A video shows how Vladimir Putin’s “Flying Kremlin” presidential plane was escorted by no less than six Su-57 advanced fighter jets ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The footage taken from the Russian president’s IL-96-300PU, and his escort was reported to be roughly half the total number of these advanced fighter jets currently in Moscow’s air force. President Putin was flying to inspect military units in Astrakhan region before returning to his summer base at Sochi on the Black Sea for the session with Secretary Pompeo.
“The cutting-edge fighters took off from an airfield at the Chkalov State Flight Test Centre to meet the head of state’s aircraft,” reported state-controlled Sputnik News Service.
“During the landing, the president’s jet was escorted by the Su-57s to starboard.”
The Chkalov complex is the Russian military’s largest research and development site for advanced aircraft as well as air defence systems.
The state-of-the-art Su-57 has been slow in development over a decade or so and their appearance alongside the presidential Ilyushin is a sign that they are now fully in service.
At the end of last year the Russian air force boasted around a dozen of the planes.
At Chkalov, President Putin inspected advanced Russian weaponry including the hypersonic KH-47M2 Kinzhal which travels at ten times the speed of sound.
It is launched from a high-altitude MiG-31 fighter jet and can be fitted with nuclear or conventional weapons.
It has an effective range of 1,250 miles.
President Putin also inspected the secretive…
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