posted on Feb, 1 2010 @ 08:12 PM
Found this on keypub forums:
- It is said that this Thursday will be the first flight of Fifth-Generation Fighter. Meanwhile in the U.S. the prototype heavy fighter YF-22 took off
back in 1991. Now the U.S. Air Force has more than a hundred front-line F-22s. Why are we so far behind the U.S.?
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rate of fifth-generation fighter development in both countries were generally comparable. The prototype
aircraft developed by Russia's Mikoyan firm (product 1.44) was ready to fly in 1994-1995, but due to lack of financial resources has made two flights
in 1999 alone, and the programme was discontinued.
In conditions of chronic under-funding of Russia's military-industrial complex, it was not possible to create such a complex weapons system, like
fifth-generation fighter, equal to U.S. standards. In fact, the normal budget Financing project was open only in 2005-2006, but up to this point work
was carried out mainly at Sukhoi's own expense. From this point of view, if we can assume that the real hard work on the PAK-FA programme began only
In addition, by following the Americans we can minimize the conceptual and technical risks, to avoid the mistakes that were committed by the leader of
the race. Also note that Russia remains the only country, except the United States, with a capability to create a fifth generation fighter.
In the World there'll probably be only three such states- the United States, Russia and China.
- Why was Sukhoi declared the winner of the 5th gen fighter contest when MiG, as you said, already had a flying prototype of this aircraft?
Good read. Seems that Pak-Fa won't have any fancy stealthy design, but more "conservative" one. And 5 radar antenas...Hence the giant stinger.