Rus­sian T-50 fighter jet flight test next year


Rus­sia will start state flight tests of its fifth-gen­er­a­tion T-50 fighter jet in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the United Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion’s Pres­i­dent Mikhail Po­gosyan. “In 2013 we are ex­pected to wrap up its pre­lim­i­nary tests and start op­er­a­tional test­ing. In 2014, we are plan­ning to start of­fi­cial state tests. The first stage of the state tri­als should be com­plete by 2015.”

The test pro­gramme in­volves six pro­to­type air­frames, in­clud­ing four fly­ing, one static and one sys­tems test air­frame. An­other fly­ing pro­to­type will join the tests this year, Po­gosyan said. “Flight test­ing this year will go ahead with five air­craft,” he said.

The T-50, which will be the core of Rus­sia’s fu­ture fighter fleet, is a fifth-gen­er­a­tion multi-role fighter air­craft fea­tur­ing ele­ments of stealth tech­nol­ogy, su­per-ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, su­per­cruise ca­pa­bil­ity (su­per­sonic flight with­out use of af­ter­burner), and an ad­vanced avion­ics suite in­clud­ing an X-band ac­tive phased-ar­ray radar.

In­dia will also buy a fighter air­craft based on the T-50, known as the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA).

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