ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Southern Military District will receive the first batch of the Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft in 2020, Commander of the Fourth Air and Air Defense Force Major General Nikolai Gostev said on Monday.
According to him, 30 new aircraft and helicopters will be delivered in 2019.
The Russian Defense Ministry and the Sukhoi company signed a contract on the delivery of the first two Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft at the International Military and Technical Forum on August 22, 2018. Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said then that the military would receive the first Su-57 out of the planned 15 aircraft in 2019.
The Su-57 is a fifth-generation stealth fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets, hitting enemy ground and naval targets. The plane’s armament will particularly include hypersonic missiles. The fighter jet has been successfully tested in combat conditions in Syria.