Sukhoi delivers final batch of Su-35S fighter jets for 2018

Sukhoi affiliate in Komsomolsk-on-Amur held a gala ceremony to hand over the final 2018 batch of Su-35S aircraft to the Defense Ministry. It included the hundredth jet, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said.

Sukhoi delivers final batch of Su 35S fighter jets for 2018

Russian Air Force Su-35S fighter jet
(Credit: UAC)


The ceremony was attended by Russian Defense Ministry representatives, Director of the plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur Alexander Pekarsh and enterprise staff, it said.

Participants said Su-35S has an excellent combat effectiveness and is a transition from the fourth-generation Su-27 to fifth-generation Su-57.

Pekarsh said it was a long way from the decision to produce Su-35S to the hundredth aircraft. "Designers and producers, Defense Ministry officers did a lot to create the fourth-generation aircraft," he said.

Batch production of Su-35S in Komsomolsk-on-Amur began in 2009 in the framework of a contract with the Defense Ministry to supply 48 jets by 2015. In December 2015, another contract was signed with Sukhoi to deliver 50 Su-35S by 2020.

In 2016 and 2017, the Defense Ministry received two batches of ten Su-35S each. Another ten aircraft were likely handed over in 2018. Thus, the total number of Su-35S in the Aerospace Forces does not exceed 78 jets (48 by the first contract and 30 jets produced in 2016-2018).

Another 24 Su-35 were produced for China in 2016-2018. Thus, a total of 102 Su-35 and Su-35S have been produced so far.

Su-35S (Flanker-E+ by NATO classification) is a deeply upgraded super maneuverable multirole fighter jet of generation 4++ designed with fifth-generation technologies. 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 engines correspond to fifth-generation power plants as they develop supersonic speed without a boost. Su-35S is a deep upgrade of Su-27. It has a reinforced glider and no frontal horizontal fins and brake flap. Braking at landing is done by turning rudders to different sides.

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