12 latest “4++”-generation Su-35S fighters have joined the fleet of Russian air forces. The jets will be operated by the 23rd fighter regiment (Dzemgi airfield, Khabarovsk Region) of the third air force and air defense command, ITAR-TASS reports.
The solemn handover ceremony was held at Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Y.A. Gagarin, which is manufacturing Su-35S fighters. Russian Minister of Defense, General of the Army Sergey Shoygu, arrived from Vladivostok in order to take part in the ceremony along with the president of United Aircraft Corporation, Mikhail Pogosyan.
Shoygu noted that Su-35S outmatches its foreign analogues and serves as a platform for development of a fifth-generation aircraft.
"This super-maneuverable jet outmatches its foreign analogues in terms of aircraft performance. It is capable of performing a wide variety of missions under adverse climatic conditions", - the minister said.
He thanked the designers, engineers, workers, test pilots and all the people, who have taken part in development of this jet. "I think that you did a great job", - Shoygu said. According to him, the Ministry of Defense highly appreciates its long-standing partnership with Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Y.A. Gagarin. The minister expressed hope that this fruitful partnership will continue and wished the enterprise’s employees all the best for the years to come.
After his speech Sergey Shoygu awarded test pilots, employees of the military representative office and the enterprise. The minister signed the book for distinguished visitors and had his photo taken in front of the jet together with the plant’s top-management. CEO of Sukhoi Company, Igor Ozar, presented a mockup of Su-35S to the minister.
After that Sergey Shoygu watched the demonstration flight performed by two Su-35S fighters from the observation site of the enterprise. The jets were piloted by military pilots, who demonstrated different aerobatic maneuvers.
During the visit Sergey Shoygu, Mikhail Pogosyan and Commander-in-Chief of the air forces, Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev, inspected Su-35S, Su-30M2 and Su-27SM3 jets manufactured by the plant.