Russian military to receive newest Su-57 fighters

The Russian aerospace force is expected to receive the first batch of fifth-generation Su-57 fighters in 2019, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has said.

The Russian Defense Ministry plans to sign a purchase contract in 2018 with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and they are now working on the deal, Borisov told a news conference on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Su-57 warplane, formerly known as T-50, is being developed by the Sukhoi Company under the United Aircraft Corporation. The single-seat twin-engine jet features supercruise, stealth and supermaneuverability.

Su-57 made its maiden flight in 2010 and will complete its first stage testing by the end of 2017.

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