Saturday, June 12, 2021

Russia says that Southeast Asian countries eye Su-57 jets

CEO of the state arms seller Rosoboronexport Aleksandr Mikheyev said this week that, five Southeast Asian countries show their interest in Sukhoi Su-57 Felon multirole fifth-generation jet fighters.

“We are holding negotiations with several countries. We see requests and interest. Southeast Asia, four or five countries [show their interest],” said Aleksandr Mikheyev.

The new Russian Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet made its first flight 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.

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

The twin-engine aircraft has been designed by the Sukhoi company to compete with the U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.

According to local media, Russia’s Aerospace Force will get 22 Su-57 fighters by late 2024, and their number in the Russian Armed Forces will grow to 76 by 2028.

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