Fifth-Generation Su-57 Sparks Major Interest at MAKS-2021 Air Show

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Rosoboronexport, Russia’s national weapons exporter, is in negotiations with five nations about buying the Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter, according to the company’s CEO Alexander Mikheyev, who spoke at the MAKS-2021 air show on Tuesday.

The Su-57 has sparked a lot of interest, especially because a government contract has been signed for it as part of Russia’s state weapons 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 annual event, TASS reported.

The Sukhoi Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter built in Russia and designed to defeat all sorts of air, ground, and naval targets. The Su-57 fighter aircraft is equipped with the most modern onboard radio-electronic equipment and includes stealth technology with extensive use of composite materials.

The aircraft is capable of attaining a supersonic cruising speed and boasts stealth technology with extensive use of composite materials. This features a sophisticated onboard computer (dubbed the “electronic second pilot”), a radar system distributed over its body, and other novelties, such as a weapon hidden under the fuselage.