Su – 57 A new Sukhoi fighter plane in news as Beijing is pondering to buy this jet from Russia. China and India has been in the list of prospect customers to purchase this sophisticated warplane.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has depicted Su – 57 as a 5th generation multi-role fighter jet with both aerial and ground specialties. He has portrayed it as “the World’s Best Military plane”.
The State run Global Times reported on Monday that in a company briefing, the director of International Cooperation and Regional Policy Viktor Kladov identified India and China as potential buyers of this advanced jet.
The Chinese air force already has the Stealth fighter J-20and Su-35 and is now pondering to add Su-57 in its list with India’s plan to acquire the Rafale from France. China is still reliant on Russia for warplanes though they have developed their own newly sophisticated warplanes as they still are in the process of developing a stable and dependent engine.
Kladov stated, “China has recently taken delivery of 24 Su-35 aircraft, and in the next two years will make a decision to either procure additional Su-35s, build the Su-35 in China, or buy a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, which could be another opportunity for the Su-57E.”
As per Chinese Defence Analyst Wang Ya’nan, as China already has the stealth fighter, the deal will be more lucrative for India. Wang also stated that the Su-57 has enormous potential but as China has already developed J-20, its 5th generation fighter Jet, so purchasing Su-57 is not a great choice. Integrating another warplane into the fleet can result in challenges to the Chinese military and equipments.
Weihutang, a column associated with China Central Television (CCTV) stated on Monday that US’ F-35 and Chinese FC-31 are the only two 5th generation warplanes available in the market and hence Su-57 will be a great competitor.
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