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.
“The way the pilot feels and his mood can impact his ability to fly the plane whereas specialists piloting the plane remotely from a bunker will find it easier and faster to make the right decisions,” Pryadka continued.
The Su-57 is a single-seat, twin-engine multirole stealth fighter designed for air superiority and attack roles. It is equipped with and advanced avionics system and airborne active phased array radar.
The fifth-generation Su-57 took to the skies on January 29, 2010.
The head of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, said that an initial batch of 12 such state-of-the-art fighter jets would be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2019.