New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The Sukhoi PAK FA is a twin-engine jet fighter being developed by Sukhoi for the Russian Air Force. The Sukhoi T-50 is the prototype for PAK FA.

The first flight of the PAK FA was performed on 29th of January, 2010. The serial production is expected to start in 2015.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The plane was designed to replace Su-27 for the Russian Air Forces. They are also developing an export modification together with India, it is called FGFA – Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The plane is expected to be 2,5-3 times cheaper than its foreign analogues.

India plans to buy PAK FA for 100 million dollars per one.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

On its first flights, the PAK FA was expected to use a pair of conventional Saturn 117S engines, but it was a new engine 117 (AL-41F1) that powered its first flight. It’s a turbofan engine with an afterburner and thrust vector control.

The engine enables to develop supersonic speed without use of an afterburner, it also has a fully digital control system and a plasma ignition system.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The PAK FA has a reported maximum weapons load of 7,500 kg (16534 lb).  It has an apparent provision for a cannon (most likely GSh-301), and could possibly carry two 30 mm cannons.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The integrated multi-function radar system of the PAK FA will contain 5 internal antennas.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The PAK FA will be equipped with 1526 transceiver modules which will provide a greater detection range, multichannel tracking of targets and an ability to use guided missile weapons for their destruction.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

An extra radar station will allow to increase noise immunity and combat survivability, and neautralize technologies of reducing aircrafts visibility used by an opponent.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

The visibility of T-50 is also reduced by its shape, materials absorbing and reflecting radio waves and materials which are used for the air frame coating.

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

General characteristics:

Crew: 1
Length: 19.8 m (65.9 ft)
Wingspan: 14 m (46.6 ft)
Height: 6.05 m (19.8 ft)
Wing area: 78.8 m2 (848.1 ft2)
Empty weight: 18,500 kg (40,785 lb)
Loaded weight: 26,000 kg (57,320 lb)
Useful load: 7,500 kg (combat load) (16,534 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 37,000 kg (81,570 lb)
Fuel capability: 10,300 kg (22,711 lb)[100]


Maximum speed: Mach 2+, 2,100-2,600 km/h (1,300-1,560 mph) ; at 17,000 m (45,000 ft) altitude
Cruise speed: 1,300-1,800 km/h[102] (808-1,118 mph)
Ferry range: 5,500 km[64] (3,417 mi)
Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,600 ft)
Rate of climb: 350 m/s (68,900 ft/min)
Wing loading: 330-470 kg/m2 (67-96 lb/ft2)

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces

Isn’t it nice?

via wiki and lusika-33

37 thoughts on “New Jet Fighter of the Russian Air Forces”

  1. Beautiful plane, but… a little expensive too (specialy now, in economic crisis time).
    For 100 milion dolars, you can buy a lot of UAV’s.

      • It isn’t the ’80s anymore. RQ-4 Global Hawk: 7,500 pound thrust, 14,500 lbs fuel, 44′ long, 116′ foot wingspan, 15′ tall, gross takeoff weight 25,600 lbs, max ceiling 65,000 ft, range 11,000 nautical miles/31+ hours.

        Drones are getting pretty bad ass. And they are definitely going to be a big part of future air warfare. If i were a fighter pilot i would be dreading the day i’m going to start getting swarmed be air superiority drones. 😀

          • What’s your point? Many a wet pentagon dream from the past are today’s US Military hardware. 😉

            The only thing separating today’s wet dreams from military reality is a few billion dollars in the hands of the right people, and the determination to see it through! It’s coming.

            • BTW the U.S. Air Force Academy has reached a tipping point where they are now graduating more drone pilots then conventional pilots. Hmmm…maybe they know something you don’t.

        • RQ-4 Global Hawk is said to cost 104 million dollars per plane. But yes I agree with you that drones are the future. Skynet’s coming.

    • I agree future is UAV. I suspect this plane was designed back in the 1990 and put on hold until Putin opened the wallet. its just a penis-enlargement device.

  2. photos never do them justice in terms of size. when I saw a Mig in a Brussel museum I was amazed by the size. about 5 volvo estates bolted together excluding the wings. these things are huge.

  3. With the proliferation of shoulder-fired heat seeking missiles, those two shiny engine covers just look like “BOOM” magnets.

    I also note the lack of “stealth” claims.

    Bargain? Ummmmm.

  4. The colour scheme is indeed very nice. Someone had taste at the plant. Too often some fat dude at directors chair decides that planes should bear more Slavic orthodox lettering and Russian flag colour scheme.

  5. The aircraft you see there isn’t a PAK-FA, it’s a flight demonstrator, like the X-22 or X-35. It clearly doesn’t have many stealth features installed and reportedly doesn’t even have targeting avionics yet.

    The X-35 first flew more than a decade ago, and the jet still isn’t ready, so that gives you some indication of the timeline involved.

    If they were to weaponize that plane today, it’d basically be a Flanker with internal weapons bays. It might be able to best a Viper or Strike Eagle (although possibly not given that they’ll have better missiles) but it’d be no Raptor killer.

    The Russians say that it’ll eventually have radar absorbing coatings, radar protection of the air intakes, fifth generation avionics, lower IR signature on the exhaust, better weapons, etc. etc. We’ll see. It’s already two decades behind the Raptor.

    • Lol. The Pak fa and Lmfs, were developed two decades after the captor. They use newer technology. It’s the craptor that is now dtwo decades behind. And condsidering that each one costs what half a billion dollars, and require 30+ maintenance hours for every flight hour, it doesn’t have to be a craptor killer. As america puts it, the us government does a much better job of it.

  6. The F22 Raptor major threats are the Russian S300 and S400 missile systems. The F-35 is the only western plane that can “beat” the S300-S400 system. And the Chengdu-J-20 is still just a phantom. LOL

  7. This plane was construct at my native town))) im realy imprest that thay just build it so late. This plane blueprints have 12 years old history

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