Friday, July 27, 2012

T-50 PAK-FA Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft [FGFA] carrying missiles in its internal weapon bay

A CGI, depicting the Russian T-50 PAK-FA combat aircraft carrying missiles in its internal weapons bay.

Skilfully rendered, I'd say

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A characteristic feature of all fifth generation of fighter aircrafts developed so far, carrying weapons in internal bays, allows the aircraft to exhibit reduced Radar Cross-Section [RCS], improving its stealth characteristics, if the mission profile so demands.

Designers are also trying to incorporate this concealed weapon carrying ability on to legacy aircraft, as part of possible life-extension upgrades. One such implementation of this is the 'Enclosed Weapons Pod' that Boeing Engineers have developed for retro-fitting onto the F/A-18 E/F 'Super Hornet' aircraft.

While we're on the topic of CGI, here is another rendering, showing off the PAK-FA in U.S. Air Force's [USAF] Thunderbird colours. Wonder how Americans would feel about this? Sacrilegious?




Related: Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, T-50 PAK-FA design & testing: Updates