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    Russia's PAK FA Stealth Fighter Jet to Receive an 'All-Seeing Eye'

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    Russia's top manufacturer of electronic warfare equipment, KRET, is in the process of upgrading its Okhotnik (Hunter) video image processing system so that it could be outfitted on the country's cutting edge fifth generation fighter jet, known as the Sukhoi PAK FA or the T-50, Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.

    The new upgrade will increase the PAK FA's target acquisition range by 50-100 percent under conditions of limited visibility, the publication added.

    The Okhotnik "provides digital image stabilization, auto detecting and auto tracking capabilities. The system includes TV and thermal image sensors, displays, remote controls and a laser ranging device," the newspaper detailed.

    KRET, a subsidiary of the state-owned Russian corporation Rostec, offers over a dozen different versions of the Okhotnik for Sukhoi fighter jets, attack helicopters, sea-based gun weapon systems, antitank weapons system and air defense units.

    Russia's T-50 fighter at the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky.
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    Russia's T-50 fighter at the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky.

    The Sukhoi PAK FA under development in Russia is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and produced by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO). It is the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology.

    A total of six prototypes have been built so far. The cutting edge aircraft that uses sixth-generation technologies is currently undergoing testing. It is expected to enter service with the Russian Air Force and the Russian Navy in 2018.

    The fighter jet is meant to replace Russia's aging Mikoyan MiG-29s and Sukhoi Su-27s.

    "The PAK FA appears to strongly resemble the [Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor] in performance, with marginally less stealth and network capabilities, but potentially more room to grow," defense analyst Robert Farley wrote for the National Interest.

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    fifth-generation fighter plane, fighter jet, military aircraft technology, military technology, Sukhoi PAK FA T-50, Radioelectronic Technologies Concern [KRET, Russia
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