Sukhoi Warplanes to Form Basis of Russian Air Force up to 2020

Sukhoi Warplanes to Form Basis of Russian Air Force up to 2020

The Russian Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (the AST-Centre) conducted market research of Russian combat aircraft.

The Centre’s experts believe that the Sukhoi-type fighters, which currently account for about two thirds of the fleet of tactical aircraft of the Russian Air Force, will form the core of the national air force as a result of the implementation of the ongoing Armaments Program for the period up to 2020.

Currently, the aircraft developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, make up more than 40% of the Russian air force fighters’ park. These are the Su-27s, including 12 Su-27SM3 of the new production and Su-27SM, which underwent avionics’ upgrade and now are able to engage ground targets and have the so-called “glass” cockpit. In addition, the air force also received in recent years two-seated Su-30M2 fighters and a few advanced multifunctional Su-35 fighters.

With regard to the attack and ground assault aviation, all its fleet consists now of Su-type aircraft only. These are the Su-25s, Su-24 front-line bombers and the newest Su-34s, which began coming into service under the contract of the year 2008 for procurement of bombers. Thus, today the Su-type fighters make up about 65% of military tactical aviation in Russia.

According to the study of the AST-Center the Russian air force also focuses on procurement of mainly Su-type aircraft in the framework of the State Armaments Program-2020. This judgment can be confirmed, in particular, by the large orders signed by the Russian Air Force in recent years: 2008 — a contract to supply Su-34 frontline bombers. 2009 — a contract to supply Su-35S, Su-27SM3 and Su-30M2, 2012 — contracts for Su-34 and Su-30CM.

Source: Moscow | Sukhoi Company (JSC) News - 21 August 2012

Photo: The Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27SM3 Fighter Jet Aircraft (Photo by fighterplanes.yuku.com)



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