'Works on PAK FA 5-Generation Jet Are at Final Stage'
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 11:15 05.06.2017
The works on the PAK FA jet are at the final stage, Russia's deputy defense minister said.
KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR (Sputnik) — Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company will produce two modifications of the T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft in 2017, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.
"The works on the PAK FA are at the final stage. This year we will receive the 10th and 11th models which will be tested, while the first serial procurement of the T-50 fighters is scheduled for the next state armament program for 2018-2025," Borisov said visiting the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft manufacturing plant.
On May 3, General Designer of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov said that the flying tests of the newest PAK FA (T-50) fighter aircraft will be conducted in the near future.
The Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) is a fifth-generation fighter and the first to use stealth technology in Russia. It is a single-seat, twin-engine multirole jet fighter designed for air superiority and attack roles.
Russian Military Intends to Procure Heavy Strike Drone After 2018.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 18:20 07.06.2017
The drone will be on par with operational foreign analogues.
KAZAN (Russia), (Sputnik) — State tests of a heavy strike aerial drone may be completed in 2018, followed by its purchases under the new state armament program until 2025, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said Wednesday.
"We will consider state procurement from 2018. We are ready to buy the Zenitsa unmanned aircraft from 2018, and if we complete state tests in 2018 we will also buy a heavy unmanned vehicle," Borisov said during a visit to Kazan-based Simonov design bureau.
"They are not inferior in their characteristics to drones that are currently in service with the armed forces of other countries," Borisov added.
Russian aerobatic team celebrates 25th anniversary with aviation show (streamed live)
RT Streamed live 5 hours ago
The Russian Berkuts aerobatic team is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an aviation show at the Tver Region aerodrome. The show includes performances by several Russian aerobatic teams, such as the Russian Knights in Su-30SM fighters, the Swifts (Strizhi) in MiG-29 fighters and the Berkuts in Mi-28N helicopters. Also crews of the Ka-52 and Mi-26 helicopters are set to demonstrate their skills in solo flights. The large-scale event will culminate in a complicated joint flight of Su-30SM at very low speed and four Mi-28N helicopters at maximum speed.
New-design MiG-35 makes air show debut at MAKS 2017 (VIDEO)
RT.com 19 Jul, 2017 03:39
An overhauled MiG-35 multirole fighter has completed a successful demonstration flight at the MAKS 2017 Air Show outside Moscow, with Russian officials saying the first combat-ready plane will be delivered to the Air Forces next year.
“This is a new configuration, approaching 5th generation capabilities. It has new radar and reconnaissance capabilities. It’s equipped with upgraded weapons, and a stealth covering that makes it invisible to the adversary. This is what makes this jet so attractive,” MiG Corporation CEO Ilya Tarasenko told RT ahead of the flight.
The long-conceptualized successor to the 1980s stalwart MiG-29 made its maiden flight a decade ago, but has undergone several major modifications in a bid to improve its capabilities and make it more financially attractive to foreign buyers.
Its current version first flew last winter, and there had been announcements that it would only be displayed on the ground at Russia’s biggest air show, before the flight was given a last-minute go ahead.
Following the demonstration, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told the media that, if it successfully completed its test schedule this year, the MiG-35 would be ready in 2018.
Viktor Bondarev, Commander of the Russian Air Forces, told reporters that “the future belongs to this plane,” and noted that it would be widely used for training a new generation of pilots – not least due to its cost and fuel efficiency.
In January, Bondarev said Russia was interested in buying as many as 170 of the warplanes, but added that the new model is particularly aimed at foreign markets.
At MAKS 2017, Tarasenko noted that around 30 countries are using various modifications of its predecessor, the MiG-29, and that “talks are already ongoing with potential buyers.”
Tarasenko refused to name potential customers, but said it perked interest in “the markets of India, South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,” noting that each plane, valued at about $40 million, is 20-25 percent cheaper than those of its rivals.
Pilots flying the advanced Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fighter jet see no physical boundaries in its use, the Russian Air Force Commander says. Spectators at the MAKS 2017 Air Show saw the cutting-edge aircraft in action.
