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Russia, having refused the serial production of the su-57, is virtually admitted defeat in the possibility of creating a fifth generation fighter, writes Business Insider.
“Russia is more or less acknowledges defeat in the possible creation of a fifth generation fighter,” said the American edition of the expert in the field of military aviation of the Royal United services Institute for defence studies (UK) Justin Bronk.
The main reason for the rejection of the mass production of advanced aircraft British expert sees the lack of funding, caused, in particular, freezing of the joint Russian-Indian program to create a fifth generation fighter.
Although each su-57 is worth 40 million dollars, which is two times cheaper than the American F-35 Lightning II, such a price, says Bronk, is still high compared to other aircraft, in connection with which Russia “may simply cover up their older planes a large number of fancy radars and missiles, since the airframe of the su-57 in fact was never invisible.”
The publication concludes that in the context of Russian projects on modernization of tanks, submarines and nuclear weapons, is the su-57 has become “the first victim of the budget crisis,” and the development of Chinese military aviation is even more backwardness of Russia in “world class military”.
In July 2018, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov said that, as “su-35 is now considered one of the best aircraft in the world” that “makes no sense to speed up the work for the mass production of fifth generation aircraft”.
Development work on the su-57 should be completed in 2019, the same is expected to begin deliveries to the troops, it is planned that the initial batch will comprise 12 cars.
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