MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he considered the latest fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet as the world’s best military plane.
"This is the best plane today, the world’s best aircraft," Putin said at a meeting with the winners of the Russian Leaders contest. This is the world’s best plane "by all its operational characteristics and by its armament," the Russian leader added.
"No other aircraft can fly as well as our plane," the head of the Russian state stressed.
The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short distances and hit enemy ground and naval targets, overcoming its air defense capabilities.
The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.
The plane’s armament will include, in particular, hypersonic missiles. The fifth-generation fighter jet has been successfully tested in combat conditions in Syria.