New pictures of the Russian cutting-edge T-50 prototype fifth-generation fighter jet have been published on the planemaker’s official website.

The images were unveiled by the producing Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant and apparently show a first flight of a prototype model of the T-50 (T-50-8). The plane is being developed by one of Russia’s leading aviation companies, the Sukhoi, to replace its Sukhoi Su-27 fighter currently in service.

The respective test prototype accomplished its first flight on November 17, the BMPD blog, focusing on the defense industry, reported, though the information was not officially confirmed.

The fighter jet will come with advanced radar-evading stealth technology and a powerful 9-A1-4071K cannon which has a range of 1,800 meters and can fire at a rate of 1,800 rounds per minute.

The cutting-edge aircraft is coming at a cost of $50 million per aircraft, but its capabilities are thought to be worth the hefty price tag. The fighter can reach a top speed of 1,516 MPH (2,440kmh) and a battle range of 3,418 miles.

Defense industry analysts have made comparisons to the American F-22 Raptor, with the National Interest giving the edge to the T-50 for its high maneuverability: its three-dimensional thrust-vector jets can tilt in any direction to help the pilot execute maneuvers.

The Russian Defense Ministry is expected to buy at least one squadron of T-50 next year, the deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov, announced in September at an international military expo outside Moscow.

“According to the plan, mass production of the PAK FA (T-50) will start in 2017. We’ll buy at least one squadron of the planes in the first batch,” Borisov said.

Another model of T-50, with some minor modifications and different components, is being developed for export to India.

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  1. PAK-FA 50 is also a superb platform,especially in the role it is built for. Frontal VLO close to par with other advanced aircraft; 3 aesa radars with 360 degree coverage, allowing it to jam, scan, and track+designate its pursuer, while flying away from it. In wing L-band radars have IFF and certain anti-steal capabilities. Besides potent irst. Its passive sensors will detect and locate any enemy aircraft using its radars which release signals. at twice the distance of the enemy`s radar range, It will achieve this at twice the distance of the enemy`s radar range. A comprehensive and potent BWR with long and ultra long range missiles, guided by a variety of seekers.

    Consider that PAK-FA program has cost a mere $10 to $12 billion, even in comparison to 4th and 5th generation platforms. Gripen program cost $14 billion, while F-22`s program cost $75 billion nearly 30 years ago.
    PAK-FA`s 9th prototype is flying. RuAF is expecting delivery of 5 aircraft, out of its first batch of 12, during 2017, It will cost around $100 million per pop.

    • PAK-FA 50 is also a superb platform,especially in the role it is built for. Frontal VLO close to par with other advanced aircraft; 3 aesa radars with 360 degree coverage, allowing it to jam, scan, and track+designate its pursuer, while flying away from it. In wing L-band radars have IFF and certain anti-steal capabilities. Besides potent irst. Its passive sensors will detect and locate any enemy aircraft using its radars which release signals. at twice the distance of the enemy`s radar range, It will achieve this at twice the distance of the enemy`s radar range. A comprehensive and potent BWR with long and ultra long range missiles, guided by a variety of seekers.

      Consider that PAK-FA program has cost a mere $10 to $12 billion, even in comparison to 4th and 5th generation platforms. Gripen program cost $14 billion, while F-22`s program cost $75 billion nearly 30 years ago.
      PAK-FA`s 9th prototype is flying. RuAF is expecting delivery of 5 aircraft, out of its first batch of 12, during 2017, It will cost around $100 million per pop.

      • They would want to copy the electronics they are having trouble with.

        Maybe the whole radar. But Russia would never sell this to them, the su-35 is the best the chinese will get.

        • Good point, the chinese are also buying engines from Russia for their J-15s. Maybe there are gains to be had afterall.

      • I have no doubt that China would want it since J-20 is inferior to that of Russia and US.

        Let's see how that J-20 match with the Japanese stealth plane..

        • I kind of hope we dont have to find out how the Shinshin fairs against the J-20. That said, once the Japanese get their hands on a few F-35s, im sure it will help their design.

          I would like to know how youre comparing the J-20 to the PAK-FA to infer which is inferior. Not disputing it, just looking for your reasoning.

          As for the F-22, the Chinese themselves have said their plane isnt as stealthy.

    • China`s J-20 is an impressive bird; likely with all around VLO on par, or even better, than that of F-22. It very much appears that China is receiving advanced aerospace technology provisions and assistance from USA; just like USSR had received such provisions in its hey-day; mostly in regards to advanced MIRV`s and nuclear technologies.
      Beijing has successfully learned and applied a great deal of kills & technologies through its partners, revere-engineering, improving on the existing, foreign designs and open source intelligence.

      IJ-20 will be armed with new SRAAMès, which may be among top 3 most advanced in the world, capable of close to 60G turns, guided by a IIR. This means that once it locks on, aircraft cannot outmaneuver it; while no anti-heat decoys will work, as the imager locks on the shape of the aircraft, not its heat source.

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