Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Will Get 20 Su-35S Fighter Jets of the 4++ Generation

MOSCOW (BGM) – Russian Aerospace Defense Forces will get 20 Su-35S fighter jets of the 4++ generation by the end of 2020, Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said on Wednesday during his visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, learned

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“The plant is following the plan with Su-35 manufacturing, and we expect to get several aircraft even ahead of time this year. In accordance with the current contract, we expect another 20 Su-35S fighter jets this year and next year,” Krivoruchko said.

He noted that the aircraft plant works on modernizing this type of fighter jet, including on the basis of the Syrian combat experience. In particular, next modernized versions of Su-35S will be able to use all types of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.

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“The 2028 arms program stipulated the purchase of 16 such jets [Su-57],” the Russian President Vladimir Putin said. According to him, having assessed the situation, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported that manufacturers reduced prices for both the aircraft and the equipment by 20%, which provided the opportunity to purchase more of these jets. “We have agreed to purchase 76 such fighters without the increase in prices in the same period of time,” Putin said.

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The president recalled that the industry is focusing on developing modern aviation equipment, which determines the combat capabilities of the Russian Air forces for the decade to come. “Multipurpose Su-35S and Su-57 fighter jets are in the final testing stages,” the Russian leader announced, emphasizing that their combat characteristics are the best in the world. He said that by 2028 it is vital to fully rearm three aviation regiments of the Air Forces with the promising fifth-generation aviation systems.

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Source: TASS