“For now, I’d say that no physical limits exist for pilots of the PAK-FA when mastering and exploiting the aircraft,” Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said on Saturday, as quoted by TASS.
The PAK-FA (Perspective Air Complex of Frontline Aviation) T-50 is a fifth-generation fighter jet, equipped with advanced radar-evading stealth technology and “electronic pilot” function.
“Engineers are working to allow the aircraft do the most for the pilot,” Viktor Bondarev added, highlighting the aircraft’s characteristics, including improved engine, bombload, and flight range.
Having performed its maiden flight in 2010, the PAK-FA was built to replace the Sukhoi Su-27 in frontline tactical aviation. The Russian Air Force is expected to receive the first batch of 12 T-50s by 2019.
While the defense ministry is still looking forward to the new aircraft, visitors to the MAKS 2017 Air Show got to see the jets up in the skies, performing breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers. The two T-50s flew alongside two other super-maneuverable jets – the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-35, awing the audience at Zhukovsky Airfield.
Su-57: Russian Air Force chief confirms 5th-gen fighter jet name.
RT.com 11 Aug, 2017 10:53
The Russian military will name the country’s first fifth-generation fighter jet ‘Sukhoi Su-57,’ the commander of the Russian Air Force has confirmed. The aircraft was dubbed ‘PAK FA’ and ‘T-50’ during its development.
“The decision has been taken, the plane has been christened. Su-57 is what we are going to call it now,” Gen. Col. Viktor Bondarev told Zvezda, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official TV channel.
The quote is part of an interview which will be published later on Saturday.
The general confirmed earlier media reports, which said PAK FA’s official designation would be Su-57. There had been speculation in military media outlets that the name would be officially confirmed during the MAKS 2017 Air Show near Moscow in July, but this failed to materialize.
The Su-57 made its maiden flight in 2010 and is expected to go into series in 2019, when production of the first batch of 12 fighter jets will begin, according to the manufacturer. The Russian Defense Ministry could contract up to 200 of the advanced aircraft for its fleet.
The multirole fighter jet comes with an estimated price tag of $50 million apiece and features a body primarily built of composite materials for stealth, supercruise capability at a speed of Mach 1.3 and supermaneuvrability during dog fights. Sometime after going into series it will receive a newly-designed engine, currently dubbed ‘Product 30.’
The armament of the Su-57 is placed in internal bays to reduce air drag and radar cross section. It includes a recently-modernized 30mm cannon and a range of 14 different air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and guided bombs.
Russian Su-27 warns off NATO F-16 trying to approach defense minister’s plane over Baltic (VIDEO)
RT.com 21 Jun, 2017 09:29
A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.
Russian plane was en route to the city of Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, where Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is scheduled to discuss security issues with defense officials on Wednesday.
The incident was first reported by journalists of Russian state news agencies on board Shoigu’s plane.
While one NATO aircraft tried to approach the Russian airplane, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet got in its way and tilted its wings, apparently showing its arms. The F-16 then flew away.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he has no information about the incident.
“It’s probably better to ask the Defense Ministry,” Peskov said in answer to journalists’ questions.
NATO confirmed that three Russian aircraft were tracked over the Baltic Sea, claiming they were unaware that the Russian Defense Minister was onboard one of the planes.
"As the aircraft did not identify themselves or respond to air traffic control, NATO fighter jets scrambled to identify them, according to standard procedures NATO has no information as to who was on board," a representative of the alliance told reporters
"We assess the Russian pilots’ behavior as safe and professional," the statement added, as quoted by Sputnik.
On Shoigu’s way back from Kaliningrad, his escort was bolstered by several Su-34 jets, according to reporters. A number of NATO planes followed the Russian Defense Minister’s plane at a distance without making attempts to get any closer.
On Monday a US RC-135 spy plane flying toward the Russian border made a “provocative turn” toward a Baltic Fleet Su-27, which had been scrambled for an interception mission.
The encounters of Russian and US warplanes over the Baltic Sea waters have apparently become more frequent lately. A Russian fighter jet intercepted a small group of US warplanes, including Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker military refueling aircraft, two B-1 bombers and one B-52, during the BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) annual training exercise on June 10.
