Russian President Vladimir Putin showed Turkish President Erdogan the cockpit of the Su-57 stealth fighter jet setting off speculation that Ankara was looking at an alternative to the F-35 should the United States completely cut off Turkey from the program.
After both presidents addressed a gathering at the MAKS-2019 show in Zhukovsky near Moscow , Putin invited Erdogan to see Russia’s newest fighter jet whose export version, the Su-57E officially made its public debut today.
Erdogan was shown around the aircraft by Putin and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) executives. The Turkish leader did not comment on the SU-57 specifically but vowed to deepen defence ties with Russia.
UAC executives have previously commented that they would be willing to offer the Su-57 to Turkey should Ankara seek to buy it. Russia has already said it was willing to enter into an industrial partnership program with foreign nations buying the Su-57.
The US has suspended Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program by stopping sourcing of parts from Turkish companies. In addition, Turkish F-35 pilots have been sent home from training and delivery of two aircraft to Turkey has been put on hold as punishment for Ankara buying Russian S-400 air defense systems.
Russia's new stealth drone on display at the MAKS Airshow may operate either autonomous or in conjunction with the Su-57 stealth jet. The Sukhoi S-70 Hunter-B (Okhotnik-B) unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) initially appeared in a flyable form back in January, with its first flight occurring in early August
State tests of Russias Su-57 fifth-generation stealth jet will be concluded by the end of 2019, said Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces Lt. Gen
Russia's Sukhoi Aircraft Company has kick-started serial production of Su-57 fifth-generation stealth-capable fighters, orders for which was placed by the country during Army-2019 Forum in June, 2019. "Sukhoi has started to fulfil its contractual obligations
With the US-Turkey F-35 Jet deal heading towards a possible collapse, Turkey is considering alternatives such as the Russian Su-57, Chinese J-31 or even accelerating the development of its own fighter jet. The US has stopped supply of parts to Turkish firms involved in the F-35 supply chain besides suspending pilot training for F-35s ‘delivered to Ankara but still based in the United States
A Raytheon team recently conducted a rapid set up demonstration of a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) meant to direct the F-35 and other aircraft to land safely. JPALS is a GPS-based precision landing system that guides aircraft to precision landings in all weather and surfaces conditions
Turkey has deployed its new S-400 air and missile defense systems in its capital city of Ankara, nearly coinciding with the commencement of the training of Turkish personnel tasked with operating these Russian systems. On September 3, ImageSat International (ISI) released a set of images depicting the S-400s installed in the capital
Turkey may buy another batch of S-400 air defense systems from Russia if the United States (US) denies to sell its Patriot systems, Turkish Foreign Minister said. "We need more systems until we can produce our own
Turkey is in talks with Russia on the possible purchase of Su-35, Su-57 electronic warfare systems and other defence systems. When asked whether Turkey was considering Russian-made fighter jets as an alternative to US-made aircraft, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said, "Why not? We did not come here to the MAKS aerospace show for nothing
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