Russian factories are churning out fighter jets in rapid succession as barely three weeks after Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) handed over a ‘batch’ of Su-35S aircraft to the country’s ministry of defense (MoD), a second ‘batch’ was delivered today.
The number of aircraft in the current as well as the previous batch has not been disclosed but going by previous Russian MoD information, a batch could constitute between 12 to 18 aircraft.
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The rapid churning out of aircraft could indicate their need on the Ukrainian front which could be due to replacement of destroyed/damaged aircraft or to equip these fighters with modernized systems to carry some of the new air-to-ground weapons that Russia has developed since the past few years.
Just yesterday, Irkut Corporation announced the delivery of Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian MoD indicating their requirement in the training of pilots.
Earlier, on July 3, it delivered a ‘batch’ of Su-30SM fighter jets to the MoD with upgraded combat capabilities. These improvements include greater target detection range and the ability to launch missiles from a stand-off distance.
The Su-35S is Russia’s ‘Heavy’ fighter that can carry a variety of bombs and missiles within a single mission. The Russian MoD has earlier released information indicating destruction of Ukrainian targets by this type of aircraft.
The Su-30SM and Yak-130 are made in the Irkut plant of UAC while the Su-35, Su-33 and Su-57 are manufactured in Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant of the same company.
Ukrainian defense ministry’s latest update on Russian equipment losses puts the number of destroyed military jets at 315.