This cool infographic shows all weapons carried by Russia’s next generation fighter

Aug 19 2015 - 29 Comments

All the PAK FA armament in a single infographic.

Not only does the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA feature stunning maneuverability. As this interesting infographic shows, the fifth generation stealth multi-role combat plane will carry a wide variety of weapons, including air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles.

Among those that the PAK FA will be able to carry (internally or externally – hence “stealthy” or not), there are: the Izdelie 810, a derivative of the R-37M designed to kill High Value Targets and AWACS at a distance of 400 km; the K-77M air-to-air missile fitted with an AESA seeker; the KH-35UE anti-ship cruise missile; the KH-58UShKE stand-off anti-radiation missile; the Brahmos-NG supersonic cruise missile produced with India; and the KAB bombs.

PAK FA armament infographic

Image credit: United Aircraft Corporation Russia


  • achraf

    Hope Russians will find the money to produce this beauty at full scale and convince indian to not withdrow from the FGFA two-seat PAK-FA. The only problem is the delay for a new engine and the exhaust that not seem stealthy. But the design is succesfull and it will be an honorable replacement for the flanker family.

  • JustWatching

    This was actually by Anton Egorov, and first posted on reddit here:

    Here’s his website:

  • echomrg

    i’m sold. where can i buy one? ;)

  • Marco

    so Russians plan to restore the Kh-58 familiy as their antiradar missile, giving up on the Kh-31p?

  • John Schaeffer

    “Russia’s Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade predicts that the PAK FA will be available for export in 2025.”

  • aehntu

    Taxes and duties. The crisis has affected the price of oil, but this is not in Russia stopped paying taxes and duties to the state.

    • jeffrey exposito

      Thats a funny explanation. Please provide a serious answer. Every one knows that Russia is a kleptocracy. Every government official gets a slice of government revenues so by the time every corrupt politician fets paid from the government till there is almost nothing left for the military to purchase.

      • aehntu

        Nevertheless, Russia has a budget (people, businesses, factories pay taxes and duties), to steal the budget begins when the money allocated to targeted projects (defense, social, production development, etc. etc.). As for the defense sector, in recent years a lot of people jailed for theft and bribery, so that there is fear to steal (recently jailed commander of the Land Forces, Colonel General Vladimir Chirkin (3 star general), for taking bribes, and was jailed several mayors and the governor).

        With regard to the kleptocracy, the high-ranking officials for appointment to positions in large corporations receive options (type of securities), also receive large salaries (Rosneft, Gazprom), these corporations are only partially owned by the state (a large proportion belongs to private capital) to steal it difficult since the private shareholders are constantly hiring international audit firms that everything is checked.

  • Pooter Bilbo

    I’ll let you in on a little secret. Optimistic infographics are a far cry from reality. Half of the weapons depicted above are dead in the water either from development problems or lack of funds.

    The other thing that fan-made infographics (and the Russian government) won’t tell you is that the pak fa is susceptible to development and testing problems just like **gasp** the F-35. Just last year one of the few pak fa prototypes almost burned to a crisp on landing. But don’t worry, Sukhoi said the incident will have no impact on development or the testing schedule–a claim that is almost as transparently BS as this infographic..

    • Business traveller

      Although i mostly agree with you Pooter, at least the russians haven´t been afraid to show off it´s flying qualities in public, one thing that LM and it´s “fantastic” F-35 so far have failed to do.

      • Pooter Bilbo

        That’s a good point, and so far I have been very impressed with the Pak Fa’s maneuverability, and russia’s transparency in that department. I will point out however that these are the only details they have been transparent about, indicating that some other areas of the development probably aren’t going as smoothly. And don’t worry, I would never claim that the F-35 is “fantastic.” It is without a doubt a bloated program with far too many hands in the pot and hamstrung by design requirements.

        I just love calling out the hypocrites who dismiss any development problem with the pak fa as trivial teething problems (as you can see from the very mature commenter below) while simultaneously lambasting the F-35 program every time they get so much as even a whiff of an issue.

  • Vijay Mehra

    All 12 of them….Can it carry any of these internally?

