The Russian Su-57 fifth generation fighter represents a real threat to NATO for five reasons, the American magazine The National Interest explains.
The publication drew attention to the aircraft’s outstanding aerodynamics and maneuverability, in particular its three-dimensional thrust vector control and ability to cover significant distances at supersonic speeds. Another feature of the fighter was its armament, which allows hitting air and ground targets at various distances.
The author of the article assured that the Su-57 unit costs about $40 million, which is a competitive offer in the foreign market. The publication noted the aircraft’s diverse avionics, which allow it to track enemy actions and offer an effective response to them, in particular phased antenna arrays on the sides of the fighter.
The publication named the Su-57’s last, fifth threat to NATO as a winged strike and reconnaissance drone, the Hunter, which improves the fighter’s reconnaissance, data transmission and offensive capabilities. “Although the project has been repeatedly declared dead, the first production Su-57s are here, and they have a host of advanced capabilities that could seriously threaten NATO assets,” The National Interest wrote.
In December, clips appeared online showing the use of augmented reality technology to assemble the Su-57 in the shop of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAZ). Defence Blog pointed out that it could be the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens glasses in the production process.