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MAKS 2019: Russia unveils export variant of Su-57

30 August 2019

Rostec’s Rosoboronexport unveiled the Su-57E, an export variant of its only fifth-generation fighter aircraft, at MAKS 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Rahul Udoshi

Rostec's Rosoboronexport unveiled the Su-57E, an export variant of its only fifth-generation fighter aircraft, at the 2019 MAKS international airshow being held in Zhukovskiy near Moscow on 27 August-1 September.

A Sukhoi Su-57E was displayed publicly for the first time with few details of its specifications or performance. Demonstration flights are being performed by baseline Su-57 aircraft.

A Rosoboronexport representative told Jane's that the Su-57E has state clearance for export and the latest aircraft is a priority in its business plans. Rosoboronexport is now hoping to begin initial discussions with undisclosed potential foreign customers. However, there are no formal requests to buy the aircraft from any countries so far, he added. He refused to comment further on programme status, aircraft weapon systems, specifications, and performance.

The single-seat Su-57E is a multirole fighter aircraft designed for a wide range of combat missions against air, ground, and maritime targets in all weather, day or night, and in a severe jamming environment. Its main features are multifunctionality, stealthy design, and automation. It has an improved passive and active protection and countermeasures system.

The twin-engine aircraft has extended supersonic flight mode with great manoeuvrability and can carry a wide range of weapons, including precision munitions. It has a short take-off and landing capability.

The Russian Air Force signed the first contract for the initial production batch of Su-57 (baseline or domestic variant) fighters in 2018. The first production unit is likely to enter service in the Russian Air Force in 2019-20. Russia says Su-57 weapons and subsystems have been tested in combat in Syria.

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