As PJSC United Aircraft Corporation (PJSC UAC, part of the Rostec State Corporation) reported on September 10, 2022, the Yu.A. Gagarin in Komsomolsk-on-Amur manufactured and handed over to the Russian Aerospace Forces a batch of new Su-35S aircraft. The planes flew from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the home airfield. These 4++ generation fighters, built at KnAAZ, are completing the third contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense for delivery to the Russian Aerospace Forces. The first batch of combat winged vehicles was delivered in the fall of 2021.
The Su-35S fighters (blue tail numbers "02" and "03") handed over to the Russian Aerospace Forces, built under the 2022 program of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Yu.A. Gagarin (KnAAZ) - a branch of PJSC United Aircraft Corporation. Komsomolsk-on-Amur, 09/09/2022 (c) frame from the video of United Aircraft Corporation PJSC
In a press release from PJSC "UAC" it is reported that the Su-35S of the latest series were accepted by the technical staff, passed factory tests at the branch of PJSC "UAC" "Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after. Yu.A. Gagarin (KnAAZ). Each aircraft was tested in the air in various operating modes.
"The Su-35S is our key product today," said the director of the branch of PJSC "UAC" KnAAZ named after. Yu.A. Gagarina Alexander Pekarsh. - 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.”
In 2022, the plant will also hand over the first Su-35S vehicles to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation under the next, fourth contract. 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.
bmpd's comment. Judging by the video circulated by the UAC, the Russian Aerospace Forces (judging by the date of the video - September 9) were delivered three new Su-35S fighters built by KnAAZ with blue tail numbers "01", "02" and "03". According to the UAC, these are the final aircraft under the new (third) contract with the UAC for the supply of Su-35S fighters concluded on August 25, 2020 during the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
According to available information, in 2021, KnAAZ handed over the first five Su-35S fighters to Russia under this contract, and thus, the entire contract for 2020 included only eight aircraft (previously it was reported that this contract included 30 Su-35S aircraft, however, apparently , the rest of the aircraft switched to a new contract).
It is reliably known about the transfer of the first three Su-35S fighters built in 2021 under this contract to the Russian Aerospace Forces - aircraft with red tail numbers "58", "59" and "60". On December 13, 2021, they entered the 4th Order of Lenin of the Red Banner Center for Military Testing and Training of Personnel of the VKS named after V.P. Chkalov of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation at the Lipetsk airfield. At the same time, the serial numbers of these three Su-35S, which are unusually large for Lipetsk, can only indicate the temporary transfer of these aircraft to Lipetsk, with subsequent redirection to one of the linear fighter regiments.
Two more aircraft, presumably, were handed over to KnAAZ at the very end of 2021 and were transferred to the troops after the start of a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
Earlier, under two previous contracts in 2009 and 2015, the Russian Aerospace Forces received 98 serial Su-35S aircraft from 2012 to 2020, two of which have now been decommissioned or lost by early 2022. Thus, the total number of serial Su-35S received by the Russian Ministry of Defense should now reach 106.
The fourth contract for the supply of Su-35S, announced by the UAC, may include 22 aircraft for delivery by 2024. According to previously released information, in 2022 KnAAZ should hand over seven Su-35S fighters to the Russian Aerospace Forces - three of them, which have now been handed over, have become the final ones under the 2020 contract.
UPD: As reported on September 10 by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, three of these new Su-35S fighters built in 2022 with blue tail numbers "01", "02" and "03" entered the 116th Combat Training Center of the 185th Center for combat training and combat use of fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Privolzhsky airfield in the Astrakhan region. They became the first Su-35S aircraft in this Center.
The Su-35S fighters (blue tail numbers "01", "02" and "03") handed over to the Russian Aerospace Forces, built according to the 2022 program of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Yu.A. Gagarin (KnAAZ) - a branch of PJSC United Aircraft Corporation. The registration numbers on the keels are retouched. Komsomolsk-on-Amur, 09/09/2022 (c) footage from the video of United Aircraft Corporation PJSC
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