Su-57 is a multifunctional 5th generation fighter designed to destroy all types of aerial targets in long-range and close battles. Apart from destroying enemy’s air defense system/surface targets, it can monitor airspace from large distances from its bases and can make a punch into enemy’s airspace control system.
The first flight of the Su-57 occurred on 29 January 2010 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
In 2017 the production of Su-57 prototype was completed as a part of the work to create the 5th generation aviation complex and its systems, which significantly increased the pace of flight tests. Currently, there are ten prototypes flying undergoing flight tests.
All components of the Su-57 have been tested. The first stage of the state tests of the 5th generation aviation complex has been successfully completed.
To date, the aircraft’s performance characteristics have been confirmed including stability and controllability in the entire range of altitudes and flight speeds of the aircraft including flights at supercritical angles of attack. The on-board equipment and combat application of the armament complex were tested, including during real combat operations in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Successful works have also been done on in-flight refueling. The experimental work conducted gives us confidence to consider the characteristics of the aircraft as among the best in its class.
The Su-57-2 flying laboratory has begun testing a new generation engine – “Product 30”, with reduced fuel consumption and increased thrust, which is subsequently planned to be installed on production aircraft.
The Su-57 has a number of unique features, combining the functions of a strike aircraft and a fighter. The 5th generation aircraft is equipped with a fundamentally new complex of fully integrated avionics, which provide a high level of control automation and intellectual support for the crew. This greatly reduces the load on the pilot and allows him to concentrate on the tactical mission.
The on-board equipment of the aircraft makes it possible to exchange information in real time basis with land-based control systems and airborne team, in addition to operating independently.
The Su-57 employs a wide range of airborne munitions, both air-to-air and air-to-surface types, to effectively complete its fighter and strike missions.
The aircraft has the ability for covert actions due to its low level radar, IR and optical observation.
The auxiliary power unit of the Su-57 provides a high level of autonomy of the aircraft, a reduction in fuel consumption for ground handling and a saving of the engine operational life. The use of an onboard oxygen-producing unit provides for highly autonomous aircraft operation. An explosion-proof fuel system has been incorporated with the availability of the generator-type neutral gas system. With the combination of all the characteristics, the aircraft has the potential of achieving an unprecedented level of combat survivability.
The complex of technical innovations incorporated in the Su-57 allows it to achieve a qualitatively new level of technological characteristics and effectiveness which makes it a superior flying machine over all modern aircraft in this class.
In 2018 the first contract has been signed for the supply of an initial production lot of Su-57 fighters for the Russian Defense Ministry.