Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport is holding talks with five countries eager to buy the Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter, the agency revealed at the MAKS-2021 air show on Tuesday.

“This is one of the world’s best fighters based on its operational characteristics. It undoubtedly has various advantages. […] We expect high demand for this aircraft in the coming years. Five countries have already shown interest in this project. We are holding consultations,” Rosoboronexport’s CEO Alexander Mikheyev told reporters.

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Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet. © Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich

He added that the air show will host a presentation of the fighter jet featuring the latest aircraft-launched weapons.

The Su-57 fighter has attracted great interest from potential buyers worldwide after a government contract was signed for the jet under Russia’s state armament program despite competition from American, European and Chinese firms.

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Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet at Maks-2021 airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia. © Sputnik / Aleksey Mayshev

The Sukhoi Su-57 is a Russian-made fifth-generation multirole fighter equipped to destroy any type of air, ground and naval targets. The jet features stealth technology, it can develop a supersonic cruising speed and has the most advanced onboard radio-electronic equipment, including a powerful computer, a radar system spread across its body, and an armament placed within the fuselage.

The Ruselectronics Group, a subsidiary of Russia’s state tech company Rostec, announced it will present its latest innovations for the Su-57 at the air show, particularly the S-111 communications system.