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Russian Army receives Su-57 fighter jets with the new engines from mid-2020

MOSCOW, (BM) – From the mid-2020s, the supply of Su-57 fighters to the Russian Air Force will be carried out with the latest fifth-generation engine, said Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko on May 7 in an interview with National Defense magazine, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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He recalled that the timing of supplies of the Su-57 to the armed forces has been repeatedly shifted, this year serial deliveries of Su-57 aircraft will begin, moreover, in two stages, he said. At the first stage, “until the mid-2020s,” the aircraft will be delivered with fourth-generation engines.

“And in the second stage, after the completion of the tests, supplies with the engine and fifth-generation power plants with increased fuel efficiency and lower life cycle costs will already begin,” Krivoruchko said.

First flew of Russian Su-57 was in 2010. According to experts, the combination of high maneuverability, supersonic speed, as well as a modern complex of avionics and low visibility make the Su-57 inaccessible to competitors.

Recall that the contract for the supply of 76 Su-57 fighters to the Russian Aerospace Forces was concluded at the Army-2019 forum. But the first production machine for the VKS in December 2019 crashed near Khabarovsk. The general director of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, indicated that the work of the Su-57 crash commission would help to improve the aircraft.

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