Russia showed almost assembled second production Su-57 fighter [photos]

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MOSCOW, (BM) – 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, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Naked Science.

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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.

Photo credit: Naked Science

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.

Photo credit: Naked Science

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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.

Su-57 fighter began testing the unmanned mode

According to a knowledgeable source, Russian specialists began to work out the unmanned mode of the latest fifth-generation fighter Su-57

The beginning of the next stage of testing the Su-57 with reference to a source in the military-industrial complex was reported by RIA Novosti. “An unmanned regime is being tested 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, ”said the agency’s interlocutor.

Photo credit: Naked science

The Su-57 unmanned mode is being tested against the background of active development of the Okhotnik UAV, which is sometimes seen as an unmanned wingman for a new fighter. It is also worth noting that American and European sixth generation fighters are now considered as unmanned vehicles with an optional piloting capability.

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New glazing of the Su-57 will protect the pilot from the light of a nuclear explosion

The glazing developed for the fifth generation fighter Su-57 is capable of protecting the pilot from the light of a nuclear explosion and various types of radiation, said Andrei Silkin, general director of the developer, ONPP Technologiya, as we reported on August 5.

“[Provides] protection for the crew from the effects of electromagnetic, ultraviolet and infrared radiation, as well as from the effects of light radiation from a nuclear explosion,” – said Silkin on a single day of acceptance of military products on Wednesday.

According to him, due to the new materials, the radar invisibility of the cabin is also achieved, while “the impact strength of the glazing has doubled while its weight is halved.”

Silkin noted that such indicators were achieved through the use of technology for molding aircraft glazing from sheet monolithic polycarbonate, as well as through magnetron deposition of special multifunctional coatings based on gold and indium-tin alloy.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian multipurpose fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets in long-range and close-range battles, defeat enemy ground and surface targets while overcoming air defense systems. Its maiden flight took place on January 29, 2010.

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The first serial Su-57 was planned to be handed over to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation at the end of 2019, but the plane crashed during a test flight on the eve of delivery. In total, by 2028, the Russian military should receive 76 Su-57 fighters and re-equip three aviation regiments with them.

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