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Russia’s Defense Ministry to Sign Contract for 5th-Generation Fighter Jets in 2018

08/30/2017
Russia’s Defense Ministry to Sign Contract for 5th-Generation Fighter Jets in 2018

MOSCOW --- Russia’s Defense Ministry expects to sign a contract for a pilot batch of fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets next year and troops should receive these cutting-edge aircraft in 2019, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. 

The deputy defense minister made this statement at a press conference devoted to the results of the Army-2017 international military and technical forum. 

"The forum’s visitors displayed great interest in the latest Russian aircraft, including Su-34 and Su-35 planes, and also the cutting-edge fifth-generation fighter jet which has been named as the Su-57," the deputy defense minister said. 

"We are now considering signing a contract for the delivery of a pilot batch of these fighter jets in 2018 with their dispatch to the troops in 2019," he said. 

The Su-57 (PAK FA) took to the skies for the first time in 2010. As was reported earlier, the experimental design work on the cutting-edge fighter jet should be completed in 2019 and its deliveries to the troops should begin at that time. As United Aircraft Corporation CEO Yuri Slyusar said, the pre-production batch will consist of 12 such planes. 

Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev said earlier that the deliveries of fifth-generation fighter jets to aviation units would begin from 2018. 

The Army-2017 international military and technical forum was held in Kubinka outside Moscow on August 22-27. 

 

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08/30/2017
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