EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4047 times:
I can't answer the question about whether it's been seen outside of Russia, but the airplane doesn't seem to be much more than a technology demonstrator at this point. Based on present impressions, it doesn't appear the airplane will go into production. It might be Russia just can't come up with the money to put it into production, but that's speculation on my part.
Sovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2339 posts, RR: 14 Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3855 times:
Quoting A342 (Reply 2):
The Sukhoi PAK-FA is intended as Russia's next generetion fighter. Details are sketchy, but assembly of the first prototypes seems to be at an advanced stage.
I believe it is complete or almost finished in any case. There was a "show" that was put on for Putin and a small group of high-ranked officials this summer. Either Russia is doing a really good job of keeping it's appearance secret, or it's all a bluff.
A342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4655 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3813 times:
Quoting Sovietjet (Reply 3): I believe it is complete or almost finished in any case. There was a "show" that was put on for Putin and a small group of high-ranked officials this summer.
That's right. First flight is supposed to be this year:
"The newly unveiled unit is intended for integration with Sukhoi's heavyweight fighter prototype, which air force commander Aleksandr Zelin says is due to fly in November or December. The aircraft was shown to President Vladimir Putin in its assembly phase during his May visit to the KnAAPO production plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur."