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.