Russia’s fifth-generation jet fighter Su-57 will be equipped with hypersonic missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missile, a source in the aircraft industry told TASS on Thursday.
“In accordance with Russia’s State Armament Program for 2018-2027, Su-57 jet fighters will be equipped with hypersonic missiles. The jet fighters will receive missiles with characteristics similar to that of the Kinzhal missiles, but with inter-body placement and smaller size,” the source said.
The source did not provide details on specific characteristics of the new missiles or clarifications on when they will be tried.
No official confirmation of this information was obtained by TASS.
Russian Aerospace Defense Forces’ MiG-31K jet fighters are equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles. Kinzhal missiles are practically impossible to detect with moden air defense systems. Their range exceeds 2,000 km.
According to open sources, the Kinzhal missile was designed on the basis of Iskander ground-based missile defense systems.