Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter has completed test flights with functional mockups of a new hypersonic missile, a source in the defense industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
“The experimental Su-57 fighter jet performed several flights with functional mass-size mockups of the new Russian intra-fuselage hypersonic missile as part of the tests. Before that, mockups of the new product were tried on the ground in the fighter’s inner compartment,” said the interlocutor of the agency.
He specified that the mock-ups differ from the standard ammunition in the absence of engines, rocket fuel and the warhead, but fully correspond to them in size, shape and weight.
“At the same time, the functional analogs have homing heads and electrical circuits for checking the interfacing of the munition electronics with the onboard equipment of the carrier aircraft,” the source said.
The interlocutor noted that the first launch tests of the new missiles using Su-57 are planned in the near future.
The source did not disclose the characteristics of the munitions but noted that they are small-sized. According to the interlocutor, these missiles provide maneuverable flight at hypersonic speed for a long time. The new weapon belongs to the “air-to-surface” class and is designed to destroy such priority targets as enemy air and missile defense facilities, radar stations, launchers of cruise and tactical ballistic missiles.
The Tactical Missile Arms Corporation (TWA) could not provide RIA Novosti with a comment. The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) also did not respond to the agency’s request.
On February 9, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at an operational mobilization meeting with the leadership of the Armed Forces that hypersonic missile systems of various basing will be the basis of the Russian non-nuclear deterrence forces.
The Su-57 (previously known as the PAK FA) is a fifth-generation fighter designed to destroy all types of air, ground and surface targets. It was developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau (part of Rostec State Corporation) and made its maiden flight in 2010. The Su-57 has high maneuverability, the latest avionics suite and low visibility (stealth technology).
The first serial contract for the delivery of 76 Su-57 aircraft to the troops was signed during the forum “Army” in the summer of 2019. The first machine under this agreement was handed over to the Armed Forces last December. Additional purchases of the latest fighters are planned.