The Russian Air Force is expanding its fighter jet fleet with 50 more twin engine Su-35s. The order amounts is reported to be of 100 billion rubles ($1.4 billion).
The contract was inked last August in 2015, as per representative of Sukhoi parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). The apparent reason of the delay in finalizing the order was due to a lack of clarity in Russia’s 2016 federal budget, which was only signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-December.
The jets will be delivered at a pace of 10 aircraft annually starting this year.
The single-seat Su-35 is the latest and imporved variant of the Su-27 Flanker family. It comes with more powerful NPO Saturn AL-41F-1S (also known as 117S) engines with thrust vector control and completely new digital onboard equipment.
It also has the new Tikhomirov NIIP Irbis phased antenna array radar. The fighter has 1 hardpoints and can carry up to 8,000 kg (17,600 lb.) of munitions.