The recent news from the Russian Federation show that Russian Air Force is making good progress in it’s fleet modernization program.
Here are some latest informations:
– The single most important news is that it is expected that the 5th generation PAK FA fighter will enter the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2017. The process of developing the aircraft and its armament will be continued. The most important thing right now is finishing the new engines as right now they use the same as in the Su-35 fighters.
– The heavily modernized MiG-35 is just about to start it’s flight test which are scheduled for January. The aircraft is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB, and the first testing batch was expected to be handed over to the air force by the end of 2016.
– Just before Christmas the Sukhoi company has announced that:
“Today [23.12.2016] a group of Su-34 frontline bombers took off from the airfield of the Sukhoi Company’s branch — Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant, and headed to the place of their deployment at one of the aircraft bases of the Russian Air and Space Forces. Today’s delivery of the Su-34s signifies the fulfillment of the State Defense Order 2016 for these aircraft.”
The production line is supposed to work with great efficiency and the recent procurement will allow it to work until 2020.
– Kamchatka UAV squadron of the Pacific Fleet has received a batch of Orlan-10 which support the training and combat activity in the Pacific Fleet.
– in December a fresh batch of Su-35 was delivered Besovets airbase in Karelia
All in all it sums up as a decent progress if we consider many years of stagnation in the development and a huge degradation of the available aircraft in the last two decades. Of course the generals would like to have more of those new aircraft but they always want more – that’s their job.