MOSCOW, (BM) – The latest Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57 fulfills an unmanned mode during the tests, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“An unmanned mode is being developed on the basis of the T-50 flying laboratory. The pilot is in the cockpit during the flight, but only controls the performance of all functions,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
Su-57 (formerly PAK FA, experimental name T-50) is a fifth-generation Russian fighter designed to destroy all types of air, ground and surface targets. First flew in 2010. The combination of high maneuverability with the ability to perform supersonic flight, as well as a modern complex of avionics and low visibility provide the Su-57 superiority over competitors.
The contract for the supply of VKS 76 Su-57 fighters was signed at the Army-2019 forum. Currently, tests of this aircraft are ongoing, during which the functioning of its systems is checked, as well as the operating conditions of the second stage engine. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stated that the Su-57 was successfully tested in Syria.
The first production car, which was supposed to be delivered by the Ministry of Defense at the end of December 2019, crashed near Khabarovsk during a test flight on December 24, the pilot managed to eject and survived.
After the incident, the Director General of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, told RIA Novosti that the results of the work of the Su-57 crash commission will be used to improve this aircraft. Later, the head of the Rostec state corporation, Sergey Chemezov, reported that mass deliveries of the Su-57 to the Russian Air Force would begin in 2020.
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