The Su-57 stealth fighter will have a two-seat version, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed to TASS on Wednesday. According to the former Defense Minister of the Putin government, Sukhoi develops the 5th generation fighter variant as an export configuration.
“The Defense Ministry and the Sukhoi Design Bureau have plans to develop a two-pilot aircraft that will boost the export demand for this model… and it may create additional demand,” Borisov said during his working trip to the Primorye Region in the Russian Far East.
In order to obtain more financial resources for the program, UAC started to offer the Su-57 in the international market, which is not common in an aircraft that has just entered service with the Russian Air Force.
Rostec, the state-owned technology company that houses the UAC, explained that the two-seat version could be used for “lower the psychological stress of inexperienced pilots.” The company also noted that the Su-57 could be the first 5th-generation two-seater fighter.