The Russian Aerospace Forces received a new batch of Sukhoi Su-35S fighter aircraft, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said on Saturday.
“The UAC aviation enterprise in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur [in Russia’s Far East] has manufactured and handed over another batch of new Su-35S aircraft to the Russian Defense Ministry.
The Government Coordination Council monitors compliance with the equipment requirements of the armed forces and observes delivery schedules,” the UAC said in a statement.
The multi-purpose fighter Su-35S is a 4++ generation airplane that passed a cycle of ground and flight tests in various operating modes. The new batch has already been transported from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant to the place of service.
UAC General Director Yury Slyusar noted that all production facilities of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant are fully loaded, but the plant manages to supply aviation equipment within deadlines stipulated by the contracts while also meeting the needs of the Russian defense ministry.
Meanwhile, Lithuania has repaired two more German self-propelled howitzers Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000), and handed them over to Ukraine, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said on Saturday.
In earlier statements, Anusauskas promised that Vilnius would repair at least 12 PzH 2000 units for Kyiv, which faced a shortage of spare parts for regular maintenance of howitzers.
“Two more PzH2000 howitzers were repaired and delivered to Ukraine. Along with ammunition,” Anusauskas said on Twitter.
The Spiegel magazine reported in November, citing sources in Germany’s armed forces, that Berlin had delivered 14 units of PzH 2000 to Ukraine, but the German federal defense ministry failed to order spare parts in time for regular maintenance of howitzers to keep them operational. This error significantly jeopardized the combat readiness of the PzH 2000 howitzers in Ukraine.
Since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Western countries have been providing Kyiv with humanitarian, military, and financial aid. Moscow has denounced the flow of weapons to Ukraine from its Western allies, saying it aggravates the tensions.