Russia Using Syria's Civil War to Showcase Its Stealth Jet Sukhoi 57

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A video has emerged purportedly showing two Su-57s operating from Russia's Khmeimim Airbase in Syria. "We call on all parties, however, to remain focused on defeating ISIS, de-escalating and resolving the Syrian conflict, and protecting innocent civilians".

The Su-57 is touted to be the most advanced military warplane by Russian Federation.

The fifth-generation Su-57, also known as the T-50, has been created to compete with the U.S. F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

The aim of the military buildup is not limited to its experience, but reflects a decisive Kremlin move to declare a clear practical position on supporting military operations initiated by the Syrian army all across Syria.

Russian media reported details of air force and naval reinforcements sent by Moscow during the last two days to Syria, in a major shift from previous directions to reduce the Russian military presence in Syria. Over the eight years that passed since it first took to the air, the Su-57 has been rumored to be plagued by cost and time delays, and so letting it show what it can do in real-time might just be a marketing decision.

But if they are there, the Pentagon said it is not happy.

When asked whether it was concerning to have another stealth aircraft in the mix, Holmes emphasized the tough environment and constricted air space in the region. The prototype first flew on 29 January 2010. Russian President Vladimir Putin said a withdrawal of most of their troops would begin previous year.

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It's not surprising the Russian air force may want to step up its tactics and procedures in a war environment.

While the Russian Air Force originally meant to purchase approximately 160 SU-57s, with the aircraft slated to enter service by 2016-17, the aircraft's development has faced numerous delays, in particular with its engines.

United States intelligence agencies declined to comment to the Post, and a senior administration official told the newspaper that the episode was "worrisome" and said it was striking how the Russians quickly distanced themselves from the attack.

"Our adversaries are watching us, they're learning from us", she said at the time.

Before a Russian mercenary attack on USA and allied forces in Syria earlier this month, the Russian oligarch believed to control the mercenaries - a man who the U.S. special counsel indicted last week - was "in close touch" with Russian and Syrian officials, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening.

A Russian Su-35 multi-role fighter was also involved.

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