Bottom line up front: No question Russian avionics packages contained in the Su-57, which has been under development since before 2010, will be impressive. But given the low number of planes expected to be delivered beginning in 2019, Moscow won’t field enough of them to become a substantial threat in the near-term. — JED
Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet, formerly known as the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA), or Sukhoi T-50, has officially been named the Su-57. In an interview with Sputnik, aviation expert Viktor Pryadka said that the Su-57 is a computerized multifunctional complex capable of flying on its own.
“Each such plane becomes a computer center which is able to decide exactly what type of arms and ammo it needs for a specific combat mission. In the UAV mode, the plane can reach its target much faster with overloads of up to 15 G, while the maximum overload a pilot can endure does not exceed 10 G,” said Viktor Pryadka, the CEO of the Avintel Aviation Technologies Alliance.
He added that the main idea is to have aircraft that will be able to act autonomously analyzing the situation inside the combat zone where making quick decisions is vital.