Russia to develop naval variant of Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft

According to information published by Tass on August 18, 2022, Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 multirole fighter may serve as the basis for developing prospective aircraft for new Russian aircraft carriers.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Su-57 fighter aircraft showcased during MAKS-2019, Russia. (Picture source: Air Recognition)

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian-made multifunctional fighter designed to destroy all types of air, ground and surface targets. It has supersonic cruising speed, internal armament, radar-absorbing coating, as well as the latest onboard equipment.

The Russian Aerospace Force will receive 22 Su-57 fighters by late 2024. Their number will be increased to 76 by 2028. The first fighter was delivered to the Russian troops in 2020.

The Army 2022 international military-technical forum is running on August 15-21 at the Patriot exhibition center outside Moscow. The Defense Ministry is the organizer of the forum.

The design of the Sukhoi Su-57 is based on a blended wing body fuselage and incorporates all-moving horizontal and vertical stabilizers. The aircraft incorporates thrust vectoring and has adjustable leading–edge vortex controllers (LEVCONs) designed to control vortices generated by the leading-edge root extensions, and can provide trim and improve high angle of attack behavior, including a quick stall recovery if the thrust vectoring system fails. According to the Russian Defense industry, the Su-57 use stealth technology.

The Su-57 is fitted with two large internal weapon bays mounted in tandem between the engines. The aircraft can carry weapons up to 7,500 kg. The fighter is armed with 30mm GSh-30-1 single-barrel cannon.

It has 10 internal and 6 external hardpoints able to launch the R-74M and R-77M air-to-air missiles, Kh-38M air-to-surface missiles, Kh-31AD and Kh-35U (AS-20 Kayak) anti-ship missiles, Kh-31PD and Kh-58UShK anti-radiation missiles, KAB-250, KAB-500 and KAB-1500 guided bombs.