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Blame unsatisfactory government financing for the delays in the development of Russia’s next-generation fighter, say the designers of the platform, engine and radar.
The fighter, known by its Russian acronym PAK FA, will enter service five years later than originally planned, said Mikhail Pogosyan, head of Aviation Holding Company (AHC) Sukhoi.
“The test program will begin in 2008, and the jet will go into mass production in 2015” if the promised financing comes through, Pogosyan said Aug. 17 on the sidelines of the Moscow International Aviation and Space Show, or MAKS 2005.
Instead, a lack of funding has stalled work, Pogosyan and other industry officials said.
“The leading role in creating fifth-generation aircraft belongs to the United States, who invest hugely into this work,” Pogosyan said at a press conference at MAKS Aug. 18.
F/A-22, which has already cost some $40 billion and could cost another $40 billion to complete.
Development costs have risen as well -- by 127 percent, the report said.
What's more, the Air Force plans to add extra air-to-ground missions to a plane designed for air-to-air combat, which could push costs up another $8 billion or more, the report said.
The GAO also found that the F/A-22's computer-based maintenance system has suffered glitches that cause the plane to miss a significant amount of test-flying time. The Air Force had hoped to get the plane to fly nearly two hours between maintenance events by this point in the program, but has been unable to do better than an average of 30 minutes, the report said.
The avionics gear is close to flying five hours between failures, he said. While the microprocessors are outmoded, they are ample for current mission requirements, and the plane has plenty of room to add computer gear.
The Air Force originally wanted to see the plane's sophisticated avionics, or electronics gear, achieve 20 hours of uninterrupted flying time without a software failure. When the plane couldn't achieve that, the Air Force changed its goal to flying five hours without a software failure. As of January, the plane could average no better than 2.7 hours.
In addition, the plane's microprocessor is an obsolete model no longer manufactured.
It's no surprise, then, that watchdog groups like the Project on Government Oversight are asking the Pentagon to put this sick puppy of a program to sleep.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Sukhoi asks Europe for fighter help
Lockheed Martin's X-35 design has a trapezoidal wing planform which initially featured foreplanes, although these since deleted; STOVL version embodies a lift fan, shaft-driven by a modified F119 with a vectoring lift/cruise nozzle developed by Rolls-Royce; lift fan replaced by extra fuel in the CTOL version. Lockheed Martin also turned to Russia for technical expertise, purchasing design data from Yakovlev; and used an 86 per cent subscale model (originally developed for the CALF project and fitted with a Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 engine plus an Allison shaft-driven lift fan) for testing.
Then consider this past topic:
No Sukhoi Fighters to Be Delivered This Year
Originally posted by roniii259
The difference between the Pak-Fa and the F/A-22 is that the F/A-22 is done and here now, only some software tweaks are needed and the USAF wants lots more
The government is promising to boost PAK FA funding next year, he said, but has not provided budget details.
Defense spending overall is expected to rise in 2006, thanks to a seventh consecutive year of growth in the Russian economy.
Earlier in August, Finance Ministry officials released preliminary plans to boost defense spending 22 percent to 668.3 billion rubles ($23.4 billion), out of a total federal budget of 4.27 trillion rubles.
19.10.2005 12:10 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 12:10 MSK
The Russian aircraft industry has developed and will soon start producing stealth aircraft which will radically differ from existing U.S. models. The Russian version uses plasma screens to cushion and disperse radar waves, the Novye Izvestia daily reports.
The newspaper quoted Anatoly Koroteyev, the head of the Keddysh Research Center as saying that the plasma screen technology can be used on any vehicle — from automobiles to combat aircraft. However, it is most effective at high altitudes and thus is best used by the air force.
Koroteyev said that the new technology employs a different physical principle than the one currently used by existing U.S. stealth aircraft — the F-117 and B-2. Instead of reflecting the radar wave the Russian technology completely disperses it by means of a plasma screen created by a mobile plasma generator.
Koroteyev added that the new technology can be used on any aircraft, including older models and that it is radically cheaper than the technology employed by U.S. stealth planes while being just as effective, if not more so. He said that the aircraft equipped with the Russian system will also be far superior to U.S. models in their flight and combat capabilities — as the use of the plasma screen makes it unnecessary to alter the shape of the aircraft.
Evidently, the lack of funding issues does not stop the Russian press from continuing to roll out claims and assertions, eh?
A Revolution !! Russia Develops Plasma Stealth Tech
Originally posted by waynos
Does anybody else think that PAK-FA sounds like a Klingon ritual from Star Trek?