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EastRussia Bulletin: Trials of T-50 and PAK DA bomber are almost over

EastRussia Bulletin: Trials of T-50 and PAK DA bomber are almost over
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For several years in a row, Russia remained second in the world after the United States in terms of output of military aircraft (2016 aircraft for 106 year, 2015 for 132 year, 2014 for 110 year). At the moment, the development of the T-50 multi-role fighter (PAK FA) and the PAK DA strategic bomber come first. The test of the aircraft is almost over, in the future they will join the ranks of the Russian existing military equipment, according to the next published issue of the EastRussia bulletin, where the industry analytical review “Aircraft” is presented.

The most actively developing enterprise of the Far East in the aviation industry is the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Yu.A. Gagarin (KNAAZ, a branch of PJSC "Company" Sukhoi ", part of the KLA). In the field of military aviation, the product line of the enterprise is represented by the Su-35 single-seat multifunctional super-maneuverable fighter, the Su-30MK2 two-seat multirole fighter, and the T-50 advanced aviation front-line aircraft. The model of the Su-35 fighter in 2015 was first exported: a contract for the supply of 24 vehicles was concluded with China. Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates are also showing interest in the Su-35, which is largely due to the success of the Russian Air Force in Syria. Recently, the fighter was equipped with high-precision cruise missiles X-35U, which allow you to destroy any naval targets - from a small boat to an aircraft carrier, as well as fortifications and even armored military equipment.

Thus, the Su-35 is currently the most advanced model of the Russian military fleet. The experience of using the fighter will allow to take into account all the flaws of the model to create the most innovative Russian aircraft T-50, which in serial production will receive the name of Su-57. The development and production of the vehicle is currently being conducted at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant as part of the Advanced Aviation Complex of Frontal Aviation (PAK FA).

Work on the creation of the aviation complex of front-line aviation radically changed the face of the plant: modern high-tech equipment and testing stands were purchased, and new technologies were mastered. Among them - the wide use of modern composite materials, a noticeable increase in the share of titanium parts in the design of the aircraft, new approaches in conducting assembly and assembly work. As a result, it was possible to create a multifunctional machine without the disadvantages of its predecessors: T-50 is hardly visible in any spectra - visual, thermal and electromagnetic. It shows the wonders of maneuverability and has an extended range of flight regimes. The engines of this model should also become an innovation: while the T-50 construction uses the advanced AL-41F engines installed on the Su-35, but in the long term it will receive new engines, the key feature of which should be a controlled vector of thrust, capable of providing the aircraft with supersonic speed from 2100 to 2600 km / h.

The first three Russian fighters of the fifth generation T-50 were assembled at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant in the 2009 year and tested in the air in the 2010 year. Small batch production of fifth-generation fighters started in 2013 year, pre-production should begin in 2019 year, full-fledged after 2021 year. In July, 2017, at the MAKS air show, a preliminary conclusion on state joint testing of the first phase of the T-50 was signed, the transition to the second testing phase was possible, and a recommendation was received to start production of the installation batch of aircraft.

A detailed analysis of this and other relevant topics can be found in the weekly bulletin EastRussia (https://www.eastrussia.ru/subscribe/).