Russia plans to test a fifth-gen ‘Super Sukhoi’ fighter in the summer of 2022
MOSCOW, (BM) – Flight tests of the Russian Su-57 fighter with a second-stage engine, unofficially called “Super-Sukhoi”, will begin in the summer of 2022, Izvestia reports, citing sources, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lenta.ru.
According to the publication, the aircraft, which is not yet mass-produced and is not accepted for combat duty, will receive an update not only of engines, but also of avionics and airborne systems. It is planned to complete the corresponding development work, called the Megapolis, at the end of 2024.
“The first photographs of the take-off of the Su-57 with one manufactured experimental engine appeared in March this year. A characteristic toothed shape of the nozzle with a controlled thrust vector noticeable on them should reduce the radar visibility of the fighter,” the newspaper writes.
The newspaper claims that the updated Su-57, in comparison with an aircraft equipped with an engine of the first stage, will receive significantly improved combat characteristics.
In March, Rostec’s Executive Director Oleg Yevtushenko announced that several thousand flights were made by the Su-57.In the same month, the world’s largest military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin delivered a five hundredth fifth-generation serial fighter F-35 Lightning II to the customer.
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 to be adopted by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS).
In July 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the Su-35 is 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 aerospace forces should receive 76 units of the Su-57. 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.
New weapon for Russi’s Su-57
The development of a number of new weapons for Su-57 fighters has been completed. “The aircraft will be able to use a large number of new weapons. Some of them have already been created, some are still being developed,” said a spokesman of Sukhoi corporation.
As we reported on April 8 the Russian Aerospace Forces has first posted a video showing the launch of an air-to-air missile with a Su-57. In the video, the fifth-generation fighter is shown from different angles in detail during taxiing, take-off, group flight and low-level flight, while performing various maneuvers and landing.
At all frames, you can see close-up equipment for refueling in the air. The video shows that one air-to-air missile is located outside the weapons compartment. With the help of the launcher, the missile extends through the sliding doors of the hatch out into the air stream.
The launch of a rocket from the internal compartment of the Su-57 was demonstrated for the first time, viewers could watch the right weapon compartment of the fighter. He also showed excellent practical combat capability of the Su-57.
The Russian fighter has an AI assistant.
Chinese experts said that no one expected that Russia would use the Su-57 along with deadly weapons, thus reinforcing an already powerful fighter. It is reported that in the arsenal of the Russian Aerospace Forces there will be a “killer” – a “more advanced” heavy attack drone. The development of an updated version of a heavy reconnaissance and strike drone has already begun.
It will be equipped with artificial intelligence. It will be possible to remotely control it from a Su-57 fighter. The device will be able to lay a route without human intervention, bypassing the enemy’s air defense, find and attack the most important targets [headquarters, communication centers, missile launchers] and return unscathed to the base. You can imagine what kind of fear the Su-57 will bring along with such an assistant. Such a combination will be the strongest in the world!
Russian experts, however, criticized the abilities of Su-57 fighter jet.
The crash involving a fifth-generation Russian fighter in the Khabarovsk Territory made it possible to establish that this combat aircraft was absolutely not even ready to fly, not to mention the fact that one of the features of the fighter, which gave it an advantage in aerial combat, was unexpectedly lost.
As part of the review of all versions of the crash, it was possible to identify at least three critical problems of the Russian Su-57, three of which were quite enough for the plane to crash.
“Among the main problems inherent in the new machine, experts single out, firstly, the use of new control systems. <…> The second possible problem is related to the tail. On the Su-57, it is represented by all-turning trapezoidal stabilizers, includes keels with small air intakes that allow cooling aircraft equipment <…> In addition to the listed problems that could lead to the crash of the car, the Su-57 has other obvious disadvantages. For example, many experts talk about problems with electronics, which is due, first of all, to the lack of domestic high-tech industries in Russia in Russia,” the Military Review publication reports.
Moreover, according to the publication, the fifth-generation Russian fighter has problems with stealth, which reduces the success of its use in battle, although until recently it was reported that the Su-57 is a “stealth” fighter.
Despite a lot of hegative comments and reports the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that the program for the supply of fifth-generation Russian fighter aircraft Su-57 to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will continue in accordance with the schedule.
The Su-57 crash.
Last year, on December 24 from the Khabarovsk Territory came reports of an emergency situation with the T-50 fighter. This is a 5th generation aircraft, which, after being put into service, receives the designation Su-57.
Information services report that the T-50 crashed near Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The reports say that the fighter was tested by the manufacturer Gagarin. That is why in the reports the designation is not Su-57, but T-50.
According to the latest information, the pilot who piloted the fighter managed to eject, after which he was discovered by a search and rescue squad. On a Mi-8 helicopter, the pilot was delivered to a medical facility. His health is not reported.
According to updated data, the fighter fell about 120 km from the runway of the Dzemgi airfield. This is a joint air base of state and experimental aviation (KnAAZ) in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
The Russian Su-57 would have no chance against the American F-35, experts say.
While the fifth-generation Russian fighter Su-57 is undergoing many years of testing, the American F-35 has been in service for a long time. Many Internet users are wondering which fighter is better: Su-57 or F-35? Who will win if fifth-generation fighters of the USA and Russia collide in the sky? After the publication of data on technical specifications and official ratings, these questions were answered in a new way, and this verdict will shock you: the F-35 is likely to destroy the Su-57.
As we analyzed before the Su-57 are focused on maneuverability. But now it’s not the Second World War or the early period of the Cold War. The rapid development of radar and rocket science in recent decades has led to the fact that close air battles in the visibility zone are rarely fought now. During the Persian Gulf War and the Kosovo War, air battles basically ended up with NATO combat aircraft with technological advantages deciding the outcome of the battle out of sight.
In fact, in the course of such “cunning” reasoning it is difficult to answer exactly which fighter is better. Overall, the F-35 does better in airborne combat, while the Su-57 is likely to perform better in close combat. However, given the features and development trends of modern air combat, the Su-57 will be at a disadvantage when faced with the F35.
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