Combat testing, state testing and exporting


The Su-57 was combat-tested in Syria, with a limited scope to evaluate the aircraft’s integration within the common Russian command-and-control system.
Andrey Zinchuk

ON MAY 25, while commenting at an MoD meeting, Russian Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu disclosed the nature of the testing undertaken by the Su-57 fighter in Syria. He said that during its threeday tenure at Hmeimim/Latakia Air Base in Syria the type undertook evaluation in a real-world combat environment by launching cruise missile. Shoygu was brief on details, but his commentary was accompanied by a brief video showing an Su-57 prototype launching a red cruise missile, though there was no confirmation of whether the video originated from the Syrian deployment or was made during testing in Russia.

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