Russian Su-57 fighter jet is a failure because of bad decisions, US claims

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The failures of the promising Russian Su-57 fighter are explained by the curtailment of work on the experimental prototype of the fifth-generation Soviet fighter MiG-1.44 MFF (from the “multifunctional front-line fighter”), learned citing The National Interest (NI) magazine.

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The American magazine is convinced that if it were not for the decision to suspend the MiG-1.44, made due to lack of funding, Russia would now have a fifth-generation fighter jet, and not several Su-57 prototypes.

The publication notes that the shortcomings of the MiG-1.44 MFF could have been eliminated in a reasonable time, and the first Chinese fifth-generation fighter J-20, based in part on a Soviet aircraft, cites the argument of the correctness of its conclusions.

In December 2019, China refused to call the Su-57 a fifth-generation fighter, attributing it to the 4 +++ generation.

Earlier that month, the Su-57 crashed, which was supposed to be the first such serial fighter, adopted by the Russian Aerospace Forces (RAF).

In August 2019, a flight copy of the experimental prototype MiG-1.44 MFF was seen in a static parking lot for demonstration to visitors of the 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS-2019).

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In July 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the Su-35 is today considered one of the best aircraft in the world, so “there is no point in accelerating the work on mass production of the fifth generation aircraft [Su-57].”

By 2028, the Russian Aerospace Forces should receive 76 Su-57 units. To date, 13 prototypes of the Su-57 have been produced, of which ten are samples for flight tests, and three are for ground static.

The first flight of the MiG-1.44 MFF made in February 2000. The fighter was equipped with a pair of AL-41F turbofan engines with an afterburner and a controlled thrust vector, which were supposed to provide the aircraft with a top speed of 3,210 kilometers per hour. Fully MiG assembled only one such aircraft.

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