The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) will receive its first serial produced Su-57 fifth-generation fighter aircraft before the end of the year, according to Alexei Krivoruchko, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence.
The Minister announced the delivery timeline following a visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant (KnAAZ), where the Su-57s are being built.
Under the current contract, the Aerospace Forces should receive 76 such aircraft by 2028, the Deputy Minister reminded.
Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name: Felon) is a Russian stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation jet fighter being developed since 2002 for air superiority and attack operations.
The aircraft is the product of the PAK FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii, Prospective Aviation Complex of Frontline Aviation) fifth-generation fighter programme of the Russian Air Force. Sukhoi’s internal name for the aircraft is T-50.
The Su-57 is the first aircraft in Russian military service to use stealth technology. The fighter is designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth, and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation fighter aircraft. The Su-57 is intended to succeed the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force.
The aircraft’s maiden flight took place on 29 January 2010.
The prototypes and initial production batch are to be delivered with a highly upgraded variant of the AL-31F turbofan engines used by the Su-27 family as interim engines while a new clean-sheet design powerplant, the Saturn izdeliye 30, is currently under development.