  • jeffrey exposito

    Thats nice but Russia has cancelled the Pak Fa as being too expensive and falling well short of exoectations. India pretty much abandoned the Pak Fa project labeling the plane as being poorly engineered having inadequate radar and. unsuitable engines. Google INDIA HATES NEW RUSSIAN FIGHTER. The Pak Fa is more of a parade float and propaganda tool than anything else. 12 prototypes will be built at beat. Given Russias deteriorating economy and inferior industrial base the Pak Fa is one of the latest of Russias pipe dreams.

  • aehntu

    About 9 aircraft that is not true. Sukhoi Design Bureau has ordered 65 sets of equipment for the production of 65 aircraft PAKFA.

  • Ed

    I don’t know where this “only 9 copies” talk comes from – but not from anywhere credible as far as I know. Do you have a source for it? Probably it just regards one initial contract of 9, with more to follow later. If it’s only 9, they would have canceled it already.

    • RedStatePatriot

      “Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yuri Borisov, has recently announced that the PAK-FA programme may
      be halted or adjusted, due to the dire conditions of Russia’s economy,
      affected by the Ukrainian crisis and the subsequent (proxy war and) EU

      Initially, the Russian Air Force was expected to procure more than 150 PAK-FA next generation stealth fighter jets,
      with the first examples to be delivered to the active squadrons in
      2016. In December 2014, the RuAF plans was to receive the first 55
      fighters by 2020.However, as announced by Russia’s MoD last month, the production will be slowed down and the initial order cut to 12 jets”

      The very publication you are reading says 12 jets, technically its a “slow down” but anyone that pays attention knows the program is in serious trouble. I have seen some sources that said 9 aircraft.

      More problems:

      After 20 years of development this aircraft is having issues, I am an Aerospace engineer and I design engines for fighter aircraft for a large part of my career. I can just look at the non-serpintine inlet of PAK FA and tell you right now the aircraft is NOT stealth, those exposed fan blades will light up on radar like a Christmas tree. This aircraft looks good on paper but is a dog in reality.

      • Ed

        I would like to see these “some sources” then. ;) Because the article you quoted clearly states that the initial order is 12, signifying that there are more orders to come.

        • RedStatePatriot

          Yes the initial order is 12…. but I think that will likely be code for this is turning into what is basically a test fleet… The Russians always talk bigger then reality. Will they ever fix the flaws and problems with this aircraft and field it will their only economy being $40 oil…. doubtful.

        • RedStatePatriot

          Is your argument really that I might be in error and they will make 12 instead of 9…. yeah that would make the program a big success.

  • Ed

    They fixed that one :) But they’ve yet to build 12, I believe there’s simply an initial contract for 12, with more to come later.

    • jeffrey exposito

      The announcement made back in April that only 12 prototype Pak Fas will be produced through 2020 was before the recent crash in oil prices and the rouble. It looks now that the Pak Fa is completely unaffordable and will be scrapped just like the Mig 1.42 was after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also aside high cost the project was experiencing considerable technical challenges.

      • Ed

        Hmm, I’d say they’re already much further with the PAK FA than they were with the Mig 1.42 / 1.44 project when it got canceled. I personally think they’ll have to push through, at however low a pace, not just because they can’t keep using Flankers forever – also because they HAVE to have something to export. Otherwise their usual customers will hurry to China in the coming decades. The loss of income outweighs the trouble of funding it despite the, um, current troublesome economic situation.

        But let’s just see what happens. :) Not much point in making such predictions now I suppose.

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  • jeffrey exposito

    You are correct. After the Indian Airforce got a close look at the Pak Fa they were appalled at how poor the stealth was and the shoddy construction of the prototype. Russia always exaggerates the capabilities of its weapons. They are doing the same with the new Armata tank which observers have said is overhyped as well.

  • Jared

    I thought they were pretty much canceling this plane. Cool art concept though.

  • Rodney

    And when are we going to see it fly anything more than a very sedate flypast at an Airshow.

  • tipoo2

    This was actually made by an enthusiast on reddit, it’s not official, and then funny enough russia’s aircraft corporation tweeted it without crediting him.