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"In convertible mode": Western press discusses the flight of the Su-57 fighter with an open cockpit

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In the American media environment, they drew attention to a fragment of a video released the other day on the channel of the Ministry of Defense and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the State Flight Test Center. The American columnist Thomas Nedvik published an article stating that a Russian test pilot performed an impressive maneuver. It was piloting the latest Su-57 fighter in the cockpit without a "canopy".

The American journalist called this version of the test flight "a flight in a convertible fighter."

Thomas Nedwik:

The flight of the Su-57 without a "flashlight" was probably associated with the assessment of emergency escape procedures. It can be seen that the cockpit windshield remains in place, and the rear is completely removed, including the frame.

The American military observer also draws attention to the flight suit of the Russian pilot. He calls this flight suit "non-standard" - able to help the pilot withstand extremely low temperatures when flying in "convertible mode".

The American author notes that this flight option resembles a flight made in Britain by test pilot Keith (Keith) Hartley on a Panavia Tornado fighter in 1988 - during the development of the aircraft. Then the British development company reported that the test version was carried out specifically to work out the emergency escape procedure.

Video of the Ministry of Defense, where a fragment of the discussed test flight of the Su-57 is captured:


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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 6 October 2020 08: 47 New
    -18 qualifying.
    Without special measures, the pilot can easily be pulled out of the cockpit with a sharp maneuver ... considering what aerobatics this aircraft is capable of performing ... my compliments to the pilot.
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 6 October 2020 08: 51 New
      10
      The American military observer also draws attention to the flight suit of the Russian pilot. He calls this flight suit "non-standard" - able to help the pilot withstand extremely low temperatures when flying in "convertible mode".


      How else the test pilot was not named "Vatnik"... Strange ...
      1. vVvAD
        vVvAD 6 October 2020 10: 32 New
        +5
        What are you worried about: now the daughters of officers will catch up - and they will explain everything wink
    2. Piramidon
      Piramidon 6 October 2020 09: 04 New
      26
      Quote: The same LYOKHA
      Without special measures pulling the pilot out of the cockpit can easily

      The measures are not "special" but standard. The safety belts with which the pilot is fastened are very durable. We pulled cars stuck out of the mud like this.
      1. Same lech
        Same lech 6 October 2020 09: 06 New
        -34 qualifying.
        The harness is very durable.

        And the fasteners ... and the fastening ... could the pilot accidentally unfasten them?
        1. Piramidon
          Piramidon 6 October 2020 09: 07 New
          29
          Quote: The same Lech
          The harness is very durable.

          And the fasteners ... and the fastening ... could the pilot accidentally unfasten them?

          Well, if there is no mind, then maybe.
          1. Same lech
            Same lech 6 October 2020 09: 09 New
            -27 qualifying.
            Well, if there is no mind, then maybe.

            This is because in aviation anything can happen ... then you understand they will shoot from a cannon at exercises at their plane ... then helicopter pilots will accidentally fire their missiles ... anecdotally ... but it was the same.
            1. KVU-NSVD
              KVU-NSVD 6 October 2020 09: 34 New
              14
              Quote: The same LYOKHA
              This is because anything can happen in aviation ... t

              Anything happens everywhere. But specifically in this flight, the task was hardly to show aerobatics and everything was checked-rechecked with seat belts.
              1. Same lech
                Same lech 6 October 2020 09: 35 New
                -21 qualifying.
                And if an emergency ... a bird got into the engine, for example ... what shall we do?
                1. KVU-NSVD
                  KVU-NSVD 6 October 2020 09: 37 New
                  29
                  Quote: The same Lech
                  And if an emergency ... a bird got into the engine, for example ... what shall we do?

                  In an emergency situation, the tester transfers it to the standard one. If impossible, it will catapult normally.
                  1. Same lech
                    Same lech 6 October 2020 09: 38 New
                    -14 qualifying.
                    What kind of people ... they find the answer to everything. smile .
                    1. cradle
                      cradle 8 October 2020 02: 18 New
                      +1
                      just don't ask stupid questions ... just stupid ones. wassat
                  2. ancient
                    ancient 6 October 2020 18: 29 New
                    +5
                    Quote: KVU-NSVD
                    In an emergency situation, the tester transfers it to the standard one. If impossible, it will catapult normally.

