Via Zerohedge

Tass News is reporting that Russia’s most advanced stealth fighter crashed Tuesday during a test flight in the Khabarovsk Region in the Far East of the country. 

The fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet experienced technical failure of the aircraft’s control system, a defense source told Tass.

“According to the preliminary information, the crash is due to a failure of the Su-57’s control system,” one of the sources said.

Another source said, “the tail control failed.”

At the time of the incident, a civilian pilot was operating the Su-57, ejected from the aircraft 69 miles from the airfield. 

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) also confirmed the crash on Tuesday.

The company said the Su-57’s emergency system performed well and ejected the pilot to safety. 

TASS noted that this is the first crash of the Su-57, a fifth-generation multirole fighter that is designed to rival the US’ Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters.

The Su-57 was first tested in early 2010 and has since flown combat missions in Syria. 

Last month, UAC started series production of the Su-57, rolled off the first production jet, and delivered it to Russia’s Aerospace Force.

Russia’s Aerospace Force is expecting to receive 76 Su-57s by 2028. 

Back in August, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko told the press that Su-57 is “the most advanced fifth-generation multirole fighter jet, which will boost the domestic Aerospace Force’s combat capabilities” across the country. 

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Russia is planning on arming the stealth jets with hypersonic missiles to become the deadliest planes in the world.