Russian-Indian second prototype T-50 fighter to fly in 2011
The Russian-Indian second prototype T-50 fighter aircraft will take to the skies in early 2011, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) President Alexei Fyodorov said on Monday.
"We have put the deadline forward to the start of 2011," he said.
"It is important for us that the second prototype is a development of the first, not simply a repeat," he added.
Work is underway on the third prototype, incorporating even more advanced systems, he said.
Russia's Sukhoi holding and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) agreed in early 2010 to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter jet based on the T-50 design.
They later put the estimated project design cost at $295 million.
The contract is to be signed by HAL and UAC officials during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to India on December 20-22.
The two sides agreed to develop both a single-seat and a two-seat version of the aircraft by 2016, initially focusing on the single-seat version. The costs will be shared equally between Russia and India.
The first Russian prototype T-50 made its maiden flight in January 2010.
The new fighter aircraft is expected to enter service with the Indian Air Force by 2020.
NEW DELHI, December 20 (RIA Novosti)
A contract for Preliminary Design of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft was signed between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Rosoboronexport and Sukhoi here today. The Project involves design and development of a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft that will have advanced features such as stealth, supercruise, ultra-maneuvrability, highly integrated avionics suite, enhanced situational awareness, internal carriage of weapons and Network Centric Warfare capabilities.
The aircraft to be jointly developed is termed Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). PMF draws upon the basic structural and system design of the Russian FGFA Technology Demonstrator with modifications to meet IAF specifications which are much more stringent. The broad scope of bilateral cooperation during the joint project covers the design & development of the PMF, its productionization and joint marketing to third countries. Programme options include the design & development of a twin seater variant and the integration of an advanced engine with higher thrust at a later stage.
Today's contract is only the first in a series of such contracts which will cover different stages of this complex programme. The total cost including options and the value of production aircraft will make this the biggest Defence programme ever in the history of India involving production of over 200-250 aircraft.
Viktor wrote:J-20 should go to a new thread.
btw that thing looks hudge and fat. I will be interesting to see its abilities as a fighter/striker.
Austin wrote:I think reading all about F-22 that aircraft has been shut down for couple of reasons including the fact it is very expensive.
Reading an official document it was mentioned that F-22 needs 30 hours of maintenance for every one hour of flight , translated it needs more than a day to remain on ground for every one hour it flies.
Militarly its unafordable and of little use to military planners in the era of budget cuts and the massive debt that US is in.
and is claimed to have 2.5D TVC , right now for first batch it will be the rounded 3D nozzle.
GarryB wrote:I rather doubt it.
An official at Sukhoi said a while back that Su-35s are in hot demand but that sales to China will not commence till late in this decade when T-50 is entering service.
If they don't want to sell China the Su-35 now I rather doubt they will sell 117S engines any time soon.
Janes is not a great source of info with regard to Russia as much of their analysis is based on pure speculation and a lot of it is biased.
Austin wrote:The 117 engine is indeed a nice piece of engineering achievement not only did they manage to reduce weight considering even reducing 1 kg of weight for an engine is a challenging task at best , they managed to reduce 150 kg of weight but also managed to add ~ 0.5 - 1 T of thrust over 117S.
Looking at the T/W ratio of these engine here are some figures
AL-31FP: T/W ~ 8.2:1 ( Su-30MKI )
117S: T/W ~ 9.5:1 ( Su-35 )
117: T/W ~ 11.1:1 ( PAK-FA )
A Thrust/Weight Ratio of 11:1 is really nice and should be labeled as new engine in its own right , considering just 5-6 years back AL-31FP was considered a an absolute modern engine by Western Observer and powers the Indian MKI.
I can !!!!!nightcrawler wrote:^^So unfortunate can't read Russian
nightcrawler wrote:^^So unfortunate can't read Russian
nightcrawler wrote:Is T-50 an outgrowth of SU-35 or a radically new design??
I think they are quiet similar(feel free to disagree)