts, the method was originally envisaged to provide upward vertical thrust as a means to give aircraft vertical (VTOL) or short (STOL) takeoff and landing ability. Subsequently, it was realized that using vectored thrust in combat situations enabled aircraft to perform various maneuvers not available to conventional engine planes.