Russia’s First 5th Generation Fighter Jet to Enter Service in 2017

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The induction date for Moscow’s newest fighter aircraft has been pushed back.

Russia’s answer to the American F-22 and F-35 aircraft, the PAK FA T-50, will enter service with the Russian Armed Forces in 2017, Russian Air and Space Forces Commander Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said over the weekend.

“Under the program, we will finish testing next year and will begin to receive the T-50 jets in 2017,” Bondarev told Sputnik News. Back in June, during the Paris Air Show, the head of United Russia’s Aircraft Corporation, had still talked about a potential 2016 or early 2017 induction date. However, serial deliveries are now slated to begin in 2017.

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Updated J-31unveiled, expected to hit global market in 5 yrs

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A model of the J-31 on display at the Zhuhai Air Show, Nov. 11, 2014. (Photo/CNS)

 

China has unveiled an updated version of the J-31 “Gyrfalcon” fighter jet, which is expected to be marketed internationally within the next five years, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network. Continue reading

New Robotic Russian T-50 Fighter Jet Fit for Star Wars

 

Russia’s new fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet, currently in the testing phase, incorporates elements of automation which make it more like a robot than a fighter plane, explains a representative from the Rostech corporation.

The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the plane’s whole control system.

“The PAK FA is already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of the flying apparatus,” explained deputy head of the Concern Radioelectronic Technologies [KRET] unit of Rostech, Vladimir Mikheyev. “That is, the reaction of the aviator is a part of the control loop.” Continue reading

PLA radar technology could nullify US stealth jets, claims Global Times

Developments in China’s anti-stealth technology could soon render the stealth capabilities of America’s F-22 fighter jets and Europe’s Neuron unmanned combat air vehicles obsolete, claims Huanqiu, the website of China’s nationalistic Global Times tabloid.

On display at the 9th China International Defence Electronics Exhibition in Beijing in May was China’s DWLOO2 passive radar, which is said to have a range of 500 kilometers and can cover the entire air space with zero “blind spots.” The radar will be mainly be used for air defense and coastal surveillance in complex electromagnetic environments, with the ability to detect, locate and track air, sea, and ground radiation within its coverage, the report said. Continue reading