Starting in 2013, the Russian Air Force (RFAF) will begin to take off the camouflage gray color on the fighter. Russia will use some new color pattern for the fighter, RIA Novosti news agency quoted a source in the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday last December.
Earlier, also in the same day, celebrated in the Russian newspaper “Izvestia” reported that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has criticized his predecessor Anatoly Serdyukov (formerly Defence Minister) who painted all aircraft using only shades of gray. He said that, from 2013 different colors will be used depending on the terrain around the air base.
The decision to use a variety of colors to suit the needs of this previously had been applied by the Russian Air Force. “In the past, the Russian air force planes were painted with different colors, but when the defense minister Serdyukov, the procedure is eliminated and the aircraft began to be painted with the color gray,” said a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti.
However, Sergei Shoigu said that not all aircraft will be painted, just new aircraft and aircraft that has undergone a major overhaul. Color pattern or number pattern that will be used is still a tight secret Russian Defense Ministry. Izvestia said the colors that may be used is green, sandy, dark blue and white.
Serdyukov adopt the same color scheme aircraft from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 1970, in order to negate the need for a new painting each time the aircraft turned base. Serdyukov decision was made without consulting with the experts or the approval of a research center in the Russian Defense Ministry.
On 6 November, Serdyukov was fired by Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with allegations of corruption in the sale of billions of rubles defense tool. Previous Putin had hesitated to announce the dismissal, given Serdyukov was loyal supporters over the years.
The cost to paint the Russian fighter is expected to reach 300,000 rubles (U.S. $ 10,000) per aircraft and will take at least three to four years to paint the entire Russian fighter.