The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are set to receive their first Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft before the end of the year, Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko announced during a visit to Far Eastern enterprises on 7-8 November.
"The first serial Su-57 is almost ready for delivery to the troops and the VKS will receive it before the end of the year. We are waiting for one more aircraft [to be supplied] next year; then, production will ramp up," he said on 8 November.
Krivoruchko added that the VKS had already received 10 Sukhoi Su-35S multirole combat aircraft in 2019. "The Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant [KNAAZ, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation] has delivered 10 Sukhoi Su-35Ss ahead of schedule, implementing the State Defence Order [GOZ] for 2019. We are planning to receive the remaining 10 aircraft under the current order next year," he said, adding that four of the 10 Su-35s delivered have been handed over to the Russian Knights aerobatic team.
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