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Fighter Porn: Russia’s PAK FA Stealth Jet

by John Reed on August 15, 2011

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.

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