The upgraded version of the Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57 made its first flight, tests were carried out at the airfield of the Flight Research Institute named after M. M. Gromov (LII) in Zhukovsky.
According to the press service of the UAC, a new set of on-board equipment with expanded functionality, intelligent crew support and the possibility of using a wide range of new weapons is being tested on the upgraded aircraft. In addition, this version of the aircraft has the ability to install a second-stage engine.
The UAC explained that the first flight of the modernized fighter took place on October 21 from the airfield of the LII. MM. Gromov, the aircraft was piloted by test pilot of the Sukhoi Design Bureau, Hero of the Russian Federation, Sergei Bogdan. The plane spent almost an hour to four minutes in the air, the flight passed without remarks.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Su-57 fighter was used as part of a special operation in Ukraine, where it showed itself on the positive side. This was also stated by the new commander of the NMD, General of the Army Surovikin.
Having a wide range of weapons, in each sortie it solves multifaceted tasks of hitting air and ground targets.
- he said.
By the end of 2024, the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive 22 fifth-generation SU-57 fighter jets. In total, until 2027, the Russian Aerospace Forces will include 76 aircraft, which are manufactured by KnAAZ under a contract concluded in 2019.