An aviation plant of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (KnAAZ) manufactured and handed over to the Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) a new batch of new Su-35S aircraft.
At the same time, the supply of fifth-generation Su-57 fighters to the Russian Aerospace Forces will continue this year. The machines of the 2022 plan are already being tested at the plant's flight test station.
The Su-35 planes flew from (KnAAZ) to the home airfield of the RuAF. These 4++ generation fighters, built at KnAAZ, are completing the third contract with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for delivery to the RuAF.
The first batch of combat winged vehicles was delivered in the fall of 2021. The number of aircraft involved in the current delivery was not specified in a press release issued by UAC. However, some 48 planes had been delivered in previous combined contracts to the RuAF.
Su-35S of the latest series were accepted by the technical staff, passed factory tests at the KnAAZ plant. Each aircraft was tested in the air in various operating modes.
“The Su-35S is our key product today. This is one of the best aircraft in the world. It has great potential, and its construction at our plant will continue in the future,” said the director of KnAAZ plant, Alexander Pekarsh.
In 2022, the plant will hand over the first Su-35S vehicles to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation under the next, fourth contract.
According to ROSTEC information, after the RuAF became interested in the new model, a Sukhoi Su-35S variant emerged, with the index S traditionally signifying a version designated for the Russian Defense Ministry. The Su-35 is a dedicated export version.
The “Thirty-Five” offers a feature set and performance making it very nearly a Fifth-Generation fighter jet. The Su-35S falls short on two requirements: lack of stealth technology and APAR (active phased array radar).
While lacking an APAR, the Su-35 radar system can detect targets at distances up to 400 kilometers, as well as tracking up to aerial targets and engage up to eight of these targets simultaneously.
Sukhkoi Su-35S has owes these capabilities to its new Irbis phased-array radar control system.