Whether its known as the PAK FA in the west (man - that's stupid sounding!) or what the Russian's call it (Sukhoi T-50 - hey, I think that's easier to say.); its a new 5th generation fighter jet and goes head to head with the American F-22.
Reported performance suppose to be like 2,100 kilometers and hour and can fly up to 5,500 kilometers. The new fighterjet made its test flight lasting 45 minutes from the Sukhoi's home base of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Far East Russia. And its able to operate from short-field runways.
Sergei Bogdan, the test pilot said the following (according to the AFP news article): "The aircraft performed well in all stages of the flight programme. It is easy and comfortable to pilot."
The T-50 is suppose to be a replacement to its MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-27 Flankers in the Russian Air Force inventory. Phase in of the new aircraft to begin by 2015.
The T-50(PAK FA) is using (2) Saturn 117s engines that produce 14.5 tons of thrust each.
India’s Defense Ministry already plans to purchase 250 such planes from Sukhoi.
Hmmm. I need to do a search for a CD of the movie's Firefox soundtrack. Picture is from the AFP article.
Ref. (AFP), Moscow, January 29, 2010. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g1pM1xcmleffdDk4xv1LGakTO_Cw).
Pravda. January 28, 2010. (http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/28-01-2010/111914-fifth_generation-0).