Sukhoi has begun producing components of the Su-35S fighter jets for the Russian Air Force.

The air force had been awarded a contract to deliver 48 Sukhoi Su-35S jets before 2015.

The Su-35 is a modernised highly manoeuvrable multifunctional fourth-generation aircraft, employing fifth-generation technologies.

Powered by new engines with an increased thrust and a vectored thrust nozzle, the Su-35 has low observability and features a new suite of onboard instruments.

The aircraft’s suite includes an information management system integrated with onboard subsystems and a new phased array radar system with long-range aerial target detection.

The radar detects and tracks an increased number of targets, continuing space observation and target engagement.

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The fighter jets will strengthen Russia’s defence potential and allow rearming of combat aviation.

The assembly of the first serial planes will begin in 2010.