Putins forces using deadly invisible fighter jet with super manoeuvrability

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    Russian forces have a new deadly "invisible" fighter jet among their ranks, with Kremlin-backed media claiming it has "super manoeuvrability."

    The Su-57, which has been in the hands of Vladimir Putin's troops for several years, was first spotted around 500km from the border with Ukraine in December. But despite Russian officials hyping it up, the deadly jet has yet to be used.

    Kremlin-backed news outlet Moskovskij Komsomolets (MK) has now claimed the new fifth generation of the jet is more deadly than ever – and virtually "invisible" thanks to its impressive speed. Speaking to MK, retired Russian army general Vladimir Popov said: "We currently have two squadrons flying Su-57s – we conduct tests and develop operating technology.

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    "These fighters currently fly on modified AL-41 engines, and we are waiting for deliveries of new engines to begin. Now they are being tested in flying laboratories, and are undergoing factory bench tests and certification, but we haven’t put these engines into production yet, therefore we are in no hurry to commission large numbers of Su-57s now – as they say, don't tear your navel.

    "The speed of sound will be accelerated absolutely only at the expense of 'maximum', that is, in economy mode. The main thing for us is that the aircraft has a high degree of manoeuvrability, with foreign experts even talking about the super-manoeuvrability of the Su-57."

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    It is not known when the new engines will first be used, but Russia currently has 76 new crafts on order. They were supposed to be delivered last month but according to Russian site Armstrade, that hasn't yet happened – but wis expected "by the end of 2023."

    Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said: "Deliveries are being carried out as part of the state defence order, and by the end of 2023, Russian troops will receive the next stage of aircraft. The Russian Aerospace Forces received a batch of Su-57s as part of the plan for fulfilling the state defence order for the current year.

    "The remaining fifth-generation combat vehicles, scheduled for delivery this year, are in the final assembly shop and are also being tested at the flight test station."

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