Thursday, 18 August 2016

PAK FA Sukhoi T-50 in Action - 2016



In honor of Russian Aerospace Force Day, the Russian Ministry of Defense has released its first official footage of the fifth-generation stealth aircraft, the PAK FA Sukhoi T-50. The government unveiled the montage of its prized stealth fighters launching from an aircraft carrier's ski-jump ramp, along with several other aircraft such as the MiG-29KUB naval fighter and the Su-35S. Although the T-50s only appear for a few brief seconds, it's enough to make out the the two camouflage patterns of the first new fighters produced after the Cold War.



Initially, the T-50 will go into limited service powered by a pair of Saturn Izdeliye 117—also known as the AL-41F1—afterburning turbofans capable of producing 31,967lb (142kN) of thrust. The AL-41F1 is an extensively modernized version of the AL-31FP—found on older Su-27 and Su-30 Flanker variants—that was developed for the latest Su-35S Flanker-E.

T-50's radar cross section, the measurement of how detectable on radar an object is, was estimated to be 0.3 to 0.5 square meters. Although these figures may sound impressive, when compared with the US Air Force F-22 Raptor's 0.0001-square-meter RCS or the F-35's 0.001-square-meter RCS, it's worth taking a second look at by engineers.

The T-50 excels where other fifth-generation aircraft have not: its cost. With each unit more than $50 million, it's considered a bargain when comparing it with the F-22's $339 million and the F-35's $178 million price tags.

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