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.

Russian Aerospace Forces may get 5 fifth generation fighters in 2017

Fifth generation PAK FA T-50 fighter

Fifth generation PAK FA T-50 fighter

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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Forces hope to have the first batch of fifth generation PAK FA T-50 jets next year, Aerospace Force commander Viktor Bondarev told the media on Friday.

“We will be through with its testing next year. The first five planes are priced in the contract,” Bondarev said. “I believe that next year we will have the five planes in question.”

He added the fighter jet would begin to be batch-produced shortly after that.

Bondarev recalled that the Aerospace Force was also purchasing Sukhoi-35 jets, Mi-28N and Ka-52 helicopters, and upgraded bombers Tupolev-95 and Tupolev-160, which possess “excellent parameters.”

Earlier, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar, said the manufacturers and military were already discussing the delivery of an initial of batch of 12 planes.

Russia’s fifth generation stealth fighter

The T-50 (the Promising Aviation Complex of Frontline Aviation abbreviated as PAK FA in Russian) is Russia’s response to the US F-22 fifth-generation fighter jet.

The T-50 aircraft is the quintessence of all advanced technologies in Russia’s aircraft-building. Little is known about its characteristics and the larger part of information is kept in secret so far.

It is known that the PAK FA incorporates a whole range of carbon fiber reinforced polymers for the first time ever. They are twice as lighter as aluminum of comparable strength and titanium and four or five times lighter than steel. The new materials make up 70% of the fighter jet’s coating, which has allowed developers to reduce its design weight: the T-50 weighs four times less than an aircraft made of traditional materials.

The Sukhoi Design Bureau notes “the aircraft’s unprecedentedly low radar, optical and infrared visibility,” although domestic specialists have quite restrained estimates of the jet’s RCS at 0.3-0.4 sq. m. Meanwhile, some Western analysts make more optimistic estimates about the Russian T-50 aircraft and consider its RCS to be three times less at about 0.1 sq. m.

The PAK FA is distinguished by its splendid maneuverability and controllability in the vertical and horizontal planes both in supersonic and low-speed flights.

Currently, engines of the first stage are mounted on the T-50 aircraft, which enable it to maintain a supersonic speed in a non-afterburning mode. After the fighter jet receives its organic engine of the second stage, its performance characteristics will improve considerably.

The T-50 performed its first flight on January 29, 2010.

 

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.

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.

Russian Aerospace Forces to Start Receiving Sukhoi T-50 Fighters in 2017

Russian Military Technologies's photo.

June 5 – The Russian Aerospace Forces will receive first units of the Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft in 2017, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, the Russian Aerospace Forces commander, said Saturday.
“There are five [T-50 fighters] at the [Russian] Chkalov’s State Flight Testing Center, they are being tested, and beginning in 2017 they will be arriving to our service,” Bondarev told reporters.
The commander stressed that there were no delays and the development of the aircraft had been carried out ahead of the schedule.
“The aircraft is truly amazing by piloting, navigation and other characteristics, it detects other aircraft at a very large distance, it has no equal in this. We have much to be proud of, and we are delighted to receive such an aircraft,” he added.
The T-50 was presented at the Crimea’s eastern Chauda practive range earlier in the day.

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.

 

Top Gun 2016: Russia’s Super-Advanced Fighter Jet Enters Service This Year

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February 4 – Russia has developed a fifth generation fighter jet, the T-50, which is due to enter service by the year-end and will be equipped with a brand-new aircraft cruise missile, media reports said.
The fifth generation T-50 fighter jet, also known as the PAK FA, is set to enter service with the Russian Armed Forces later this year. The plane is expected to be equipped with highly advanced X-74M2 cruise missiles, according to the Russian military news network Zvezda.
The X-74M2 is a supersonic missile which has a speed of more than Mach 4, which means that the missile is capable of reaching targets in just few seconds, preempting the possibility of its detection by enemy aircraft radar systems, according to Zvezda.
“It is like a lightning dagger blow you can never avoid,” Zvezda said, adding that by carrying such a missile on board, the T-50 “nullifies all attempts by NATO to achieve air superiority.”
Apart from the X-74M2, the T-50 will be equipped with another sophisticated missile, the X-58USHK, which will be placed inside the fighter’s fuselage.
This anti-radar missile will have a flight speed exceeding Mach 3.5, Zvezda said, touting the X-58USHK’s characteristics, including its relatively small size.
Additionally, the T-50 will be equipped with the tactical X-35UE air-to-ship missile, which weighs about 145 kilograms and is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 260 kilometers while remaining invisible to radars.
For air-to-air combat, the T-50 is expected to carry four beyond-visual-range missiles in its two main weapons bays and two short-range missiles in its wing root weapons bays.
The T-50 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It was designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. The aircraft will be used to achieve air superiority and assist in ground attacks.
Besides its ability to fly at speeds well above Mach 2, the T-50 boasts other, even more important, features such as invisibility to radar and powerful weapons. It is equipped with advanced avionics and a cutting-edge phased array radar system.