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

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

Enhanced by Zemanta
About David Cenciotti 4453 Articles
David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.

7 Comments

    • That was only 2 incidents with the O2 system and that has long been corrected…. be realistic if you are going to hold an argument.

  1. Seems to be a nice merge of the F-22 and F-23 prototype from the stealth fighter competition. Reverse engineering is a good thing.

    • What to reverse engineer here really? T-50 has Raptorish wings but that’s about it. You might also say it has similar nose, but it is classic stealth nose.

  2. My goodness….Russia is still copying the US with its external designs…it has been going on since the Korean war with the Sabers.

  3. I doubt this is a stealth plane at all. Not nearly enough curved surfaces. It certainly is not stealthy regarding heat or infrared signature since the engine outlets are not baffled at all. Also, speed means very little to a truly stealth plane, and only increases fuel consumption. If you cannot see the target how can you shoot at it.

Comments are closed.