Moscow. 03 May 2021. May 3, 2011 from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur airfield of the Yu.A. Gagarin made its first flight of a serial fighter Su-35S. An hour and a half of the test pilot’s work confirmed the stability and controllability of the aircraft, the correct operation of the engine and other systems. This is how the career of the most advanced generation 4 ++ fighter began, which took its rightful place in the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation. Let us recall the main milestones of the program, tracking it according to the calendar of MAKS airshows, starting from 2007.
The deeply modernized super-maneuverable multifunctional fighter Su-35S was created at the Sukhoi Design Bureau on the basis of the developments under the program for the modernization of the Su-27M aircraft. Distinctive features of the Su-35S are a new avionics complex based on a digital information and control system, new engines with increased thrust and rotary thrust vector, a new radar with a long detection range for air targets, the ability to use the entire range of existing and promising airborne weapons. air and air-to-surface, including high precision. The aircraft is intended both for gaining air supremacy and for destroying ground and surface targets, and can also be used to conduct concurrent reconnaissance in land and naval theaters of operations.
For the first time, the Su-35 was presented at the static parking lot of the MAKS air show in 2007. At MAKS-2009, the Ministry of Defense signed the first contract for the supply of 48 Su-35S fighters for the Russian Air Force with a deadline of 2012-2015. The second contract for the supply of 48 more aircraft until 2020 was signed by the Ministry of Defense at the MAKS-2015 air show. I found the plane and foreign customers: Indonesia and China chose it for their air forces.
In November 2019, Su-35S fighters entered service with the Russian Knights aerobatics group, and in 2020 Vityaz adopted the second four Su-35S. At the MAKS-2021 air show, performances in the latest combat vehicles will become part of the Russian Knights’ demonstration flight program.
We are waiting for the new appearance of the Su-35S in the flight program and at the static parking lot of the MAKS-2021 air show!