Supplies of combat aircraft to the Armed Forces of Russia in 2018
In 2018, deliveries of new aviation technology to the Armed Forces of Russia decreased compared to previous years, and in quantitative terms fell to about the level of 2013. This is due to the fact that at present the Russian Ministry of Defense actually supports only three serial purchasing programs in the field of military aviation (Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35C), and the annual rates of procurement for them are somewhat reduced. At the same time, the Armed Forces of Russia are experiencing a shortage of flight personnel for the operation of available aircraft. In total, according to known data, in 2018, the Armed Forces of Russia received 36 combat aircraft of new production (14 Su-30SM, 12 Su-34 and ten Su-35S) and 14 combat-training aircraft Yak-130.
Among the planes delivered in 2018 to the Armed Forces of Russia:
14 Su-30SM fighters. During 2018, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAZ) of PJSC "Irkut Corporation" supplied the Armed Forces of Russia with 14 Su-30SM multi-role fighter jets. Of these, 12 built under the contracts of 2012 entered the Russian HQ, and two more were delivered Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy. All 12 Su-30SM fighters delivered by the state-organized order of 2018 of the Russian Space Forces entered the 14th Guards Fighter Regiment of the 105th Mixed Aviation Division of the 6th Leningrad Red Banner Army Air Force and Air Defense of the Western Military District at Khalino airfield (Kursk), as part of re-regiment with the former "Algerian" MiG-29SMT fighter.
The first four Su-30SM fighters on the state defense order of 2018 arrived in Khalino on April 27, 2018 - aircraft with red side numbers from "51" to "54" (serial numbers from 10MK5 1509 to 10MK5 1512), on July 3 two more aircraft with red ones arrived side numbers "55" and "56" (serial numbers 10MK5 1515 and 10MK5 1516); on September 8, four fighters with red side numbers "57", "58", "59" and "60" arrived (registration numbers RF-81768, RF-81769, RF-81770 and RF-81771, respectively, serial numbers from 10MK5 1517 to 10MK5 1520), on November 30, a fighter with a tail number "61 red" (serial number 10МК 5 1601), and on December 22, the last Su-30SM fighter with a tail number "62 red" (registration number RF-61773, serial number 10МК5 1602) arrived. In addition, in 2017, the 14th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment received 12 Su-30SM fighters built by the IAP (red side numbers from "71" to "82"), which made it possible to re-equip one regiment squadron from MiG-29SMT fighters. Now the total number of Su-30SM in the regiment has reached 24, and the staffing of the two-squadron regiment has been completed by the end of 2018.
On July 1, the two Aviation Fighters Su-30SM delivered by the Naval Aviation of the Russian Navy to IAZ were delivered to the assault squadron of the 72nd Baltic Fleet Aviation Base on the Chernyakhovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region (in October 2018, the squadron was transferred from the Chernyakhov airfield in the direction of the Kaliningrad region). in Kaliningrad). The aircraft have blue side numbers "76" (own name Chernyakhovsk, serial number 10MK5 1513) and "77" (own name Kaliningrad, serial number 10MK5 1514). Before that, the structure of the 72nd air base of the Baltic Fleet Aviation received six Su-30SM fighters - one (side number "70 blue") arrived there in December 2016, another five Su-30SM aircraft (blue side numbers from "71" to " 75 ") were transferred there in 2017.
Recall that in total since 2012, 116 Su-30SM aircraft were contracted for the Ministry of Defense of Russia, of which the Russian Aerospace Forces under the contracts signed thus received so far a total of 92 Su-30SM fighters, and Naval Aviation - 22 (114 total) .
12 Su-34 front-line bombers. During 2018, the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V.P. Chkalov (NAZ) PJSC "Company" Sukhoi "were handed over 12 Su-34 front-line bombers to the Russian Aerospace Forces. All 12 Su-34 planes built by the NAZ on the state defense order of 2018 were sent to re-equip the 2nd Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment of the 21st Mixed Aviation Division of the 14th Smolensk Red Banner Army Air Force and Air Defense of the Central Military District stationed at the Shagol airfield (Chelyabinsk) previously equipped with Su-24M2 front-line bombers. The Su-34 built under the state order for 2018 entered the 2nd Guards Bomber Regiment on May 22 ( two aircraft with red side numbers "07" and "08"), May 29 (two aircraft with red side numbers "09" and "10 "), October 18 ( two aircraft with red side numbers" 11 "and" 12 "), and two aircraft each on December 6, December 19 and December 22, 2018 (the last six , presumably, have red side numbers from" 20 "to "25").
