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Summary

The Sukhoi PAK FA (Perspektivny aviatsionny kompleks frontovoy aviatsii, literally “Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation”) is a twin-engine jet fighter being developed by Sukhoi OKB for the Russian Air Force.

The current prototype is Sukhoi’s T-50. The PAK FA, when fully developed, is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian inventory and serve as the basis of the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA being developed with India.

Specs

General characteristics

Crew: 1

Length: 19.8 m (65.9 ft)

Wingspan: 14 m (46.6 ft)

Height: 6.05 m (19.8 ft)

Wing area: 78.8 m2 (848.1 ft2)

Empty weight: 18,500 kg (40,785 lb)

Loaded weight: 26,000 kg (57,320 lb)

Useful load: 7,500 kg (combat load) (16,534 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 37,000 kg (81,570 lb)

Powerplant: 2 x New unnamed engine by NPO Saturn and FNPTS MMPP Salyut of 175 kN each. Prototype with AL-41F1 of 147 kN each, definitive version with new engine >157 kN

Fuel capability: 10,300 kg (22,711 lb)

Performance

Maximum speed: 2,100 - 2,500 km/h (Mach 2+)[71][74] (1,300 - 1,560 mph) ; at 17,000 m (45,000 ft) altitude

Cruise speed: 1,850 - 2,100 km/h[74] (1,150 - 1,300 mph)

Ferry range: 5,500 km[65] (3417 miles)

Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,616 ft)

Rate of climb: 350 m/sec (68,900 ft/min)

Wing loading: 330(normal) - 470(maximum) kg/m2 (67(normal) - 96(maximum) lb/ft2)

Thrust/weight: 1.19

Maximum g-load: 10-11 g

Armament

Guns: None on prototype. Apparent provision for a cannon (most likely GSh-301). Possible two 30 mm cannons.

Hardpoints: Two internal bays Other sources suggest two auxiliary internal bays for short range AAMS and six external hardpoints

Avionics

N050(?)BRLS AFAR/AESA built by Tikhomirov NIIP and based on Tikhomirov NIIP N035 Irbis-E. It will be the second aircraft based AESA Radar to be built by Russia, the first being the Phazotron NIIR ZHUK-A Radar in the MiG-35.

First Flight

2010-01-29

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_T-50