FlightGlobal.com today has an image showing the potential design for Russia’s next-generation fighter, the Sukhoi T-50. The image was released by the engine company NPO Saturn, not Sukhoi. It appears every bit a hybrid of the Lockheed Martin F-22 and one of the design concepts for the FB-22 (see photo at bottom of page).
Perhaps the Russians have learned the lesson that, for all of the F-22′s many merits, the Raptor’s inherent limitations for range and payload capacity will forever crimp its mission flexibility.
Here’s the T-50 image:
And here’s the FB-22 image: