Russia is developing an advanced anti-ship missile that will also be used in the ammunition load of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Thursday.

The defense official made this statement as he visited the Urals-based Detal Design Bureau engaged in the project.

“Today the enterprise is working on developing an active homing warhead for the promising anti-ship missile that is planned to be carried by the Su-57 fighter as well,” Krivoruchko said.

A working meeting was held on the premises of the Detal Design Bureau to discuss the issue of signing a contract with Tactical Missiles Corporation on acquiring the entire range of air-launched weapons for the Su-57 fighter jets, the deputy defense minister said.

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The Detal Design Bureau, which is part of Tactical Missiles Corporation, produces components, including those of active homing warheads for anti-ship and air-to-air missiles used by actually all Russian combat aircraft and helicopters. In addition, the enterprise develops promising radar and navigation equipment and radio-altimeters for unmanned aerial vehicles and spacecraft.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short distances and hit enemy ground and naval targets, overcoming its air defense capabilities.

The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.

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The plane’s armament will include, in particular, hypersonic missiles. The fifth-generation fighter jet has been successfully tested in combat conditions in Syria.


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  1. “The fifth-generation fighter jet has been successfully tested in combat conditions in Syria.”
    => Not really : they spent two days on site to calibrate their radars on coalition aircraft in a non-contested airspace…Even dropping a few SDB or trolling two Su-25, as F-22 did in Syria, can’t be called “successfully tested in combat conditions”.

    “the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet”
    => As do nearly all western fighter-jets since F-16…

    +++ “ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.”
    Sorry, but India who paid $6.1B for Su-57’s R&D (half of the R&D costs) backed out from the program in Apr.2018, because… it wasn’t stealth!
    Do not expect low infrared signature with engines like the Saturns! Maybe with the latests version of the Klimovs used on MiG-35, but surely not with the enormous Saturns!
    Moreovr, as soon as you go supersonic, forget about low infrared signature : air friction will reveal you position from very far. As long as you stay subsonic, skin temperature will under 30°C… At Mach 1.8, we’re speaking around 130°C, for a Mach 2.8 MiG-31, it’s about 650-700°C in some areas!
    Even with a 30°C skin with sub-zero temperatures at high altitude, you’re highly visible in the IR, it’s just OK at low altitude in tropical/desert areas… Go supersonic, and, in the IR range, you’re as visible as a X-mas tree in the total dark…. And I’m not speaking in the case of a direct view on engines’ exhausts… Anti-IR paints are OK as long as you fly subsonic, period!

    +++ “The plane’s armament will include, in particular, hypersonic missiles.”
    => These are nothing new, such were already available to the west around 1960…
    Why didn’t these get fielded? Simple : they were useless! Now these are becoming interesting due to the more and more wide spread of means of interception… And so what? All that is needed is to put some 35-60 years old design out of the closet.
    Just think about 1962 AGM-48 Skybolt : Mach10-12, range 1,850km, then as an AAM, the 1984 ASM-135 ASAT : IR-guided Mach 20, range 648km, ceiling 563km, designed to shoot down satellites from a F-15…
    Hypersonic stuff is nothing new. Why didn’t these entered service? Same as the flying wing bombers during the 50’s! These were coming with very high cost and few tactical/strategic advantages compared to much more affordable solutions.