Paris Air Show 2019: Su-57 or not Su-57, that is the question

Russian Su-57 Paris Air Show
Russian Su-57 fifth-gen fighter jet.

On February 23, 2019, the staff of the Paris Air Show confirmed on its Facebook page the presence of the Russian Su-57 at the next International aviation and aerospace exhibition to be held at Le Bourget airport from 17 to 23 June 2019. The post follows the announcement of the Russian defence company on the will to send its fifth-generation aircraft to Paris for the first time. However, the company had also warned that a final decision had not been taken.

“Rumors say Sukhoi could send a Su-57! It's confirmed. Are you also eager to hear it roaring in the Parisian sky?,” the post said.

A few days later, a Russian defense source denied the news to Sputnik and in parallel the post on the PAS Facebook page was canceled. 

However, the presence of Russian aircraft at Paris-Le Bourget follows a long tradition and even this year's edition will include at least one. At the beginning of February, the CEO of the Russian company Kazan Helicopters said that they intend to show the Ansat light multipurpose helicopter in flight and on the ground during the Paris Air Show 2019.

Written by Matteo Sanzani