Russia’s Fifth Generation Stealth Fighter Jet has got a new paint scheme. Inspired by sharks?

Sukhoi has just released images of Russia’s 5th generation stealth fighter plane, the T-50 (PAK FA – Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii—Future Tactical Air System), wearing a new color scheme that seems to have replaced the previous splinter livery.

The new color scheme loosely reminds the one of a shark, with the upper section painted in dark grey with white underneath.

Russian camo scheme are always extremely interesting. And cool.


Image credit: Sukhoi

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  1. The camo is exactly taken from a White Tip Longimanus Shark also typical of the Red Sea. The white tips leave no doubt!

    These sharks have light bottom to blend with the surface and dark bluish gray to blend with the deep sea and they usually swim at shallow deeps looking for prays and this is why is also called the “castaway shark” as they were known to attack humans swimming in distress.

    Red Sea is now is a very popular destination for Russians tourists and scuba divers. I bet Sukhoi had an engineer in vacation there…

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