The new engine is supposed to be tested and the aircraft will then go into trials. Is this the acceptance testing? I'm a bit unclear. if it is,
there is likely to be some defects that need fixing (that's normal for all development projects) and would mean another delay for the PAK-FA being
introduced to the Russian Aerospace Forces.
Note, the Chinese J-20 has entered service and, of course, the American F-22 and F-35A & Bs (but still not the Cs) while launching the
PCA/NGAD/whateverthefraktheyarecallingitthisweek. Russia is lagging further and further behind.
edit on 19-7-2017 by anzha because: fixed the stupid title.
As Zaph would say, "form fits function." No where near as stealthy as the 23 was. Those inlets, exhausts, and canards pretty much make me question how
hidden this thing will be. Maybe the Russians have some new tech that renders those negligible.
Depends on what the actual mission is going to be. If it's going to be a straight up fighter, then yeah, it's not going to be really stealthy. If
it's an interceptor, like the J-20, and used in a sensor/shooter role, then stealth isn't quite as important. You only need to be able to get closer
than a non-stealthy fighter to guide the missile in.
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