Fighter Porn: Russia’s PAK FA Stealth Jet

Check out these gorgeous photos of Russia’s two Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA stealth fighters. The shot above clearly shows the second test aircraft, T-50-02, equipped with mission systems (notice what might be an electronic warfare mounting protruding from the tail) followed by the first aircraft, T-50-01, that’s being used to test out the airframe design. Both jets are sporting a new camouflage paint scheme and this may be T-50-02’s first flight in roughly four months. The Russian fighter supposedly sacrifices stealth for greater maneuverability against western fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The next couple of photos show the T-50 and the wildly-painted Su-35S as they may be preparing for the MAKS 2011 airshow in Moscow.

Look at this last photo of the T-50 where the airplane bears a resemblance to the YF-23 Black Window; Northrop’s losing competitor to Lockheed’s F-22 in the Advanced Tactical Fighter contest.

Keep in mind that Sukhoi is already planning on co-producing the jet with India and South Korea recently expressed interest in the plane, making the PAK FA the first foreign competitor to U.S. stealth jets on the international market. If the Russians can keep costs down and production on schedule it may well provide stiff competition for the F-35 as nations seek to acquire 5th-generation fighter technology.

33 Comments on "Fighter Porn: Russia’s PAK FA Stealth Jet"

  1. Wow Roy, you really don't know anything. Consider the fact that maneuverability is only as good as the G's a pilot can withstand…which isn't anywhere near what the aircraft can withstand. Plus, I would like to see that POS maneuver around the avionic and weapons systems the US has. An F-4 could take that damn thing outa the Air before the Russians could even see it. And BTW, the Obog system on the fighters are fixed. Now get back to work and stop bloggin

  2. “The Russian fighter supposedly sacrifices stealth for greater maneuverability against western fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.”

    Well,that’s not saying much right now since our “cutting edge” stealth fighters ARE GROUNDED seemingly indefinitely.

  3. The Northrop YF-23 aircraft was superior in every way to the "Craptor". The US needed to ensure Lockheed didn't go under so they purchased it. But just copying the appearance of the airframe doesn't mean squat.

  4. QUOTE – “The Russian fighter supposedly sacrifices stealth for greater maneuverability against western fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.”

    Well it certainly doesn’t sacrifice maneuverability for stealth like the F-35 does. If the F-35 gets involved in a dogfight with anything from the F-16/MiG-29 upwards it’s bye-bye…

  5. These Russian pieces of crap are good only for air shows but have little value in real air-combat scenario against western fighters, as history has always demonstrated. The western fighters are by far superior in terms of stealth technology, avionics, weapons systems, combat tactics, pilot training, etc. than the Russian crappy ones.

  6. This is a clean design, not as stealthy as the F-22A in the engine nacelles, but
    it will evade radar from the other aspects for awhile. The F-22A is designed to
    penetrate integrated air defenses, this one is designed to get as close as possible without detection. That doesn't mean it won't get shot down, but it will give the air defenses less time to acquire and track them. Stealth is expensive, so it remains to
    be seen how many of these get purchased outside of Russia and India?

  7. It's my understanding that maneuverability means just about jack-sh*t considering that missiles are fired from so far away and at high speeds. Especially when you consider that the even the F-18's computers limit the craft's maneuverability so as not to kill the pilot with extreme G's. (Don't flame me if I'm wrong, just correct me). I mean, isn't stuff like the movie Top-Gun complete crap?

  8. "…bears a resemblance to the YF-23…"

    Superficially, and even then only in the tail fins.

  9. I'm not much on Ruski planes but you have lost me with this title? Care to expand it into English or other hieroglyphs, etc.? Sorry to ask for the help!

  10. Won't make any assumptions about its performance but it is a pretty damn beautiful aircraft. Always liked the SU designs though (or should I say design since the 27).

    Would be pretty interesting to see Russia show up at Red Flag with a few (never will happen, I know)

  11. The Russians know how to make planes very well, at least ones that don't pump toxic fumes into the pilot's breathing apparatus. I can't wait to see the T-50 in action.

  12. The F-22 is the “Peyton Manning” of fighter jets……oh wait,Peyton is unable to play this season because he had neck surgery. Could you imagine the logic of saying that the Colts aren’t playing Peyton because they haven’t played against a team that warrants his use in the game as QB? But that is the logic being used in this thread about why we haven’t used the F-22 in combat yet.

    As far as the F-35 goes,NO fighter pilot will ever become an ace flying it. It is nothing but a sexed up,faster,prettier F-117A Nighthawk,whose mission it is replacing(the F-35C is a glorified sexed up,faster,prettier “stealth” A-6 Intruder). The F-35 is nothing more than a “glorified” bomb hauler & ground attack aircraft.

  13. Just buy one of their best fighter stealth ighter jets and make modifications on our best stealth fighter jets.

  14. I just want to point out that people really can't talk about inferior Russian technology, etc. During the height of Soviet power/prior to the 80s the Russians could easily build aircraft and other tech the equivalent of ours, in some cases superior,in some cases inferior. Overall they were roughly on par with us. The concept of 'Russian tech is junk and held together by bird droppings and rust' didn't really come around until the last decade or two of Soviet rule… as the country began collapsing and crumbling into ruin (more or less). Its been 20 years, things change, and Russia has been slowly clawing its way out of the pit it found itself in. A lot can change in 20 years, it only took Japan 20-30 years to go from a feudal backwater to a world power.

    What I am saying is don't underestimate one of our oldest adversaries.

