Can Russia's deadly PAK-FA fighter plane outsmart the best in the world?
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- 2 of 13Main Features of PAK-FAIt will make use of radar-absorbing material to achieve stealth characteristics. It will have the supercruise ability without the need for fuel-thirsty afterburner.
- 3 of 13The advanced active phased radar array system capabilities will allow for the tracking and engagement of multiple targets simultaneously, be they ground- or air-based. The cockpit will be "all-glass" in nature and perhaps most digitally-centered cockpit than anything ever placed in Russian service.
- 4 of 13ArmamentAs an air superiority fighter, the PAK FA will be installed with the proven Russian 30mm GSh-30-1 cannon for close-in work. Various existing and new-design air-to-air missiles will also feature prominently in the lethal tool box of the new fighter.For ground strike it will convert to a multi-role strike aircraft mentality and make use of existing and new-design air-to-surface missiles and guided bombs as needed.The program has been kept under wrap for decades. It was only recently that Russian government released its first authentic video of its first maiden test flight.
- 5 of 13Country of Origin: RussiaManufacturer: Sukhoi OKB - RussiaInitial Year of Service: 2015Production: 4Focus Model: Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)Crew: 1Length: 72.18ft (22m)Width: 46.59ft (14.20m)Height: 19.85ft (6.05m)Weight (Empty): 40,786lbs (18,500kg)Weight (MTOW): 81,571lbs (37,000kg)
- 6 of 13Powerplant: 2 x NPO Saturn / FNPTS MMPP Salyut AL-41F1 turbofan engines developing 35,000lbs of thrust each.Maximum Speed: 1,616mph (2,600kmh; 1,404kts)Maximum Range: 3,107miles (5,000km)Service Ceiling: 65,617ft (20,000m; 12.4miles)Rate-of-Climb: 1,184 feet per minute (361m/min)
- 7 of 13Hardpoints: 16 (10 internal)Armament Suite:STANDARD:1 x 30mm GSh-30-1 internal cannon (possibly 2x)
- 8 of 13OPTIONAL:Air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles; guided bombs across internal (two internal bays) and external hardpoints.
- 9 of 13Variants:PAK FA - Current Known Sukhoi Designation; some 48 are to be delivered to the Russian Air Force with 250 planned for India.T-50 - Official Prototype Designation; single example produced to date.
- 10 of 13Operators:Russia; India
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- 12 of 13Japan's ATD-X ShinshinThe race to develop the most advanced fifth generation fighter plane is getting competitive with each passing day. Apart from India, Russia, China and America, several other countries are in the process of developing state-of-the-art fifth generation fighter plane.Japan is in the process of developing an indigenous 5th Generation Fighter plane, named ATD-X Shinshin.The highly-optimistic plan is expected to remain only on paper and is a concept demonstrator-only design and not intended for formal serial production.Japan ventured into 5th Generation Fighter Plane race after its request for F-22 Raptor was rebuffed by US government.The idea of the plane is being developed under Mitsubishi Heavy Industry label. Its Powerplant (engine) is being developed by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI). The engine is expected to have a thrust of 20,000 lbs, way below the power generated by its competitors.If the plan, for the development of the plane, comes across it would be designated as Mitsubishi F-3.
- 13 of 13Turkey's TFXSo far, Turkey relied on western military technology to boost its defence. The 1980s deal with US, under which it procured the rights for license production of F-16 Fighting Falcon lightweight 4th Generation Fighter.Considering its military forces future requirement, Turkey has decided to develop indigenous Fifth Generation Fighter Plane.The initiative launched under the "TFX" program, puts Turkey in league with nations like, America, Russia, China, India and South Korea.The new plane is expected to act as a successor to F-4 Phantom II and early-model F-16 platforms. Turkey has sought assistance from Sweden's arms manufacturer Saab to assist it in achieving the ambitious project.The TFX program shares all the fine details mandatory for a fifth generation plane- Stealth, Electronically-Scanned Array (AEDA) radar facility and superior air-to-air combat abilities.Another rather ambitious program goal will be integration from the cockpit to accompanying UAVs through a protected datalink connection.The TFX program will be subjected to a final review in 2013. The review will help the Turkish government decide, whether to pursue the program further, or not?With this, we come to the end of our 10 episode series on Fifth Generation Fighter Planes across the globe.For more interesting news and analysis of military technology from across the globe, keep visiting the website- www.dailybhaskar.com
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