SUKHOI SU-57 – 5TH GENERATION MULTI-ROLE STEALTH AIRCRAFT
The SU-57, previously known as PAK FA and T-50 had its maiden flight on January 29, 2010. On June 10, 2014, the fifth flying prototype, aircraft T-50-5, was severely damaged by an engine fire after landing. On December 24, 2019, the first serial Su-57 crashed 110–120 km away from the Dzyomgi Airport, Khabarovsk Krai, during the final stage of its factory trials. According to TASS News Agency, the test flight was carried out at an altitude of 8,000 meters when the malfunction occurred, causing the fighter jet to enter a rapid spiral descent.
The SU-57, previously known as PAK FA and T-50, was developed in Sukhoi OKB. The aircraft firm is Russian is the origin and dates back to World War II time. The aircraft is the ‘Fifth Generation Fighter’ following the footsteps of the latest in aviation tech, weaponry, and radar-absorbing technology. With the agility, response, and performance it carries, this aircraft is a marvel and one-of-its-kind. Previously, the only aircraft in the 5th gen club was owned by the US, but now it seems Russia has spread its wings again.
The state trials started in late 2014, and now we know Russia has full authority of a new-gen aircraft that can change the state of warfare if any war must happen.
The Findings From The Prototype
As per what we know from the prototypes showcased to the experts and the findings available for the general public, this aircraft will be able to superiorly charge in air and attack on the ground as well. It has aerial reconnaissance through specialized onboard equipment available.
The design is optimized to overcome any altitude limitations the war aircraft might face. It doesn’t matter if it operates during the day or night, during winters or summers – it can overcome adverse weather conditions. In whichever capacity or role, you intend to use SU-57, it will prove to be lethal.
The Powerful Performance
It might be a little difficult for a layman to understand, but the 40,000lb thrust turbofan engines in the Type 30 variant of the aircraft appearing later in the year are an absolute monstrosity. It gives SU-57 the agility better than any other aircraft and a whooping speed of 1330mph cruising at 1120mph. The airframe can support forces up to 9g.
The Future Of SU-57
As we have already mentioned, the future of warfare with SU-57 is definitely bleak for countries that decide to threaten Russia. In the Russian inventory of the aircraft, the SU-57 has taken over the roles of the previous Sukhoi air flankers. As per India’s and Russia’s agreement, the former intends to purchase a fleet soon. Right now, the aircraft is moving along the Russian-Indian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft Program.
While the world might be under uncertainty at the moment, the aircraft like Sukhoi SU-57 is an indicator that the powerful countries are ready to take on any challenges that the dwindling economies around the world might impose on its people.