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Rostec delivers new batch of Su-35S fighters to Russian Aerospace Forces.

| 2023

Rostec on June 23 announced that a new batch of new Su-35S aircraft was handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant. Yu.A. Gagarin of the United Aircraft Corporation (part of Rostec State Corporation). Combat vehicles made a flight to the home airfield.

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Rostec delivers new batch of Su 35S fighters to Russian Aerospace Forces Sukhoi Su-35S  (Picture source: UAC/United Aircraft Corporation)

The Su-35S ("S" stands for Stroyevoy ("Combatant"); NATO reporting name: Flanker-M) were accepted by technical services and passed factory tests. Each aircraft was tested in the air in various operating modes. The 4++ generation fighters built at KnAAZ were delivered as part of this year's program. The previous batch of combat aircraft was sent in 2022.

“UAC enterprises fulfilling the state defense order, including the Komsomol plant, thanks to state support, received a significant amount of funds under the program of technical re-equipment and modernization of production. New productions and facilities were introduced. This allows us to increase serial production and increase production volumes,” said Yury Slyusar, General Director of the United Aircraft Corporation. – We will continue to fulfill our obligations under the concluded contracts. Su-35 aircraft of the following batches are in production. In addition, this year the volume of deliveries of the fifth generation Su-57 fighters to the Russian Aerospace Forces will increase.”

The type was originally developed by the Soviet Union from the Su-27 Flanker and was known as the Su-27M. It incorporated canards and a multi-function radar giving it multi-role capabilities. The first prototype made its maiden flight in June 1988. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Sukhoi re-designated it as the Su-35 to attract export orders. Fourteen aircraft were produced and used for tests and demonstrations; one example had thrust-vectoring engines and was, in turn, redesignated the Su-37. A sole Su-35UB two-seat trainer was also built in the late 1990s that resembled the Su-30MK family.

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