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Russian Air Force Receives New Su-35S Multirole Fighter from United Aircraft Corporation

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Russian Air Force Receives New Su-35S Multirole Fighter from United Aircraft Corporation

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Russian Air Force Receives New Su-35S Multirole Fighter from United Aircraft Corporation
Russian Air Force Receives New Su-35S Multirole Fighter from United Aircraft Corporation

The Russian Air Force received a batch of new Su-35S multirole fighters of generation 4++. They were produced by the Gagarin Aircraft Plant (United Aircraft Corporation) in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The Flanker M is the latest version of the Sukhoi Su-35, known internally as the Su-35BM (bolshaya modernizatsiya – big modernization). The previous delivery took place in October, which marked the fourth batch of the 4++ generation fighter jet delivered in 2023. Su-35S have passed ground and flight trials and flew from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the deployment airfield. It is distinguished by a new digital avionic complex, a new radar with passive phased antenna array and increased number of simultaneously tracked and attacked targets, plasma-ignition engines of increased capacity and controllable vectoring.

“The plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur has reached a rhythmical production pace this year. It is the second batch of combat aircraft delivered to the Aerospace Forces. The plant fulfils the commitments in the deliveries of new aircraft and works to create new batches of serial Su-35 and Su-57 jets,” UAC CEO Yury Slyusar said.

Russian Air Force Receives New Su-35S Multirole Fighter from United Aircraft Corporation
Russian Air Force Receives New Su-35S Multirole Fighter from United Aircraft Corporation. (Photo by UAC)

Su-35S is the production designator for the T-10BM design for the Russian Aerospace Forces. The Flanker M is the latest version of the Sukhoi Su-35, known internally as the Su-35BM (bolshaya modernizatsiya – big modernization), and is an advanced capability multirole air superiority fighter developed from the Su-27. The aircraft has high maneuverability (+9g) with a high angle of attack, and is equipped with high-capability weapon systems that contribute to the new aircraft’s exceptional dogfighting capability. The engines correspond to fifth-generation power plants as they develop supersonic speed without a boost. It has a reinforced glider and no frontal horizontal fins and brake flap. Braking at landing is done by turning rudders to different sides.

The Russian Air Force ordered 48 Sukhoi Su-35S fighters in August 2009 with deliveries scheduled to run until 2015. Sukhoi began producing the components required for assembly of the aircraft in November 2009. An information management system integrated with onboard subsystems and a new phased array radar system with long-range aerial target detection have been installed in the aircraft. The first Su-35S aircraft was handed over to the 929th State Flight Test Centre (GLITS) for flight tests in August 2011. The Russian Ministry of Defence received six Su-35S production aircraft from Sukhoi in December 2012. In 2015, China ordered 24 Su-35S aircraft for China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

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