Russian S-57 ‘Super Sukhoi’ fifth-generation fighters pose no threat, experts said
WARSAW, (BM) – As we reported last week, in 2022, the “second-phase Su-57”, which is a modernized variant of the Russian 5th generation aircraft, is to be launched into the air, equipped with target engines and improved avionics.
It can be said that the machines currently built are a transitional version of what the Russian media already call “Super-Sukhoi”.
It is no secret that the Su-57 in the configuration in which it is currently being supplied to Russian air-space forces deviates from the target configuration. The delay was delayed, among others works on “Product 30” engines [Izdelie 30 – ed.], which are to enable supersonic flight without boosters.
Avionics and coatings that reduce the radar signature and other solutions, which could not be refined after the breakup of cooperation by Western companies as a result of sanctions after 2014, also cause problems. In this situation, it was decided to “the first generation Su-57” in a somewhat simplified configuration.
Russian media, such as the Izvestia daily, are turning these problems into propaganda successes. Here is the information that in 2022 “Super-Sukhoi” will be ready, i.e. an improved, improved version and equipped with new technical solutions.
Among the “innovations” that are to distinguish this super fighter from the usual Su-57 is the new “product 30” engines, which will replace the AL-41 (117) engine modified for the needs of the new design, also used in Su-35S fighters.
Its advantages are: plasma ignition system, greater thrust, allowing to exceed Mach 1 without afterburners (supercruise), lower fuel consumption and longer maintenance intervals. The characteristic “serrated” nozzle with variable thrust vector is also intended to reduce the machine’s radar signature.
Lowering the thermal and radar signature will also be provided by new electric actuators of the control surfaces that will replace the hydraulic system.
The modernized version of the Su-57 is also to receive a wide-angle HUD, and in the future also an intelligent helmet, similar to the one used in the F-35, thus allowing to integrate data from various systems and display them in the pilot’s field of view.
Work is underway on multi-functional widescreen displays and fine-tuning of the effective operation of the AESA multi-antenna radar, whose elements have been placed e.g. in the wing’s attack surfaces to provide a 360-degree field of view.
The machine’s arsenal will also include new types of weaponry, such as 9-A-7759 “Thunder” soaring bombs with a range of up to 120 km and air-to-air rockets R-74M2.
The entire package of “Super-Sukhoi” is to be incorporated in a prototype that will rise into the air in 2022 and in 2024 will go into serial production. Most likely, Su-57 aircraft of the so-called “second series” will be delivered in this version, the production of which was concluded during last year’s International Military Technology Forum Army 2019.
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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