Foreign customers eye Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighter


Foreign customers display high interest in the export version of Russia’s Su-57E fifth-generation fighter, Rostec Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Viktor Kladov told TASS on Monday.

The full-size model of the Su-57E fighter will be demonstrated at the Aero India 2021 aerospace show that will run in the Indian city of Bangalore on February 3-5, he specified.

"If we speak about the Su-57E, this aircraft evokes high interest in many countries because it features unique combat properties and flight characteristics. We see that there is the need for next-generation aircraft and there are both a market niche and pre-requisites for the delivery of this plane," Kladov said.

The Rostec executive also noted the high export potential of Russia’s upgraded Mi-28NM combat helicopter.

"I am confident that foreign customers’ interest will be very high when this modification appears on export markets," he said.

The upgraded helicopter features the best flight characteristics in this class, the Rostec executive said.

The Mi-28NM carries a larger arsenal of guided and unguided weapons, features an increased target detection and destruction range and advanced avionics that considerably simplifies the crew’s operation, Kladov specified.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air, ground and naval targets. The Su-57 fighter jet features stealth technology with the broad use of composite materials, is capable of developing supersonic cruising speed and is furnished with the most advanced onboard radio-electronic equipment, including a powerful onboard computer (the so-called electronic second pilot), the radar system spread across its body and some other innovations, in particular, armament placed inside its fuselage.

The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.

The plane’s armament will include, in particular, hypersonic missiles. The fifth-generation fighter jet has been successfully tested in combat conditions in Syria.

The Russian Armed Forces received the first Su-57 fighter in 2020.