Stunning image of Russia’s new stealth plane clearly shows new shark camouflage

Nov 30 2013 - 11 Comments

As already explained, Russia’s 5th generation stealth fighter plane T-50 (PAK FA – Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii—Future Tactical Air System), has receintly received a new camouflage.

A new image of the example 055 blue, taken on Nov. 22 by Artyom Anikeev gives a hint of what the paint scheme looks like as seen from the top (or when the aircraft is turning). Click on the image to open it at full resolution.

As a consequence of the new color scheme (seemingly inspired by the White Tip Longimanus shark typical of the Red Sea) a T-50 seen from distance would appear as a rhomboidal shaped aircraft, smaller than the actual airplane.

Image credit: Artyom Anikeev

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  • germanlion

    I love this scheme,

  • JDenham

    What do the air scoops do that are at the forward base of the vertical stabilizers?

    • Msradell

      My guess would be that they provided additional air to dilute the output of the engines so that the aircraft have a smaller thermal signaturer. Taking the cooler air and mixing it with the hot air out of the engines would significantly lower the overall temperature of the exhaust.

  • gkw12345

    What is the advantage of appearing like a slightly smaller fighter?

    • Ed

      Of course, the paint may be different on the series aircraft. This is still merely a prototype.

      As for the advantage, I wouldn’t know – surely determining the aircraft type isn’t done using sight? Although, I suppose the darker paint will also get warmer due to the sun; so perhaps the camo also works on IR?

  • http://www.larkins.org/ Larkins Dsouza

    Aircraft spotters outside Zhukovshy airbase spotted something very stunning, the new paint scheme of Su-PAKFA aka T-50.

    Read More: Su-PAKFA gets a new paint job

  • Bigdirk

    Once again the Russians trump the “West”. Very attractive aircraft in a superb scheme. Compared to the “dumpy” F-35s and F-22s it looks even elegant. Can’t wait to see its full performance.

    • Jerry Zezas

      So, you admit that you haven’t seen its full performance, yet you claim that it “trumps the west”. You’re easily persuaded fella.

      Oh, I see. That’s because its “very attractive” as compared to our “dumpy F-35s and F-22s” Right…its the dumpiness factor that persuaded you.

      Thanks for the technically astute review of modern military aircraft.

    • http://facebook.com/BilliusTheGreat Bill Huang

      If aesthetics were what it takes to perform well, then the MiG-17 would still be flying.

  • Jdenham

    Here’s another good view. Those air inlets at the bottom of the leading edge of the vertical stabilizers have to be for something….http://engineeringrussia.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/sukhoi-t-50_pak-fa-close-up-of-cockpit-canopy.jpg

  • Bob Smith

    By not suffocating the pilot like the F-22.