The Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57 may receive a two-seat version, this option is being considered in the interests of a foreign customer. Andrey Yelchaninov, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, spoke about this in an interview with Interfax.
According to Yelchaninov, the Russian military-industrial complex is capable of creating a two-seat version of the Su-57 for foreign buyers. In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense is also considering a two-seater version of a new fighter for arming the Russian Aerospace Forces.
It is possible that a two-seater version of this aircraft will be in demand for export. We are able to create it: now this need is being rethought by both our Ministry of Defense and potential customers.
- he said.
According to Yelchaninov, Russia is actually ready to bring the Su-57 to the foreign market. Currently, negotiations are underway with potential buyers of the fighter.
(...) various delivery options are being considered: separate aircraft and aircraft with a full range of weapons, with an after-sales service system. In addition, at the request of the customer, the appearance of the aircraft can be modified. So we are confidently talking about the export prospects of the Su-57
- he added.
Also, the first deputy chairman of the military-industrial complex collegium said that the tests of the Su-57 armament complex, including the intra-fuselage one, would be completed in 2021. He stressed that the armament includes new types of weapons that are created from scratch, including using new guidance principles.
The peculiarity of the Su-57 is that it carries not only weapon, which is already used by other types of aircraft (MiG-29, Su-30SM, Su-34), but also new types of weapons that will be used from the inside of the fuselage space. Their tests are planned to be completed in 2021 as part of the aviation armament complex.
- explained Yelchaninov.