Russian Military’s most advanced 5th generation stealth fighter Sukhoi PAK-FA/T-50, for the very first time has shown its muscles publicly at MAKS 2011 International Aviation and Space Show held in Moscow. T-50’s demo flight was witnessed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin himself along with thousands of visitors in attendance.
The aircraft did not perform any extreme high G maneuvers, as it is still going through flight testings, but it did carry out a variety of acrobatic moves that were impressive enough for the crowd.
PAK-FA/T-50 is the first major fighter design being developed by Russia after the demise of the Soviet Union and one of the many projects currently being jointly worked out by both Russia and India.
Being a 5th Generation fighter PAK-FA/T-50 can:
- evade enemy radar (stealth)
- supercruise (can go supersonic without using afterburners)
- be outfitted with the next-gen of missiles
- incorporate an active phased array radar
- exhibit artificial intellect
- perform extreme High G maneuvers (thanks to thrust vectoring)
The aircraft is expected to enter service in 2014-2015. The planned production run of the aircraft has been reported to be around 1000.
Check out the First Public Demonstration of PAK-FA/T-50: