Russia admits defeat on its ‘stealth’ F-35 killer by canceling mass production on the Su-57 fighter jet
Russia announced earlier this month that the Su-57, its proposed entry into the world of fifth-generation stealth fighters, will not see mass production.
The jet had some promising capabilities in combat, but design and production difficulties made it a difficult project with limited export potential.
This move represents a failure for Russia to manage its huge defense budget and breadth of projects and to find buyers for its version of a jet meant to take on US stealth fighters.
Russia announced earlier this month that the Su-57, its proposed entry into the world of fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft, will not see mass production.
“The plane has proven to be very good, including in Syria, where it confirmed its performance and combat capabilities,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Russian TV on July 2, as The Diplomat reports.
But despite Russia’s non-stop praise for the plane and dubious claims about its abilities, Borisov ultimately said, “The Su-57 is considered to be one of the best aircrafts produced in the world. Consequently, it does not make sense to speed up work on mass-producing the fifth-generation aircraft.””
Justin Bronk, a combat aviation expert at the Royal United Services Institute, told Business Insider that Borisov’s comments “could be charitably described as an unreasonably optimistic reason why they stopped production.”
Basically, Borisov said the plane is so much better than everything out there, they don’t need to build it, which Bronk finds unlikely.
Instead, Russia will stick to what it’s good at with upgraded fourth generation aircraft in service instead of the Su-57, which originally was meant to replace the older fighters.
The Su-57, a plane meant to function as a killer of US F-35 and F-22 stealth jets with an innovative array of radars, saw a brief period of combat over Syria, …read more
Source:: Business Insider