A new report from TASS News shows that Sukhoi Aircraft Company, part of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, has started series production of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets and will soon be delivering these planes to the country's Aerospace Force.
Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, told TASS earlier this week that production of the stealth jets has started, with expected production ramps through the 2020s.
"A state contract was signed at the Army 2019 international arms exhibition between the Defense Ministry of Russia and the Sukhoi Company for the delivery of a batch of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets. The Sukhoi has started to fulfill its contractual obligations," the vice-premier's office reported.
The state contract requests the delivery of 76 Su-57s to Russia's Aerospace Force by 2028.
Russia's Defense Ministry said the Su-57s are "the most advanced fifth-generation multirole fighter jet, which will boost the domestic Aerospace Force's combat capabilities."
The vice-premier's office released a statement that confirmed the first two Su-57s would be delivered to the Aerospace Force by year-end. "The first plane will be delivered to the customer before the end of 2019."
The Su-57 is a multirole stealth fighter that is capable of maintaining supersonic cruising speed and is equipped with advanced onboard radio-electronic equipment, including a powerful onboard computer, advanced radar system, and armament placed inside its fuselage. The plane can track 60 targets and open fire at 16 of them concurrently.
The fifth-generation fighter jet has been battle-tested in combat conditions in Syria.
Su-57 over Syria. Video from Russian MoD pic.twitter.com/iCEnKfvV74— Yuri Lyamin (@imp_navigator) November 19, 2018
According to Russia's Tactical Missiles Corporation, Su-57s will have the capability of air launching hypersonic missiles in the early 2020s.
With US-Russia relations deteriorating in the aftermath of the collapse of the INF nuclear arms treaty, which prompted Russia's Vladimir Putin to slam the US for "demolishing" global security, Russian state television listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, in a report which Reuters said "was unusual even by its own bellicose standards" and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes.
It's entirely possible that Su-57s could evade US radar systems and launch hypersonic missile attacks at asset-heavy areas across Alaska, West Coast, and on the East Coast. The next world war will be fought with fifth-generation fighters and hypersonic weapons.