                    Just .... "handsome" .... good drinks soldier
                2. Piramidon
                  Piramidon 6 October 2020 11: 40 New
                  +3
                  Quote: The same LYOKHA
                  And if an emergency situation

                  And if he was carrying cartridges? laughing
                3. K-36
                  K-36 6 October 2020 13: 23 New
                  17
                  a bird got into the engine, for example ... what shall we do?

                  Here is an example of which I myself was a ground witness. My post dated June 4, 2015. :
                  "So, preparations for the May 9 Parade. Alabino. Test run of all aviation involved in this event. Su-34 took place inside the" Combat wing "figure
                  (this is when 7-10 aircraft are pressed against each other as much as possible in order to "shoe" the enemy radar operators, pretending to be one large low-speed target. Then, at the right time, scatter one by one and start performing an individual combat mission) yes. When approaching the control point (where the high evaluating authorities are below), the Su-34 catches two geese in the forehead (these are birds that like to return from hot countries to their beloved Russia wink in the spring). One bird breaks through the glazing of the navigator's lantern (which is located in the same cockpit with the crew commander to the right of him), and the second - into the right engine. In the cockpit, the noise of rushing air, feathers, a stench and a blood-stained navigator. And the right engine ... got up winked
                  So the crew did not fail, the group received a "credit!", And after that the Su-34 on one engine returned to its airfield (and this is 450 km south of Alabino) "
                  hi
                  1. Bort radist
                    Bort radist 6 October 2020 18: 09 New
                    +1
                    Geese and seagulls are enemies of aviation.
                    1. ancient
                      ancient 6 October 2020 18: 32 New
                      +2
                      Quote: Bort Radist
                      Geese and seagulls are enemies of aviation.

                      All birds ... small ones can do the same ... although they don't "figure out" the surge, but the nicks on the shoulder blades will definitely leave a lot sad
                      1. Bort radist
                        Bort radist 6 October 2020 18: 36 New
                        +2
                        This and small things in the air intake are a problem. We have a seagull on the AN-12, the wing skin has broken through and was just short of the tank.
                      2. not main
                        not main 6 October 2020 21: 26 New
                        +6
                        When I met such a phenomenon (south of the Saratov region) Mi-2 and an eagle are flying head to head! Who do you think folded? Definitely not an eagle! How many times gave way to this feathered!
                      3. your1970
                        your1970 6 October 2020 22: 00 New
                        +1
                        Quote: non-primary
                        When I met such a phenomenon (south of the Saratov region) Mi-2 and an eagle are flying head to head! Who do you think folded? Definitely not an eagle! How many times gave way to this feathered!
                        -Ozinki? drinks
                      4. not main
                        not main 6 October 2020 22: 17 New
                        +2
                        Exactly! They are family!
                      5. your1970
                        your1970 6 October 2020 22: 18 New
                        +1
                        I served in the OBATO regiment (already in combat) until the liquidation in 1998 ...
                      6. not main
                        not main 6 October 2020 22: 44 New
                        +1
                        I studied there 1981-1983.
                4. Bort radist
                  Bort radist 7 October 2020 17: 38 New
                  +1
                  I don't remember where they sat down in Belarus. I am a radio operator, a conscript, but I was often in a standing position on a chair, with my right hand resting on the radio station behind the armored back of the second. We go to the landing, the drive has passed. I see a sparrow on the course, but there are no crows and now a stork! We're already off course. And he laid the bend with the loss of height under us. On the ground they told. They say - the couple has been living for a long time, experienced.))
        2. Bad_gr
          Bad_gr 7 October 2020 00: 15 New
          0
          Quote: K-36
          One bird breaks through the glazing of the navigator's lantern (which is located in the same cockpit with the crew commander to his right)

