Russia to Start Advanced PAK FA Fighters Production on Schedule in 2017


 T-50 strike aircraft at the MAKS-2013 Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky

    Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said that the tests of Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighters are proceeding in leaps and bounds, the eighth prototype has already been delivered. © Sputnik/ Alexey FilippovRussia to Test PAK FA Fighters With Operational Engines in Late 2017

   Tests of the Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighters are proceeding on schedule and production deadlines will be fully met in 2017, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said Saturday.

     “All deadlines remain unchanged, the PAK FA tests are proceeding in leaps and bounds, the eighth prototype has already been delivered. The plane is demonstrating excellent flight and technical characteristics. This is our future and our hope,” Bondarev said.

   Currently, the PAK FA stealth multirole fighter project is in advanced stages of development and is undergoing flight testing. The aircraft is expected to complete tests this year before serial production commences in 2017.

Russia to Test PAK FA Fighters With Operational Engines in Late 2017


 A PAK FA T-50 fighter jet

   The tests of the Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighters using operational engines should begin in late 2017, the head of the United Engine Corporation said Thursday. © Flickr/ Dmitry TerekhovBrand New Russian Su-35 and PAK FA Turn Pentagon’s F-16 Into ‘Relic of the Past’

   RYBINSK — PAK FA, equipped with advanced avionics and all-digital flight systems, is set to become the first operational stealth aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

   “The [operational engine] for PAK FA should [begin tests] in the end of 2017, to begin a series of tests as part of the plane in the fourth quarter,” Alexander Artyukhov told reporters.

   The PAK FA fighter was first seen in January 2010 when it was presented at the air show MAKS-2011. The fighter jet is expected to join the Air Force of the Russian Federation in 2016. Mass production of Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter jets will begin in 2017.

Russian Defense Ministry to Buy at Least 1 PAK FA Fighter Squadron in 2017



   Russian Deputy Minister Yuri Borisov said that mass production of the PAK FA will start in 2017 and the Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy at least one squadron of these aircraft in the first batch.

KUBINKA (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) – The Russian Defense Ministry plans to purchase at least one Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter squadron next year, Deputy Minister Yuri Borisov said Wednesday.


“Mass production of the PAK FA will start in 2017, according to the plan. We will buy at least one squadron of these aircraft in the first batch,” Borisov told reporters at the Army-2016 military forum near Moscow.

   The T-50, equipped with advanced avionics and all-digital flight systems, is set to become the first operational stealth aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Russia Tests Parts of 6th Generation, Railgun Equipped Near Space Warplane

Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA Prototype


Russia’s largest radio electronics manufacturer gave a glimpse into the future of Russian air superiority confirming on Monday that components for a sixth 6th generation fighter jet are being tested on the 5th generation PAK FA T-50 prototype.

Russia has begun testing hardware elements designed for a future 6th generation fighter jet, heralded as the first combat aircraft that will be able to engage targets from near space, on a 5th generation prototype that is currently undergoing flight trials according to a TASS news agency report.Vladimir Mikheyev, advisor to the First Deputy Director General of Concern Radio Electronic Technologies (KRET), a subsidiary of Russian Technologies State Corporation (Rostec), revealed that various components of the new jet have been tested on the Sukhoi PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex Frontline Aviation) T-50 prototype.

“Standalone solutions that will be applied in the sixth-generation fighter are now being tested on the fifth-generation jet as well as on the ground-based equipment. Separate elements of the flight and navigation system have already been installed on PAK FA,” Mikheyev told TASS news.

The PAK FA is a 5th generation multi-role, single seat, twin-engine air superiority/deep air support fighter slated to enter service in the Russian Air and Space Forces in 2018. It also serves as the prototype for the joint Indo-Russian Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project that has tormented the US military and industrial complex that now fears New Delhi will look to Moscow for its weapons procurement needs.

The sixth generation fighter jets planned to be unveiled by 2025 will consist primarily of swarms of unmanned aircrafts flying at hypersonic speed with developers saying that the jets would be able to transit through space.

The aircrafts will be equipped with electromagnetic cannons – much like the Navy’s railgun – which can force an enemy’s radio detector out of operation at a 10km range. The super-high frequency weapons is so powerful, however, that it will not be installed on piloted aircrafts as it can harm the pilot.

“In particular, the electromagnetic impulse, with which the SHF’s weapon will be hitting the targets, will be so powerful that it will be extremely difficult to protect a human, a pilot from his own weaponry,” explained Mikheyev.

The sixth-generation fighter jet has not yet been commissioned by Russia’s Defense Ministry, but there are hopes to finish the research and development part of the work until 2020 so that KRET can produce the first sixth generation aircraft by 2025 upon the ministry’s order.

Flight Tests of Russia’s Advanced PAK FA Fighters Almost Completed – Sukhoi

T-50 jet performs a demo flight at the MAKS 2015 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow



According to the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer, flight tests of Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft are at the final stage.

Flight tests of Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft are at the final stage, with more than 700 test flights carried out, the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer said in an annual report on Monday.

“Prospective aviation complex of fifth generation (PAK FA) is at the final stage of its tests… More than 700 flights have been conducted. which has allowed to work out and prove sustainable characteristics of the combat aviation complex,” the report obtained by RIA Novosti said.

