New images of an in production United Aircraft Corporation Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name Felon) were revealed by the manufacturer after a visit by the Russian Federation defence minister.
Seventy-six Su-57 aircraft will be delivered to the Russian Federation Air Force by 2028. United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) describes the Su-57 as a low visibility fifth generation multi-role fighter for air-to-air interception and attacking ground targets using avionics with a high level of automation. It is also capable of real-time data exchange with ground-based assets and other aircraft. During the ministerial visit, Ilya Tarasenko, general director of UAC subsidiary Sukhoi, Ilya Tarasenko, showed the minister the Su-57 final assembly line at Sukhoi’s Yuri Gagarin factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
“At the Sukhoi plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the modernization and technical re-equipment of production was carried out, which allows us to successfully and on time fulfil the state [defence] order [for Su-57s],” said Tarasenko.
The UAC defence minister visit press release announced that by 2021 the Ministry of Defence would conclude an additional contract for Sukhoi Su-35S (NATO reporting name Flanker-E) fighters. The Su-35 is a version of the Su-27 fighter which has been modernised to significantly increase its combat effectiveness against air, ground, and sea-surface targets, according to UAC.