Effective target discrimination and target prioritization is a big fat if without human input. This task aka its automation shouldn't be left to a drone. If a single-seater pilot is controlling more than 2 drones the workload will overwhelm him more than likely.
The newest ESM suites are automatic and don't require the pilot to tell it when to launch flares or chaff or to engage laser dazzlers to defeat EO sensors in incoming missiles...
Target detection and identification don't require human input either.
The Shkval-M system in the Ka-50 from the late 1980s could identify targets and mark them with a box for the pilot to either engage or not engage...
What happens the moment the pilot of the controlling Su-57 becomes a target of of a SAM battery or enemy planes?
For him to be the target I assume you mean they are scanning for his location actively... the drone equipped with ARMs would climb and accelerate in the direction of the radar signal and when in range a missile would be launched to deal with the problem...
Enemy planes and the drones equipped with AAMs would climb and accelerate in the direction of the threat and launch missiles and then turn back to the planes they are supporting to wait for the results... any survivors and repeat until there are no more missiles or no more threats.
Suddenly the drones hover around waiting for command? Or are we going to suggest they enter into this A.I mode where they become expert dogfighters?
The UAVs shown are flying wings so will have nothing to do with turning dogfights... they are sensors and weapon trucks... they will climb and scan and launch missiles at high speed and high altitude to give their missiles max energy and then they will turn back and return to the pack supporting their aircraft.
They will pretty much be fuel, weapons, sensors and decoys/jammers. They will have rather more fuel than the Su-57s because a lot of their time will be spent climbing and accelerating to launch weapons at max range.
Please....we're not there yet, not even close. If we're suggesting satellite link to an operator at home then all the known limitations of today's drones come into play (not least, the potential for getting one or several hijacked).
The purpose of AI is to prevent that... current simple UAVs have had their communications cut and simply landed as a standard protocol... a more intelligent AI would know not to land on enemy territory and to keep aware of friend and foe using its IFF systems.
AI systems likely wont be better than humans, but wont be dumb drones either.
Much better for a dedicated operator in a two-seator to control the drone swarms in combat, while the pilot can focus on piloting the plane around the mission area (itself a big task - avoiding enemy planes, or SAM coverage area) + dogfighting BVR or WVR if the mission goes wary. Remote operation via sat link at "home" as a fall back fail-safe of a mission failure if the Su-57's gets taken out (to salvage as much as possible of the op.).
So you are claiming a satellite link is easy to hijack, but a local link is safe? You also think having both links would be best?
Sure is Russian?
The grenades are Russian... look like RGD-5...