The Russian Ministry of Defence released footage about pilots of the Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii) have fully mastered the flight modes of Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft including the extreme altitude, speed and g-load. While performing the flight tasks, pilots have worked out the individual and group piloting, group co-ordination on the flight level, low and extreme low altitude flights and also the combat use of aircraft’s armament. At the final stage of the training, the pilots practiced air-to-air combat elements involving super-maneuverable modes of the aircraft.
The Sukhoi Su-57 is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation jet fighter being developed since 2002 for air superiority and attack operations. The aircraft is the product of the PAK FA, a fifth-generation fighter programme of the Russian Air Force. Sukhoi’s internal name for the aircraft is T-50. The Su-57 is planned to be the first aircraft in Russian military service to use stealth technology. Its maiden flight took place on 29 January 2010 and the first production aircraft are planned to be delivered in 2020.
The fighter is designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth, and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation fighter aircraft as well as ground and naval defences. The Su-57 is intended to succeed the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force. The prototypes and initial production batch are to be delivered with a highly upgraded Lyulka AL-31 variant, the AL-41F1, as an interim powerplant while an advanced clean-sheet design engine, currently designated the izdeliye 30, currently in final stages of development and expected to be available after mid-2020s. The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.