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PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

06 December 2017

The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December.

A T-50 PAKFA prototype seen fitted with the new Type 30 engine (left) fitted alongside the interim type 117S/M (right). (UAC)A T-50 PAKFA prototype seen fitted with the new Type 30 engine (left) fitted alongside the interim type 117S/M (right). (UAC)

The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the sortie “was completed in accordance with the conditions of the flight assignment”.

Up until now, the 10 flying T-50s have been fitted with the NPO Saturn Type 117S powerplants developed for the Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ fighter (designated Type 117M when fitted to the T-50). The milestone announced by UAC saw one of the aircraft’s two Type 117S/M engines replaced with the NPO Saturn Type 30 that has been developed specifically for the Su-57, as the T-50 PAKFA is to be known in operational service.



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