Russia’s fifth generation Su-57 fighter jet made over ten flights in Syria in 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported late last year.
“The crews of Su-57 planes performed over 10 flights in Syria,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement after posting footage of the aircraft in action. “The flights were performed to confirm the stated capabilities of the newest plane in a real combat environment.”
Russia tested the Su-57’s flight and technical characteristics, its intellectual information control technology, onboard systems and armament amid high temperatures, complex relief and other factors in Syria, the Defense Ministry said.
The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short distances and hit enemy ground and naval targets, overcoming its air defense capabilities.
The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.