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Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation stealth multi-role fighter was publicly demonstrated for the first time. Two of these warplanes will be soon delivered to the Russian armed forces. All in all, the Russian Aerospace Forces will get 15 Su-57 fighters in the near future, according to sputniknews.com.
The Su-57 is the production version of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) previously designated as PAK-FA or T-50.
The Su-57 comes equipped with the first stage engine which opened the path to the serial production of the FGFA. A second stage engine, having the ability to super-cruise (fly at super-sonic speed without fuel-guzzling after-burners) is being flight-tested and is in advanced development.
Su-57 is equipped with an entirely new set of deeply-integrated avionics featuring a high level of controlled automation and intelligent crew support, according to defenseworld.net. This considerably reduces the pilot’s workload and allows the pilot to concentrate on tactics.
The avionics of the new airplane enable real-time data exchange with both ground-based control systems and within air groups, and also support off-line operation.
According to the Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (CRET), which integrates major Russian developers and producers of the military aviation radio electronic systems, Su-57 can be viewed as a ‘flying robot’, where the pilot becomes only one of the integral parts of the aircraft.