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Russian Air Force got 50 new combat aircraft in 2018

The Russian air force in 2018 received more than 36 new+bild combat aircraft, included modern Su-35S fighter jets.

According to the report of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), the Russian Air Force took the delivery in 2018 of 14 Su-30SM and ten Su-35S fighter aircraft, 12 Su-34 Su-34 fighter-bombers, and 14 Yak-130 advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft.

In 2018, deliveries of new combat aircraft to the Armed Forces of Russia decreased compared to previous years, and in quantitative terms fell to about the level of 2013.


At the same time, the Armed Forces of Russia faced an acute scarcity of shortage of flight personnel for the operation of available aircraft.

Regarding exports, CAST reported that, in 2018, the Russian aerospace industry delivered new-build 26 combat aircraft, including 12 MiG-29M / MiG-29M2 fighters to Egypt, four Su-30SM fighters to Kazakhstan and ten Su-35 fighters to China, as well as four Yak-130 advanced jet trainer aircraft to Laos.

Deliveries of new combat and trainer aircraft to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 2008-2018

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