Possible new Su-57 delivery to RuAF makes first full Su-57 squadron

According to sources from Russia, the fabrication of a new set of Su-57 fighter jets has been successfully finalized. Should these aircraft be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces [or VKS/RuAF] by the close of 2023, Russia can proudly claim to have its first fully formed squadron armed with Su-57s. 

Su-57 Felon entered Ukraine and flew in the Luhansk airspace
Photo by Andrei Shmatko

BulgarianMilitary.com sheds light on Russia’s earlier unsuccessful attempts to commence mass production of Su-57s, which had been delayed by quite a few years. Since the commencement of December, there has been a succession of deliveries of new Su-30, Su-34, and Su-35 fighter aircraft to the RuAF. 

Remarks about the Su-57 emerged from the shadows just a few days ago when an unidentified informant revealed to Overclockers that the new stealth fighter’s capabilities have expanded to include mini drones designed as special assets for the Su-57. 

Su-57 large-scale operations

Aviation experts in Britain suggest that under the directive of the Su-57, the RuAF carried out its primary large-scale operation against air defense positions in the summer of 2022. Some aviation pundits posit that the Su-57, with six highly sensitive radars dispersed throughout its fuselage, has stepped into the shoes of the A-50 AWACS aircraft, which was retracted for expedited upgrades. 

Considering that the Su-57’s primary work as a tactical level command cell, both for manned machines like Su-30SM2, Su-35C, and the future Su-75, as well as a plethora of drones for various tasks, is confirmed, Russian analysts deem it highly vital. This applies not only to his faithful companion and “armor” S-70 Hunter. The S-70 Hunter is a powerful strike drone. Its mass production was expected in 2023. Novosibirsk plants have taken up the challenge, but are still lagging behind.

According to information from RIA reported at the end of November, citing representatives from Rostec, three types of proprietary “drying” UAVs have been developed. If the operational state permits, they can carry both in internal compartments and on external suspensions. To accompany this development, a special model of the machine was fabricated. The primary combat load comprises attack drones, EMP, electronic warfare drones, and long-range reconnaissance units. 

India’s interest has returned

For instance, in India, where there’s an increased interest in the progress and success of the Russian PAK FA program, the report on its proprietary drone fleet has triggered immense excitement. This includes renewed negotiations about new purchases of these vehicles in India’s preferred two-seater versions. Just a few weeks ago, this version was patented as they say, entirely for our long-standing military-technical associate. 

Su-57's AESA isn't dangerous to F-35, but the passive sensors are
Photo credit: Getty Images

Colonel Ashish Dangwal, an Indian aviation expert, and Republic of India Air Force veteran pilot previously in command of MiG-21 and MiG-29 jets, highlighted the Su-57’s new strategy. This strategy involves the simultaneous launching of several drones and controlled execution of collective air strike actions. The drones overwhelm the enemy’s information channels and perform high-precision operations, alternating strikes by UAVs and tactical air-to-air “surface” missiles from manned aircraft. 

Dangwal called the new Su-57 a “comprehensive” prototype. “The Su-57 is the future in future tactical warfare,” he said. He suggested that New Delhi closely monitor the progress of the Su-57 program. “The Su-57 is in serial production, while India’s AMSA is not,” Dangwal said. “Stealth” AMSA is still in the “concept phase of rosy dreams without tangible results.”

Su-57 as B-21

The new Su-57 prototype is stunning. Woodjinder K Thakur said this. He is an expert and Indian test pilot, the Air Force Colonel. Thakur highlighted the lethal increase in the Su-57’s capabilities. These are the result of the addition of a second cabin and its patented “swarm” of multi-role UAVs. Thakur compared the concept of the new version of the Su-57 to the Ryder B-21 bomber.

All this evidence points towards the fact that after nearly eighteen months of utilization in battles, the aircraft has not only overcome most of its challenges but reinvigorated interest from potential buyers.

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