According to the Russian Ministry of Defence press service, a welcome ceremony of "Russian Knights" pilots was held at the Kubinka airbase on October 14.
Famous Russian aces flew four Su-30SM fighters from Irkutsk Aviation Plant, an affiliate of Irkut Corporation.
At the airfield pilots were met by the Russian Aerospace Forces commanding officer and aviation industry representatives.
Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, the Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, congratulated "Russian Knights" team on occasion of receiving new Su-30SM fighter aircraft.
"Today you've got state-of-the-art fighters of 4 ++ generation, which confirmed their characteristics in combat units, and while performing combat missions" - V.Bondarev said. According to him, in the next 10-15 years “this aircraft will not be equal to other aircraft in the world”. V.Bondarev mentioned: “Every year we buy 20-24 of these fighters annually”.
By the end of 2016 Irkut Corporation will deliver the second batch of 4 Su-30SM fighters to “Russian Knights”.