Two pre-production samples of the fifth-generation fighter Su-57 appeared in Syria with the goal of advertising Russian weapons, writes Zvezda.
According to the weekly, it was then that "the first demonstration of the latest Russian combat aircraft in a real war" took place. “Moreover, the demonstration, clearly designed to attract foreign attention, including from potential buyers,” says the publication.
The weekly suggests that intensive work to improve the infrastructure of the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria may indicate the appearance there in the near future "on a long-term basis, units of the latest Russian fighters."
In August, at the open static parking lot of the 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS-2019) in Zhukovsky (Moscow Region), an export version of the fifth-generation Su-57e fighter was first presented.
In the same month, the Chinese state-owned newspaper Huanqiu Shibao wrote that Beijing could consider buying a Su-57 from Moscow after comparing its capabilities with its own production aircraft.
In March, Victor Kladov, director of international cooperation and regional policy at Rostec, said that the documents on the Su-57e were almost ready.
Su-57 were in Syria in February 2018. At the same time, a Kommersant source said that the transfer of fighters was carried out as part of a weapons test program. Earlier that month, Yuri Borisov, who served as deputy defense minister, announced the start of experimental combat operation of the Su-57.
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