Russia will have 44 Su-57 Felon fighters by the end of 2024
Russia will have 44 Su-57 Felon fighters by the end of 2024

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – When will Russia receive the first Su-57 regiment? Serious Western experts called it a “super fighter” and “the pearl of the Russian military-industrial complex.”

“In 2021, they manufactured only three serial Su-57s. In 2022 there were eight more, and now, in 2023, there is talk of ten, although Moscow seems to have fourteen in mind.

 If so, by the end of the year 2023, they will have a whole regiment of these devices at their disposal, because each Su-57 is like three conventional fighters of the 4++ generation. They operate in close connection with the no less powerful Su-35, those who, to enter this “top,” only lack full-fledged stealth technologies.”

The German aviation magazine Flug Revue, popular and authoritative in aviation specialist circles, wrote this in recent articles on “fifth generation” aircraft operation.

 There, the prospects of serial fighters and multipurpose aircraft, already in service and in operation, in which stealth technologies are fully used, were evaluated. In it, the Russian “invisible” fighter was described as a “super fighter” and “pearl of the Russian military-industrial complex.”

Meanwhile, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur plant is undergoing a revolutionary modernization. New manufacturing technologies and automated processes are being actively introduced to speed up production. 

Likewise, construction work began in August on a new avionics test bench, a tank farm, and a new engine test bench, which is scheduled to enter service in mid-2023.

The Russians are clearly on the verge of going from a homeopathic scale of deployment to a rapid and significant increase. The production of 22 Su-57 is scheduled for 2024, so their number should reach 44 in two years.

Russia will have 44 Su-57 Felon fighters by the end of 2024

The next delivery of next batch of Su-57s is expected this spring. And according to experts, this should bring its number of active troops to twelve. By the end of the year, they may already number more than 22, and their absolute majority will move to the western and southern military districts; that is, they will become a direct threat to NATO and its hapless allies.

“The Su-57 has long been the most underrated Russian fighter. It was considered far inferior to the F-22 and even more so than the F-35 in terms of stealth. But this is what is interesting. The Russians seem to have waited until the “childhood illnesses” of stealth were cured, and they gained the necessary experience based on the trial and error of others. 

Its “stealth” is clearly superior to that of the F-35 in maneuverability, autonomy, and range of weapons. It is unlikely that the Russians will be able to create them in such large numbers as the Lightning II, but for them, this is and is not the ultimate goal,” wrote another expert for the US magazine NI, focusing on the range of weapons they make that the Felon is truly multifunctional.

The Su-57 is, first and foremost, an extremely powerful air-to-air weapons carrier. It is an advanced P-77 missile under the brand names K-77, K-74M2, and P-74M2 ultra-long-range hypersonic. Although the Su-57 is primarily designed for air-to-air missions, it also boasts excellent ground-attack capabilities with the Kh-38 tactical surface-to-air missile and a range of KAB family-guided missiles. Lastly, the Su-57 can also carry a variant of the Russian Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile, even with a nuclear warhead.

For many experts, such agility in developing Russian “stealth” was a big surprise. Until 2019, they branded the PAK-FA project a stillborn. In 2020 the Su-57 was derisively heralded as the “worst stealthy.” In 2022 it was reclassified as a “nasty surprise,” Now it has reached “super destroyer and direct, and a clear threat to NATO. Good dynamic.

According to local Russian experts, “is not to stop surprising our lost ‘partners.’ Otherwise, it is better to remain in holy ignorance.”