          An acquaintance of mine worked in Chechnya (after the first campaign) and somehow he came across a flashlight from a downed Su-27. The lantern, falling from a height of several hundred meters (+ aircraft speed), practically did not suffer. This is what I mean: the fighter's lantern remained intact after such tests, and the front-line bomber, carrying one and a half tons of armor, covering the pilot from the sides with thick glass (this is even visible by the color of the glass) - and the windshield pierced by a goose. Unclear.
      2. Klingon
        Klingon 8 October 2020 09: 30 New
        0
        Quote: The same Lech
        And if an emergency ... a bird got into the engine, for example ... what shall we do?

        When a brick falls on your head, this is also an emergency situation, so that this does not happen, for example, builders are obliged to wear helmets. You understand safety precautions. In general, anything can happen, with anyone and whenever you want. Do you want to calculate the probability of each random event? then you need a supercomputer and a trillion years wassat
  • val43
    val43 6 October 2020 09: 36 New
    +1
    Foolishly, you can break a crowbar. But in general, there are fuses, they are easily accessible, but you cannot turn them off accidentally. On the C-4, it was a conventional spring-loaded bracket, which in working order blocked the pressing of the outboard opening trigger. Moreover, it was impossible to catch it accidentally, all the same triggers interfered, it was necessary to specially poke it with a finger.
    1. K-36
      K-36 6 October 2020 10: 52 New
      +5
      On the C-4, it was a conventional spring-loaded bracket.

      I'm sorry, but the example you gave is from a completely different opera. As for the K-36, the waist and shoulder pulls attract the pilot's harness to the seat. And, even if the pilot opens the locks of the OSK-2 (Free Ends of the Parachute Release), he will still not fall out of the plane, because its harness is pulled to the K-36 by belt and shoulder pulls yes True, he will no longer be able to safely eject with the OSK-2 locks unbuttoned, tk. the headrest together with the rescue parachute will fly off into the clear sky, and the pilot will fall out of the chair in the harness, but ... without a parachute.
      hi
      1. ancient
        ancient 6 October 2020 12: 27 New
        +3
        Quote: K-36
        and the pilot will fall out of the seat in the harness, but ... without a parachute.

        Absolutely right, that's just ... with IPS (or as per the instructions of the PSU -36) there is a "problem" .... the so-called .. "cervical backlash" and if you do not press yourself against the headrest .. the cervical vertebrae may suffer crying and with long negative ny, you can .. "hang" even completely pulled ... but for pilots with .. short stature this is already .. "problem" wink
        But in the old K-36D chairs, you immediately put on the suspension system, which is already mounted in the chair and the "area" of the neck is also attracted by the cable (attached to the back mattress) .. there is practically no backlash there.
        IPS is good for "convenience" .. on the ground I put it on, adjusted it and go .. "to land" ... but on the old one, well, like on other types that are not equipped with K-36s, you have to ... get in ... and if in a "demi-season" or even in a leather jacket, but .. with large dimensions ... already .. "problematic"
      2. val43
        val43 7 October 2020 13: 16 New
        0
        Do not apologize, it is clear that from another opera. I just tried to explain using an example available to me, such systems are protected from accidental actions. The same OSK-2 (only if it does not change the sclerosis, not detachment, but detachment) just cannot be opened like that.
  • Alexey Sommer
    Alexey Sommer 6 October 2020 12: 05 New
    +3
    Quote: The same LYOKHA
    And the fasteners ... and the fastening ... could the pilot accidentally unfasten them?

    Do you often accidentally unfasten yourself in the car?
  • ZEMCH
    ZEMCH 6 October 2020 18: 24 New
    +1
    Quote: The same LYOKHA
    And the fasteners ... and the fastening ... could the pilot accidentally unfasten them?

    You can break something with a fool)))
  • Outsider
    Outsider 7 October 2020 01: 56 New
    0
    Quote: The same LYOKHA
    Quote: The same Lech
    The harness is very durable.

    And the fasteners ... and the fastening ... could the pilot accidentally unfasten them?

