Russia does not use Su-57 and Su-75 "superplanes" in Ukraine: Ignat explained what is wrong with them
Despite the fact that Russia often boasts about its Su-57 and Su-75 "superplanes", it has not used them in Ukrainian airspace. Such facts have not been recorded.
Colonel Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, said this during a briefing at the Ukraine-Ukrinform media centre.
"They have a Su-57 aircraft, which they showed at exhibitions, and a Su-75 aircraft: one with two engines and one with one. These are 'superplanes', as they call them, of the 'sixth generation'.Their publicists have repeatedly written that they have already demonstrated something at the front, throwing bombs and missiles somewhere. The Ukrainian Air Force has not recorded any facts of these aircraft being used against Ukraine," Ihnat said.
At the same time, the Air Force spokesman noted that it cannot be ruled out that the occupiers used them remotely. However, it is impossible to record this, because for the Ukrainian air defence system, enemy aircraft are just marks on radar.
Ignat added that Russia has enough other aircraft (Su-30SM, Su-35, Su-34, Su-25) and helicopters (Ka-52) that it uses in the war, and which already outnumber Ukrainian aviation both in terms of technology and numbers.
According to him, Russia demonstrates various manoeuvres at air shows, while the air forces of all countries around the world rely not on this, but on new technologies.
"And as for the fact that they have these aircraft, well, they also talked about the Armata tank and other weapons that they show at the parades. Today, the air forces of all countries around the world do not rely on what Russia shows at air shows. It doesn't matter today. And the United States, the leading manufacturer of combat aircraft, such as the F-35 and F-22, does not rely on any kind of manoeuvrability of the aircraft. It's about technology - who will see who earlier, use weapons and be the first to destroy the enemy," Ignatiy said.
The Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian fighter developed by the Russian aircraft manufacturer UAC. It is equipped with a fundamentally new avionics system with an "electronic pilot" function.
The timing of serial deliveries of the aircraft to the Russian army has changed several times: they were scheduled for 2015, 2016, and later for 2017 and 2018. Eventually, on December 25, 2020, the Russian Aerospace Forces received their first production fighter.
The aircraft was designed to replace the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force.
For export deliveries, Russia, together with India, wanted to create an export modification of the aircraft, which was designated FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft). The project began in 2007.
However, despite the allocation of $295 million, India withdrew from the programme due to "disagreements between the parties". The reason given was that the Su-57 fighter did not meet their requirements for a promising aircraft, in particular, stealth, avionics, radar, and other issues.
On January 2, 2022, the media reported that the Indian side was abandoning the Russian Su-57 and Su-75.
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