The Sukhoi Su-57 is Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter jet manufactured by Rostec and is considered Moscow’s answer to American F-22, F-35 and China’s J-20 ‘Mighty Dragon’ fighter jets.
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Recently, The National Interest, a US-based magazine, published an article stating that the Russian Su-57 fifth-generation stealth fighter is “unlikely to enter operational service before 2027”.
The article in the US portal titled ‘Doomed To Fail? Russia’s Stealth Su-57 Isn’t Going Anywhere Soon’ and claimed ‘postponements, cost-overruns and research and development-related problems mar the project. This should come as no surprise. The Su-57 program was never really viable.
The article laments the United Aircraft-building Corporation (UAC) that integrated all of Russia’s aviation firms into one single unit. Gradually, the UAC incorporated over 20 aviation firms but did not see much success.
Despite flashy reports, UAC turned out to be a dud and proved efficient of only re-launching old designs and remained incapable of innovation, the NI report said.
In the case of the Su-57, UAC’s downfall commenced when it decided to close its Combat Aircraft Division to global investors. The last hope for the project was India who had shown serious interest in funding the transformation of the Su-57 into a stealth strike fighter just like Su-30MKI. But it also failed.
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Russia was more interested in promoting the Su-57 as a rival to F-22 Raptor and create media propaganda. Clearly, the Indian Air Force was not interested to finance the propaganda, says the NI article.
Rostec responded to this claim by saying that up to 70 Su-57 fighters will be delivered to Russian troops and will enter operational service by the year 2027. This also includes the aircraft which are going to be delivered this year, the company announced on October 14.