A Russian Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter aircraft crashed in the country’s Far East during a test flight on Dec. 24, according to reports.
The aircraft crashed roughly 68 miles from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant (KnAAZ) where the aircraft is being built. The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft before the crash and was recovered by a Mil Mi-8 rescue helicopter.
There are also no reported injuries on the ground.
The aircraft involved in the crash was reportedly the first serial production model and was due to be handed over to the Russian Air Force by the end of this year. This incident is also the first known crash of Su-57.
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 program 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.
Under the current contract, the Aerospace Forces should receive 76 such aircraft by 2028.