Russia is planning mass export of Su-57 and to enter the market of combat drones

MOSCOW, (BM) – Sukhoi intends to establish serial production of an export version of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter and launch combat drones on the market, follows from the company’s annual report for 2019, learned

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“The long-term prospects of society in the market of military aircraft are related to the serial production of the Su-57 (PAK FA, T-50) and its export version, as well as the entry of unmanned aircraft systems into the market,” the report says.

It notes that the fifth generation fighter is “at the final stage of testing.” [We recall that earlier this month the Russian Su-57 conducted the latest tests stage – ed.]

“Among the countries most interested in the export of Russian military aircraft are the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Southeast Asia and North Africa,” the document says.

According to the company, in the future it is also necessary to “take into account the general development trends of military aircraft in the world, which society must follow.”

Among these trends are the creation of hypersonic combat aviation systems capable of performing combat missions in near space, in dense layers of the atmosphere and under the influence of plasma; increasing the level of intellectualization of aircraft control, the creation of robotic airline complexes, as well as the development of fundamentally new types of aircraft weapons, including high-power lasers.

As Interfax reported, the Sukhoi company developed Russia’s first heavy impact drone of long duration – the Okhotnik. On August 3, 2019, he first flew up to the sky. Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov’s office previously reported that the main scope of the Okhotnik’s flight tests is planned to be carried out in 2023–2024, including in the strike version with various aviation weapons, and serial deliveries of drones to the Russian military should begin in 2025.

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Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian multi-role fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets in long-range and close combat, defeat enemy ground and surface targets with overcoming air defense systems. His first flight took place on January 29, 2010.

The first serial Su-57 was planned to be transferred to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation at the end of 2019, however, the plane crashed during a test flight on the eve of delivery. By 2028, the Russian military should receive 76 Su-57 fighters and rearm three aviation regiments on them.


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