Sukhoi tests Su-35S

May 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

MOSCOW, May 5 (UPI) -- Russia's Sukhoi Co. has started flight testing of the first Su-35S fighter at an airfield of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association.

During the first flight, which lasted an hour and a half, tests were performed on the aircraft's power plant and integrated control system, the company said.

After the completion of production flight tests the aircraft will be delivered to the Russian Federation's Ministry of Defense.

The new fighter features up-to-date avionics based on digital information-management system that integrates onboard equipment and systems and a new phased array radar providing long-range aerial target detection with the increased number of simultaneously tracked and attacked targets.

The Su-35 possesses wide range of short-, medium- and long-range guided weapons, including anti-radar and anti-ship missiles and guided bombs.

The aircraft lifetime is 6,000 flight hours; its design service life is 30 years of operation; and the specified lifetime of the TVC engines is 4,000 hours.

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