Third delivery for the VKS in a month, now Su-35s were supplied
MOSCOW ($1=61.50 Russian Rubles) — The Russian Air and Space Forces, known as the VKS, have received a new batch of the 4++ generation Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter. The information was announced today, December 3, through a press release issued by the manufacturer – the United Aircraft Corporation [UAC].
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The UAC said the Kremlin had appointed the Government Coordination Council. The Council monitors the plans and compliance with the deadlines for the production. It also monitors the deliveries of combat aircraft for the VKS. UAC confirmed, through a statement from its Director General Mr. Yuri Slyusar, that the production facilities of the plant in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur [in the Far East of Russia] are at full capacity. However, Mr. Slusar says, the company manages to deliver government orders on time.
Three deliveries in a month
Mr. Slyusar’s words should be taken at face value as Russia continues to receive fighters from the UAC. Just a week ago, on November 21st, UAC announced the delivery of a new batch of Su-30SM2 fighter jets and Yak-130 light attack and training aircraft. A few days later, the company announced that after the delivery, the production lines of the Su-30 were again busy and the aircraft was re-entering serial production.
On November 17, Russia again received new combat aircraft. A new batch of Su-34 fighter bombers left the factory in Novosibirsk and was accepted into service with the Air Force. Thus, within just a few weeks, forming 30 days, the Russian pilots were fed three deliveries of three different combat aircraft.
In the middle of last month, Moscow announced that it was expanding the production capacity of the military aircraft industry. The news mainly concerns the production of the Su-57 Felon stealth fighter. New manufacturing techniques and automated processes are designed to speed up production. Construction also began in August on a new avionics test facility, a tank farm, and a new engine test stand, all of which are scheduled to enter service in mid-2023.
The latest innovation at the Russian plant is a cold room, which is a bit worrying as it turns out there hasn’t been one until now. The cold chamber was discovered about two months ago – at the end of August. Its main purpose is to help the Su-57 get its radio-absorbing coating, or so-called, stealth cover.
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