KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR, Russia --- The Russian Defense Ministry this year will get a batch of ten highly maneuverable multirole fighters Sukhoi-35S and another Sukhoi-27 will be upgraded to the Sukhoi-35 level, First Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told the media on Thursday.
"Last year we concluded a long-term contract for building Sukhoi-35S planes. This year we expect ten newly-built Sukhoi-35S fighters and another four Sukhoi-27s upgraded to match the Sukhoi-35 capabilities," he said while visiting the Gagarin Aircraft-Building Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
Borisov spoke highly of the Sukhoi-35S parameters. "The pilots say the plane is great. It boasts unique flight and technical parameters. It was baptized by fire in Syria to have displayed excellent capabilities," Borisov said.
The Sukhoi-35S is Russia’s highly maneuverable multirole fighter of generation 4++, developed by the Sukhoi design bureau. The plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur was commissioned to build 50 Sukhoi-35S jets for the Defense Ministry by 2020. Ten planes are to be delivered every year. Since 2009 the plant has provided 48 planes for the Russian Armed Forces.