  15. LOL so other kind of planes can rely on their fancy kinematic capability to escape missile. RIGHT. Who need stealth, EW, planning, SEAD…when you can just fly around and have fun with the missile. Right, thanks for your expertise, genius.

  16. New camoflauge paint job for "Transformers 4: Decepticons Revenge"

  17. Regardless of the fighter's actual characteristics, on time and within budget are highly unlikely. $50 says this thing isn't produced en masse for another ten years, allowing for the already-outdated avionics to become thoroughly obsolete.

  18. All these comments are hypotheticals when you factor in the US pilots, the electronics, support structure etc the US aircrafts are basically untouchable air to air dog fights could be rendered obsolete with 360 degree rotating sidewinder turret. The missiles could incorporate new thrust tech and become more compact. Enemy at 3:00 boom. Enemy at 6:00 boom just like a phalanx. Also by incorporating drones becomes an extension like a tree branch that let’s you know where what and when before it even materializes. The US leads the way and pace at which military tech materializes

  19. can anyone tell me the pak fas radar? stealth and performance is all that, but i think the radar will also be a defining part obviously. the f22s radar is downright amazing. think about locking on to other fighters with alerting them of a radar lock. damn

  20. In today’s bad economy,where congress is looking for any excuse to cut money & programs,the fact that the F-22 wasn’t ready for use in the early stages of the Libyan bombing campaign looks very bad for it. The argument that the F-22 is too expensive to use in such a “meaningless” campaign falls right into the argument that the F-22 is just an expensive white elephant without a mission. The present Libyan conflict gave the Eurofighter & Rafale a chance to shine & all of the talking heads noticed, They also noticed the conspicuous absence of the F-22. Like I said before,use it or lose it. If we decide to engage in an aerial campaign against Syria,like NATO is doing in Libya,the F-22 better be there & involved in the campaign. People are watching.

  21. By the time this reaches service, all manned fighters will be for the most part obsolete. A ucav will be better in almost all regards. No pilot means no life support, display set ups, interface (in the plane), ejector seat, improved shape ( no need for a cockpit), no limit to the gs it can pull other than those of the airframe. Also you have "fearless" pilots, cause they have nothing to fear other than breaking some equipment. If he does, the pilot gets to learn, and get better. Build a high end fighter or fighter bomber like that and you've got a virtually guaranteed winner.

  22. There're no reason for Russians to equip PAK-FA with "already-outdated avionics".
    PAK-FA got newly developed flight control system, avionics, HUD, IRST, radars and weapons systems. Flying prorotypes has "all new" looking c()ckpit, which is not resemblance of anything seen before in Russian air force (photos available). The pilots of the serial production PAK-FA should got the new "intellectual" helmet, new "intellectual" anti-G suite (fully integraded into the FCS).
    You should understand that PAK-FA program is much more than just a new airframe designed by Sukhoi.

  23. i'm sure Russians will not pussy foot on squeezing for R&D money aka LockMart, they rather get the plane finished & starting making in quantity & sell to other countries that's where they get the profits from as they know there's no money from the government anyway….

  24. Going to have crack at this like the rest of the armchair experts commenting here.

    The PAK-FA and the Chiense equivalent will beat the F-22 in combat. Simple. The F-22 was a platform developed through the 80s/90s and in-service early 2000s to defeat 80s/90s era Sov/Russian platforms. It is now the 2010s and both of the Russian/Chinese will come into service with the advantages of a decade+ of tech improvements and healthier defence budgets (both Russia and especially China, have money to burn). Both opposing platforms can carry more weapons to boot.

    Really the US has to look now at building the next platform, that would beat the PAK-FA and Chinese version. The F-35 is not it, with its limited stealth and performance (its still only in the same envelope as the teen series). With the US planning at least a $400 billion defence spending cut over the next decade then this is not really going to happen any time soon.

  25. As to whether this PAK FA is better/worse than F-22, you must realize that a plane is only part of a greater battlefield system. Combat is never just about plane vs plane, but infrastructure vs infrastructure. A plane is only as good as it's logistical support, guidance from the top, it's pilot, etc.

    For example, if America fielded the PAK FA while Russia instead fielded the F-22, the PAK FA may become a better plane because of superior command and control, support systems, and so on on the American's behalf.

  26. The F-35 is optimised as a ground-attack oriented aircraft and wasn't meant to perform air-to-air. This means that the F-35s orientation is offensive rather than defensive.

  27. I'm surprised the Air Force hasn't moved towards new low-observable casings (and mounting hardware) for current air to air missiles. It would solve the internal loading problem if it could be done…

  28. I think the Pak-Fa will be a very successful fighter but it will not get exported beyond Russia and India anytime soon. Also i highly doubt we have the money to field thousands of F-35’s as some believe. We had a plan of getting like 600-700 F-22’s we have less then 200 made. so cut the 2000 F-35 order by 2/3rd’s and ull get a good figure what we can afford.

  29. Americans need to accept the concept of they are not superior at everything. The PAK FA is already superior to the F-22 and is still in development. I honestly believe that 'stealth' is obsolete; modern RADAR systems can detect stealth aircraft with good range and relatively high resolution. The PAK FA and SU-35BM can outmaneuver US AIM-120 AMRAAMs. The Russian BVR missiles are faster, more accurate and have greater range. The PAK FA will see the F-22 first, shoot first and then do it again to another F-22.

  30. Besides, nobody will beat Russia because it will just flex its muscles of nuclear weapons.

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