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Hi Orange Tom,
Obviously you don't know what stealthy is.
Stealth in aircraft mainly refers to carbon fiber exteriour skins, with kevlar fuel tanks and fiberglass mixed in. Those particular cloths absorb radar signals instead of reflecting them. The specific angles also reduce radar signatures and hide heat and light signatures that might be detected.
Originally posted by guidanceofthe third kind
it may be an f-22 competitor but can it take the JSF. the JSF was the f-22's replacement and is faster and has more advanced optics and avionics. I know people that work for high-performance tech companies and they all say that to beat the JSF, the other aircraft has to be as invisible as air.
When the US air force built there stealth aircraft the US navy started testing the fusing systems of there Air to Air missiles to see if the proximity fuses detonate the warhead as it passes the target aircraft would work.
Originally posted by FantasmaTaans
reply to post by 21cdb
We've already tested with 360 degrees thrust vectoring and deemed it inefficient already, get with the times.
Is that why the F-22 has 2D thrust nozzles (up and down)?
Originally posted by Confused and Dazed!
I'll post it again; Never under estimate the Russians. They are just as smart as the west, maybe more so in some cases. Their priorities may be different than ours, but, they certainly are not stupid. Russia will exist long after the USA has imploded into several smaller third world counties.
50+ years future tech tucked away and poo-poo Russian tech then I suggest you get out of the house a little more often.
Like the USAF getting caught with it's pants down in the 80's when they seen what the new soviet airframes could do
And even today the Topol ICBMs, the US is pushing missile defence big time because of this bad boy.
America has no equiv capable missile.
they know that it's more than capable and losses of expensive million $ fighters and Sealth bombers make any attack on Iran a non-starter and removes Israel as the de-facto air power in the middle east.
S-400 has allegedly already the anti-ballistic capabilities in the terminal phase when compared to US boost phase vaporware still-to-be-developed missile shield.
if they didn't then why are they making a big deal out of sales of the S-300 to Syria and Iran? If the S-300 was crap the US would have no issues of useless weapons systems to Iran..
The Grumman X-29 was an experimental aircraft that explored a number of new technologies; the most immediately obvious being the forward-swept wings and canard control surface. The inherent aerodynamic instability of this arrangement required the use of computerized fly-by-wire control. Composite materials made the wing twist while bending, reducing the required rigidity and weight. The X-29 first flew in 1984 and two X-29s were flight tested over the next decade.
Two X-29As were built by Grumman Aerospace Corporation from two existing Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter airframes (63-8372 became 82-0003 and 65-10573 became 82-0049) (after the proposal had been chosen over a competing one involving a General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon). The X-29 design made use of the forward fuselage and nose landing gear from the F-5As with the control surface actuators and main landing gear from the F-16. The technological advancement that made the X-29 a plausible design was the use of carbon-fiber composites. The Grumman internal designation for the X-29 was "Grumman Model 712" or "G-712".
Two X-29 aircraft, featuring one of the most unusual designs in aviation history, were flown at the NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (now the Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, Calif., as technology demonstrators to investigate advanced concepts and technologies. The multi-phased program was conducted from 1984 to 1992 and provided an engineering data base that is available in the design and development of future aircraft.
The Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Russian: Су-47 Беркут - Golden Eagle), also designated S-32 and S-37 during initial development, is an experimental supersonic jet fighter developed by Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. A distinguishing feature of the aircraft is its forward-swept wing, similar to that of the Tsybin's LL-3. Its NATO reporting name is 'Firkin'. The sole aircraft produced is an advanced technology demonstrator prototype and manufacture of a planned second flying prototype is under question due to recent MIG developments of 5th generation Jet fighters.
Originally known as the S-37, Sukhoi redesignated its advanced test aircraft as the Su-47 in 2002. Officially nicknamed Berkut (Golden Eagle), the Su-47 was originally built as Russia's principal testbed for composite materials and sophisticated fly-by-wire control systems. The aircraft makes use of forward-swept wings allowing superb maneuverability and operation at angles of attack up to 45° or more.
TsAGI has long been aware of the advantages of forward-swept wings, with research including the development of the Tsibin LL and study of the captured Junkers Ju 287 in the 1940s. Forward-swept wings yield a higher maximum lift coefficient, reduced bending moments, and delayed stall when compared to more traditional wing shapes. At high angles of attack, the wing tips remain unstalled allowing the aircraft to retain aileron control. Unfortunately, forward sweep also induces twisting (divergence) strong enough to rip the wings off an aircraft built of conventional materials. Only recently have composite materials made the design of aircraft with forward-swept wings feasible.
The project was launched in 1983 on order from the USSR AF. But then, with the crash of the USSR funding was frozen and development continued only being funded by Sukhoi. Like its US counterpart, the Grumman X-29, the Su-47 is primarily a technology demonstrator, one intended to lay the foundation for the next Russian fighter. Such a fighter must not only be as advanced as the US F-22 Raptor, but must also compete for funding with the more conventional MiG 1.44. However, Sukhoi is now attempting to market the Su-47 to the Russian military and foreign customers as a production fighter in its own right.
As for the factories comment, well, yes that's exactly right. When the Nazis invaded Russia during WWII, Russian factories were producing new T-34 tanks at an alarming rate and as soon as they were built they left the factory doors with guns blazing (example Stalingrad). The T-34s were a total shock to the Nazis who thought they had invincible tanks, T-34s pretty much swarmed and overtook Panzer divisions in battles like Kursk and all Hitler could do was crap himself as the T-34s rolled into Berlin.