Russian T-50 stealth fighter makes int’l debut
The Sukhoi fifth- generation stealth fighter, which Russia is jointly developing with India, made its public debut at a Moscow air show. It soared in the air and performed aerobatic maneuvers at the air show.
T-50 has been making test flights since January 2010. After the demonstration flight, the fighter jets were whisked away as they are still classified and are not displayed on the ground.
T-50 resembles Russia’s best-selling Su-30 fighter jets but will have all its weapons hidden inside its body, wings to avoid radar detection, and will fly at supersonic cruising speeds. The aircraft boasts ultra maneuverability and high-technology avionics. The mass produced version will be inducted in 2014. T-50 is expected to rival the US F-22 Raptor and will cost just half of its price- less than $ 100 million apiece.
Working on the hypersonic version of its supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos Aerospace signed a MoU with Russian Aviation Institute(MAI) and NPO Mashionostryeniya (NPOM) corporation to establish a center of excellence for developing technology for high-speed aircraft and missiles.
According to Pravda, T-50 will combine the functions of the assault aircraft and fighter jet. The aircraft is equipped with a new complex of avionics, which integrates the electronic function and prospective phased-array radar. The new equipment gives the pilot an opportunity to concentrate on the execution of combat tasks.
The on-board equipment allows exchanging data both with mission control centers and within the aviation groups in the air during the mode of real time. The use of composite materials and innovative technologies, the aerodynamic configuration of the aircraft and engine signature reduction measures provide unexampled low level of radar, optic and infrared signature.
The T-50 exceeds the foreign analogues on certain specifications, the maneuverability, first and the foremost. The artificial intellect system will also surprise the competitors.
Unlike the American F-22, which uses stealth technology, 85 per cent of Russian T-50 covered with unique nanotechnology materials that decrease both the visibility of the plane and the air drag. The technical specifications of the missiles for the jet exceed analogues of the US F-22. In addition, the T-50 can fire missiles hidden in internal departments at hypersonic speed. The US fifth-generation aircraft cannot do this and has to decelerate for the purpose.