SOURCE: DONG VIET NEWSPAPER
The Russian page of Avia.pro has published a very interesting information regarding the possibility of exporting the fifth generation of Su-57 stealth fighter. According to Avia.pro, the Sukhoi Aircraft Manufacturing Group will begin the process of providing export variants of the Su-57 5th generation stealth fighter to customers in Southeast Asia after completing the session. domestic version for the Russian Air Force.
Although the Sukhoi side has not yet announced who the potential customer is, Avia.Pro, according to its sources, confirms that Vietnam is very interested in Russia’s ultra-modern fighter line. The Russian newspaper even stated that the number of Su-57 fighters that Vietnam wants to buy will be 12, equivalent to a regiment, the contract value is estimated to be about $ 2 billion.
This is a reasonable number when compared with the payroll of Su-30MK2 fighter units of the Vietnam People’s Air Force.
If Avia.pro’s information is correct, Vietnam will become the first country in the world to be approved by Russia to provide this fifth generation fighter. However, they noted that the Russian Ministry of Defense as well as the Sukhoi Group have not made any comments.
In fact, this is not the first time that the same information has appeared, but it has existed for a long time, when the data of the World Weapons Trade Analysis Center (TSAMTO) once assessed that Vietnam will order 12. – 24 fighters of this type around 2030 – 2035.
Comparing these two prediction sources, it seems that Avia.pro is giving a more daring information and can please those who love and monitor the military situation in the country.
However, in the opinion of Colonel Makar Aksenenko – Russia’s deputy doctor of military science should be cautious of these forecasts, the key reason is that the new Su-57 fighter line has not yet passed the stage. State-level testing, not yet officially equipped for the Russian Air Force, should not confuse dreams with reality.
Russian military experts have advised that customers cannot consider the possibility of commissioning an aircraft that has not yet begun mass production in the country that developed it.
Russia currently produces a small batch of Su-57 with the Su-35 AL-41F1S while its main engine, Izdeliye 30, is not yet ready.
More specifically during the press conference at the 2017 Paris Airshow Airshow, Rosoboronexport CEO, Aleksandr Mikheev said, “In the near future, Russia will not export the most modern weapons models, including fighter. 5-Su-57 generation “.