Earlier in late 2017, the 2nd Guards Bomber Regiment received the first six Su-34 bombers, which were manufactured by NAZ under the 2017 state order (red side numbers from 01 to 06, the last two aircraft received only in February 2018 ). At the same time, these six airplanes, as well as the first six Su-34s built in 2018, did not arrive at the permanent location of the 2nd regiment in Shagol, but were temporarily transferred to the 4th State Center of Aviation Personnel Training and Military Testing P. Chkalov in Lipetsk to retrain the flight personnel of the 2nd Bomber Regiment. Moreover, in February 2018, upon completion of retraining, the first four Su-34 regiment airplanes, transferred at the end of 2017 (red side numbers from “01” to “04”) were transferred to the Russian aviation group at Khmeimim airbase in Syria.
Only from September 2018 to January 2019, the first 12 Su-34 bombers received by the 2nd regiment finally arrived at the permanent location in Shagol. Judging by known reports, all six Su-34 aircraft handed over to NAZ in December 2018 were transferred directly to Shagol.
All 12 Su-34s built in 2018 at NAZ were manufactured as part of a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense dated February 2012 for 92 such aircraft. With delivery in 2018 of 12 new Su-34s, the total number of aircraft of this type transferred to the VCS under the contract of 2012 reached 82 units. The first two Su-34s under this contract were transferred to Novosibirsk by the Russian Air Force on December 24, 2013, the next 18 aircraft in 2014, another 18 aircraft in 2015, 16 in 2016, 16 in 2017, and now 12 - in 2018. At the end of 2018, the total number of Su-34s built under all contracts, including seven experimental and pre-production samples, reached 126 units.
10 Su-35S fighters. In 2018, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Yu.A. Gagarin (KnAAZ) JSC "Company" Sukhoi "transferred ten Su-35S fighters to the Russian Aerospace Forces. They were built by KnAAZ as part of the five-year contract for the supply of 50 Su-35S fighters concluded in December 2015 by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The first ten Su-35S aircraft under this contract were built by KnAAZ in 2016, and another ten in 2017. Of this amount, six Su-35S aircraft built in 2016 and all ten buildings built in 2017 entered the 159th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 105th mixed aviation division of the 6th Leningrad Red Banner Army Air Force and Air Defense of the Western Military District, stationed at the Besovets airfield in Karelia, for the rearmament of the regiment with Su-27 and Su-27SM fighters.
In 2018, deliveries to the 159th regiment were continued, and on July 13, it received three new Su-35S KnAAZ with red side numbers "70", "71" and "72". Another new Su-35S for the 159th regiment was supposedly delivered on October 22 (no number installed). Taking into account the fact that in November 2017 and July 2018, four Su-35C fighters built in 2014 from the 23rd Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 303rd Guards Mixed Aviation Division of the 11th Air Force received a part of the 159th Regiment. and the air defense of the Eastern Military District, stationed at the Dzemgi airfield in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, by the end of October 2018, the full rearmament of the 159th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 24th Su-35C fighter was completed.
The remaining six Su-35S fighters built by KNAAAZ in accordance with the state defense order of 2018 were surrendered to re-equip the 790th Fighter 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, stationed at the Hotilovo airfield in Tver Region. Now, the 790th regiment, according to known data, incorporates two squadrons of modernized MiG-31BM / BCM interceptor fighters and one squadron of modernized Su-27CM fighters. Su-35S fighters arrive to re-equip a squadron of Su-27SM fighter jets.
The first two Su-35S for the 790th regiment with red side numbers "11" and "12" arrived on October 22, 2018 at the airfield of the 159th regiment Besovets. In the second half of December, two more Su-35S fighters with red side numbers "14" and "16" arrived in Besovets. Apparently, these four aircraft were used in Besovets to study the personnel of the 790th Aviation Regiment.
On December 29, the last two fighters of the 2018 Su-35S program with red side numbers "15" and "17", apparently, proceeded directly to Khotilovo, where, apparently, after the New Year, four other aircraft from Besovets arrived.
Taking into account the first contract of 2009 for 48 Su-35S fighters, the Russian Aerospace Forces have thus received 78 production Su-35S aircraft since the end of 2012. With 24 Su-35 fighter jets built in 2016-2018 and delivered to China under the 2015 contract, this gives 102 Su-35 fighter jets built.
