Russia is developing an unmanned combat air vehicle based on the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced today.
The drone development is currently at a “preliminary research stage,” in accordance with plans approved by the Russian Defense Ministry, UAC president Mikhail Pogosyan was quoted by RIA Novosti at the MAKS-2013 airshow.
With the significant technological head start provided by the T-50 program, it will be relatively easy to go ahead with the practical realization of the drone project once the fundamental specifications are agreed upon, Pogosyan added.
The T-50, which will make up the core of Russia's future fighter fleet, is a multirole warplane featuring stealth technology, super-maneuverability, super-cruise capability, and advanced avionics including an active electronically scanned array radar.
The T-50, currently undergoing tests in prototype form, made its first public appearance at the MAKS airshow two years ago.
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Sukhoi Aircraft has introduced the new design solutions to increase the stealth capabilities of T-50 by managing to greatly reduce the effective surface scattering of the fighter, which is the basic element for visibility on aircraft radars. An average value of this indicator for the T-50 fighter is between 0
Russia is planning to develop an advanced lightweight fighter jet prototype to supplement fifth-generation T-50 aircraft, a government official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The new aircraft is expected to be cheaper to produce and easier to maintain, but should also possess combat capabilities and performance characteristics comparable with those of heavy-class aircraft
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