Sukhoi Pak-FA T50 (aka Russian Stealth Fighter) makes its first test flight

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  1. My impression quality-wise is that it is somewhere in between the Raptor and F-35, at least it will be once the engine issues are addressed in a few more years. It is well ahead of the Eurofighter, which is basically a glorified 4th generation fighter.

    PS. Rumors are the Americans are christening it the “Firefox”, lol.

  2. PS. I should note that the Raptor and F-35 have plenty of problems of their own.

    The Raptor – prodigiously expensive (350mn $ per plane), and requires 30 hours of maintenance for every hour of flight.

    The JSF – see http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/02/gates-sacks-stealth-jet-chief-blasts-troubling-record-of-crucial-plane/

  3. db says:

    ??? ?? would be a more fitting name.

  4. The raw idiocy of SUBLIME MORON is really amusing.

    The American plane is a fully functional, battle-tested fifth-generation fighter.

    The Russian plane is nothing but a pathetic wannabe, no different than Russia’s talk about sending a man to the moon. IT CAN’T FIGHT. It has ZERO present fifth-generation capabilities.

    It requires, in other words, INFINITE maintenance for each hour of flight. In a war between the two planes, guess which one wins.

    Meanwhile, SUBLIME MORON chooses to ignore the fact that over the course of the MANY YEARS it will take to make this plane fight, IF IT EVER CAN, the US will not be standing still. By that time, the US will be fighting a sixth-generation plane that will make Russia’s variant look like a tinker toy.

    And all the while, Russia’s population will continue to be deprived of the basic living conditions Americans take for granted as their government continues its insane, doomed, suicidal effort to wage a new cold war with the infinitely richer and more powerful USA.

    • dennis says:

      that’s why your country is bankrupted, because of the Industrial Military Complex, your country will go down from within.

  5. LR is an idiot as usual.

    From the people who actually know what they’re talking about (http://ausairpower.net/notices.html):

    02/02/2010 T-50 PAK-FA: APA has received a large number of email queries asking the question: “when will an analysis of the PAK-FA be published?” … consider reading the following 2009 NOTAMs: When America’s Stealth Monopoly Ends, What’s Next? and Air Combat: Russia’s PAK-FA versus the F-22 and F-35; and the 2009 Technical Report update covering the Tikhomirov NIIP PAK-FA AESA radar. All indications at this time are that the conclusions of the two 2009 NOTAMs will firmly hold, although PAK-FA is more capable in many respects than previously expected.

    See the Air Combat: Russia’s PAK-FA versus the F-22 and F-35 (http://ausairpower.net/APA-NOTAM-300309-1.html).

    The US will almost certainly never build a 6th generation fighter. The F-22 is expected to last through until around the middle of this century, and by that time we will be well into the era of scramjet drones.

  6. TRex says:

    Russia is a spent force on any level one could care to mention and despite the pipe dreams of certain Poindexter’s will likely remain so.

    Assuming this aircraft is the real deal everyone will be amazed if they build five of them.

  7. Poindexter says:

    Well, it sure beats La Russophobe and the ____heads giving it attention.

  8. Tim Newman says:

    One thing the Russians always knew how to do was to make their aeroplanes look cool. The Mig-29 and Su-27 looked so cool I bought Airfix models of them.

  9. Andy says:

    True, but was any plane ever as cool as the Sopwith Camel that Snoopy flew in WW1?

  10. Harry Saggo says:

    well I read every comment in terms of 5th gen. T-50 but definitely I can say russian are supreme in cheaper technolonies (comparing US tech. ) which are more deadlier than US fighter planes. proved in joint exercise with INDIAN AIR FORCE. Dont know when americans will get feeeling of admiring or appreciating others. Technically as many experts said this T50 has every new technique for 5th gen n has comparatively many features of F22 n F35