Earlier in June, the Russian military intercepted another B-52 bomber in the same area, and escorted by an Su-27 fighter away from Russian territory.
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FINALLY: Russia Unveils First 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Su-57 (Sukhoi-57)!
Russia Insider Aug 13, 2017
Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet AK FA has officially been named as the Su-57, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev says. The aircraft has a supersonic flight speed without afterburners, low visibility, super maneuverability, and the ability to make very short takeoffs and landings.
Reaching new heights: Russia’s new MIG41 jet project is more ambitious than you can imagine.
RT Aug 23, 2017
Russia's new MIG41 promises to be the future of air combat.... unlike anything that's taken to the skies before. And although Russia's new project of a hyper speed jet is shrouded in secrecy, a few tantalizing details have come to light.
Russian MiG-41 Stealth Interceptor And US Boeing X-51 Hypersonic Aircraft.
South Front Nov 24, 2017
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Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 12, 2017 11:38:00 GMT -5
Russian 5th-gen Su-57 fighter jet performs maiden flight with new engine.
RT.com 6 Dec, 2017 17:26
Russia’s first fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet, known during its development as PAK FA and T-50, has performed its maiden flight with a new engine, designed specifically for the cutting-edge military plane.
The test flight was successfully performed on Tuesday and lasted some 17 minutes, according to the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry’s press service. A Su-57 aircraft, fitted with new engines known as ‘Product 30,’ was piloted by a chief pilot of the Sukhoi company, Sergey Bogdan.
The successful test flight of the plane with the new engines proved that Russian aircraft builders are capable of creating cutting-edge advanced systems, the press service said, citing Minister Denis Manturov. While little is known about the specifications of the new ‘Product 30,’ the engine-building company that designed it said earlier this year that it is an entirely new device, fully suitable for the fifth-generation planes.
The Su-57, known then as the T-50, stole the limelight at the MAKS2017 airshow in July, when a pair of aircraft performed amazing, physics-defying stunts.
The Su-57 plane was built to replace the Sukhoi Su-27 in frontline tactical aviation, making its maiden flight in 2010. The aircraft features a new planer, built largely from composite materials, modern radar and avionics. The estimated price tag for the cutting-edge multirole fighter is about $50 million each.
The main armament of the Su-57 is placed in internal bays in order to reduce radar cross section and air drag. It includes a recently modernized 30mm autocannon and air-to-air missiles. The plane is also capable of carrying additional armament on external pylons.
The military is expected to begin receiving the first fighters in 2018, according to Russian Airspace Forces commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 27, 2017 19:09:03 GMT -5
VTOL for the 21st Century: Why Russia's Working on New Vertical Takeoff Fighter.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 20:04 15.12.2017
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov has confirmed that work is underway on the design of a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Military observer Vadim Saranov outlines what's driving the military's interest in this class of aircraft, and considers whether Russia's aviation industry has the resources and know-how to build it.
Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that work is under way on a new VTOL plane design. Deputy Defense Minister Borisov said that the naval aviation variants of the MiG-29 and Su-33 fighters in use by the Navy today face becoming obsolete in the next decade. Accordingly, he said, it's logical to start development of a new plane to replace them. Borisov's remarks follow revelations this summer that the MoD has been discussing the issue of a new VTOL design with Russia's military aircraft manufacturers, and that the plane could be "a development of the Yak line."
The Yak-38, first introduced in 1976, quickly became the USSR's most heavily-produced VTOL aircraft, and enjoyed widespread deployment aboard the Soviet Navy's fleet of Project 1143 heavy aircraft carrying cruisers, including the Kiev, the Minsk, the Novorossiysk and the Baku.
The Yak-38 garnered a poor reputation among pilots due to a high accident rate (with several dozen of the 231 Yak-38s built destroyed or scrapped following accidents). As military observer and RIA Novosti contributor Vadim Saranov pointed out, the planes' capricious nature limited flight time aboard aircraft-carrying Navy ships to a paltry 40 hours a year.
