The first serial fighter of the fifth generation, the Su-57, entered the State Flight Test Center (GLITs) in Akhtubinsk. This is reported by TASS with reference to a source in the military-industrial complex.
According to the source, the fighter will be used to test hypersonic aviation means of destruction. Another source said that the vehicle will be transferred to the combat unit after testing at the center. The plane has already arrived at GLITs. The Ministry of Defense will receive the next four production Su-57 fighters in 2021.
Note that the first serial Su-57 is de facto the second aircraft from the pilot batch for two fighters. The first Su-57 crashed on December 24, 2019 during a test flight.
Earlier it was reported that the first serial Su-57 entered service with one of the aviation regiments of the Southern Military District.
At the collegium of the military department, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive 2024 fifth-generation SU-22 fighters by the end of 57. In total, by 2027, the Ministry of Defense will receive 76 aircraft, which are manufactured by KnAAZ under a contract signed in 2019.
The first production fighters will go to the troops with the first stage engine, the delivery of fighters with the second stage engine will begin in 2023-2025, there is no exact data.