posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 03:49 AM
Originally posted by IamSirDrinksalot
but at low speed could those leading edges provide lift
Yes, they're basically like the slats on the leading edge of a wing, just that they're not on the leading edge of the wing itself.
perhaps enough lift to be carrier based?
Theoretically. The landing gear is robust enough for it to operate off the carrier, but it's unknown how the tailhook is stressed, and whether it
would allow for STOBAR operations.
Is that ball and fairing on the cockpit a flir like off EFA?
It's (for now) most likely the Su-35 IRST sensor. It should change to a more faceted, stealthy design in production aircraft.
Is that a metal strip down the center of the main canopy?
Yes. It looks like they may have done the Plexiglas in two pieces and joined them at that bar. It looks like it may be specific to this aircraft,
along with some of the other things you see, such as pitot tubes, etc.
Is it a glass cockpit like F35 or still using valve technology like the rest of the Russian airforce.
The Su-35 started using the MFDs and glass cockpit displays. The T-50 doesn't appear to be as advanced as the F-22/F-35 as far as displays, and
functionality, but it's a big improvement over previous Russian aircraft.