Watch the Su-57 stealth fighter flap its wings before its debut in Russia’s massive Victory Day Parade

The Su-57

caption
The Su-57
source
Dmitry Terekhov/Flickr

  • The Su-57 will partake in Russia’s annual Victory Day Parade for the first time this year.
  • The parade celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in World War II.
  • This year’s massive fly-over will include 63 Russian aircraft, including, among others, the Su-30SM, Tu-160, and of course, the Su-57, according to The Aviationist.
  • Recent video shows Russian airmen prepping the Su-57s for the show.

The Su-57 will partake in Russia’s annual Victory Day Parade, which celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in World War II, for the first time this year, according to Russian state-owned media.

“A pair of Russia’s cutting-edge Su-57 fighter jets will fly for the first time over Moscow’s Red Square during the Victory Parade on May 9,” TASS reported in early April.

This year’s massive fly-over will include 63 Russian aircraft, including, among many others, the Su-30SM, Tu-160, and of course, the Su-57, according to The Aviationist.

Recent video shows Russian airmen prepping the Su-57s for the show. The video shows the airmen performing routine checks, flapping the fighter’s wings, moving the nozzle, and then taking off.

Although the Su-57 was recently deployed to Syria, the fighter has not yet been fitted with its new Izdeliye 30 engine. It’s currently still running on the Su-35’s AL-41F1 engine, which means it cannot yet be considered a fifth-generation fighter.

The Russian Air Force plans to purchase a dozen Su-57s fitted with the AL-41F1 engines in 2019, and over “the next eight years … will continue to purchase small numbers of these planes for testing,” CNA senior research scientist Dmitry Gorenburg recently wrote.

Production of the Su-57, which made its maiden flight in 2010, has not only been hampered by budgetary problems, according to The Drive, but also “delays, accidents, and rumors of massive design changes.”