Dr. Carlo Kopp of the analytical agency Air Power Australia unveiled the first public scientific analysis, in which Russian fighter fifth generation T-50, also recognized as the PAK FA, compared with South American counterparts — F-22 and F-35; comparison was not in favor of the latter.
According to him, the PAK FA slightly inferior features stealth F-22 Raptor, but indicates identical results with the smallest size F-35. But Kopp emphasizes that his estimate is valid only for this step: after all, designers PAK FA, whose adoption into service is not expected before 2016, there is still plenty of time to finalize the design, while the development of the F-22 and F-35 ended more than 15 years ago.
Yet a number of other features of the new aircraft «Sukhoi» substantially exceeds U.S. predecessors, Wired writes with reference to the analysis of Australian professional.
As the first Russian aircraft dignity Kopp calls «great maneuverability» — a consequence of advanced aerodynamic assembly, only the performance of thrust to weight ratio and unit variable thrust vector, built with advanced digital flight control system.
Second advantage of the T-50, according to Kopp, — exceptional stability combat aircraft: PAK FA can continue to fly and fight even long after the F-22 and F-35 completed fuel. This was achieved by bolshennomu especially for such type of aircraft tank 10 tons of fuel.
Moreover, the T-50 is able to impale some types of radar is significantly better than the South American planes, with all this terrible just pinpoint PAK FA comes specifically from the radar installations, which are used by the U.S. Army, according to an expert. And on the contrary, is best T-50 intersect Chinese radars.
«The design layout of T-50 does not contain any obstacles in order to do better then his stealth properties to near perfect» — concludes Kopp’s own report.