The first multi-role Su-35 fighters will be delivered to Russian air forces by mid-February, Kommersant reports with reference close to the military-industrial sector.
«Su-35 fighter will be put into service by Russian air forces soon. All the necessary documents have already been elaborated», — the source noted. He explained that «Su-35 will be put into operation after delivery of the fighters to combat units of the air forces».
«Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Y.A. Gagarin (subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation) will deliver the first four fighters of the type to Russian air forces by mid-February», — the source said. «As for official introduction of Su-35, it will be finalized by the special governmental decree after completion of the jet’s joint state testing», — the source added.
He reminded that “Su-35 fighters will be delivered to the air forces under a state contract for delivery of 48 aircraft of the type during the period until 2015 with a step-by-step increase of the pace of delivery». Speaking about the prospects for export of Su-35 the source said that “Rosoboronexport has not signed any contracts for delivery of Su-35 fighters yet, but negotiations with several potential customers are in progress».