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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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CONFIRMED: This summer’s best air show will be …

… not here. As much as I’m digging getting buzzed by the only fly-able B-29 in the world here at Oshkosh AirVenture, it’s not the best air show in the world this summer — by far. Neither does that distinction belong to last month’s Paris Air Show, which was unusually bereft of debut appearances by […]

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VIDEO: PAK-FA needs advanced composites. Can Russia make them?

One of the key questions about Russia’s PAK-FA fighter program concerns the national industry’s capacity to produce the advanced composites required for stealth fighters. Indeed, the question, “Can Russia’s emerging composites industry keep up with production” was nearly topped the list of questions in an exhaustive PAK-FA dossier published last year by David Markov and […]

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PHOTOs: Sukhoi flies 1st production Su-35S

Sukhoi today confirms a 90min flight by test pilot Sergey Bogdan in the first series-production version of the Su-35S, which has 48 orders from the Russian air force. As the latest improvement of the Su-27/30MKI Flanker series, the Su-35S integrates the higher-thrust and -trust vector control authority of the NPO Saturn 117S engine, full fly-by-wire […]

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VIDEO: T-50-2 first flight appears on YouTube

This has been floating around the web for a few weeks, but it’s new to me — and perhaps to some of you, too. Never miss an opportunity to see the very photo-genic prototype of Russia’s PAK-FA program. The second prototype first flew on 5 March at Sukhoi’s flight test site on Komsomolsk-on-Amur. That came […]

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Why the West dodged a Russian bullet over Libya

To challenge the no-fly-zone imposed by a Western-led coalition, the Libyan Air Force has not launched a newly-acquired fleet of state-of-the-art four Sukhoi Su-30s and 12-15 Su-35s. It has not activated an integrated network of recently-delivered S-300 air defense missiles. And Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalist force have not overwhelmed the rebellion with several dozen T-90 main […]

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Mikhail Simonov, father of the Flanker, dies at 81

Sukhoi’s Mikhail Simonov, who designed the Su-27 Flanker and unlocked the export market for the Soviet Union’s most prized weapons systems, died earlier today in Russia. He was 81.Born between the Black and Caspian seas in Rostov-on-Don, Simonov graduated from the Kazan Aviation Institute in 1954, to become chief designer of a series of all-metal […]

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VIDEO: New paint scheme for Sukhoi T-50-2

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[UPDATED]: Russia’s T-50 has a sister, and she’s about to fly

[UPDATE: T-50-2 completed a 57min flight this morning, landing at 11:44am. There are now two flying prototypes in the PAKFA program. H/t: Secretprojects.co.uk . See more photos.] First flight of the second prototype of the PAK-FA stealth fighter is expected very soon after reports surfaced on spotter-boards of taxi tests completed today at the Russian test […]

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