Su-57s in Syria video

The Man

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The Russian military has released footage of its new stealth fighter jets being combat-tested in Syria months after the planes were first spotted there.

With first deliveries expected in 2019, the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 is billed as Russia’s answer to the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. Israeli media reported in February that its satellites had detected at least two of the jets at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase on the western coast of Syria. On May 9, the Su-57 took center stage at a massive military parade in Moscow celebrating the Soviet Army’s victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.

“Su-57 crews performed more than 10 flights in Syria,” the Defense Ministry announced on Monday.

It shared a minute-long clip showing the aircraft taking off, cruising and landing.
Russian Military Unveils Video Footage of New Su-57 Stealth Fighter in Syria

Posted about it back in February: Su-57 in Syria???

Flying over the Kremlin for first time back in May, in the aircraft portion of the annual military parade
 

The Man

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Some sharp-eyed folks, including fellow former and current pilots over there, noticed this picture of a Su-57


Now, officially, again, this aircraft has NOT yet been used in combat missions, supposedly.

Yet look up there, over the "055" board number, the eight little red stars

http://instagr.am/p/BqUnZBXHOcO/
Each of such stars means either one downed enemy aircraft (and Russia has NOT been in actual air combat with anyone in recent times) or 10 other combat missions (air strikes on ground targets, that kind of thing).

These twin Su-34s, for example, seem to have racked up plenty of stars between them, in Syria



But why is this brand new 57 carrying all those stars? It is hard to believe it has 80 (!) combat flights already to its credit...

Either these planes have already seen some kind of action that nobody, even others in the Russian Air Force, are aware of and/or privy to; or these stars are fake, undeserved, for show. Which has plenty of other pilots over there mighty mad right now...
 

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