A video posted online by a Russian state-run TV channel shows the fifth-generation Sukhoi PAK FA prototype stealth fighter doing some amazing aerobatics to show off the plane’s maneuverability.
The Sukhoi T-50, according to The Aviationist, will be a formidable potential adversary to the U.S.-made F-22 Raptor and the next-generation F-35. Like both those planes, the T-50 will be able to evade radar. It will be equipped with side and rear AESA radar, along with L Band radars.
And it will carry air-to-air, air-to-surface, and anti-ship missiles, and the jet can also fly at speeds well above Mach 2.
“Although future air-to-air scenarios will probably not involve WVR (Within Visual Range) engagements, where supermaneuverability would give it an edge over most if not all its competitors, and provided it will solve all its problems and will be produced in significant numbers, the T-50 will become a tough adversary for the F-22 and F-35,” writes The Aviationist.
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Radik Bariev, head of the Chkalov Flight-Test Center of the Defense Ministry, said in a recent interview with state TV: “It does have weapons. Let people dream a bit and use their fantasy. It also has locations for mounting weapons. It has everything it needs, and even more,” according to Sputnik International.
According to Business Insider in a report last June, the T-50 will be offered to countries and Russian allies looking for an alternative to the F-35.
The report, citing Russia’s Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, suggests that those countries will not be training pilots any time in the near future. The delivery schedule might be decades away for some countries. For example, Malaysia won’t get the T-50 until 2035.
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“There is no mission and no adversary for such plane,” Russian defense analyst Konovalov said in the report. “It would be more expedient to fit modern avionics to older generation jets.”
But it’s still fun to watch in performing stunts in the air.