Tag Archives | Sukhoi

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The Russians (and Ukrainians) are coming – to Paris

The Paris air show organisers have today released an updated list of the aircraft which are expected to be on display at Le Bourget in a little over a fortnight. As expected, the cost-cutting effects of sequestration mean we won’t see the familiar US military “corral” familiar with most major shows from the recent years. […]

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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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Why is Russia’s new supersonic biz-jet concept painted camouflage?

Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) — think NASA’s Langley Research Centre — is working on a new supersonic business jet. (See here for Russian-language news release issued earlier today.) Sukhoi and Tupolev of course have been working on this idea for decades, of course, but this one will be a little different. It’s supposed to […]

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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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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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VIDEO: Witness report from T50-2 flame-out at MAKS air show

Flightglobal’s Moscow-based correspondent Vladimir Karnozov was at the scene at 13:57 yesterday afternoon when Sukoi’s T50-2 prototype experienced a dramatic flame-out at the ends of the MAKS 2011 air show. He files this witness report: “Two bursts of flames erupted from the right engine and two loud “bumps” were heard. Thanks to the great length […]

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VIDEO: Flanker flexes muscle in MAKS debut

It’s official: Sukhoi has built an air show stud with the Su-35S. We hope to see it live in Seoul or Dubai later this year.

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