"The planes' combat characteristics were also questionable," the journalist wrote. "Due to the lack of on-board radar, it was only conditionally able to engage in aerial combat. The Yak-38's use as a pure attack aircraft looked rather ineffective, since its combat radius in VTOL mode amounted to just 195 km, and even less in a hot climate."
Given their less-than-stellar record, production of the Yak-38 was stopped in 1989. Gradually withdrawn and scrapped throughout the 1990s, the remaining VTOL Yaks were retired from the Russian Navy in 2004.
Owing to the Yak-38's difficult operational history, Soviet designers almost immediately began development of a new aircraft – the Yak-141.
Considered a highly promising design by Soviet and Western observers, the Yak-141 program was canceled after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Lockheed Corporation entered into a partnership with Yakovlev with the official aim of funding the program. Years later, many Russian observers suggested that Lockheed, already working on its X-35 F-35 prototype, effectively bought out the Yak-141's technical documentation for about $400 million.
A New VTOL for the 21st Century
Speaking to Saranov about the prospects for a new Russian VTOL design, Russian Navy captain first rank (ret) Konstantin Sivkov said that if the aircraft were developed and fielded, they would become a boon not just to the Navy, but to Russian military aviation as a whole.
"The main problem in contemporary aviation today is that a jet fighter requires a good runway," Sivkov explained. "There are very few airfields of this kind, and it's quite easy to destroy them through a first-strike attack. Aircraft equipped with VTOL can be dispersed, to a clearing in the woods, for example. The use of VTOL by combat aviation would give it exceptional staying power."
Not everyone agrees. Oleg Panteleev, editor-in-chief of Russian aviation news agency Aviaport.ru, said that VTOL fighters' heavy consumption of fuel on takeoff, combined with the flexibility of traditional aircraft designs, makes fielding a large fleet of air force VTOL fighters impractical.
"Conventional fighters can carry out combat missions in conditions of partially destroyed airfield infrastructure from shortened airstrips of less than 500 m," the analyst noted. "The military's plans to build a carrier fleet is something else entirely, however. There, the use of VTOL aircraft would indeed be highly rational."
The VTOL design would enable strike aircraft to be deployed even aboard small aircraft-carrying cruisers, perhaps even foregoing the need to build a new, expensive, conventional aircraft carrier.
Sikvov emphasized that Russian design bureaus have no time to lose for creating a new VTOL design. "Aircraft with VTOL capability can be based not just on conventional carriers, [but on much smaller ships.] For example, a tanker equipped with a ramp becomes a kind of aircraft carrier; we had similar projects during the Soviet era," the analyst said. "Furthermore, VTOL aircraft can be used aboard helicopter-carrying combat vessels such as frigates," he added.
In any case, Saranov pointed out that the case of the F-35 offers a warning about the potential costs involved in the creation of a new VTOL-capable fighter plane, with that program reaching a staggering $1.3 trillion estimated price tag. The journalist noted that creating a plane with performance characteristics comparable to the F-35B will require finding solutions to a series of design problems, including miniaturization of avionics, new generation on-board systems, and a new airframe taking into account the requirements of a VTOL aircraft.
"The Russian aviation industry has opportunities in this direction, particularly since many systems can be unified with the Su-57 fifth-gen fighter aircraft," the journalist noted.
At the same time, according to Panteleev, the specially-designed engine may prove to be the new plane's biggest problem. "The developer of the engine for the Yak-38 has ceased to exist. While the technical documentation about the Yak's thrust nozzles, including its afterburner, is probably still around, the specialists with the practical experience to create these components probably aren't around anymore. Here, we've probably lost our expertise."
These problems notwithstanding, the observer noted that if the Ministry of Defense does go ahead and approve the creation of a new VTOL aircraft, the aviation industry will be able to come up with an appropriate design.
In the meantime, the military has already offered hints about its vision of the future of Russian naval aviation. The MoD plans to lay down the Project 23000E Shtorm heavy aircraft carrier sometime between 2025 and 2030. By that time, the Navy expects to receive two new Priboy-class universal helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ships. These, it can be safely assumed, would be perfectly capable of carrying any new VTOL project the aircraft industry throws their way.
