During his visit in key aeronautic plants during october, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu made many comments, indicating the priority is not fifth-generation fighters, but fourth-generation fighters, especially Sukhoi Su-35S
KnAZZ in Khabarovsk Kraï
The production of fifth-generation fighter Su-57 and the assembly line of Su-35S are located in KnAZZ, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant « Gagarin », located in Khabarovsk Kraï (Russia Far East region). KnAZZ is actively pursuing the production of generation « 4++ », which are rivals of fifth-generation fighters, and are successfully exported.
15 additional Su-35S
During his meeting with representatives of local administration and Military-industrial complex, Shoygu declared a new Governement contract will be concluded before the end of this year, for additional Su-35S. The cost of the contract would be 70 billions of rubles (About 758,4 millions of euros). The delivery of about fiftheen additional Su-35S for Russian Aerospace Forces is consider for 2020 and 2021.
Production for exportation
As reported during Shoygu’s visit, several contracts for exportation are in progress : 30 Su-35S which would be delivered in 2020-2021, and about 32-34 other fighters between 2022 and 2024. Clients for these fighters, in descending order, are Egypt, China, Algeria, Indonésia and Turkey.
Su-27 is manufacture since the end of 80’s, and the development of the actual generation, the Su-35S 4++ , began in 2005, when the first fifth-generation fighter in the world, the F-22A Raptor, entered in service.
Su-35S production began in 2008. Then years later, more than one hundred of these fighter were produced. ; and in 2020, one hundred and twenty were produced. The first buy of Su-35S by Russian Ministry of Defence occured in 2009, with 48 fighters