    - Only with eggs ... laughing lol
  • K-36
    K-36 6 October 2020 10: 34 New
    +9
    Without special measures, the pilot can easily be pulled out of the cockpit with a sharp maneuver...

    I inform you (as an educational program on the chair from my avatar) that the chairs of the K-36 family have operational drawbars of the suspension system: waist and shoulder yes ... And in the case of ejection, they become emergency, that is, they attract the pilot to the seat "to the fullest."
    And also (for development) talk to the Hero of Russia A.Yu. Garnaev in his blog. He, as a test pilot, unequivocally says that flights without a canopy are included in the MANDATORY test program for any new fighter. And this flight is exactly that.
    hi
    1. ancient
      ancient 6 October 2020 12: 04 New
      +2
      Quote: K-36
      as an educational program on the chair from my avatar) that the chairs of the K-36 family have operational pulls of the suspension system: waist and shoulder

      I will not add much (to your educational program and your avatar wink ) you have forgotten about .. leg grips (burdocks) .. "little black" burdocks around RUS'ov.
      Quote: K-36
      flights without a cockpit canopy are included in the MANDATORY test program of any new fighter

      Here I am fully confirming both at the LCI stage and at the PSI stage (but only on IA, SHA and FBA aircraft) ... I tried it on the Tu-22M on "long cars") .... but later on already at 1,2 and 3 -kah were not carried out.
      1. ancient
        ancient 6 October 2020 12: 05 New
        +3
        Quote: ancient
        . "little black" mugs around RUS'ov.

        Graphic illustration wink
        1. Bad_gr
          Bad_gr 6 October 2020 17: 13 New
          +1
          Quote: ancient
          Graphic illustration

          Excuse me, this is the cockpit of which plane?
          1. ancient
            ancient 6 October 2020 17: 54 New
            +1
            Quote: Bad_gr
            Excuse me, this is the cockpit of which plane?

            Sioux 24MR wink
            1. Bad_gr
              Bad_gr 6 October 2020 17: 55 New
              +1
              Quote: ancient
              Sioux 24MR

              Clear. Thanks for the information.
      2. K-36
        K-36 6 October 2020 12: 58 New
        +2
        Ancient, strongly welcome drinks
        I did not specifically mention the foot cages, since this is not an operational system, but a purely emergency one. And he also said nothing about the mechanism for raising the seat according to the height of the pilot (because he "no sideways" to the shoulder and waist cuffs). This chair I taught for 12 years on the courses of the beginning of the PDS in 4 pulp and paper industry and PLC. lol
        Regarding the IPS-72. She, it seems, only stayed on the Su-25. Well, in order not to "hang" in an inverted flight, then tighten the belt pull tighter before departure wink And all the Instructions tell you to press your head to the headrest before the ejection (because there are no belts for attaching the ZSh to the headrest of the chair wink
        Something I remembered respected by me at all times vaf love
        C Regards, hi
        1. ancient
          ancient 6 October 2020 18: 06 New
          +1
          Quote: K-36
          And he also said nothing about the seat lift mechanism according to the pilot's height

          I am very glad to "hear" fellow drinks
          Knowing, the number of pilots whose climb height was .. "over the edge" (they barely reached the foot pedages), well, .. "giants" .. the seat is at the bottom until it stops, and he has a gap between the ZSH and the lamp ... well very small" laughing
          Quote: K-36
          It seems that she only stayed on the Su-25.

          That's all ... everyone in "harnesses" walk and fly wassat

          Quote: K-36
          Well, in order not to "hang" in an inverted flight, then tighten the belt pull tighter before departure

          good That's right ... only if in the PPK .. that .. not very .. "convenient" and with a weight of under 100 kg (in total) it still happens from the chair and. " lol .you stick "
          Sincerely, drinks hi
      3. K-36
        K-36 6 October 2020 13: 18 New
        +1
        ."little black "mugs around RUS'ov.