Try and Beat This! Russian PAK FA Stealth Fighter Sets a New Record

Test flight of T-50, fifth generation fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi OKB


The PAK FA (T-50), Russia’s new fifth-generation fighter, sets new standards of excellence during a routine test flight.

During testing the aircraft managed to achieve a 384 meters per second climbing rate. According to Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, such a climbing speed would’ve allowed the warplane to reach an altitude equal to the peak of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, in a mere 23 seconds.The aircraft is currently undergoing a serious of tests, some of them involving the use of live weapons. According to Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, the final aircraft of the test batch will be completed this year.

In addition to its already-impressive characteristics and stealth capability, the new warplane will also be outfitted with a host of cutting-edge weaponry, such as the advanced X-74M2 cruise missile, X-58USHK anti-radar missile and tactical X-35UE anti-ship missile. The aircraft is also equipped with advanced avionics and a cutting-edge phased array radar system.

The T-50 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. The warplane is due to enter service by the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, several foreign powers have already expressed an interest in the new warplane, and the serial manufacturing of an export version of PAK FA is scheduled to begin in 2020.


Russia, India Resume Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft Talks

A PAK FA T-50 fighter jet


Russia and India have resumed talks on the joint Sukhoi/HAL Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project after nearly a year of stagnation, The Times of India reports.

“We have got the clearance to restart the talks. Accordingly, a Russian team is here and cost negotiations began yesterday,” a high-level defense source told the newspaper on Wednesday.Russia made a new offer, under which India would have to pay $3.7 billion, instead of $6 billion, for the technological know-how and three prototypes of PAK-FA fighters, The Times of India said.

According to the newspaper, the Russian delegation will also hold negotiations on the production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters. The contract to produce the helicopters for India’s Air Force was signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s December 2015 visit to Moscow.

The FGFA project came about following a Russian-Indian cooperation agreement signed on October 18, 2007. The estimated total cost of the project in 2008 amounted to $11 billion, which was to be covered through equal investment by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Russia’s Sukhoi Company.


US F-35 ‘Troubled Fighter Jet of Future’ May Lose to Russia’s PAK FA

Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA Prototype


The US government continues the implementation of contracts for production of the fifth-generation fighter-bombers the F-35 Lightning II.

However, the Pentagon still cannot accurately determine the true capacity of the aircraft and the feasibility of its use, reported the digital news publication The Fiscal Times.According to a report issued by J. Michael Gilmore, the director of Operational Test and Evaluation Office within the Department of Defense, the dates for the start of military testing of the F-35 have been shifted by a year with testing of fighters not to begin until August 2018.

Nevertheless, more than 500 aircraft may be produced before the finished tests. The definite list of modifications to the basic model which are required by the US armed forces also remains unclear so far.

The publication called the US F-35 jet “the Pentagon’s troubled fighter jet of the future.” As the testing continues, the contractors being paid by the federal government will have produced as many as 500 jets worth $100 million or so apiece, “before the Defense Department can say for sure that the plane can do what it’s supposed to do.”

“These aircrafts will require a still-to-be-determined list of modifications” to be fully capable. “However, these modifications may be unaffordable for the services as they consider the cost of upgrading these early lots of aircraft while the program continues to increase production rates in a fiscally constrained environment,” The Fiscal Times reported Michael Gilmore as saying.

The fifth-generation F-35 is being produced within the framework of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), designed to save money from the budget to create a single model of aircraft that could be used by all units of the US Armed Forces.

© Flickr/ Gonzalo Alonso

Nevertheless, the exceeding of the original budget, as well as non-fulfillment of the deadlines under the JSF, has resulted in major disaster for the program. The very concept of a ‘single bomber’ for all the armed forces – means that the program is lost in misperception because every unit wants to adapt the aircraft to suit their specific requirements and combat missions.

“The only true fifth-generation fighter currently in operation is the US F-22. Known as the Raptor, the F-22 was extremely expensive and notoriously unreliable. The Pentagon has fewer than 200 of them. Congress stopped funding it in 2009, in part because the F-35 was thought to be on the way,” Gilmore wrote.

At the same time, it is expected that in 2017 Russia will launch its first fifth-generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA). Thus, until all the drawbacks with the F-35 are fixed, the most advanced fighter-bomber in the world will belong to Moscow and not to Washington, Gilmore concluded.


Flight tests of Russia’s 5th-generation fighter jet “practically completed”

Several planes are now primarily testing airborne avionics

© Sergei Bobylev/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. The tests confirming the flight characteristics of Russia’s fifth-generation PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet have been actually completed, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Monday.

“Several planes are now primarily testing airborne avionics. The tests proving the aircraft’s flight characteristics have practically been completed,” the deputy defense minister said.

Deputy Defense Minister Borisov earlier told the media the Russian military would purchase only a squadron of PAK FA fighter jets, compensating this with a larger order for Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighters.

The Sukhoi PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) is a fifth-generation fighter program of the Russian Air Force. The T-50 is the name of the prototype aircraft designed by Sukhoi for the PAK FA program. The aircraft is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It is a multipurpose fighter designed for the air superiority and attack roles. The fighter is planned to have super-cruise, stealth, super-manoeuvrability and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation of fighter aircraft as well as ground and maritime defences.

The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. PAK FA fighter first flew in 2010.