Russian Su-57s are in Syria and are continuing tests in real combat conditions
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian Su-57s are in Syria and continue to be tested in real combat conditions, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro. According to Russian sources the fifth-generation fighters could be located on the territory of the Khmeimim airbase constantly and keep be tested in a real combat situation against jihadists.
This is possible thanks to the arrangement of the Russian military airfield with the construction of hangars, and experts pay attention to the fact that we can talk about a dozen or so fifth-generation combat aircraft, since the number of erected shelters allows this to be successfully implemented.
Analysts, in turn, note that at the moment Russia does not have a large number of fifth-generation fighters, however, one or maximum three Su-57 combat aircraft can constantly be in Syria.
“It is important to understand that all Su-57s built in Russia so far are pre-production. Without real testing in a combat situation, it makes no sense to establish the release of Su-57 fighters, and therefore it is logical to assume that these Russian aircraft can be in Syria not only for days, but also for weeks or even months, hiding from American reconnaissance spacecraft,” notes specialist.
It should be clarified that a few days earlier it became known that the Su-57 was again tested in a real combat situation, which, by the way, is possible only in Syria, but so far no confirmation has been received.
Su-57 has tested new weapons in Syria
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on December last year the Russian Defence Minister announced that Su-57 fighter tested new types of missile and bomb weapons in Syria.
“In Syria, in combat, they tested the [helicopter] Mi-28NM, the pacifier Unmanned Aircraft in the strike version, and new types of missile and bomb weapons of the Su-57 fighter,” the Minister of Defense said, TASS reported then.
Shoigu also said that the Russian army tested 43 more new weapons in Syria. By March 316 samples of new weapons were tested, a total of 359 samples were tested in the country, the minister said, RIA Novosti reported.
At the end of December, it was reported that the fifth-generation Russian fighter Su-57 successfully passed the second phase of testing in Syria.
Su-57 and Su-35 worked as a “flock” in real combat conditions
As we reported on June 29 the Russian Aerospace Forces sent fifth-generation fighters to Syria for the latter to participate in real combat operations and practice joint strikes in coordination with the crews of other fighters of the Russian troops.
The information on this subject is partially confirmed by sources of the TASS publication, which report that the Su-57 and Su-35 worked as a “flock” in real combat conditions that could only be created on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.
“The experiment was carried out in real combat conditions, a group of Su-35 fighters was involved in the” flock “, the role of the command and staff aircraft was performed by the Su-57,” said one of the agency’s interlocutors.
Another defense source confirmed to TASS the nature of the tests and explained that in the battle order, which the pilots call a flock or swarm, information is exchanged between fighters in real time: the information-control system of each aircraft automatically processes data from both its own sensors and sensors of other boards.
Sources explained that the use of a “flock” operating in a single information space, significantly increases the efficiency of combat missions. The interlocutors did not name the date and place of the experiment.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has not yet confirmed the use of Su-57 fighters in Syria, however, earlier these combat aircraft have repeatedly appeared on the territory of this Arab state.
According Russian military source by the way, the most favorable conditions have been created for testing Russian military equipment, moreover, relatively recently, the positions of the militants in Idlib were indeed subjected to air strikes, although, as expected, this was done by the Syrian Air Force.
The Russian Su-57 fighter has been to Syria many times
In the last year, we have repeatedly reported the presence of a Russian Su-57 fighter jet in Syria.
We reported on December 24 that the Su-57 fighter has tested new types of missile and bomb weapons in Syria, according Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu statement at a final meeting of the ministry with the participation of President Vladimir Putin.
“In Syria, in combat, they tested the [helicopter] Mi-28NM, the pacifier Unmanned Aircraft in the strike version, and new types of missile and bomb weapons of the Su-57 fighter,” the Minister of Defense said.
Shoigu also said that the Russian army tested 43 more new weapons in Syria. By March 316 samples of new weapons were tested, a total of 359 samples were tested in the country, the minister said.
Back in October last year according to Krasnaya Zvezda, the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense reported about two Su-57 fighters having been deployed for a second time to Khmeimin Air Force Base, located near the coastal city of Jableh and Latakia (Syria).
The primary goal of the redeployment has been reported as a renewed demonstration of the latest Russian combat aircraft acting under “real-war conditions”.
BulgarianMilitary.com reported at least one proven air strike of Su-57 in Syria on April 17 this year. Then, a Russia’s Su-57 carried out an air strike over Idlib and killed at least three members of the pro-Turkish terrorist group Jaish al-Nasr.
Them, according to the Lebanese news agency AMN, it was possible that Russian aerospace forces also used an unmanned aerial vehicle together with Su-57, due to the characteristics of the terrain where the Jaish al-Nasr members were located.
More about Su-57 fighter
The Sukhoi Su-57 is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation jet fighter being developed since 2002 for air superiority and attack operations.
The aircraft is the product of the PAK FA a fifth-generation fighter programme of the Russian Air Force. Sukhoi’s internal name for the aircraft is T-50. The Su-57 is planned to be the first aircraft in Russian military service to use stealth technology. Its maiden flight took place on 29 January 2010 and the first production aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2019 with a second to follow in 2020.
The fighter is designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth, and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation fighter aircraft as well as ground and naval defences. The Su-57 is intended to succeed the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force.
The prototypes and initial production batch are to be delivered with a highly upgraded Lyulka AL-31 variant, the AL-41F1, as an interim powerplant while an advanced clean-sheet design engine, the Saturn izdeliye 30, currently in final stages of development, is to be available after 2020. The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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