Huge interest in the 5th generation Su-57 fighter, but will there be an order?
MOSCOW, (BM) – Several countries are interested in buying the latest Russian Su-57 5th generation fighters, they have sent official applications, said Maria Vorobyova, press secretary of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“Despite the fact that this is the newest sample of Russian military products, a number of official applications have been received for its supply,” Vorobyov was quoted as saying by TASS.
According to her, foreign buyers pay great attention to the Su-57, and at present “the authorized subject of military-technical cooperation is studying the possibilities of promoting Su-57 aircraft in several countries – potential customers of this technology.”
Vorobyova added that FSMTC regularly emphasizes to foreign partners that, first of all, the Su-57 manufacturer must meet the needs of the Russian customer.
Meanwhile, a military inspector of the Iraqi Defense Ministry, Imad al-Zuhairi, said that Iraq is interested in buying Russian infantry fighting vehicles and Su-57 fighters, RIA Novosti reports.
He added that Iraq wants to strengthen military cooperation with Russia.
“I am a pilot, I need a plane, I need a fighter, a Su-57. Helicopters. We have many helicopters from Russia, Mi-35, Mi-28, Mi-17 … This is the main (air) force in Iraq,” Az-Zuhairi emphasized.
Earlier, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that domestic military developments are capable of withstanding the most intense competition, while Russia is ready to build trusting relations in the military-technical sphere with other countries.
Recall that the competitions of the international army games of 2020 “Horse Marathon” and “Military Rally” (will be held until August 30) have started in Tuva. In 2020, the International Army Games are held from August 23 to September 5 on the territory of five states.
In January, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu named the number of countries invited to the 2020 Army Games.
Russia showed almost assembled second production Su-57 fighter
Russian aircraft manufacturers presented photographs of the almost assembled second production Su-57 fighter, which, in combination, should become the first fifth-generation fighter to enter service with the Russian Aerospace Forces as we reported on August 13.
The United Aircraft Corporation showed the assembly of the second production Su-57 fighter. The photographs are presented in the material of the UAC, timed to coincide with the visit of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Y. A. Gagarin. As noted by the blog of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies bmpd, the car presumably has the serial number 51002.
The authors of the note remind that the first serial fighter Su-57 (aircraft T-50S-1, serial number 51001, tail number “01 blue”) performed its first flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in early December last year. They wanted to transfer it to the Ministry of Defense at the end of December, but shortly before that, on the 24th, the car crashed during tests. A failure in the control system was named as the cause of the accident. The pilot who piloted the plane was not injured.
The crash of the first production aircraft had serious consequences, including a change in the management of Sukhoi. According to reports, the company must compensate for the loss of the car at its own expense by assembling another new generation fighter.
Earlier it became known that the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a major contract for the supply of a batch of 76 Su-57 aircraft. They should be delivered by 2028. After that, they intend to continue producing the aircraft with the so-called second stage engine, which has the designation “Type 30”. This is a new engine that must meet the requirements of the fifth generation. The afterburner thrust for a promising product is supposedly 18,000 kgf.
Note that now the aircraft is equipped with the AL-41F1 engine, which is a development of the Soviet AL-31F installed on the Su-27 fighter. Type 30 is undergoing tests. The Su-57 fighter performed its first flight with a “second stage engine” back in 2017: in the photo presented at the time, you can see the new engine in the left nacelle of the prototype of the T-50-2 fighter.
The Su-57 is the first and so far the only Russian fifth generation fighter. The car performed its first flight on January 29, 2010. Over the years, ten flight prototypes have been built.
The aircraft has four cargo compartments: two main and two side. They, presumably, can house up to six air-to-air missiles or other weapons.
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