Bulgarian watchdog clears way for MiG fighter jet overhaul deal.
SOFIA, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Bulgaria’s anti-monopoly watchdog has rejected a demand by Ukrainian arms company Ukrinmash to stop the Balkan country’s 81.3 million levs ($50.2 million) fighter jet deal with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG.
Bulgaria last month asked the Russian company to overhaul and maintain 15 of its ageing MiG fighter jets. The country was about to sign a four-year deal, but had to put that on hold following an appeal by Ukrinmash.
The decision of the Commission for the Protection of Competition can be appealed within three days of notification, the watchdog said in a statement.
The Black Sea country considered the MiG maker as the only company capable of providing reliable support for the aircraft and did not invite other bidders for the deal.
Relations between Ukraine and Russia are at a low ebb after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Bulgaria, which joined the EU in 2007 and NATO three years earlier, says it needs to keep its Soviet-era aircraft operational after plans to buy eight new fighter jets hit another snag. That process is expected to start almost from scratch sometime this year.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 11, 2018 12:56:22 GMT -5
First Russian 5th generation Su-57 fighter jets to be put in service ‘very soon’
RT.com 6 Jan, 2018 14:50
The Russian military is expected to receive the first batch of fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets “very soon,” the corporation developing the plane said. The jet was known earlier as the PAK FA and T-50.
“The newest 5th generation aviation complex T-50/PAK FA, for which we have high hopes and plans, will be delivered to the Russian Air Force very soon,” the Joint Aviation Corporation (OAK) said in a Facebook post.
Earlier on Saturday, a source in the aviation industry told Interfax that the delivery of the first planes of the maiden batch is expected to take place in 2018. A similar estimated time of delivery was given earlier by then-Russian Air Force commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev.
The first nine machines are currently undergoing flight tests, according to the manufacturer. While the early jets were fitted with older “first-stage engines,” the Su-57 recently received a new engine, developed specifically for the fifth-generation fighters. The fighter, fitted with the new Product 30 engine, successfully performed its maiden flight on December 5. While little is known about the specifications, the OAK said last year it was an entirely new engine designed from scratch.
The Su-57 jet fighter, designed to replace the iconic Sukhoi Su-27 in frontline tactical aviation, made its maiden flight in 2010. One plane has an estimated price tag of about $50 million.
The new planes have already been featured in several exhibitions, including the MAKS 2017 airshow last July. A pair of the aircraft, known then as the T-50, stole the show, performing a variety of amazing stunts. The Su-57 designation was officially confirmed for the new plane last August.
The aircraft features an entirely new planer, built largely from composite materials, modern radar and avionics. The new flight equipment allows the jet to exchange information in real time with other planes and ground command units, as well as perform individual missions, according to the OAK. The avionics provide a high level of automatization and “intellectual support” for the crew, helping pilots to focus on their tactical objectives.
The main armament of the plane is concealed in internal bays to boost its aerodynamic capabilities and reduce radar cross section. The Su-57 can also carry munitions on external pylons. The jet’s armament includes a recently modernized 30mm internal autocannon and a range of modern guided missiles.
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Russian supersonic MiG-31s face off in stratosphere training (VIDEO)
RT.com 23 Jan, 2018 14:28
Two Russian MiG-31 supersonic fighter jets honed their skills during stratosphere drills in training footage released by the defense ministry.
One MiG-31 long-range interceptor played the role of an aircraft violating Russian airspace during an exercise for fighter pilots from Yelizovo airbase in Kamchatka. It was cruising at an altitude of 20km, well into the stratosphere, and at “maximum speed.”
The defense ministry did not provide exact details, but at that altitude, a MiG-31 can reach speeds of 3,000kph.
Another MiG-31 was scrambled to intercept the “violator.” To make the task more difficult, the interceptor operated alone, without ground anti-aircraft support. The MiG-31 features powerful onboard radar and can perform this type of task relying solely on its onboard systems.
