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Currently, the documents for the export version of the Russian fifth generation fighter su-57Э almost ready, reports Jane’s 360 statement by the Director of international cooperation and regional policy of “Rostec” Victor Kladov.
“We believe that the middle East is an attractive market for this aircraft,” — said the Manager of the exhibition LIMA 2019.
He also said that the su-57Э can be formally presented in November of 2019 at the air show in Dubai (UAE), and potential buyers of a fighter can be India and China.
“China recently received a batch of 24 su-35, and in the next two years will decide to buy additional su-35, built jointly with China, or a fighter of the fifth generation. This could be another opportunity for the su-57Э,” said Kladov.
The Manager noted that “rosteh” and “United aircraft Corporation” (UAC) has already transferred to the Russian government the necessary documents for obtaining permission for export of the su-57Э, and the final decision in the next few weeks will be the President of the country Vladimir Putin.
15th international exhibition of aerospace and naval engineering LIMA 2019 runs from March 26 to 30 in Langkawi (Malaysia).
Earlier in March, the UAC President Yuri Slyusar said that Russia is ready to sell Malaysia the su-35, su-30SM, MiG-35 and su-57.
At the same time, The National Interest wrote that the fifth-generation fighter, the su-57 is inferior to the American F-35 Lightning II stealth. Simultaneously, the magazine recognized that Russian aircraft superior to the American in range, speed and maneuverability.
In February, Vice-President of the KLA for military-technical cooperation Ilya Tarasenko announced that Russia plans to bring the su-57 on the external market.
In the summer of 2018 to Deputy Prime Minister on questions military-industrial complex Yuri Borisov stated that “the su-35 is now considered one of the best aircraft in the world”, so “it makes no sense to speed up the work for the mass production of fifth generation aircraft”.
In April of the same year it became known that India had suspended cooperation with Russia on the FGFA project (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), involving the creation on the basis of the su-57 India’s first fifth generation fighter. The funds received from the joint programme, the Russian side is planned to direct for purchase for their own videoconferencing production su-57.
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