It’s one thing to design a warplane. And other thing to build it. That’s a truism Russian fighter-maker Sukohi is learning—or relearning—as it tries to fill the Kremlin’s order for 76 Su-57 stealth fighters.
Sukhoi builds the twin-engine Su-57 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant in the Russian Far East. The factory previously built the non-stealthy Su-35—and learned some hard lessons.
Now, several years after building the Su-35, managers at Komsomolsk-on-Amur are setting up Su-57 production in the plant’s Shop 45.
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WNU Editor: It’s not easy to build fifth-generation fighter jet aircraft as the Americans learned, and are still learning, with their F-35.