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    T-50 jet performs a demo flight at the MAKS 2015 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow

    Top Gun 2016: Russia's Super-Advanced Fighter Jet Enters Service This Year

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    Russia has developed a fifth generation fighter jet, the T-50, which is due to enter service by the year-end and will be equipped with a brand-new aircraft cruise missile, media reports said.

    The fifth generation T-50 fighter jet, also known as the PAK FA, is set to enter service with the Russian Armed Forces later this year. The plane is expected to be equipped with highly advanced  X-74M2 cruise missiles, according to the Russian military news network Zvezda.

    The X-74M2 is a supersonic missile which has a speed of more than Mach 4, which means that the missile is capable of reaching targets in just few seconds, preempting the possibility of its detection by enemy aircraft radar systems, according to Zvezda.

    A T-50 fighter performs demonstration flight during the International Aerospace Salon (MAKS 2015) in Zhukovsky near Moscow
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    A T-50 fighter performs demonstration flight during the International Aerospace Salon (MAKS 2015) in Zhukovsky near Moscow

    "It is like a lightning dagger blow you can never avoid," Zvezda said, adding that by carrying such a missile on board, the T-50 "nullifies all attempts by NATO to achieve air superiority."

    Apart from the X-74M2, the T-50 will be equipped with another sophisticated missile, the X-58USHK, which will be placed inside the fighter's fuselage.

    This anti-radar missile will have a flight speed exceeding Mach 3.5, Zvezda said, touting the X-58USHK's characteristics, including its relatively small size.

    Additionally, the T-50 will be equipped with the tactical X-35UE air-to-ship missile, which weighs about 145 kilograms and is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 260 kilometers while remaining invisible to radars.

    For air-to-air combat, the T-50 is expected to carry four beyond-visual-range missiles in its two main weapons bays and two short-range missiles in its wing root weapons bays.

    The T-50 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It was designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. The aircraft will be used to achieve air superiority and assist in ground attacks.

    Besides its ability to fly at speeds well above Mach 2, the T-50 boasts other, even more important, features such as invisibility to radar and powerful weapons. It is equipped with advanced avionics and a cutting-edge phased array radar system.


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    • avatar
      The slogans of 1929. Faster, higher and stronger.
      That's the same as it was then rolled his neck!
    • altair451
      I hope they send this plane to Syria so they can take-out the Turkeys and the Imperialists!
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      ivanwa88, this article makes me laugh. The T-50 has been plagued with all kinds of problems. India got a copy of the prototype, said it was absolute junk, scrapped their order, and bought French Rafael's instead. Russia is only planning to build 12 T-50s now. It is much slower than the F-22 and has a vastly larger radar and thermal signature than the F-22. The AIM-120D on the F-22 travels at Mach 4.5, so the T-50's missiles are also slower than the F-22's. The T-50 will be superior to the SU-35 or the F-15, but falls far short of the F-22.
    • Panagiotis Brd
      thrilled totally let them fly over the Aegean they are so welcome .
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      innocappuccinnoin reply tocoolerheads(Show commentHide comment)
      coolerheads, you are full of shit! F-22 and F-35 have a radar signature of half a square meter, more than ANY AA missile. how is that impressive? do you know that the generation 4 fighters can detect a Raptor from 30 km?
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      coolerheadsin reply toinnocappuccinno(Show commentHide comment)
      Don’t take my word for it. You can research the program requirements for each aircraft. The F-22’s frontal cross section is .0001m^2 (about the size of a 10mm bullet). The F-35’s frontal cross section is .001m^2. The T-50’s frontal cross section was supposed to be smaller than 1m^2. However, when India received their prototype, they said the cross section was larger than 1m^2, which is why they were able to cancel their contract without paying any penalties, because the aircraft didn’t deliver the program requirements. Compare that to Canada’s F-35 debate recently. They received their first model to test. They are debating cancelling their order due to budget issues. However, they stated that they would pay the cancellation fees if they cancel their order. That would be because the aircraft hit the program requirements, so Canada can’t get out without paying the cancellation fee.

