Deliveries of the fifth generation Su-57 fighters to Russian troops will begin in 2018, said Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov during the opening ceremony of the Armiya-2017 forum.

"The tests of the newest Russian 5th-gen fighter, which has been recently officially named Su-57, are nearing completion. First deliveries to the army are expected next year," Manturov announced to journalists.

Manturov added that the Russian defense industry has become the driving force for the development of the entire industry.In recent years, it has been growing at an annual rate of 12.5%, the minister said.