Sukhoi 5th generation fighter jet PAK-FA (T-50)


Five PAK-FAs have been produced and three more are now being constructed at the Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company Y.A.Gagarin in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (KnAAZ).Sophisticated equipment, stealth technology, super maneuverability, weapons,…placing T-50 or PAK-FA fighter jet to 5th generation fighter jet class. Someone saying this is a copy of American project and serial produced F-35 or F-22, but we just can guess this is final project of many years experience and knowledge in OKB Sukhoi corporation, which tracking military trends and requests to stay in aviation and technological race, side by side with possible opponents.

pak-faSimilar to F-22, Sukhoi PAK-FA should be able to cruise supersonically for extended periods of time. PAK-FA is powered by highly upgraded AL-31F engines that powers the Su-35S and initial production PAK FA aircraft. , and received code name Izdeliye 117 or AL-41F1, made for supercruise. It is also notable that the engine is capable of mounting 3D thrust vectoring nozzles for extra manoeuvrability.

PAK-FA is also equipped with a powerful avionics package, which is an evolution of Sukhoi’s work on the Flanker family fighters, like Su-35.There is very high power-aperture X-band multimode AESA radar.

t-50-055_01_hiresPAK-FA is still testing and for sure will have some changes, modifications. Developing by two sides, India and Russia, we will have two users in start. The Russian Air Force (VVS) will have received 55 Sukhoi PAK-FA (T-50) fighter aircraft by 2020.India planned on acquiring modified PAK FA as a part of its Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program. It originally planned on buying 166 single-seat and 44 two-seat variants, but this has since been reduced to 144 single-seat aircraft due to cost.



The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.


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Su-34 Fullback (Su-27IB / Su-32)

The Su-34 Fullback, also known as Su-27IB or export code name Su-32, was developed by OKB Suhogo/Sukhoi Joint Stock Company. Russian Air Force ordered in first rate 32 jets in 2008., and later place order for 92 jets in 2012.

Russian Air Force received first two Su-34 in December 2006.

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Serial production started in January 2008. Until today (February 2015), Russian Air Force received 65 multi role fighter jets Su-34 Fullbacks, and will not stop on that number.Russian Air Force are in modernization status. Few more years will use Su-24 Fencer as main jet for this role, but plan is that Su-34 take Fencers place here.



Su-34 is a two seater and designed primarily for tactical deployment against ground and naval targets, on solo and group missions in daytime and at night, under favorable and adverse weather conditions and in a hostile environment with counter-fire and EW counter-measures deployed, as well as for air reconnaissance. Because it is based on the Su-27 family, it can also carry out air-to-air missions (interception/air superiority/dogfight), as a secondary role.


The Su-34 replaces for Tu-23M and Su-24 aircraft. Su-34 is one of a number of Russian aircraft, Su-30, Su-33 and Su-35, which are based and developed from the Su-27 Flanker.

The Su-34 design retains the basic layout and construction of the Su-27 airframe, with a conventional high-wing configuration and a substantial part of the onboard equipment. The Su-34 has a changed contour of the nose section to accommodate an advanced multi-mode phased array radar with terrain following and terrain avoidance modes. It has a two-seat rather than single-seat cockpit. The capacity of the internal fuel tanks has been increased with a resulting increased take-off weight. Changes have been made to the central tail boom for a rear-facing radar.


The Su-34’s most distinctive feature is the unusually large flight deck. Much of the design work went into crew comfort. The two crew members sit side by side in a large cabin, with the pilot-commander to the left and navigator/operator of weapons to the right in NPP Zvezda K-36dm ejection seats. An advantage of the side by side cockpit is that duplicate instruments are not required for each pilot. Since long missions require comfort, the pressurization system allows operation up to 10,000 metres (32,800 ft) without oxygen masks, which are available for emergencies and combat situations. The crew members have room to stand and move about the cabin during long missions. The space between the seats allows them to lie down in the corridor, if necessary.A toilet and a galley are located behind the crew seats.Entrance into the cockpit is from below, using a ladder attached to the nose landing gear and a hatch in the cockpit floor. The cockpit is a continuous capsule of armour.

Maximum detection major range for the forward radar is 200–250 km (to review the rear another, aft-mounted, radar is used). The main radar can simultaneously attack the 4 targets (in the air, on land or on the water). The rear warning radar system can warn of attack from behind and it can also attack from behind, without turning the aircraft. Radar defence the rear as claimed unofficially this N-012 radar.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 23.34 m (72 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 6.09 m (19 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 62.04 m² (667.8 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 22,500 kg (49,608 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 39,000 kg (85,980 lb)
  • Useful load: 12,000 kg  (26,455 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 45,100 kg (99,425 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × 13,500 kgf (132 kN, 29,762 lbf) afterburning thrust Lyulka AL-31FM1turbofans
  • Internal fuel: 12,100 kg (15,400 l)


  • Maximum speed:
    • High altitude: Mach 1.8+ (≈2,000 km/h, 1,200 mph)
    • Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: unknown
  • Range: 1,100 km (680 mi) at low level altitude
  • Combat radius: 1,000+ km (about 680 mi)
  • Ferry range: 4,000 km (2,490 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 m (49,200 ft)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.68


  • Guns: 1× 30 mm GSh-30-1 (9A-4071K) cannon, 150–180 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 12× wing and fuselage stations with a capacity of 8,000–12,000 kg and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets:
      • S-8, S-13, S-25 rocket pods
    • Missiles:
      • R-27 (AA-10) air-to-air missile
      • R-73 (AA-11) air-to-air missile
      • R-77 (AA-12) air-to-air missile
      • Kh-29L/T (AS-14) air-to-ground missile
      • Kh-38 new generation air-to-ground missile with a range of 40 km
      • Kh-25MT/ML/MP (AS-10) air-to-ground missile or anti-radiation missile
      • Kh-59M (AS-18) air-to-ground missile
      • Kh-58 (AS-11) anti-radiation missile
      • Kh-31 (AS-17) anti-radiation or anti-ship missile
      • Kh-35 (AS-20) anti-ship missile
      • P-800 Oniks missile (SS-N-26 Strobile) anti-ship missile (version for the Air Force). Version he named “Alpha”weight of 1500 kg with a range of up to 300 km and a speed in the range of numbers M = 2.2-3.0. Officially not in service.
      • Kh-65SE or Kh-SD cruise missile
    • Bombs:
      • KAB-500L or KAB-500KR or KAB-1500L/KR guided bombs
      • OFAB-250-270, OFAB-100-120, FAB-500T, BETAB-500SHP, P-50T, ODAB-500PM unguided bombs, RBK-500 and SPBE-D cluster bombs, nuclear bombs.
    • Other:
      • 3,000 litres PTB-3000 Suspended Fuel Tanks, EW and reconnaissance pods.6


Video and photos recorded during Vigilant Skies 2013 exercise


A live counter-terrorism exercise called Vigilant Skies 2013 was held in August 2013. to test the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI) Information Exchange System.

The participants of exercise are Turkish, Polish and Russian fighter aircraft and air traffic controllers. Scenario is hijacking two civilian airplanes in Turkish, Russian and Polish airspace. All air traffic controllers coordinated fighters to do intercepting and escorting the airplane to landings.

Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI) is launched in 2002 to develop sharing air traffic information and communication capability to coordinate for scenarios like above mentioned, terrorist air security threats.

CAI network consist of 4 air traffic control stations in Nato countries and 4 in Russia, where they are connected by coordination centers in Warsaw and Moscow.











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