Su-57 Serial Production Begins

Su-57 Serial Production Begins 30 July, 2019

The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday.

The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force.

The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "The first plane will be delivered to the customer before the end of 2019."

In May, Russian president Vladimir Putin committed to a significant expansion of the Sukhoi Su-57 fleet operated by the country’s air force.

The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. The plane’s armament will include, in particular, hypersonic missiles. The fifth-generation fighter jet has been tested in combat conditions in Syria.

Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, revealed earlier in 2019 that the per-unit cost per Su-57 and associated equipment went down by 20 percent. The cost of the 76 aircraft is estimated at around $ 2.7 billion.

India withdrew in 2018 from the co-development and production of the Su-57. Earlier this month, the Russian government once more offered India to resume co-development of the aircraft.


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