Su-57 stealth fighters to take part in Victory Parade for first time

Su-57 stealth fighters to take part in Victory Parade for first time

By Dario Leone
Apr 11 2018
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“This year, the military parade will involve 73 crews of tactical, long-range, military transport and army aviation… Two Su-57 planes will take part in the parade,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson

This year two Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters will take part in Victory Parade fly over for the first time.

This year Victory Parade, which will take place in Moscow on May 9,”will involve 73 crews of tactical, long-range, military transport and army aviation… Two Su-57 planes will take part in the parade,” a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said.

As told by TASS along with the 5th-generation fighter jets, Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers, Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, Il-78 aerial refueling tankers and Il-76MD military transport planes will fly over Moscow’s Red Square on Victory Day.

The parade flight formation will include Mi-26, Mi-8, Mi-28N, Ka-52 and Mi-35 helicopters, Su-35S, Su-30SM. MiG-29 and MiG-31BM fighter jets, Su-34 and Su-24M strike aircraft while Su-25 attack planes will release smoke in the colors of the Russian flag.

According Russian Defense Ministry, combat aircraft will take off from eight airfields in the Moscow, Tver, Saratov, Kaluga, Voronezh, Lipetsk and Nizhny Novgorod Regions to fly to the Victory Parade.

“Army aviation crews will fly at an altitude of 150 meters and at a speed of 200 km per hour. The crews of tactical, long-range and military transport aircraft will fly at an altitude of 300 to 500 meters at a speed of up to 600 km per hour,” added the Ministry spokesperson.

As previously reported two Su-57s were deployed to Khmemeim Air Base, Syria, on Feb. 21, 2018.

The Su-57 is the product of the PAK FA (literally “Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation”) program. The Su-57 is a single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation fighter aircraft designed for air superiority and attack roles and will be the first aircraft in Russian military service to use stealth technology.

Chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told last year that thanks to its advanced features (which include supercruise, supermaneuverability, advanced weapons, an active phased array radar and a revolutionary avionics system capable of autonomous calculations of the battlefield situation to assist the pilot) the aircraft will be able to outperform the F-22 Raptor.

Photo credit: Screenshot from video

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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