Though it has not yet received the order from Russia's Ministry of Defense, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is ready to develop the carrier version of the Su-57, formerly known as the T-50, says chief designer Sergey Korotkov.
"If needed, we will do it, undoubtedly," he said in an interview for Russian media.
Korotkov underscored that it is important to develop carrier-based planes in conjunction with carrier systems.
"If we work only on the aerial components and do not work on the ship components, then things won't match up. A whole host of problems involving takeoff, landing, operation, electromagnetic compatibility and so on — it must be done together," he said.
He also pointed out that such tasks must be solved using new technology.
"If a new carrier is being built, it must have modern features, such as electromagnetic catapults," Korotkov added.
Earlier in February, Russian navy official Nikolay Maximov revealed plans to build a new Russian carrier that would possibly carry the newest Su-57 multirole jets. Talking to Russian media, Maximov pointed out that a new version of the plane would be required.