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January 2, 2013

Sukhoi delivers six Su-35S aircraft to Russia

Sukhoi has delivered six Su-35S Flanker-E multirole fighter aircraft to the Russian Ministry of Defence at Sukhoi’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft production association (KnAAPO) in Russia.

Sukhoi has delivered six Su-35S Flanker-E multirole fighter aircraft to the Russian Ministry of Defence at Sukhoi’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft production association (KnAAPO) in Russia.

The delivery follows a contract awarded in 2009 to manufacture 48 Su-35S aircraft for the Russian Air Force with deliveries scheduled to run until 2015.

Capable of simultaneously engaging several air targets using both guided and unguided missiles and weapon systems, the upgraded Su-35 Flanker-E is a single-seat fighter designed to provide a high angle of attack capability.

The upgraded Su-35 Flanker-E is a single-seat fighter designed to provide a high angle of attack capability.

Employing fifth-generation technologies, the aircraft is equipped with a new avionics suite based on a digital information control system and integrates onboard instrumentation, including new radar with a phased antenna array.

The radars are capable of detecting and tracking an increased number of targets, continuing space observation and target engagement.

The highly manoeuvrable aircraft features a range of long, medium and short-range weapons as well as guided aerial munitions for anti-radar and anti-ship operations, and general-purpose munitions, guided and unguided aerial bombs.

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Powered by two Sturn / UFA AL-31F 117S turbofan engines with thrust-vectoring nozzle control, the aircraft has maximum take-off weight of 34,500kg.

The aircraft is armed with Vympel R-27 (Nato designation AA-10 Alamo), the Vympel radar-guided medium-range R-77 (AA-12 Adder) and the Vympel short-range infrared-guided R-73E (AA-11 Archer).

Additional weaponry of the aircraft include KAB-500Kr TV-guided bomb, KAB-500S-E satellite-guided bomb, LGB-250 laser-guided bomb, Kab-1500Kr TV-guided bomb and KAB-1500LG laser-guided bomb as well as 80mm, 122mm, 266mm and 420mm rockets.

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