The UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) revealed that it has sent new batches of Su-57 and Su-35 fighters to the Russian Air Force. As has been customary, the number of aircraft was not revealed.
The holding that controls most of Russian aerospace manufacturers released only the image of a Su-35S being prepared for flight and then taking off from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where it was manufactured.
The Su-35S did not display any identification, possibly to hamper intelligence assessments in the West.
“Deliveries are being carried out as part of the state defense order, and by the end of 2023 Russian troops will receive the next stage of aircraft,” said Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov.
“The remaining fifth-generation fighter jets, scheduled for delivery this year, are in final assembly and also being tested at the flight test station,” said Yuri Slyusar, General Director of United Aircraft Corporation.
We also delivered the third batch of Su-35S this year. The next stage aircraft are in production,” he added.
The Russian government has ordered a total of 76 Su-57 fighters, the country’s first stealth fighter. The goal is to complete deliveries by 2027, but it is currently unknown exactly when these jets will be in service.
Although the UAC uses the term “batch” in its communications, they often refer to just one or two aircraft.