Second Serially-Produced Russian Su-57 Fighter Jet Marks First Flight

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Second Serially-Produced Russian Su-57 Fighter Jet Marks First Flight
Su-57 fighter jet

The second serially produced Su-57 fighter of Russia marked its first flight on Saturday in Khabarovsk territory marking the start of serial production of the stealth jet.

The first serially-produced Su-57 aircraft had crashed in December 2019, causing a huge setback to Russia's attempt to produce the stealth Jets for the Russian Air Force. Flight tests were suspended for over ten months.

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The aircraft, bearing tail number T-50S-2 (s / n 51002), built at Sukhoi’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant (KnAAZ), will undergo a couple more tests, KomCity.Ru reported.

The military is expected receive first of its Su-57 jets by year-end. A brand new assembly line with the most modern equipment has been set up at the KnAAZ to fulful a Russian Air Force  order for 76 of the jets.

Last year’s crash marked the first total loss of a Su-57 jet, although one of the type's T-50 prototypes was allegedly badly damaged due to an engine fire in 2014. Ten Su-57s had been built at KnAAZ for pre-production tests and combat evaluation. Some of them have been flown in combat during Russia's military campaign in Syria.

Second Serially-Produced Russian Su-57 Fighter Jet Marks First Flight
Su-57 Assembly at Sukhoi's Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant (KnAAZ)

In May 2019, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that manufacturers slashed prices of Su-57 aircraft and equipment by 20%, which provided the opportunity to purchase 76 Su-57 jets. The value of the contract, signed at the Army-2019 Forum, is reportedly $2.7 billion.

Recently, major progress on the development of second stage engine of the Su-57 has been reported. The second serially- produced batch of the Su-57 will most likely be equipped with this engine also called as Article 30.

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