        I remembered: "Kid, I don't play like that ..." (cartoon "Kid and Carlson who lives on the roof").
        Ancient, to grow thin is to grow thin. Not around RUS -ov, and on the sides of RUS-s stop Otherwise, when ejected, the feet will tear off laughing
        We put all one thing with great respect, soldier
        1. ancient
          ancient 6 October 2020 18: 23 New
          +1
          Quote: K-36
          Not around the RUS-s, but on the sides of the RUS-s

          This is me for .. the "general" public ... to understand the moment so put it wassat
          Quote: K-36
          Otherwise, when ejected, the feet will tear off

          This is yes, otherwise on the KT-1M (Tu-22M-2, M- did not have time to put his legs on the footboards, before the "ready" actuation .. consider "you will leave" without your feet .. at best crying , the same about hand limiters ("forearms breakers") ..... pulled the levers up ... but the flashlight did not go away .. the right one climbed behind the emergency release lever .. here you are and ... wassat
          Well, about the back of the chair, from which you separate and land ... in general ... wassat if you didn't immediately fall on your side, then you were left "without collarbones" ... crying
          Yours faithfully, soldier , although it should be like this ... hi (for a long time already in .. "train" 0).
  • Doliva63
    Doliva63 6 October 2020 17: 29 New
    +1
    Quote: The same Lech
    Without special measures, the pilot can easily be pulled out of the cockpit with a sharp maneuver ... considering what aerobatics this aircraft is capable of performing ... my compliments to the pilot.

    Do you think the testers "drive without a belt"? belay
  • Doccor18
    Doccor18 6 October 2020 08: 52 New
    21
    There is a flying elite in the country - these are astronauts. And then there is the elite-elite - these are test pilots. These masters, the diamonds of heaven ...
    Words are not mine, one of the designers of NPO MIG said.
  • Alien From
    Alien From 6 October 2020 09: 09 New
    +2
    This procedure is a necessary flight test, and all mattresses can only make a big difference ..
  • yehat2
    yehat2 6 October 2020 09: 11 New
    0
    the pilot will not unfasten, but wind currents can harm him and destroy the cockpit.
    something similar led to the death of the pilot while testing the future su-27
    1. Incvizitor
      Incvizitor 6 October 2020 10: 52 New
      0
      Maybe when ejecting on the tail, then it will be generally sad to hit.
  • Egoza
    Egoza 6 October 2020 09: 11 New
    +2
    What a big-eyed journalist! I saw everything! Envy in silence! You don't have such pilots.
  • RealPilot
    RealPilot 6 October 2020 09: 13 New
    +8
    A test program can (and does) include many elements. Sometimes completely unexpected for amateurs wassat

    In convertible mode ... how romantic laughing ! It's a pity for one-seater, not to ride the heifers ... In general, such an association says a lot about the level of the journalist with whom it arose.
    1. Orange bigg
      Orange bigg 6 October 2020 10: 46 New
      +3
      Good news regarding the testing of the Su-57, a photo of which with the Product 180 appeared on the Internet.

      The Russian Su-57 fighter was first seen carrying the new K-77 air-to-air missile, the design of which is partly based on the currently existing R-77, writes the American edition of The Military Watch.


      Russian sources report that the range of the "Product 180" is 193 km (for the American AIM-120D missile this figure is 180 km, for the Chinese PL-15 - about 250-300 km). Missile guidance technologies make the K-77 extremely accurate even against small and maneuverable targets at extreme distances. The sophisticated electronics in the rocket's nose can overcome the problem of the radar's "field of view", allowing the rocket to maintain a 360-degree view around it and thus preventing fighters from evading it.

      https://topcor.ru/16787-su-57-vpervye-pokazali-s-novejshej-raketoj-izdelie-180.html
  • Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 6 October 2020 09: 15 New
    +2
    Maybe they have such pilots. It's just that they do not leaked all the details of the tests on TV.
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 6 October 2020 09: 20 New
      +3
      Quote: Jacket in stock
      Maybe they have such pilots. It's just that they do not leaked all the details of the tests on TV.

