One of Russia’s most renowned military and civil aircraft makers, the Sukhoi construction bureau, marks its 80th anniversary.

The Sukhoi company owes its name to its first leading engineer – Pavel Sukhoi – and traces its history back to 1939, when his team was tasked with launching the serial production of its first machine – the Su-2 light bomber. Sukhoi himself was already a very experienced aircraft engineer by the time, who had worked for years together with another prominent Soviet aircraft designer, Andrei Tupolev.

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