Russia Is Going to Get 76 Su-57 Stealth Fighters (but There Is a Problem)

Russia Is Going to Get 76 Su-57 Stealth Fighters (but There Is a Problem)
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n July 2019, Russia announced a major purchase of its fifth-generation stealth air superiority fighter, the Su-57.

As the order is only for seventy-six aircraft by 2028, some are skeptical of whether this is true “mass production” for the Su-57, given the constant delays and revisions in the program. Recent Western competitors to the Su-57 like the F-35 have been produced in the hundreds. But a look at contemporary Russian aircraft production and procurement, as well as the Soviet Su-27 program suggests that this order of 76 aircraft may be just the first step that could be ramped up significantly in the near future.

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