      Of course have ! As well as certain intelligence on individual events (for example, about the downed Boeing MN-17), which they - have but cannot publish.
    2. Piramidon
      Piramidon 6 October 2020 09: 33 New
      +4
      Quote: Jacket in stock
      Maybe they have such pilots.

      Without the "may". Why guess if even the article says:
      this flight option is reminiscent of the flight made in Britain by test pilot Keith (Keith) Hartley on the Panavia Tornado fighter in 1988 - during the development of the aircraft. Then the British development company reported that the test version was carried out specifically to work out the emergency escape procedure.
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 6 October 2020 09: 44 New
        -2
        Quote: Piramidon
        Without the "may". Why guess

        This is when the flap of the flashlight is torn off, on takeoff, then the flight is made in a similar mode, the testers become involuntarily.
    3. begemot20091
      begemot20091 6 October 2020 11: 54 New
      +2
      there is, of course there is!
      1. Doliva63
        Doliva63 6 October 2020 17: 45 New
        +3
        Quote: begemot20091
        there is, of course there is!

        Tin!
  • Barnabas
    Barnabas 6 October 2020 09: 30 New
    +2
    Yes, a convertible, that's right.
    And if the pilot presses the blue button on the right, the plane will transform into a robot, and if the black one, then it will be a space fighter! laughing
  • APASUS
    APASUS 6 October 2020 09: 48 New
    +3
    Tests in progress, normal process, there should always be instructions, in case of technical problems
  • rocket757
    rocket757 6 October 2020 09: 54 New
    +3
    This is the service / job for testers, to check all emergency situations.
  • dzvero
    dzvero 6 October 2020 09: 54 New
    0
    And that looks cool. Not everyone is given a ride like that "with a breeze."
  • Pavel57
    Pavel57 6 October 2020 09: 55 New
    -8
    This is for evaluating stealth capabilities.
  • ender
    ender 6 October 2020 10: 10 New
    +3
    30% of accidents happen after the phrase: "Look how I can!"
    The remaining 70% after the words: "Bullshit! Look right" ... (c)
  • Kushka
    Kushka 6 October 2020 12: 01 New
    +2
    Boeing and Penguin meet. In Penguin
    young, hot ass, and in Boeing a gray-haired grandfather.
    Penguin - look how I can - how wrapped
    a barrel with two somersaults over the tail. And you?
    10 minutes, 15 minutes - Boeing flies smoothly
    voice on the air - and I went to the tail, drank coffee,
    stroked the stewardess on the ass, called
    my own restaurant, ordered foie gras at 20-00 ...
  • Shadow041
    Shadow041 6 October 2020 13: 25 New
    +3
    That's right, the tests should be comprehensive. The lantern can be pierced in battle and the pilot's equipment should allow the pilot to maintain combat effectiveness even in such conditions
  • Mikhail Ya2
    Mikhail Ya2 6 October 2020 18: 59 New
    0
    About a year ago, an Israeli F-15 lost its flashlight during a flight and landed safely at its base.
  • chingachguc
    chingachguc 6 October 2020 21: 53 New
    0
    so you can fly only at the lowest speed - at 200 km it will press the head against the back ... the Su-57 has almost no stall speed.
  • Dizel200
    Dizel200 7 October 2020 06: 44 New
    0
    Strange, I thought the Americans were again muddying the SU-57, like the Russians don't have money for a flashlight laughing or something else in the same spirit.
  • Plastmaster
    Plastmaster 7 October 2020 18: 42 New
    0
    Quote: The same Lech
    Well, if there is no mind, then maybe.

    This is because in aviation anything can happen ... then you understand they will shoot from a cannon at exercises at their plane ... then helicopter pilots will accidentally fire their missiles ... anecdotally ... but it was the same.

    Well, if you yourself are not interested, and do not find out from those who can tell how it was, then yes anecdote. Who is in thorns, to whom they will suit as profitably.
  • Igor Rozhkov
    Igor Rozhkov 15 October 2020 16: 55 New
    0
    Interestingly, will the pilot light a gas from a gas burner or from a lighter bought in Magnet?