The interceptor found the “violator” and made a mock air-to-air missile launch while flying at 2,000kph at an altitude of over 14km. The “intruder” took evasive maneuvers, but was “hit” and “destroyed” by the mock missile from a distance of 100km. Upon completing the exercise, both planes returned to the base.
Su-57’s debut? Video claims to show Russia’s 5th-gen jets in action over Syria.
RT.com 22 Feb, 2018 13:30
A video has emerged purportedly showing two Su-57s operating from Russia’s Khmeimim Airbase in Syria. If genuine, the video will have documented the fifth-generation fighter’s first combat drill.
A video published on the Facebook group 'Syrian Military Capabilities' purports to show the brand new Russian aircraft in the skies over Syria. Although the two warplanes appear to look similar to the Su-57, RT cannot verify the authenticity of the video.
Designed by Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, the multirole Su-57 fighter took to the skies for the first time in 2010 – but only entered production this year.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed on February 8 that the ministry is going to sign a contract for the first squadron of 12 Su-57s in 2018. He also said that the first stage of the trials was over, and that the Su-57 will be undergoing experimental combat training. The Russian Air Force hopes to field around 220 Su-57s between 2020 and 2030.
Befitting of a next-generation fighter, the Su-57 is fitted with a cutting-edge avionics system capable of autonomously assessing battlefield situations. Able to detect air, ground and sea-based threats at distances far beyond most modern radar systems, the fighter jet is also capable of striking targets with an array of modern weaponry, including short, medium and long-range air-to-air, air-to-ground, and even anti-radar missiles.
A “significant part” of the Russian forces returned home from Syria after President Vladimir Putin announced their withdrawal in December, declaring victory over “the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists” by Moscow’s forces, along with their Syrian and Iranian allies.
Russian 5th-gen fighter deployed to Syria for radar test, latest leaked details claim.
RT.com 26 Feb, 2018 09:30
New details have emerged on the deployment of Russia’s most-advanced fighter jets to Syria. The state-of-the-art Su-57s are in the region to test their electronic warfare and radar capabilities, an insider has said.
Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry reportedly moved four Su-57s, which have been built for trials, to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria. The deployment was seemingly confirmed by Israeli satellite images and footage taken from the ground, but neither the Russian military nor the producer of the advanced warplane would comment on the move.
The aircraft have been sent to Syria to test their capabilities in a semi-combat environment, the Russian business daily Kommersant reported, citing insider sources. The trial will initially focus on electronic warfare and radar capabilities of the 5th-generation fighter jet, rather than its weapon systems, the report said. A decision on the Syrian trial was taken after the MAKS 2017 airshow near Moscow in July, the source revealed.
The advanced fighter jets were deployed to Syria less than two weeks after US forces attacked and devastated a group of pro-government forces, which included some Russian citizens. Moscow insisted that none of the Russians hurt in the incident were part of the country’s military force in Syria.
In addition to the Su-57s, Russia also deployed four advanced Su-36s fighter jets last week, and an A-50U airborne early warning and control plane.
5th-gen Russian Su-57 fighters performed 2 days of combat tests in Syria – Defense Minister.
RT.com 1 Mar, 2018 13:37
Following media speculation about Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets, Russia’s defense minister has confirmed two were deployed for tests in Syria. However, they were there for just two days for combat and other tests.
“They really were there. Not for long, just two days. Over this time they conducted a trial program, including a combat trial,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told journalists on Thursday.
“There were two jets which were accompanied by laboratory aircraft, and planes which monitored the work of weapon systems.”
Earlier reports, based on footage purportedly showing the aircraft in Syria and interpretation of Israeli satellite images, claimed that four Su-57s had been deployed to the Russian airbase at Khmeimim.
“I can tell you that the trial was successful; the planes returned home a week ago,” Shoigu added. “As for the photos which were published, I don’t know where they came from. The planes were inside hangars all the time [when parked].”
The minister added that the full trial program of the advanced aircraft will be completed this year.
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White Cossack: Who's the best state leader currently?
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TsarSamuil: Viktor Orban?
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