RT News | Published: August 24, 2018
A Su-57 fighter jet during a military parade in Moscow. May, 2018 © Grigoriy Sisoev / Sputnik
Russia’s newest supersonic stealth fighter jet, the Su-57, will have a “fully automatic” mode during combat, according to reports. The multi-purpose fifth-generation warplane is scheduled to officially join the military next year.
The jet’s control and target acquisition systems will have a “fully automatic combat regime,” a source within the aviation industry told RIA Novosti news agency on Friday. The source also noted that the mode will allow the jet to “come closer” to prospective sixth-generation UAVs.
The Su-57 fighter plane is designed to strike aerial, ground and naval targets. It is also capable of neutralizing the enemy air-defense systems, and may be used for long-distance reconnaissance flights.
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