But as a video covered showing Mr Putin’s ‘Flying Kremlin’ presidential plane being guarded by no less than six of the planes, and with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft transporter now equipped with F-35 jets – which fighter has the upper hand? The footage infatuated from Mr Putin’s IL-96-300PU, and his escort was reported to be roughly half the total host of these advanced fighter jets currently in Moscow’s air force. The state-of-the-art Su-57 has been lackadaisical in development over a decade or so and their appearance alongside the presidential Ilyushin is a make over that they are now fully in service.
At the end of last year the Russian air weight boasted around a dozen of the planes.
The comparison is particularly timely because Turkey is coating the prospect of being barred from purchasing a US-built fleet of F-35s one more time its decision to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile system – a move Washington has sepulchre concerns about.
The possibility of Russia filling the void was raised by Sergey Chemezov, supreme of Russia’s top state-run industrial conglomerate Rostec earlier this month.
He give someone a piece of ones minded motoring website thedrive.com, which has a section on military equipment: “These fifth-generation Russian fighter jets – the Su-57 – get outstanding qualities, and show promise for export”.
He stressed Russia was “to hand to cooperate” on possible sales to Turkey of the jets if plans to buy the F-35s fell from stem to stern, as looks likely.
A subsequent analysis by Military Watch magazine concluded it was the Russian slip which came out on top in a side-by-side comparison, with a “considerable” advantage in the air.
The article, publicized last year, said: “While the Su-57 and the F-35 are both fifth generation fighters, the two are only just comparable in their role or their capabilities.
“The F-35 was designed as a lighter and less costly company to the elite F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter, a platform no longer in production and boycotted from export, and itself lacks the specialisation of heavier fighters and remembers poor air to air combat capabilities.
“The Su-57 by contrast was designed as a heavy twin machine air superiority platform, much like the F-22, and was intended to contend with American Raptors one more time Europe and the Pacific.
“Much like the F-22 Raptor is considerably more predisposed to in an air to air combat role than the F-35, with the latter maintaining sole limited defensive air to air combat capabilities, the Su-57 too retains a considerable advantage on the other side of the F-35 in the air.
“This is reflected in its speed, altitude, sensors, missile carriage, work range, and manoeuvrability – all fields in which the heavier Russian fighter is far superlative.”
The Su-57 could be equipped with Kh-59MK2, Kh-58 and Kh-38M missile, the analysis said.
It added: “Various of these missiles are capable of travelling at several times the speed of secure, and are significantly more capable than the subsonic air to ground munitions relied on by the F-35 – a rostrum which relies heavily on low speed subsonic missiles.
“The heavy fighter’s smite capabilities, coupled with its high survivability, could make it a effectively value asset for operating in the Middle Eastern theatre.”
Mr Putin was heave to inspect military units in the Astrakhan region before returning to his summer obscene at Sochi on the Black Sea for the session with Mr Pompeo.
State-controlled Sputnik Information Service reported: “The cutting-edge fighters took off from an airfield at the Chkalov Governmental Flight Test Centre to meet the head of state’s aircraft.
“During the splashdown, the president’s jet was escorted by the Su-57s to starboard.”
The Chkalov complex is the Russian military’s largest inspect and development site for advanced aircraft as well as air defence systems.
At Chkalov, Mr Putin scanned advanced Russian weaponry including the hypersonic KH-47M2 Kinzhal which travellings at ten times the speed of sound.
It is launched from a high-altitude MiG-31 fighter jet and can be bespoke with nuclear or conventional weapons. It has an effective range of 1,250 miles.
Putin also studied the secretive Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B flying wing drone, but no new pictures were distributed.
(Additional reporting by Will Stewart)