Russia Expects High Demand for Its SU-57 Fifth Generation Fighter

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Customers are expected to put hundreds of orders for Russia’s newest Su-57 fifth-generation fighter, according to Yuri Slyusar, CEO of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

“We expect that this aircraft will be chosen as the platform and fundamental plane for dealing with a wide variety of activities, and that orders for these fighters will number in the hundreds,” stated the CEO. Work on severalĀ  aircraft upgrades will begin this year, he added.

“We will already deliver four [Su-57] aircraft this year. Eventually, we hope to attain a supply level of 12 aircraft per year through a partnership plan “, Slyusar elaborated.

According to the CEO, the UAC has secured a deal with Russia’s Defense Ministry to provide 76 Su-57 warplanes to Russian troops.

The Sukhoi Su-57 is a Russian-made fifth-generation multi-role fighter designed to defeat all sorts of air, ground, and marine targets. The Su-57 fighter jet is equipped with the most advanced onboard radio-electronic equipment, including a powerful onboard computer (the so-called electronic second pilot), a radar system spread over its body, and several other innovations, like armament placed in the cockpit.