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Russia’s T-50 fighter stretches its legs

Almost two years and more than 200 flights into its test programme, Russia’s PAK-FA/T-50 fifth-generation fighter has made its first “long-distance” sortie. Completed on 17 January using Sukhoi’s fourth prototype, the multi-legged flight between the Komsomolsk-on-Amur production plant and the Zhukovsky military test centre near Moscow covered a cool 3,400nm (6,300km). Piloted by Sergey Bogdan, […]

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VIDEO: First flight of Sukhoi T-50-3

As promised, here is the video showing first flight earlier today of the Sukhoi T-50-3 — the third prototype to emerge under the PAK-FA programme. Note the absence of a pitot tube on the nose, a first in the PAK-FA programme so far.

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Third PAK-FA prototype breaks cover

Russian-language spotter pages are reporting the first sighting of the third Sukhoi PAK-FA prototype at the Siberian flight test centre in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. As soon as pictures become available, we will post them. The T-50-3 prototype is reportedly scheduled for first flight by the end of 2011. It follows the maiden of sorties of T-50-2 in […]

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

Twenty-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 […]

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VIDEO: Russian TV special on PAK-FA engine

The Saturn NPO 117 engine “enables the execution of a wide range of maneuvers which match the performance of the Raptor and in some parameters exceed it”, says Russian guy.It’s your move, Pratt & Whitney.

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Eurofighter forecasts new Brazil-Turkey fighter in 2025

As part of its KF-X presentation at the Seoul Air Show on 21 October, Eurofighter representative Cassidian displayed a fascinating chart with a fighter market forecast. Click on the chart to download a high-resolution version.There are some questionable assertions, as one might expect of a manufacturer-driven forecast. Eurofighter, of course, predicts the Dassault Rafale loses […]

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India’s next-gen stealth fighter may not be what we thought

Even amidst the PAK-FAs, J-20s, KF-Xs, F-22s and F-35s, the favourite next generation stealth fighter concept of any worthy aviation journalist has always belonged to India. Why? The Sukhoi/HAL fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) was introduced as the world’s only two-seat stealth fighter, which means it will soon become the only free ticket for a […]

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Saturn: T50-2 flame-out at MAKS not engine failure

Photo by Vladimir Karnozov Saturn has responded to quickly to questions raised about the 117S engine after a flame-out on Sunday forced Sukhoi T50-2 test pilot Sergei Bogdan to execute a rather hasty take-off abort procedure. It didn’t help that the starboard engine flame-out occurred in front of about 200,000 witnesses at the MAKS air […]

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PAK-FA’s ‘hangar queen’ flies after 4-month hiatus

Photo by Lysenko Sergey It would have been an interesting bet on 4 May (the day after the US Air Force grounded the Lockheed Martin F-22). Which fifth-generation fighter would fly again first — the F-22 or the Sukhoi T50-2?The T50-2 — the second PAK-FA prototype — first flew on 3 March, trailing first flight […]

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Russian AF chief: US fighters superior to Su-35S

Russian Air Force chief Gen Alexander Zemin Zelin briefed reporters today on the eve of the MAKS air show next week. Zelin covered a wide variety of topics, but we’ll try to summarise the most interesting.1. The Su-35S avionics and integrated defence system is inferior to “American fighters of the same type”, Zelin said. Depending […]

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