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The continuous search for Russian buyers of the future fighter of the fifth generation su-57 casts doubt on the capacity of the country to independently develop the serial production of these aircraft, writes The Drive.
“Constantly there were questions about whether the Kremlin can afford to purchase their own aircraft, and also for them to develop a new, more powerful engines on the background of reducing defence budgets, the impact of international sanctions and other economic problems,” — says the American edition.
The Drive writes that “Russia still wants to find foreign partners to help distribute the burden according to the program of the su-57”. “The partner who agrees to buy a lot of planes, can reduce unit costs for Russia, but also to help develop future upgrades and new weapons,” — says the publication.
In November General Director of “Rostec” Sergey Chemezov said that the buyers of the su-57 can be India and the UAE.
In July, air chief Marshal of the Indian air force Birender Singh Dhanoa said that the country will consider the option to purchase the su-57 after it will be adopted in the Russian Armed forces.
Currently, Russia has not entered into any contract on a foreign supply of su-57.
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