Sukhoi Proposes Su-57 Naval Variant For China

The development of a carrier-based version of the Su-57 fighter is in its final stage, reported Russian news agency TASS.

The deck version of the latest Russian fourth-generation fighter, the Su-57, may appear by 2028. Since Russia has no aircraft carrier and China has three aircraft carrier, but lack of maritime fixed-wing aircraft PLA Navy is incapable of undertaking the maritime mission.

The Russian Navy has lost its hope of repairing heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov. Taking into account the latest statements, Russia is hoping China will be the buyer of its Su-57 naval variant aircraft.

Taking into account the capabilities of the Chinese aircraft carrier CNS Shandong, China could place up to 12 Su-57 fighters on its deck, which will give the Chinese fleet some capability.

It is not known what exactly the carrier-based version of the Su-57 fighter will represent, however, this version of the Russian combat aircraft will definitely retain most of Su-33’s capabilities, especially since in the future Russia intends to start building one aircraft carrier if Russia’s defense budget permit, the development of which will be carried out taking into account experience of using deck-mounted Su-57 on Chinese aircraft carrier CNS Shandong.

To date, the Su-57 fighter is one of the latest combat aircraft with the Russian Aerospace Forces. One of the key reasons to assert this is the versatility of the platform itself, which, according to analysts, can even surpass the platform of the Su-27 fighter.

Today, China is showing great interest in carrier-based versions of Su-57 fighters, which are armed with aircraft carriers, but there are no modern versions of combat aircraft capable of accommodating them, which does not exclude that China will be among the first foreign buyer of Russian fighters.

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