14 combat training aircraft Yak-130. In 2018, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAZ) of PJSC "Irkut Corporation" delivered 14 combat training aircraft Yak-130 to the VKS of Russia. However, only six of them were built in 2018, and the remaining eight aircraft were built in 2017, but delayed with the transfer.
All these 14 aircraft were the latest machines built by the IAP under the contract for the supply of the Russian Aerospace Force until the end of 2018 30 Yak-130 aircraft concluded by the Russian Ministry of Defense in April 2016. The first ten Yak-130 aircraft under this contract (cars with red side numbers from "40" to "49" - serial numbers from 1308 to 1317) were transferred to the VKS in October-December 2016 and entered the training aviation base in Armavir ( Krasnodar Territory), which provides training for the restored Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation Pilot School (KVVAUL) named after AK Serov.
The first six Yak-130 airplanes of the 2017 program were also transferred to Armavir in May-July 2017. However, from June to November 2017, eight more Yak-130s for the Russian HQ (serial numbers from 1404 to 1411) were flown at the IAP, however, none of them were handed over at the end of 2017 and all these boards remained in Irkutsk. The transfer of the Yak-130 VKS aircraft of Russia was suspended due to the ongoing modifications of the aircraft of this type after two flight incidents from the Yak-130 VKS in one day on June 21, 2017.
The transfer of the Yak-130 aircraft to the VKS of Russia was resumed only in 2018, when the VKS in March 2018 received four aircraft built in 2017 with serial numbers from 1404 to 1407 (the red side numbers "05", "06", "07" and " 08 "), and in June 2018 received four more aircraft, including three buildings of 2017 with red side numbers" 30 "," 32 "and" 33 "(serial numbers, respectively, 1408, 1409 and 1410) and the first Yak -130 built in 2018 (tail number "34 red", serial number 1412).
In July 2018, IAZ transferred three more Yak-130 airplanes with red side numbers "31", "35" and "36" to VKS (the estimated serial numbers were 1411, 1413 and 1414, respectively, the first of which was built in 2017, and two the others of 2018), and on October 8 - the last three aircraft of the program of 2018 with red tail numbers "37", "38" and "39" (serial numbers 1415, 1416 and 1417).
At the same time, according to known data, ten Yak-130 aircraft transferred from VKS from June to October 2018 with red tail numbers from "30" to "39", entered the training aviation base in Kushchevskaya (Krasnodar Territory) KVVAUL named after A. K Serov. The base in Kushchevskaya became the third training aviation base, which received the Yak-130 combat training aircraft, after the training airbases of the same KVVAUL in Borisoglebsk and Armavir.
The total number of production aircraft Yak-130, delivered to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, reached 109 units - of which 12 of the first two series were built at JSC Nizhny Novgorod Aviation Plant Sokol, and another 97 - at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.
It is worth noting that in January 2018, flight tests of the construction completed at the Kazan Aviation Plant named after P.S. Gorbunova PJSC "Tupolev" for the Russian Aerospace Forces of the modernized strategic bomber Tu-160 with a serial number 08-04 (own name "Peter Deinekin"). In fact, this plane made the first flight at the end of 2017. However, according to available information, this board has not yet been officially handed over to the VKS. This Tu-160 with serial number 08-04 was the 35th instance of a Tu-160 (including flight prototypes) built since 1981. The previous Tu-160 bomber completed at KAZ (serial number 08-03, tail number 08), its own name Vitaly Kopylov was transferred to the Russian Ministry of Defense in 2008. In December 2018, flight tests of the first sample of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range bomber were launched .
In 2018, work continued on the modernization of a number of types of combat aircraft of the Armed Forces of Russia. The largest scale, apparently, had to work on upgrading fighter-interceptor MiG-31 - in 2018 to the level of the MiG-31BM / BCM, presumably, 24 aircraft were upgraded (although perhaps some of the latter have not yet been transferred to military units) In addition, several MiG-31DZ fighters were probably converted into MiG-31K aircraft carrying the Dagger missile system.
Also in 2018, after the modernization of the VKS of Russia was completed, one Tu-160 strategic bomber, four Tu-95MSM strategic bomber, six Su-27SM3 fighters, four Su-25SM3 attack planes, and one A-50U radar patrol aircraft .
