- Business Insider spoke with a F-22 Raptor squadron commander, Col. Jason Hinds, at Langley Air Force Base.
- We asked Hinds about his thoughts on Russia’s new Su-57 stealth fighter.
- “I’m not concerned,” he said.
After watching an F-22 Raptor twist and turn last week during an impressive demonstration at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, we asked the 1st Fighter Wing’s commander if he’s worried about Russia’s new Su-57 stealth fighter.
“It’s always good to be chased,” Col. Jason Hinds, commander of the 1st Fighter Wing, told Business Insider. “When people are trying to beat you, you know you got an impressive aeroplane.”
Russia has touted its new Su-57 as superior to the US’s F-22 Raptor, but the Su-57 is still undergoing testing and has yet to be mass-produced.
While many have called into question its stealth capabilities, Moscow claims the Su-57 is a fifth-generation fighter and that it hopes to turn it into a sixth-generation fighter.
“I don’t know what they’re trying to call it,” Hinds said. “I can tell you that anytime you’re going into combat, you got to be concerned about whatever the adversary brings, whether it’s a fourth-gen aeroplane or a fifth-gen plane – you got to be ready for both.”
Hinds said what’s most important for the “entire operational kill chain” is their own training and the maintenance of the plane and its weapons.
“You really can’t be focused on the adversary – you got to be focused on yourself,” Hinds said.
“You’ll train on the adversaries, you’ll train against everything you need to be ready for – and we got to be ready for all of it.”
While analysts have criticised some of the Su-57’s capabilities, many have also maintained that the Su-57 is highly manoeuvrable – perhaps even more so than the F-22.
“I’m not concerned – I’ll tell you that,” Hinds said.
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