The Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57 performed test flights with functional mock-ups of a new hypersonic missile, a source in the military-industrial complex told Russian state oulet RIA.
“As part of the tests, the test Su-57 fighter jet performed several flights with functional mass-dimensional models of the new Russian intra-fuselage hypersonic missile. Prior to that, the new product was tested in the internal compartment of the fighter on the ground,” the agency’s source said.
He clarified that the mock-ups differ from standard ammunition in the absence of engines, rocket fuel and warheads, but fully correspond to them in size, shape and weight.
“At the same time, homing heads and electric circuits are installed on functional analogs to check the interface of the ammunition electronics with the onboard equipment of the carrier aircraft,” the source said.
The interlocutor noted that the first throw tests of new missiles are planned with the use of the Su-57 in the near future.
The source did not disclose the characteristics of the ammunition, but noted that they are small. According to the interlocutor, these missiles provide a maneuverable flight at hypersonic speed for a long time.
The new weapons belong to the air-to-surface class and are designed to engage priority targets such as enemy air and missile defense targets, radar stations, cruise and tactical ballistic missile launchers.
The Tactical Missile Armament Corporation (KTRV) didn’t comment on the situation. The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) also provided no response on the matter.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on February 9th, announced that the basis of the Russian non-nuclear deterrent forces would be hypersonic missile systems of various bases, while at an operational mobilization meeting with the leadership of the Armed Forces.
The Su-57 is a fifth generation fighter designed to destroy all types of air, ground and surface targets. Developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau (part of the UAC of the Rostec State Corporation), made its first flight in 2010. The Su-57 has high maneuverability, the latest avionics and low visibility (stealth technology).
The first serial contract for the supply of 76 Su-57 aircraft to the troops was signed within the framework of the Army forum in the summer of 2019. The first warplane under this agreement was handed over to the Russian Armed Forces in December 2020. Additional purchases of the latest fighters are planned.
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