Air International 2020-08
P.Butowski - Russian Review
The Su-30SM multi-role fighter is still willingly bought by Russia's defence ministry and other former Soviet countries; pictured is an example operated by Kazakhstan. The modernised Su-30SMD version with more powerful AL-41F1S engines taken from the Su-35 is now under test.
Disinfection of the final assembly hall for Su-35 fighters in the Komsomolsk-on-Amur plant last April. The plant is currently operating normally.
This is '89140', the 200th Superjet, which took off on its maiden flight on May 21, 2020, at its roll-out at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur assembly facility. Production of Superjets continues, but the demand is needing to be artificially stimulated,
According to Industry Minister Denis Manturov, COVID-19 has hit the MC-21's international certification hard because it requires the presence of European Union Aviation Safety Agency specialists in Russia, which is currently difficult to ensure.
Russia's most promising civilian aircraft, the Irkut MC-21, is undergoing flight tests with Pratt & Whitney PW1400G-JM turbofan engines and a composite wing made using Western materials. Industry Minister Denis Manturov announced that static tests of the Russian-made wing will start in July 2020 and, at the end of the year, aircraft '007' will join the tests with Russian Aviadvigatel PD-14 engines. To accelerate testing next year, PD-14 engines will also be installed on aircraft '001'.
The Su-57's shadow fuselage form is clearly shown in this shot of aircraft T-50-1.
On June 27 last year, the Russian defence ministry placed a contract for 76 new-generation Su-57 fighters. The first serial-production fighter crashed on December 24, 2019, just before planned delivery.
The Su-57 holds great potential for the future of Russian military aviation.