      In more than 1,000 training exercises, only one aircraft has ever attained a missile lock on the F-22. A German Eurofighter managed to do so at a distance of about 5km. However, the Raptor got a missile lock on the Eurofighter at a distance of 160km. So in live combat, the Eurofighter would have never been able to get remotely close to within 5km of the F-22.
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      innocappuccinnoin reply tocoolerheads(Show commentHide comment)
      coolerheads, 1. i don't take your word for it, nor i accept your sources of information. am an physicist, rational thought and inspiration is a more powerful tool. i don't need to do the research you recommend, that is BOGUS! i only need and accept electromagnetism understanding.

      2. frontal cross section, the way you bring that in means NOTHING! there is no such thing as cross section, there is ONLY cross section for given electromagnetics frequency, or wavelength, if you like.

      3. for the wavelength you give cross section of 1 sqm fot T-50, for that F-35 has cross section maybe few times smaller, no even a tenth. for the frequency you give the cross section for F-22 and F-35, for that T-50 has a much smaller cross section than the one you give. from frontal, no NATO fighter can get a lock on T-50 either. it is the usual recipee of NATO propaganda to give parameters for DIFFERENT conditions, CONFUSING most people.

      4. for wavelenghts very close to the REAL, OPTICAL let's say crosssection, the cross section on ANY stealth aircraft is impressively LARGE. and making the plane from any non-metal parts you can, IT IS NOT HELPING, but damn sure it helps the enemy to see your plane with its radar, with the wavelengths otherwise inefficient when you have the plane of metal.

      5. the inability of modern fighters to get a lock on a stealth aircraft is due to metal construction of the stealth plane. as long as you can't make all the plane of non-metals, the smallest components will improve NON-STEALTH. you need good stealth technology, and a reflective base, thus a metal base with stealth spec geometry.

      6. no paint can absorb or deflect all wavelenghts. no paint can absorb metric or decametric wavelenghts. no geometry can deflect wavelengths close to the physical size, optical cross section of the plane, except the tip of the nail from the tip view. there are paints for the absorbtion of decimetric, centimetric, milimetric wavelengths. geometry can deflect smaller wavelenghts than the size of the reflective geometry.

      7. the Indian know the limitations, as do the Canad. India chose to secure NOT a good deal, cause in fact they decided to buy a much worst plane than T-50, if you want to call T-50 bad. India chose to SECURE their DOLLARS in the businesses they have with NATO members and US allies and friends. You cannot find any advantage of Rafale against T-50, not even the cost. India is now in dark waters. then they will learn that they must evolve.

      8. the cancelling of the deal with Russia? they made it with no consequences from the western part, that is what YOU see. Canada cannot do the same not because of the F-35 specs, which are... not good, but because if they backoff, there would be INSTANT SUFFERING for their nation. and not because they would not be right dennouncing the deal, but because they are not strong and also they are for all that matter closer to US than to Russia. they are Muricans!

      9. "That would be because the aircraft hit the program requirements". oh, please! the fact that "the program hit the requirements" is NOT sufficient legal argument to pay the fine if they withdraw. bad intentions are reason enough to backoff without paying. but again, they are not strong. and let me guess, they will never be a first hand nation.

      10. the aircraft radars and the missile radars cannot lock on a stealth aircraft because they can't use wavelenghts equal the real, optical size of the stealth aicraft. but GROUND LOCATED RADARS CAN! ANY modern ground radar working on metric and decametric wavelenghts sees the stealth aicrafts. then missile can be sent and guided by the ground installation to close the stealth aircraft. but then, to intercept at high speed and maneuvering, the missile needs to use its own radar or sensors, there is where the chain brokes, missile cannot lock, YET!

      11. a new generation of rockets adds to its arsenal the OPTICAL LOCK, of which the stealth aircraft can defend only hiding in clouds. plasma cloud stealth is NOT a solution, it will break with the new generation of missiles. you can check that a myth already.

      12. for a stealth hiding in the clouds, the new generation of missiles fly in groups of 3 or 4, guided by ground radars to few km from the stealth plane, 2 ahead, intended miss, getting accurate position by close radio and/or acoustic triangulation, the next 1 or 2 missiles hit close enough. F-22 has some chance in avoiding, F-35 is doodmed, it CANNOT relocate.

