Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA passes 100th flight milestone

PAKFA 560.jpgTwenty-one months after first flight at Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Siberia, the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fleet recorded its 100th flight on 3 November.

For perspective, the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme needed 31 months from the first take-off by the AA-1 test aircraft to pass the 100th flight mark.

In that 21-month period, the PAK-FA test fleet has already performed a private air show for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and made its first official public appearance at the MAKS air show near Moscow. The latter event was marred by an engine blow-out on take-off.

Meanwhile, Russia has been busy on the export front. Rosoboronexport signed a deal with India to develop a new single- and twin-seat variant called FGFA. Sukhoi also offered the PAK-FA to South Korea for the F-XIII contract, but the Russia delegation curiously was absent at the Seoul Air Show last month.

The Russian Air Force has announced plans to receive the first production aircraft in 2013, and to introduce the PAK-FA into operational service two years later.

[Photo: Sukhoi]


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