The fifth-generation Russian fighter PAK FA (promising aviation front-line aviation complex) surpasses the American F-35, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin at a plenary meeting of the Technoprom international forum in Novosibirsk.
According to him, the price of the F-35 fighter developed in the USA, which is intended to replace the F-16 and F-18, has already increased from the initial 70 million dollars to 150. At the same time, "the terms of its adoption for service are constantly shifting, and combat effectiveness is doubtful," RIA "News».
“And we are evoked by a sense of hope and confidence that the fifth-generation combat fighter we are creating is an aviation complex of front-line aviation, this is the development of Sukhoi,” he already now seems to be superior to the American F-35 fighter, although he is also now in the stage of fine-tuning to the mind, ”said Rogozin.
At the end of October, the fifth prototype of the PAK FA first flew into Komsomolsk-on-Amur. In August, it was reported that the Air Force will receive the first copy of the PAK FA already in the third quarter of 2013, and in the fourth quarter it will begin state tests.
Until recently, four PAK FAs participated in the flight test program. The last fighter from this four made an independent flight from the Far East to Zhukovsky near Moscow in January of the current year. Two more fighters were tested on the ground.
Earlier, it was promised that, until the end of 2013, eight such machines would be involved in the trials.
According to the United Engine Corporation, by the end of the decade, the T-50 (PAK FA) will begin to be equipped with fundamentally new engines of the fifth generation of the second stage.
T-50 (project PAK FA) - the aircraft of the fifth generation, equipped with a fundamentally new complex of avionics and advanced radar with a phased antenna array.
The first flight took place on 29 on January 2010 of the year in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the first public demonstration of the fighter on 17 on August 2011 of the year at the MAKS-2011 international aerospace show in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
The F-35 fighter-bomber is being developed in three versions for the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the US Navy, the approximate nearest date of delivery to service is the 2016 year, the estimated base cost of the new aircraft is 75 million dollars.
The American fighter of the fifth generation F-35 was developed by aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. A number of experts have identified deficiencies in the F-35, due to which the plane, in their opinion, is more in tune with the fourth-generation fighter with a plus sign.
In February, a ban on test flights was introduced, after a crack was discovered in the turbine blades of one of the prototypes. Flights were resumed in April. According to the original plans, the US wanted to purchase about 2,8 thousand F-35 in three modifications and at least 600 fighter jets to supply the nine closest allies (including the NATO countries).