The new Russian fighter fifth-generation PAK FA, aka T-50, on its characteristics is on the same level with the South American rival the F-22 in some areas even surpasses it, reports Russia Beyond The Headlines July 7.
According to Director General of the United Aircraft Company (UAC) Misha Pogosyan, the currently in trials involving five vehicles, which allowed Russian designers to accelerate the adoption of the aircraft into service and to reduce the gap with the U.S..
For a long time the F-22 is the U.S. Air Force and is considered one of the most advanced fighter in the world. Even less clear about his Russian rival T-50.
According to the level of constructive solutions T-50 is the epitome of the latest technologies Russian aircraft industry. On this machine, leading technologies implemented in the field of invisibility, construction materials, artificial intelligence and electronic element base, which made military aviation industry of the Russian Federation on a new technological level.
New composite materials made of carbon-based polymers, occupy 70% of the airframe, on the empty weight is reduced by 20-25% compared with the fighters made of conventional materials. Composites weigh 50% less than titanium and duralumin alloys with comparable strength and stiffness. This factor allows designers to increase the payload mass. Sukhoi also emphasizes the «unprecedented low visibility PAK FA in radar, optical and infrared spectra.» T-50 has an effective reflecting surface (EOC) within the boundaries of 5.3 m. feet (its predecessor Su-30MKI has EOC equal 215 m. feet). This means that the T-50 to 40 times less omen than the Su-30MKI (Indian media reported that the ESR T-50 is 0.5 m. Against 20 m. M the Su-30MKI — approx. «VP») also has an impressive super-maneuverability, is the hallmark of the fourth-generation fighter «Sukhoi».
In addition, the T-50 matches and other requirements for modern fighters — the highest level of intellectualization side. Radar with an active phased array (AESA) is able to «see» everything that happens at a distance of hundreds of miles from the aircraft. The radar can track down some air and surface targets at once, keeping them at the crosshairs. Several 10’s of sensors located on various parts of the airframe, allowing not only excellent weapon to use, and share information in real time. The «electronic pilot» constantly analyzes the information, allowing the pilot to several options, which gives the pilot the ability to focus on a combat mission. A huge part of the pilot receives data in the form of signs and symbols.
T-50 can soar and land on a runway length of only 1,100 feet (according to Russian media outlets, the figure is 300-400 m — approx. «VP»). In accordance with the canons of the stealth fighter has internal bays for guns. According to some reports, in these compartments can be located up to 8 SD P-77 «air-air» or two smart bombs (ASD) caliber 3300 pounds (possibly refers to CC-1500 caliber 1500 kg — approx. «VP») . In addition, on the outer suspensions aircraft can carry two missiles air combat extra high-range to hit targets at a distance of up to 250 km.
The fact that India has joined the PAK FA program there, says that this is a very promising fighter and meet the highest demands. On this program from New Delhi has allocated nearly 25 billion U.S. dollars and expects to get his version of the fighter fifth generation by 2018.
Specifically Indo-Russian version will be offered for export, while the T-50 will come only in military aircraft of the Russian Federation, following the example of the fact that both South American F-22 is intended for the U.S. Air Force. Russian pilots are waiting for admission into service of new fighters in 2013, planned to acquire more than 70 machines.