In the high-flying world of military aviation, where the sky’s the limit and the stakes are always sky-high (pun intended), Russia’s been cooking up something that’s got the whole scene buzzing.

The Su-57M, a bird that’s been flapping its wings in the shadows, is about to take flight with some serious hardware under its feathers.

We’re talking about the AL-51F1 engine, a beast that’s been dubbed “Izdelie 30” in the circles that know about these things.

This isn’t just any old upgrade; it’s the kind of leap that could give the Su-57 the edge it’s been itching for.