In ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ Tom Cruise will engage Russian Su-57 fighter jets.

Tom Cruise Dog fight scene [image credit: Hollywood]

The upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick, which is a sequel to the 1986 American action drama Top Gun, will feature Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise engaged in aerial dogfights with enemy jets, which will be Russian-built Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighters of the fifth generation, which will be featured in the film.

It is expected that Cruise will reprise his role as daredevil flyer Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the action-adventure picture, which is set to be released later this year. With a long history of being among the service’s top aviators, Mitchell will now train the service’s younger pilots in the film.

In spite of the fact that Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski has not officially divulged the make of the adversary fighter, licenced Top Gun toys and memorabilia from the movie, as well as the Matchbox line of aircraft models from the film, provide some clues.

The F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Super Hornet (which is considered to be the principal fighter in the film), F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, and the SR-72 Darkstar are among the aircraft included in the Top Gun franchise, according to the Matchbox line.

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According to Alex Hollings, a writer for the National Interest, the Top Gun Matchbox toy bore strong resemblances to Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter.

Even the first Top Gun film, which was released in 1989, never explicitly stated whose country the aircraft belonged to.

However, since the release of the first film in the 1980s, the adversary jet has been assumed to be a Soviet-made fighter plane by the public. There has been conjecture that the new film may possibly include a shot of a Russian fighter plane.

When Maverick (Tom Cruise) piloted the US F-14 Tomcat in the last Top Gun film, the Soviet MiG-28 fighters were depicted as smaller and more nimble than the American planes. In reality, however, there is no such MiG-28 to be found.

It was in that film that Northrop Grumman’s F-5 fighter jets were depicted as Russian MiG-28 fighters.

A great deal has changed since then, and with the advancements in CGI (computer-generated imagery) and cinema technologies in the twenty-first century, filmmakers today have a great deal of creative freedom when it comes to filming.

With the technology available to the director, the Russian Su-57 could have been utilised in the film as the “bad guy” aircraft, and with the technology available to the director, the aircraft could have appeared every bit as real as the actual Russian Su-57.

One of only two fifth-generation stealth fighters currently in existence outside of the United States is the Su-57, which is manufactured by Sukhoi. The F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor are two of the most advanced fighters in the world.

Alternatively, the Chinese J-20 fighter might have been an excellent alternative. However, with the picture already undergoing revisions to appease Chinese moviegoers, the branding of Russian fighters as the adversary aircraft appeared to be the more profitable strategy.

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The Russian single-seat, twin-engine Su-57 multirole fighter is considered to be one of the most technologically advanced fighters ever built in Russia. Its supercruise, supermaneuverability, and superior avionics allow it to outperform previous-generation fighters.

As a result of these qualities, it is more than capable of competing against the US Navy’s fighter jets in the film and making it appear as though it is a cinematic spectacle.

All types of air, ground and naval targets are targeted by the Su-57, which is designed to destroy them all. Despite the fact that the fighter jet made its first flight more than a decade ago, it has yet to enter service.

Although it currently suffers from a number of issues, the Russian Su-57 has the potential to be a formidable competitor to the American F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor fighters in the future.


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