The Su-57 fifth generation fighter aircraft will be delivered to Russian troops in 2027, with several of them in service before the end of 2021, the state-owned technology company Rostec announced on Thursday. Rostec responded to an article published in the American newspaper National Interest, which suggested that the Su-57 was “unlikely to go into operation before 2027.”
In a statement, Rostec said: “Russia’s fifth generation plan does not make the Western world feel comfortable.
-The plane is already manufactured and delivered.
“Over 70 aircraft will be delivered by 2027, including several fighters this year.”
Sukhoi Su-57 is a multirole fighter that is specially designed to destroy all types of air, land and marine targets.
It is equipped with stealth technology, can reach a supersonic cruising speed and has advanced built-in radio-electronic equipment, including a powerful built-in computer (the so-called “electronic second pilot”), the radar system spread over the body and several other innovations, including armament placed inside the fuselage.
Russia’s Aerospace Force will receive 22 Su-57 fighters by the end of 2024, which will increase to 76 by 2028.
Giovanzanti told Express.co.uk that the Su-57 (T-50, PAK-FA) was a single-seater, twin-engine, multi-roll fifth-generation stealth aircraft, while the F-35 was a slightly smaller, single-engine aircraft.
As it was now, the Su-57 was a land-based aircraft, without any Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) variant developed so far for ship-borne operations, unlike the F-35B, which seems to put Russia at a disadvantage.
However, the Su-57, which can travel at twice the speed of sound (MACH 2.0), is significantly faster than the F-35, with 1.6 MACH.
The F-35 has a service ceiling – the maximum height at which it can operate – of about 50,000 feet, while the Su-57 can operate at slightly higher altitudes – up to 65,000 feet.
Giovanzanti added: “There have been talks on the subject since the Russian navy will have to replace its fighter fleet with fifth-generation capabilities.
“Both aircraft are designed to achieve low observability and use composite materials in the structure.”
The planes that escorted Putin to a meeting with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo two years ago were prototypes, 11 of which had been built at the time, she stressed.
She added: “The total requirement is for more than 50 aircraft (76 are listed in the latest State Armament Program 2018-2027).”
She predicted that the first operating unit could come into operation in the early 2020s, an assessment that seems to agree with Rostec’s statement.
She added: “There is evidence that the aircraft can receive competitive bids for programs in the Middle East and certain parts of Asia and the Pacific, including India and China.
Russia has also provided the Su-57 with Turkey as an alternative to the F-35 for the Turkish acquisition program for Turkish aircraft, should Turkey be expelled from the program.