China may consider purchasing a fifth-generation Russian fighter, the Su-57, after comparing its capabilities with its own production aircraft, writes Huanqiu Shibao.
The Chinese state newspaper notes that in recent years, Beijing has achieved significant success in the aircraft industry, in particular, it has begun to supply its own production equipment to foreign markets, and therefore the issue of acquiring a fifth-generation foreign fighter requires special consideration.
The publication notes that although the Su-57 is criticized for its stealth characteristics, everything related to the thrust-weight ratio and the deviated thrust vector of fighter engines can be of interest to China in terms of technology. In this regard, the decision to purchase aircraft from Russia must be made by conducting flight tests of Russian and Chinese fighters, during which the capabilities of the aircraft were compared.
Earlier in August, on training flights in Zhukovsky (Moscow Region), preceding a performance at the 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS-2019), the Su-57 fighter non-standard sat down, releasing brake parachutes before touching the strip.
In July, the Chief Air Marshal of India's Air Force Birender Singh Dhanoa said Delhi would consider acquiring the Su-57 from Moscow after “seeing it in action.”
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