Sukhoi company allowed for the first time journalists to see Russian Stealth fighter T-50 (PAK-FA) from close distance at MAKS airshow 2013, Zhukovsky. PAK-FA was in his hangar in Flight Test Center “Suhogo“ (Сухого) Zhukovsky.
Photographed PAK-FA and other two took a part of the Airshow, flying program, showing amazing figures of aerobatics.
Flying tests of T-50, which will enter into service in Russian Army in 2016/2017., held in “Gromov Flight research institute“ (Летно-исследовательского института имени Громова). Four aircraft are included in tests and until end of 2013. joined them fifth jet with number 055.
Development program and many of characteristics are not yet know. Even if most of its technical specs are secret, some details have emerged. T-50 is produced using stealth technology. Super maneuverable fighter is not limited by weather condition or day/night.
The aircraft is a stealth equipped with a front, side and rear AESA radar, as well as L Band radars. It features TVC (Thrust Vectoring Control), a top speed exceeding Mach 2 and super maneuverability. It should carry a wide variety of weapons including air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles.
In other words, it will be Russian answer on American USAF jets F-22 and F-35.
Current contract with Russian Ministry of Defense is about 60 new PAK-FA fighters.
Close PAK-FA Photos: Marina Lystseva
Photos of all 5 prototypes PAK-FA (T-50), numbers from 51 to 55