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

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

 

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11 Comments

  1. 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.

    • “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
      sanctions.

      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”

      https://theaviationist.com/2015/04/07/t-50-pak-fa-new-problems/

      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:

      http://www.janes.com/article/42765/indian-air-force-unhappy-at-progress-of-pak-fa-fifth-gen-fighter

      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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  3. 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.

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