On August 12th, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a working visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant (KnAAZ).
The Amur Aviation Plant is a branch of the Sukhoi Company, which is a subsidiary of Rostec.
“At the Sukhoi plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the modernization and technical re-equipment of production was carried out, which allows us to successfully and timely fulfill the state defense order,” Ilya Tarasenko, General Director of Sukhoi, reported to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
“As part of the State Defense Order, we plan to supply the Ministry of Defense with 76 Su-57 aircraft systems by 2028. Such workload allows us to ensure the dynamic development of the enterprise and decent working conditions for our employees. “
The minister inspected the implementation of the state defense order and held a meeting, during which they discussed the implementation of the program for the construction of fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets.
A photograph was published, presumably of the second production sample of the fifth-generation fighter Su-57.
In August 2018, at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2018”, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and Sukhoi signed a contract for the supply to the Armed Forces of the first two serial fifth-generation fighters Su-57.
The period of the contract is 2018-2020, with the delivery of one aircraft in 2019 and 2020.
In June 2019 at the International Military-Technical Forum Army-2019, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and Sukhoi signed a contract to supply the Armed Forces with a total of 76 fifth-generation Su-57 serial fighters.
The deadline for the execution of the contract is 2027.
The first production aircraft Su-57, built at KnAAZ, made its first flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in early December 2019 and was planned to be handed over to the Ministry of Defense on December 27.
Just days before being handed over, on December 24, 2019, at the final stage of factory tests, it crashed in an accident, presumably due to a failure in the aircraft control system.
The loss of the first production model of the Su-57 entailed major personal litigation, including a change in the management Sukhoi.
According to available information, Sukhoi will be forced to compensate for the loss at its own expense by manufacturing another plane to replace the crashed one.
As such the initial deal was for the all 76 of the Su-57 fighter jets to be delivered by 2027, but there appears to be a slight delay, as even Sukhoi officials say it will happen by 2028.
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