Moscow, August 12: Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK-FA) Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet has been officially named as Su-57, Russias Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Friday. The fifth-generation fighter jet is also known as Sukhoi T-50.
“The final decision has been taken by the government, the aircraft got its name, like a child is named after the birth. From now on we will call it Su-57,” Bondarev said in an interview with Russia’s Zvezda broadcaster.
The Su-57 is a single-seat, twin-engine multi-role stealth fighter designed for air superiority and attack roles. The fighter jet is equipped with advanced avionics system and airborne active phased array under.
In 2010, the fighter jet made its maiden flight. Yuri Slyusar, the President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, which is involved in the construction of aircraft, said in July the first Su-57s can come into service in 2019.
In early 2010, the T-50 was part of the Prospective Airborne Complex (PAK-FA) program, has received a vast series of upgrades to its avionics, stealth and armaments.
The United Aircraft Corporation also confirmed that engineers are busy working on the creation of a next-generation engine for the plane. A report said that compared to the existing engine the organisation is further looking for fuel efficiency, lower cost and improved reliability.
By next one year, six machines were expected to be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. The Russian military is also planning to equip the air force with about 55 T-50 fighters by next three-years, with mass production beginning after that.