Satellite imagery from Israel and abroad confirm Sukhoir Su-57 jets deployed in Syria; Russia to introduce squadron of 12 into air force this year; Pentagon: We do not consider these jets to be a threat to our operations in Syria, and will continue to deconflict operations as necessary.
Russia deployed its Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets in Syria, Israeli satellites capturing footage of the jet’s first combat drill in Syria.
The Sukhoi Su-57 is Russia’s most advanced fighter jet and has been deployed to Russia’s Khmeimim Airbase in western Syria. The stealth jets are fifth generation and are Russia’s most advanced aircraft. The Su-57 has supersonic flight speed, low visibility and runs on two engines.
It has been in development since 2010, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister reporting earlier this month that Russia signed a contract for 12 Su-57’s to be introduced to the Russian military forces thus year.
The Sukhoi Su-57 in Syria follows the United States’ deployment of its F-22 stealth fighters to Syria, the jets in missions combatting Islamic State forces in Syria earlier this month.
The Pentagon reported that the jets are not seen as a threat by the United States, a spokesman stating ahead of the weekend, “The addition of fifth-generation fighters into Syria would certainly not be in keeping with Russia’s announced force drawdown. We do not consider these jets to be a threat to our operations in Syria, and will continue to deconflict operations as necessary.”
Photo: Sukhoi Su-57, Wikimedia Commons, 2018