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Russia's New T-50 Raptor Replica Could Spell Death of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

Posted: August 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Russia's New T-50 Raptor Replica Could Spell Death of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin watched with pride the first public flight of the fifth-generation PAK FA T-50 fighter at the MAKS 2011 Air Show outside Moscow. The Sukhoi PAK FA T-50, jointly developed with India, flew publicly for the first time at an air show. PAK FA T-50 aims to match the latest US design, and Russia plans to make up to 1,000 of the jets over coming decades. The PAK FA T-50 is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 and is almost a clone of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.

India is expected to buy up to 200 of the aircraft. However, full production is not due before 2015. Sukhoi director Mikhail Pogosyan has projected a market for 1,000 aircraft over the next four decades, which will be produced in a joint venture with India, 200 each for Russia and India and 600 for other countries. He has also said that the Indian contribution would be in the form of joint work under the current agreement rather than as a joint venture. The Indian Air Force will “acquire 50 single-seater fighters of the Russian version” before the two seat FGFA is developed.

On the official unveiling of the PAK FA T-50, the never press shy Prime Minister  Putin took the opportunity to promise more support for Russia’s aviation industry after overseeing more than $1 billion worth of deals at the show.

“The state has supported and will support Russia’s aerospace industry. It is a strategic priority for us,” he told officials and industry executives in a speech, stressing that the government invested $9 billion in the industry in 2009-11.

The PAK FA T-50 can reportedly fly from 1200-foot strips, has all-weather capability and can attack air and ground targets simultaneously. The PAK FA T-50 is reported to have a sale price of  $US110 million,t he F-22 Raptor sells for $US140 million per plane. Full production is scheduled for late 2014. Ironically, the U.S. F-22 Raptor active fleet of 160 aircraft remains grounded as investigators work to source a problem with the system that feeds oxygen to pilots. Blood tests have found toxins in pilots of the F-22 who complained of symptoms similar to hypoxia while flying the jet.

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, has projected that Vietnam will be the second export customer for the fighter. The PAK-FA T-50 is expected to have a service life of about 30–35 years. The Russian government aims to diversify Russia’s economy away from energy – oil and gas – which represents about half of the countries budget revenue, and is keen to develop technology-heavy sectors such as aerospace and weapon development.

Russia has offered the PAK-FA T-50 to South Korea as the countries next generation jet fighter. South Korea’s defence procurement agency has confirmed that the Sukhoi PAK-FA T-50 is a candidate for the Republic of Korea Air Force‘s next-generation fighter – F-X Phase 3 – aircraft.

Dr Karlo Kopp of Air Power Australia says “The available evidence demonstrates at this time that a mature production PAK-FA design has the potential to compete with the F-22A Raptor in VLO performance from key aspects, and will outperform the F-22A Raptor aerodynamically and kinematically. Therefore, from a technological strategy perspective,  the PAK-FA renders all legacy US fighter aircraft, and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, strategically irrelevant and non-viable after the PAK-FA achieves IOC in 2015.”

Strategic analysis indicates that the only viable strategic survival strategy now remaining for the United States is to terminate the Joint Strike Fighter program immediately,  redirect freed funding to further develop the F-22 Raptor, and employ variants of the F-22 aircraft as the primary fighter aircraft for all United States and Allied TACAIR needs.  If the United States does not fundamentally change its planning for the future of tactical air power, the advantage held for decades will be soon lost and American air power will become an artefact of history.

Prime Minister Putin is as always keen to show the success of his government in replicating Soviet-era achievements in technology and defence ahead of a presidential election in March 2012 in which he says he may take part. Russia has consolidated almost all aviation production and research assets, split and partly privatised in the 1990s, into a state-controlled United Aircraft Corporation despite resistance and criticism from some industry members.

“The consolidation of the aviation industry has been completed. This work has been long and difficult. Now all the enterprises that were integrated have clear vision of their future development,” Mr Putin said.

Specifications

 

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 × New NPO Saturn and FNPTS MMPP Salyut of 175 kN each.
  • Fuel capability: 10,300 kg (22,711 lb)

Performance

Armament

  • Guns: Cannon GSh-301. Two 30 mm cannons.
  • Hardpoints: Two internal bays, 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.

 

source: abc

source: ausairpower

source: ruslan pukhov

 

 

 

 

 

 


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