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Russian military contracts 1st batch of 5th-gen Su-57 stealth fighters

Sunday - 01/07/2018 02:26
The Russian military has signed the first contract to receive 12 fifth-generation Su-57 stealth fighters. The state-of-the-art jets are to be delivered to the armed forces next year.
Su-57 / Sputnik / © Vladimir Sergeyev
Su-57 / Sputnik / © Vladimir Sergeyev
“The first contract for 12 aircraft has been agreed on, and the deliveries under this contract will begin shortly,” Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko told reporters in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Praising the pace of the work by the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer on the production of the new state-of-the-art, single-seat fighter, Krivoruchko added that engineers are finishing tests on the second-stage engines of the Su-57. The jet was known as the PAK FA and T-50 during development.

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The Su-57, whose avionics system allows autonomous battlefield calculations to assist the pilot, is expected to eventually replace the iconic, but aging, Su-27 multipurpose fighters. After making its maiden flight in 2010, and after years of research and development, Russia's fifth-generation stealth fighters could come into service in 2019, CEO of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar stated on Friday.

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