New Russian fighter jet makes maiden flight: official

January 29, 2010
Handout photograph released by Russian aviation company Sukhoi shows the Sukhoi fifth generation fighter jet, currently known as the PAK FA, making its maiden test flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur January 29. The new fighter jet developed amid the highest secrecy as part of a plan to modernize the armed forces successfully performed its maiden flight, officials said

A new Russian fighter jet developed amid the highest secrecy as part of a plan to modernize the armed forces on Friday successfully performed its maiden flight, officials said.

The fifth generation jet, manufactured by the Sukhoi company and known as the PAK FA, made a flight of just over 45 minutes at the firm's home base of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Far East region.

"The flight went successfully. It lasted 47 minutes. All tasks envisaged for the first flight were carried out successfully," Sukhoi spokeswoman Olga Kayukova told the Interfax news agency.

State television showed the aircraft's touchdown in what it said were the first ever images of the plane.

Interfax said that the new jet has the capability of carrying out long flights above the speed of sound as well as simultaneously attacking different targets.

Russia is currently embarking on a major programme to re-equip its military, not least the air force which is still using much Soviet-era equipment and suffers from frequent crashes.

The new fighter, which has been in development since the 1990s, is due to enter the armed forces in 2015, Russian news agencies said.

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otto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jan 29, 2010
Nice target. Just the thing to sell to enemies of Law and Order.
yyz
5 / 5 (1) Jan 29, 2010
Looks like a Raptor knock-off. Didn't they do the same with the MiG 25/F-15?
NotAsleep
5 / 5 (1) Feb 01, 2010
There's a reason planes are shaped the way they are. As computer technology and industrial manufacturing processes evolve, so too will the shapes and designs of aircraft. The F-117 was really angular because they could only process so many surfaces with existing computer technology. It's no coincidence that the F-22, F-35 and the new Sukhoi plane all have very similar shapes.

Since the 5th generation of fighters will probably be the last manned generation, expect drastic design changes in future military planes that won't be affected by a fragile and easily distracted human in the cockpit
yyz
not rated yet Feb 02, 2010
@NotAsleep, Thanks for the insight on incorporating stealth design technology in the current crop of fighter planes, as this makes good sense.

As you noted, the next gen fighters will most likely take highly trained, costly to produce pilots out of the cockpit and in doing so make possible radical aircraft designs not limited by human passengers. The future of UCAVs ( http://en.wikiped..._vehicle ) looks bright indeed.

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