The PAKFA would be aproxi 18 tons weight, 3 weapon bays was arranged F-22 like.
Well, an insider gave a clue that weaponbays are not three, Raptor in fact has four .
Just a polite reminder that 'insider sources' are rarely accurate and often not the people they claim to be. Only a fool would take what they say as the gospel truth.
Main weaponbay is, in fact, two separate bays, divided by a very thin...er, divider.
He is refering to the F-22s weapon bay.
We are all fanboys/girls at heart. Once we cease to become one we should forsake aviation.
Russian fifth-generation fighter to perform maiden flight in 2009 - deputy minister
ST. PETERSBURG. Sept 24 (Interfax-AVN) - A Russian fifth-generation fighter will fly its maiden flight in 2009, Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Yury Borisov told journalists at a conference in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
The plane prototype already exists, and is based in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Borisov said.
The aircraft will be equipped with Russian-made avionics, he said.
The principal contractor for building the fifth-generation fighter is the Sukhoi aircraft holding company. Most experts are of the view that the characteristics of the basic version of the Russian fifth-generation fighter will be competitive with those of its U.S. analogs.
The projected aircraft will be multifunctional (that is, capable of destroying both aerial and ground targets in any weather and at any time of day), super-maneuverable (capable of flying at low airspeeds and with a high angle of attack), hard to detect in the optical, infrared, and radar waves, and capable of using 300-400-meter-long runways to take off and land.
The aircraft will also be able to perform long flights at supersonic speeds with multiple aerial refueling, will have qualitatively new electronic equipment, and its flight processes will be automated as much as possible.
It may be observed that the above news agency fails to even mention anything about India in the news report about PAK-FA. Note that it mentions, and I quote, "A Russian fifth generation military fighter ... "
In my view, this may "speak volumes" about the 'ground reality' of the total and complete Russian ownership of the project, vis-a-vis the false claims made by the IAF and the Defence Ministry that it is a 50% joint-venture between India and Russia.
So who cares?? As long as PAK-FA MKI ends up in IAF everyone is happy including fanboys. Given the incompetence shown by ADA and HAL in making Tejas I wouldn't hold my breath for the MCA.
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