Five Countries Interested in New SU-57 Russian Fighter

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Rosoboronexport, Russia’s national arms exporter, is in negotiations with five nations interested in purchasing the Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter, Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev said on Tuesday at the MAKS-2021 air show.

“Based on operational qualities, this is one of the greatest fighters in the world.” It definitely offers a number of advantages. We will make a demonstration for our partners at the air show, featuring the latest aircraft-launched weaponry on both external and internal hardpoints.

As a result, we anticipate strong demand for this aircraft in the future years. This initiative has already piqued the interest of five countries. We are having discussions,” stated the CEO.

The Su-57 has sparked considerable interest, given that a government contract for this fighter has been signed under Russia’s state armament program, according to the Rosoboronexport director, who also noted that the international combat aircraft market is dominated by US, European, and Chinese businesses.

According to Mikheyev, delegations from around 20 different nations have arrived to attend the MAKS air show.

The Russian-made Sukhoi Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to defeat all sorts of air, ground, and naval targets. The Su-57 fighter jet has stealth technology with extensive use of composite materials, is capable of supersonic cruising speed, and is outfitted with cutting-edge onboard radio-electronic equipment.

This features a sophisticated onboard computer (the so-called electronic second pilot) and a radar system distributed over its body, as well as several other improvements, most notably a weapon hidden under its fuselage.