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    A Russian Su-57 multipurpose fighter jet of the fifth generation at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017 in Zhukovsky

    Russian Military to Ink Contract for First Batch of Su-57 Fighters

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    KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR (Sputnik) - The Russian military will soon sign the first state procurement contract for 12 fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets, Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said Saturday.

    "The first contract for 12 aircraft will be signed soon, and the deliveries under this contract will begin shortly," he told reporters at a briefing in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

    The southeastern Russian city is home to a plant of Russia's Sukhoi aircraft maker, which produces cutting-edge Su-57 stealth fighters.

    The Su-57 made its maiden flight eight years ago. CEO of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar said the first batch of Su-57s could come into service in 2019.

    • The multipurpose fighter of the fifth generation SU-57 on the military parade devoted to the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
      The multipurpose fighter of the fifth generation SU-57 on the military parade devoted to the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
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    • Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multi-role fighter aircraft at the the military parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
      Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multi-role fighter aircraft at the the military parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
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    • Su-57 fifth generation fighter jets. File photo
      Su-57 fifth generation fighter jets. File photo
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    • Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter aircrafts at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017
      Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter aircrafts at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017
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    The multipurpose fighter of the fifth generation SU-57 on the military parade devoted to the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

    Krivoruchko also said a new corvette was going to join Russia's Pacific Fleet within a month. The Gromky is the second corvette of eight Project 20380 vessels that will be used for maritime patrols.

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