      13. T-50 has so good maneuvering that it has good chance in out-maneuvering the anti-aircraft missiles. F-35 is infinitely far from that!

      14. T-50 was never intended to be 360 grade stealth, it was intended to be SUPERIOR. no need to be stealth all around after you downed the enemy. and with its maneuvrability, T-50 spins in seconds with frontal to the NATO missile. NATO missile loses lock in almost any circumstance. only optical lock of the next generation missiles solves this issue. SMART ONLY NEED UP TO 180 GRADE STEALTH! THE EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE, THE MURICANS, THEY ALWAYS MISS THIS! 360 grade stealth would be better only if with same maneuvrability and speed, which is NOT possible. maneuvrability and speed are the advantages of a SUPERIOR solution. SUPERIOR TO STEALTH!

      15. i could mention what would and will be the main weapon of the fighter in the future, but why do so? i will let muricans be exceptional. just sent one to me from time to time. i need some good time, from... time to time. can you imagine how exceptional they are when they and me talk face to face? why it seems it does not matter how many times the muricans can prove to be lame in the front of the not-so-exceptional?
    • avatar
      The biggest mistake the us made with the raptors was not making more of them, especially after all the over budget stuff. They got those to work with enough effort, and now it's the only proven production 5th gen fighter anywhere. But the joint strike fighter program is as flawed a basic concept as the bizarre manufacturing systems that produce it. They plan on testing these f35s as they're being built. They don't know what the jets will actually do! How the heck did they get the government to agree to that?

      The Canadians are bailing on this because the Tories got turfed and the liberals can't understand why Canada needs stealth or vtol. No one outside the last pm's circles understands that either. They're no strangers to paying cancellation fees on good equipment, never mind overpriced, inappropriate equipment.
      Buy more super hornets with the savings, ditch out of the jsf circus as soon as possible.
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      Schlangenölin reply tocoolerheads(Show commentHide comment)

      the Eurofighter locked at 5km - and the Raptor locked on 160km, yeah?

      Unfortunately a stealth aircraft becomes a flying lighthouse as soon as it switches on it's radar.
      The setback of stealth planes is, that they need an external source for radar or they are as visible as any other airplane.
    • siberianhuskyin reply tocoolerheads(Show commentHide comment)
      F-22 gets beaten by the EU Typhoon. So much for the F-22 superiority.
    • siberianhuskyin reply towendigo(Show commentHide comment)
      If there is a plane that Canada could get irrespective of who made it that has all the requirements for the Canadian geography it would the Su-34.
      Long range, large weapon load, double duty as a fighter and ground attack, latest electronic package sensors and cockpit, and proven in the Russian climate it can be parked outside in the -40c winter.

      Not one American plane can come close to the requirement that Canada has. It should be the Su-34 for Canada
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      wendigoin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
      siberianhusky, check out this really long article from the snake pit. Thought you might like it.


      Lots of writing on the a2/ad, multi layered air defense, and the whole original point of a 5th gen fighter, which this pak is. Not very defensive, all about kicking down the door of a sophisticated mlad system. The us thinks it's got that in the raptor and f35...but since Washington won't let Canada fly Russian jets, maybe they'll let Canada build a CF22. One with the usual cf mods like fuel capacity, cold weather improvements, increased strength, etc. And since the cf version wouldn't need stealth or viol, the pentagon could approve the sale. Given that Canada isn't allowed to build its own or fly Russian, its best minimum air strength might be a fleet of 140 super hornets with 60 raptors as pure air superiority fighters. That also frees up more hornets for the ew role.
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      Absolutely nice to see intelligentsia displayed instead visceral, repetitive qualifications. It means, to me, something big is missing at you know what of a kind mentalities I am pointing...full (spectrum?) dominance is for dummies, it obfuscate brains...free souls will reach better "atmospheres" where big "connections!" may occur...if you are humble enough, at least while the "light is on"...Russia will need not anyone to solve anything but I know you know victory could be the best if you have some ones to share with...sadly, not my case, but who cares, I enjoy looking good people getting what they deserves and beyond...shows us not all "whites" are so .... you did it ending first millennium now it is just beginning the third...
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