Moscow, Russia – The Algerian Air Force became the first customer of the Russian-made Su-57 fighter aircraft. Algeria has signed a deal with Russia worth $ 2 billion for 14 Su-57 units.

Algerian Defense Ministry said an agreement was reached on the purchase of a new-generation Su-57 fighter jet worth about $ 57 billion as part of negotiations with the Russian Defense Ministry.

“This agreement makes Algeria the first foreign customer of the new generation Su-57 fighter jet, which went into mass production in July 2019,” the Polit Russia news agency said, citing US Military Watch.

The Russian press pointed out that with the sale of the Su-57, Algeria could have one of the best air forces on the African continent.

Sukhoi Su-57

The Sukhoi Su-57 is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation jet fighter being developed since 2002 for air superiority and attack operations. The aircraft is the product of the PAK FA, a fifth-generation fighter program of the Russian Air Force. The Su-57 is planned to be the first aircraft in Russian military service to use stealth technology. Its maiden flight took place on 29 January 2010 and the first production aircraft are planned to be delivered in 2020.

The fighter is designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth, and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation fighter aircraft as well as ground and naval defences. The Su-57 is intended to succeed the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force.

The prototypes and initial production batch are to be delivered with a highly upgraded Lyulka AL-31 variant, the AL-41F1, as an interim powerplant, while an advanced clean-sheet design engine, currently designated the Izdeliye 30, is in final stages of development and expected to be available after mid-2020s. The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.