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Originally posted by Seekerof
As for the topic, if tests are to be held in 2007, speculation on serial production is slated for how long thereafter? Numbers to be produced? Who will produce them?
The timetable for the PAK FA is highly ambitious. A draft design of the aircraft is to be established by the end of 2004, with first flight of a prototype in 2006, with production beginning in 2010.
THE MOST OBVIOUS CANDIDATE for this is India, which is looking to further develop its own indigenous aerospace industry through strategic linkages with Russia. Sukhoi is producing the Su-30MKI for India, with this derivative of the Flanker also slated for license production in the latter country.
Though details of the requirements for the new project are closely held, officials involved attempt to cast the PAK FA as a competitor to the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter rather than the F-22 Raptor. The requirement is believed to call for an aircraft larger than the MiG-29, but smaller than the Su-27. It remains to be determined whether this will be a single- or a twin-engine design.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Maybe, maybe not you really think all of the countries that are in the Stealth club have not develop some type of system to track stealth airplanes? Think about it, if you know the rest of the world will catch up one day then you simply make that technology obsolete and roll out your new systems.
But thats the whole point.. countries which are lagging behind can't just afford to "catch" up you see.. They need to build something better than what already exists..
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
Nice one... Just like the Y/F-23... Keep us all posted...
Maybe, maybe not you really think all of the countries that are in the Stealth club have not develop some type of system to track stealth airplanes?