Sukhoi has moved the T-50 stealth fighter prototype from Siberia to Moscow.
The first six flights of the prototype of Sukhoi’s Future Frontline Aircraft System (PAK-FA) program came at Komsomolsk-on-Amur airport, which in Russian might as well mean “middle of nowhere”. Sukhoi released the picture above after the first flight event on 29 January.
But Sukhoi announced this morning that seventh test flight of the T-50 launched from Zhukovsky Air Field, which is about 30 miles outside Moscow. Zhukovsky also happens to be the location [fingers-crossed!] for the 2010 Moscow Air Show, also known as MAKS, in August.
Read the Google translation of the Sukhoi press release on the jump.
A promising fifth-generation aviation complex (PAK FA) rose today in the sky from the airfield FRI them Gromov in Zhukovsky near Moscow, continuing, thus, a program of flight tests.
Fly the aircraft Honored Test Pilot of the Russian Federation Sergey Bogdan. The first flight of the PAK FA was held on 29 January this year at the airport included holding “Sukhoi” Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation production association Yuri Gagarin (KnAAPO). Upon successful completion of the first phase of tests, which consisted of six flights, the fighter was delivered to Zhukovsky.
Compared with previous generations of fighters, PAK FA has several unique features, combining the functions of attack aircraft and fighter. The aircraft is equipped with a fifth-generation an entirely new avionics, which integrates the function of “e-pilot”, and promising radar with a phased antenna array. This greatly reduces the load on the pilot and can concentrate on the implementation of tactical tasks. On-board equipment of the new aircraft allows the exchange of data in real time as a land-management systems, and within the aviation group.
The use of composite materials and innovative technology, aerodynamic design aircraft, measures to reduce the visibility of the engine provides unprecedented low level of radar, optical and infrared visibility. This can greatly increase the combat effectiveness in the work of both the air and ground targets, at any time of day, in simple and adverse weather conditions.
PAK FA program brings the Russian aircraft industry and related industries on a qualitatively new technological level. These planes, along with modernized aviation complexes of the fourth generation will determine the potential of the Russian Air Force in the coming decades.