-SU 57 is a good, capable plane, and had it appeared in serial productcion 15 years ago it would have had massive success and would have turned into a legend much like the Flanker it is supposed to retire
You make it sound like it is obsolete... it is the best fifth gen fighter available.... the F-22 is designed to dominate an airspace filled with 4th gen fighters in third world countries... it was supposed to be invisible to radar, the F-35 was the solution to the cold war being over and the F-22 being too expensive to buy and operate... the F-35 was supposed to be radar invisible too and was to fly right up to S-300 systems and bomb them.
The problem is that neither are invisible to radar so the enormous prices involved are simply not worth it... compounded by the fact that their stealth is coating based and so any maintenance that involves removing panels needs sanding off the stealth coating, doing the job but then reapplying the stealth coating and waiting for it to cure.... 40 plus hours per hour in the air.... 77K per flight hours operating costs for the F-35... it is just not practical and it was getting more expensive, not getting cheaper.
The point is that the Su-57 is not just a Russian F-22... the Su-57 has L band Radar and IRST sensors to detect stealthy targets and it is geared towards dealing with an enemy with stealthy fighters. It was never going to be the one Russian fighter that replaces everything simply because most jobs don't need that level of cost.
The irony is that the things that make it expensive are the radar and sensors and avionics and systems they are also putting in the Su-35 so both planes are not significantly different in price and both are actually rather cheap in comparison to US equivalents... meaning they might decide the cost of the Su-35 means they might as well buy Su-57s instead but that would depend on ongoing operational costs for both aircraft.
If the US had an Su-57 equivalent there is no way they would be putting the F-15 back in to production... they would probably not even bother with a lighter F-16/F-35 type for those prices... just a fleet of maybe 3,500 Su-57s.
-Future is drone aircrafts and eventually at some point autonomous AI controlled planes.
Maybe, but I have not seen any air force look to use drones for air to air combat and I don't think it will happen any time soon.
Once your fighter capability relies on AI then EM pulse weapons that ruin electronics will start appearing...
They could at first play the role of just escort of manned aircrafts but it will be just the first stage of the process.
They wont escort the manned aircraft they will be led by manned aircraft... they might be sent off to perform tasks or just bring more weapons to the combat... you will see things like linking radar together and creating synthetic aperture radar hundreds of metres across, or take fuel from the drones to extend the range of the manned platform and send them home when they are low on fuel to refuel and rearm and return...
Again this is a personal opinion made by following just common sense.
Common sense looks at the radars and missiles and guns of Russia and thinks it understands why a western person thinks the age of manned aircraft is over... but looking back the other way with the pathetic air defences of HATO based as they are on highly vulnerable AWACS planes I wonder why you think the Russians should think the same?
Drones don't shoot down planes... missiles do... while the potential for a drone to pull 100 gs, that is just a question of using the correct weapon against them.
Like an Agent in the Matrix... place the pistol muzzle to the temple and pull the trigger and say dodge this.
-By the time USA, China and maybe Europe field drone fighters Russians will have to do the same.
Are you asleep... S-70.... Su-57 able to be remotely operated... they are well on the way already... except they have a good solid affordable 5th heavy fighter too which must be an advantage... though not the advantage their IADS is.
The fact that USA is not investing money in new manned fighter projects but seeks to revive the cheap F16 just backs this line of thought.
It is an admission that stealth is not the ground breaking generational advantage they hyped it up to be.... it is useful, but not worth the extra trillions of dollars they have wasted on that shit.
They are just buying the needed time before they can start using drone fighters currently under development/testing.
Their situation is bad... worn out 4th gen fighters that have been heavily used and needed replacement and their replacement is the F-35 which is a terrible piece of junk that will bankrupt the countries that try to operate it... so now it is time to admit defeat and chew on some crow and put the F-15 from the 1970s back into production.
Sorry... the newest Xbox is a failure so we are going to make Sinclair ZX81 Spectrums instead...
-All this leads me to thinking SU57 though capable and well designed aircraft will not be given enough time to actually be produced in significant numbers. Significant numbers being more than 100 units.
A 5th gen stealth fighter optimised for fighting stealth fighters that are manned should not have huge problems dealing with drones that are stealthy... they have plenty of experience making fighters and drones so I don't understand why you think this is a problem.
The Team that came second didn't rush and have come up with a very good aircraft... the Su-35 is already better than the F-15s and F-16s they have in service.
They are making all sorts of promises about how wonderful the new model F-15s are going to be but you have to keep in mind these are the same people who sold America F-22s and F-35s and would still be making them if they had their way.
Drone fighters might work spectacularly well, or they might turn out to be trash, but either way, any sane military ought not to be in the precarious state in the first place.
Bad management and bad choices got them where they are, and I don't see any fundamental ground roots realisation that their systems and thinking were totally wrong and need to change... they just went for the only other alternative... put the old shit back into production and spray air freshener around the room and say everything smells of roses... rotting corpses do smell quite bad.