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Russia’s Latest Generation Fighter Jet Su-57 Hit For First Time, Claims Ukraine

It is a heavy fighter capable of fulfilling a variety of battlefield roles. (File)

Kyiv:

Ukrainian forces have shot down a Russian latest-generation Su-57 fighter jet for the first time at an airbase on Russian soil, Kyiv-based defence intelligence agency GUR said on Sunday, showing satellite photos confirming the attack.

GUR, in its Telegram post, did not say how the Su-57 was shot down or by which unit of the Ukrainian military.

A popular Russian military blogger who focuses on aviation and calls himself Fighter-Bomber said that the reports about the attack on the Su-57 were correct and that the aircraft was shot down by a drone.

The GUR said the aircraft was parked at Akhtubinsk airfield, 589 kilometers (366 miles) from the Ukrainian front line between Ukrainian and Russian invading forces.

“The photos show that on June 7 the Su-57 was intact, but on June 8 there was a crater from an explosion and characteristic fire marks from a nearby fire,” GUR wrote in a message accompanying the photos.

Ukraine has been battling a full-scale Russian invasion since February 2022. Both sides have been conducting regular strikes hundreds of kilometers into enemy territory using missiles and drones.

Ukraine, which does not have a vast missile arsenal available to Moscow, has focused on building long-range drones to strike targets deep inside Russian soil.

Russian blog Fighterbomber said the fighter jet was damaged by shrapnel and that the damage was currently being assessed to see if the plane could be repaired.

He said that if the plane was deemed beyond repair, it would mark the first time a Su-57 has been lost in combat.

Alexander Kharchenko, a military correspondent for the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, posted a cryptic message without directly acknowledging the attack, blaming it on a lack of hangars to protect military planes.

Despite being touted as Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet to rival US fighters, the Su-57 has been plagued by development delays and a crash in 2019. Mass production of the plane is set to begin in 2022, according to the manufacturer.

It is a heavy fighter capable of fulfilling a variety of battlefield roles.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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