In 2019, there was a significant reduction in the supply of new military aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces, according to a summary provided by the BMPD military blog.
In fact, in 2019, the Russian Aerospace Forces received only relatively small batches of Su-35S fighter jets and Su-34 front-line bombers – a total of 18 aircraft (ten Su-35S and eight Su-34).
The last time the Russian Armed Forces receive such a small number of warplanes was in 2011.
For the first time in a while, in 2019, the Armed Forces of Russia received no Su-30SM fighter jets and Yak-130 combat training aircraft.
The first two pre-serial production MiG-35 fighter jets were delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defense for testing, but the stage of the program and its general state are unclear.
The long-awaited delivery of the first serial prototype of the fifth-generation fighter Su-57, the first built by Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant didn’t happen.
The first one to be delivered crashed during factory trials on December 24th, shortly before being delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense concluded a serial contract in 2019 for the purchase of 76 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces.
In 2020 the situation with the supply of aviation equipment will not fundamentally change compared to 2019, and more significant deliveries of combat aircraft under new contracts will occur only in 2021. The Su-57 fighter jets are to expected to begin being delivered, under serial production in 2021.
What warplanes the Russian Armed Forces received in 2019:
- 8 Su-34 front-line bombers. Of this number, six Su-34 aircraft built by the NAZ under the state defense order in 2019 were received for the rearmament of the 2nd Guards Combined Aviation Regiment of the 21st Combined Aviation Division of the 14th Smolensk Red Banner Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Central Military District, located at the Shagol airfield; Two more Su-34s were delivered by NAZ to the Russian Ministry of Defense in early December 2019, but so far their side numbers and deployment have not been reported. The total number of Su-34s built under all contracts, including seven prototypes and pre-production models, reached 134 units.
- 10 Su-35S fighter jets. In 2019, Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant delivered 10 such jets to the Russian Aerospace Forces. The first six Su-35S fighters manufactured by KnAAZ under the state procurement order of 2019 entered the 790th fighter aviation regiment of the 105th mixed aviation division of the 6th Leningrad Red Banner Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Western Military District, deployed at the Hotilovo airfield in the Tver region; The last four Su-35S fighters built by KnAAZ under the state procurement order of 2019 were transferred on November 12, 2019 to the Russian Vityazi aerobatics aviation group in the Kubinka suburban area of Moscow. The Russian Aerospace Forces have so far received 88 serial Su-35S aircraft since the end of 2012 to date.
- 2 MiG-35 fighter jets. In June 2019, the Russian Aerospace Forces were transferred two pre-production, experimental MiG-35S fighter jets – a single-seat MiG-35S and a double-seat MiG-35UB.
In comparison, in 2018, the Russian Armed Forces received 50 warplanes, 14 Su-30SM fighter jets, 12 Su-34 front-line bombers, 10 Su-35S fighter jets, and 14 Yak-130 combat training aircraft.
In 2017, a similar number of aircraft was delivered. The years 2014, 2015 and 2016 were strong, seeing delivers of 70 and above warplanes.
The specific numbers between 2008 and 2019 can be seen in the table below:
As for the supply of non-combat aircraft to the Armed Forces of Russia in 2019, they received three serial military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A, two of these aircraft were built back in 2018 and only one was constructed in 2019. Since it was originally planned that in 2019 Aerospace Forces will receive five Il-76MD-90A aircraft, thus it can be assumed that the program for their production is being delayed.
Overall, it was a year of limited deliveries in terms of warplanes for the Russian Armed Forces.
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