Regarding exports, we can say that, according to our information, in 2018, the Russian aviation industry abroad delivered 26 combat aircraft of new construction, including 12 MiG-29M / MiG-29M2 fighters to Egypt, four Su-30CM fighters to Kazakhstan and ten Su-35 fighters to China, as well as four combat-training aircraft Yak-130 (in Laos). In addition, four used Su-30K (former Indian) fighters were delivered to Angola. It is possible that the transfer of combat aircraft from the presence of Syria.
As for the deliveries of non-combat aircraft to the Armed Forces of Russia in 2018, five or three new An-148-100E passenger airplanes and two special-purpose Tu-214PU-SBUS control aircraft were delivered. JSC Voronezh Aircraft Building Society (VASO) in 2018 handed over to the VKS of Russia the last three (13th, 14th and 15th) passenger aircraft An-148-100E under the contract for the supply of 15 An-148-100 aircraft, signed by Vaso (without UAC participation) with the Russian Ministry of Defense in May 2013. In 2018, An-148-100E aircraft with serial numbers 43-10 (registration number RA-61733, first flight on March 24, 2018), .44-01 (registration number RA-61734, first flight on July 11) were handed over. 44-02 (registration number RA-61735, first flight October 17, 2018). The first of these aircraft at the end of May 2018 was transferred to the 30th Separate Transport Mixed Aviation Regiment of the 4th Red Banner Army Air Force and Air Defense of the Southern Military District (Rostov-on-Don). The last two An-148-100E aircraft (with serial numbers 44-01 and 44-02) were to arrive in the 390th separate transport mixed aviation regiment of the Central Military District, stationed at the Koltsovo airfield in the Sverdlovsk region.
After the completion of the contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russia for the supply of 15 specified aircraft, the further construction of the An-148 aircraft in Voronezh was frozen. In total, 35 An-148 airplanes were built on VASO in Voronezh, and 47 An-148 / An-158 aircraft in general (including 12 units built in Ukraine).
In 2018, both built at the Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) named after S.P. Gorbunov (a branch of PJSC "Tupolev") of a special purpose-control aircraft Tu-214PU-SBUS under the contract in 2015 for two units. The planes were built by KAZ back in 2017 - the boards with serial numbers 529 (registration number RA-64529, first flight in Kazan on October 14, 2017) and 530 (registration number RA-64530, first flight December 1, 2017). Handing over them It was produced on March 26 and June 20, 2018, respectively.
It is possible that the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2018 received several light training aircraft Diamond DA42T. JSC "Ural Civil Aviation Plant" (UZGA, Yekaterinburg) in 2017 transferred the Russian Ministry of Defense’s three first light twin-engined training aircraft, the Diamond DA42T (estimated airborne numbers from “051” to “053”), assembled from vehicle sets manufactured by Austrian company Diamond Aircraft Industries. The aircraft are intended for use as training aircraft for the training of cadets of military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Force and, as stated, are the first to be delivered under a contract of 35 Russian vehicles by the Ministry of Defense of Russia. However, in 2018, information about the delivery of Diamond DA42T aircraft under this contract was not published (possibly due to the political sensitivity of these supplies in the light of the current international situation).
In 2018, there were shifts in the protracted program of organizing the production of the new Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft and machines based on it at Aviastar-SP JSC in Ulyanovsk. In 2018, after more than a three-year break, the Il-76MD-90A production aircraft with serial numbers 0109 (first flight on November 7, 2018) and 0110 ( first flight December 22), but both have so far not been handed over to the VCS. These are the second and third aircraft built under a contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russia in October 2012 for the production of 39 Il-76MD-90A units. It is significant that the head Il-76MD-90A aircraft under this contract (serial number 0108, registration number RF-78654 ) was built in Ulyanovsk in 2015 and was commissioned by the Russian Aerospace Forces in early 2016, enrolling at the 610th Center for Combat Use and Retraining of the Flight Personnel of the Military Transport Aviation named after Air Marshal N.Skripko in Ivanovo. Thus, to date, only seven flight IL-76MD-90A have been built (taking into account the prototype 0101 and three cars of the installation batch)
In addition, in 2018, Aviastar-SP JSC began testing the leading sample of the Il-78M-90A tanker aircraft. The plane (serial number 0201, registration number RF-78741) made the first three test flights in January 2018, but after that resumed factory flight tests after an 11-month break only on December 27, 2018. The machine is also not transferred to the VKS of Russia.