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Erdogan is interested in buying Su-57 fighter jets and Putin responds

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his visit to the exhibition “Max-2019” aviation, expressed his interest in the purchase of aircraft “Su-57” Russian, to assure his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the existence of this possibility.

Erdogan, who arrived in Russia on Tuesday for a brief visit to meet Putin, was briefed on a number of planes at the Max-2019 Air and Space Show in Zhukovsky, including the latest Russian fifth-generation Su-57 fighter.

During his inspection of the plane with the Russian president, Erdogan asked him: “Is this the Su-57?

Putin responded to Erdogan’s question by saying that the flights began, while the Turkish president asked, “Can they be bought?”, To answer his Russian counterpart: “Yes, you can buy them.”

This is the first time the export version of the Su-57 fighter has been shown at Max. During his inspection of the plane, Erdogan listened to a detailed explanation of its advantages, becoming the first foreign president to see the fighter’s cockpit.

The Turkish side has hinted at its interest in these aircraft against the backdrop of Washington’s cancellation of the deal on supplying Ankara with F-35 fighter jets, in response to Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation Russian multi-mission fighter, specializing in the elimination of all air and ground targets, designed to replace the Su-27 fighter in the Russian Air Force, flying the first aircraft of this model, on January 29, 2010.

It was officially unveiled a year later at the Russian Air Max 2011. Since then, the fighter jets have undergone many modifications to increase their combat capabilities.

These aircraft are equipped with modern engines that are capable of carrying 10 tons of different tonnage and ammunition, for distances up to 5.5 thousand kilometers, and enables them to carry “kh-59mk2” wing high-precision missiles, and “kh-35ua” anti-ship missiles and aircraft carriers, which have a range of To 400 km.

It is characterized by a high level of ability to hide from enemy radars and maneuver and make supersonic flights, and equipped with modern equipment, which ensures a high level of efficiency and superiority over competing aircraft.

The fighter is currently in the final stage of government tests, and the first batch is expected to be delivered in 2019 to the Russian Air Force and Aerospace.

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