News that Russia's prototype fifth generation fighter aircraft the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA would make flying demonstrations at Russia's biennial MAKS airshow, the MAKS 2011, made the airshow all that much more worth looking forward to. Needless to say, lots of pictures of the aircraft performing at the airshow are now available online.
During one of its performance, one of the prototypes experienced a malfunction, causing an engine flameout. Of all the challenges that need to be overcome in order to develop a true fifth generation fighter, engine development is likely to be the most demanding.
India, too, is to take part in the program, developing a twin-seater variant of the aircraft, generically named the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft [FGFA], or also, just as generic Perspective Multi-role Fighter [PMF]. The programme, with Indian involvement, is currently in the Preliminary Design [PD] phase, that is to last till around the June of 2012. The Indian Air Force [IAF] is, projected begin induction of the aircrafts from 2018 - optimistic, IMHO.
Sharing some of the hi-res pictures of T-50 PAK-FA aircraft, shot during the MAKS 2011 airshow.
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sources: oko-planet.su || sdelanounas.ru || www.yaplakal.com || fotografersha.livejournal.com || forums.eagle.ru || forum.for-ua.com || www.flightglobal.com || flickr.com/photos/zelentsov/ || www.sukhoi.ru || paralay.iboards.ru || maks.sukhoi.ru
Note: In order to ensure the pictures do not get re-sized to a smaller dimension, as would be done if uploaded directly to Blogger, they've instead been uploaded & linked to Dropbox [pictures 48 onwards]. However, owing to the limited space offered by the service, I run the risk of running out of allotted disk space. Signing up with Dropbox using this link would give me an additional 256 MB of space, while you get 2 GB of free space. After signing up, you, however need to install their desktop software for me to be allotted the extra space.
A very nifty service too - a lot of useful things can be done. Also - Automatically backup hard disk data across multiple Dropbox accounts.