KnAAZ Plant Being Prepared for Production of Russian Su-57 Stealth Fifth-Generation Fighter
KnAAZ Plant Being Prepared for Production of Russian Su-57 Stealth Fifth-Generation Fighter

Rostec to Unveil Export Version of Su-57 Fifth-generation Fighter at Army-2020 Forum

The press office of the russian defense corporation Rostec announced on Thursday.The export version of Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighter will be on display for the first time at the Army-2020 International Military and Technical Forum (IMTF) and the plane will also take part in the forum’s flight demonstration program. The Army-2020 international military and technical forum will run on the territory of the Russian Armed Forces’ Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center, at the Alabino training ground and at the Kubinka airfield on August 23-29.

The forum’s visitors will also be able to view the flights of a MiG-35 light multirole fighter, a Ka-52 reconnaissance and attack helicopter and an upgraded Ka-27M deck-based gunship. The Berkuts (Golden Eagles) aerobatic team will demonstrate the capabilities of a Mi-28N helicopter in solo and formation flying. Since 2015, the Army IMTF has proved its status as one of the leading expositions of armaments and hardware, and prestigious platform for discussing development and strengthening international military and technical cooperation.

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The T-50S-2 aircraft under construction at Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
The T-50S-2 aircraft under construction at Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

The Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name: Felon) 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 (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii), a fifth-generation fighter programme of the Russian Air Force. Sukhoi’s internal name for the aircraft is T-50. 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, is in final stages of development and expected to be available after mid-2020s.

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