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Sukhoi Delivers Su-35S Fighters to Russian Air Force

The aircraft entered service with the 23rd Fighter Regiment (based at the Dzemgi airfield, Khabarovsk Territory) of the Third Air Force and Air Defense Command of Russia. 

Today Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russian Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, Khabarovsk Territory Governor Vyacheslav Shport, President of the United Aircraft Corporation Mikhail Pogosyan and top executives of the Sukhoi Company attended a solemn ceremony of aircraft transfer at the Sukhoi Company’s branch — Y.A.Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant, where these machines are produced.

Speaking at the ceremony, Defense Minister stressed that the latest multi-purpose Su-35S fighter outperforms foreign aircraft in its class, and provides a platform for creating a perspective aviation complex of the 5th generation.

Sergei Shoigu thanked the designers, engineers and workers, as well as test pilots, who took part in development and production of these fighters. Defense Minister presented awards of the Ministry of Defense to the test pilots, representatives of the military supplies acceptance office and factory workers. Then combat pilots demonstrated flying capabilities of Su-35S, performing various stunts.

Guests also visited manufacturing units of the plant where Su-35S, Su-30M2 and Su-27SM3 combat aircraft are assembled.

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Note: The Russian Air Force received 12 advanced Su-35S multirole fighters Wednesday. The Defense Ministry ordered 48 of the aircraft in 2009, of which 34 have been delivered so far. The final deliveries of the remaining 14 are due in 2015
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