January 29, 2010

Russian Stealth Fighter Takes to The Skies

The Russians are testing their first fifth generation fighter, the Sukhoi F-50/PAK FA, a video of which is below.

The Sukhoi has been given the NATO designation Firefox, ramping up expectations that Mitchell Gant will soon steal it.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 29, 2010 01:29 PM

Looks more like the semi-stealth modifications proposed for the F-15 than a true stealth configuration. Impressive, none the less.

Posted by: Tregonsee at January 29, 2010 02:13 PM

One military analyst called it, 'A humbug...lacking new engines and radar. It takes new materials to build a 5th generation fighter and Russia lacks them."

Posted by: feeblemind at January 29, 2010 03:09 PM

Yeah feeblemind is likely right. Most notable in the vid is that it's all wheels down, which means these are initial test flights. as in INITIAL test flight. They likely employed dampening materials, but the configuration is nothing close to anything that we field.

Posted by: Douglas at January 30, 2010 12:18 PM

Whether it is or is not a true stealth fighter, we (the US) will still have to fight it. The Soviet Union is NOT going away.

Posted by: Warren Beatty at January 31, 2010 03:57 PM

Trust me! It'll be like all the other Russian "hidden gems": the one they trot out for the international airshows will have all the bells and whistles that make sales to duly-impressed Third World yehoos, easy!

But the planes they pay for and which are delivered will be shorn of the top-notch stuff that's standard on our expensive, top-of-the-line fighters!

Pay for Benz, get an upgraded Chevy delivered---that's the Rooshian Way!

Who created the concept of "Potemkin Villages"? This is Potemkin Jet fighters!

Posted by: Earl T at January 31, 2010 07:54 PM

True enough, but the F-15c are falling apart having far exceeded their original design lifespan, and Obama has cancelled building any more of the replacement F-22.

Odds are that in sheer numbers the top line American fighter for air-superiority missions will remain the F-18G. That is the fighter to which this new Russian plane should be compared.

Posted by: Brad at January 31, 2010 11:44 PM