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Posted February 25, 2018

"The addition of fifth-generation fighters into Syria would certainly not be in keeping with Russia's announced force drawdown", said Defense Department spokesman Eric Pahon. "Today we can say with full confidence that Russia's security is guaranteed", Putin said at a gala evening held on Thursday in the Kremlin Palace in honour of the Defender of the Fatherland Day, a major Russian national holiday on February 23, Xinhua reported.

The Su-57 is Moscow's most sophisticated military jet and comes equipped with stealth capability.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed on February 8 that the ministry is going to sign a contract for the first squadron of 12 Su-57s in 2018.

Moscow may also be putting on a show of strength, signaling that it's not intimidated by the superior American fighters in the theater, or even sending a message that it has the option of escalating the next encounter between US and Russian planes.

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"The coalition remains focused on the enduring defeat" of the Islamic State, he added.

The Su-57 is the first Russian military fighter to use stealth technology and is designed for aerial combat and ground attack operations.

Amid a very recent dispatch of reinforcements to Syria, the Russian Aerospace Forces have brought a number of 5th generation stealth air superiority fighters - the Su-57, Al-Masdar News reports.

"So our guys will continue to prep for the scenarios that they're deployed to face", Holmes said.

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It is possible that the fighters were redeployed to Syria for a test operation.

The fifth-generation Su-57, also known as the T-50, has been created to compete with the U.S. F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Russian President Vladimir Putin said a withdrawal of their bulk of troops would begin in 2017.

CNN previously reported the Russians were working for a paramilitary company, and they advanced on an oil and gas field controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed militia; despite an effort to establish communication through US-Russia deconfliction channels, the US airstrikes began, killing numerous Russians. Russian Federation and the USA are generally in communication over their positions in Syria in order to avoid clashes.

About the same time two U.S. F-22 fighters intercepted two Russian Su-25 fighter jets, conducting multiple maneuvers, firing warning flares and, in one instance, aggressively flying to avoid colliding.

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