Russia: Su-57 is used in Ukraine, we used it in Syria against F-35
MOSCOW ($1=61.78 Russian Rubles) — Russia has officially confirmed that it is using the Sukhoi Su-57 Felon in Ukraine. This happened on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 during a statement by General Serhiy Surovikin, commander of the unified group of troops in Ukraine. He spoke to Russian reporters.
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General Surovikin stated that every time the Su-57 took off and was involved in hostilities in Ukraine, it hit air and ground targets. “It [the aircraft] solves multifaceted tasks,” Surovikin said, emphasizing its array of armaments. Earlier in the year [mid-June], Russian media suggested that the Su-57 was being used “to build a tactical information network.”
Vladimir Gutenev, a member of the expert council of the State Duma, said that the Su-57 had already been used in Syria. According to him, four fighter jets were deployed in Syria in 2018. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that at that time Russia had only four prototypes, while the first mass-produced Su-57 was ready at the end of last year.
Gutenev stressed that the Russian Air Force and Space Force used Su-57s in Syria to “detect American F-22s and F-35s that are in the same theater of operations.” Despite these claims, Gutenev suggested that the war in Ukraine has given a new perspective on the capabilities of the Su-57, which had not been tested in Syria. Russian experts say that this is precisely why Moscow is cautiously using its fifth-generation fighter, as it does not yet know its full operational experience.
It is for this reason, experts say, that Surovikin is simply talking about remote attacks, data collection, and tactical information on the network.
Did the Su-57 shoot down a Ukrainian plane?
Surovikin said the Su-57 was used against aerial targets. This means that the Russian fighter should have engaged a Ukrainian fighter jet. At the moment, however, there is no evidence that the Su-57 engaged a Ukrainian fighter.
The same can be argued from another point of view. I.e. there are currently no signals, evidence, or any kind of intelligence data that the Su-57 has been radar or visually sighted in Ukraine.
For aerial purposes, the Russian stealth fighter is primarily armed with long-range air-to-air missiles. These are R-37M [РВВ-BD], medium-range missile K-77M and two short-range missiles – R-74М2 and K-MD. The R-74M2 is an upgrade of the R-74.
Four new Su-57s
By the end of August, four new Su-57 fighters were built for 2022. This was stated by the executive director of United Aircraft Corporation Yuru Slyusar to TASS. “Four serially produced Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighters were built today under a government contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russia.”
The news gives a hint of optimism to the Russian Air Force, especially against the background of the economic sanctions that Russia is suffering as a result of its invasion of Ukraine. The lack of supplies of Western technology [mainly microchips] is having its impact, but it has apparently not stopped the production of the Russian flagship. “The Su-57 program continues and the future is clear,” added Slyusar.
Just a week ago, at the end of August, BulgarianMilitary.com reported that Russia is building new production facilities for the serial production of its Su-57 stealth fighters. Russian sources report that the new production assembly lines have been opened at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant in the Far East.
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