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08-20-2009, 02:20 PM
Swords and Shields: Russia bets on PAK FA
The Russian fifth-generation fighter is supposed to make its first test flight this year.

by Ariel Cohen
Washington (UPI) Jan 16, 2009
Moscow continues to pursue a Sukhoi-based fifth-generation fighter. After five years of effort, Russia finally found an international partner for the development project. In 2007 India entered an agreement to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter based on the Sukhoi.

The Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA -- standing for Advanced Frontline Aviation Aircraft System -- is a stealth-enabled fighter jet designed to compete with the American Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Aircraft and the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor. Russian air force watchers already christened it "Raptorsky," after the F-22 Raptor, with which it is supposed to compete.

The developers describe the T-50 PAK FA as having excellent maneuverability, supersonic cruising speed, long range and high protective properties. PAK FA will have a takeoff weight of 20 tons, which falls between the takeoff weight of the two American competitor airplanes, the F-35 JSF (17.2 tons) and the F-22 (24 tons).

The new fighter -- a medium version -- will have a traditional wing form, though the dramatic-looking reverse-delta wing of the Su-47 Berkut influenced the Russian fighter's designers.

The Russian fifth-generation fighter is supposed to make its first test flight this year. The testing dates have been postponed from the end of 2008, as had been previously announced by Sergei Ivanov, the Russian deputy prime minister in charge of defense production.

Some Russian spokesmen promised deployment of the T-50 in 2013, but according to the earlier statements by Sukhoi CEO Mikhail Pogosyan, the new Russian-Indian fifth-generation fighter might enter mass production by 2015.

According to Russian sources, the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA will incorporate technology from the two experimental predecessors: the Su-47 and the MiG Project 1.44.

The flagships of the Russian aerospace technology -- Tekhnokompleks Scientific and Production Center, Ramenskoye Instrument Building Design Bureau, the Instrument Building Scientific Research Institute in Zhukovskiy, the Ural'sk Optical and Mechanical Plant in Yekaterinburg, the Polet firm in Nizhniy Novgorod and the Central Scientific Research Radio Engineering Institute in Moscow -- were selected to develop the avionics suite for the fifth-generation airplane.

NPO Saturn has been determined to lead the work on the engines. The Novosibirsk Aviation Production Association has begun construction of the fifth-generation fighter at its renowned Komsomol'sk-on-Amure Chkalov plant where most Sukhoi fighters are made.

However, considering the current economic recession and the track record of delayed deadlines, the Russian fifth-generation fighter may stay on paper for a longer time. This would give Washington and its allies sufficient time to launch mass production of F-35s, deploy them on American bases and fulfill orders from international customers such as Britain, the Netherlands and Israel.

The F-35 is expected to enter service no later than 2012, while the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA is certain to be in mass production by that time.

The future may not be bright for the next generation of the Russian fighter. Many Western defense experts believe Russia's fourth-generation fighter jets cannot withstand the U.S. stealth-enabled tandem of F-35 and F-22, which offer high maneuverability and near invisibility to surface radars because of advanced radar suppression equipment. Moreover, U.S.-based simulations and tests suggest that the stealth-enabled fifth-generation F-22 and F-35 can defeat any current aircraft, including the Raptorsky.

-- (Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow in Russian and Eurasian studies and international energy security at the Catherine and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute at The Heritage Foundation.)

08-20-2009, 02:21 PM
if you have any concept pics just post them, plane seems to be pure fantasy as of now.

08-20-2009, 02:47 PM
It will be interesting to see if they can pull off the technology.

11-03-2009, 10:12 PM
It will be interesting to see if they can pull off the technology.

Sure they can do it. They'll just steal it from the West like they have almost everything else.

11-04-2009, 12:41 AM
Itll be a hulking big bolted steel airframe covered with radar absorbent blancmange.

11-06-2009, 07:37 PM
Some people (who somehow relevant to the development of Т-50) on russian military forums say that it would be like this one
We awaiting for it's public appearence in december this year. Will see )).
Incidentally, here is good site about T-50. It is rather prestigious in Russia (runet).

01-24-2010, 08:59 PM
I got pics!35863587358835893590

01-24-2010, 09:00 PM
T-50-1, first flightworthy air vehicle, performed low and high-speed taxi tests at Dzemgi airfield on Jan 21-22 with "one of the best test pilots" at controls (Dzemgi air force base shares airfield with KnAAPO)
ac performed FLG rotation and release of brake parachute, with last taxi ending in duck

"first flight is soon"

presumably, beginning of next week at KnAAPO, but An-124 is awaiting at Dzemgi on 25th, so intrigue is still on

01-29-2010, 03:18 PM
Its Airborne !3918

01-29-2010, 04:33 PM
Its the Raptors russian brother.

01-30-2010, 11:14 PM
Nice pics surfacing enjoy.

01-31-2010, 12:36 AM
The thing looks like it's from the 80's.

01-31-2010, 02:43 PM
No way that thing is stealth.

02-02-2010, 12:44 PM
the thing looks like it's from the 80's.


06-03-2010, 09:23 AM
As a platform looks promising. The only thing I didn't like was the engine exhausts.
They need to be more stealthy ( more f-22 if you like).

06-03-2010, 12:48 PM
Sorry this is typical soviet style watch Future weapons
and copy or blackmail a set of US plans of the latest thing.
The planes are improving, but the only way anyone will find out
is when a head to head against the USAF,until then it's pure conjecture.