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Sukhoi Holding Company will develop a two-seat export version of PAK FA
Russian Aviaton » Monday February 11, 2013 14:38 MSK

Sukhoi Holding Company will export both single-seat and two-seat versions of fifth-generation T-50 (PAK FA) fighter, Lenta.ru reports.
«The details will be unveiled after the signing of corresponding contracts. After that we will provide the number of exported  single-seat and two-seat aircraft », — president of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan, said at Aero India 2013 airshow held in Bangalore.

According to the president of UAC, at present only single-seat versions of PAK FA are being tested, «but we will start testing of two-seat fighters in the nearest future». Pogosyan also noted that even one pilot will be able to perform multi-role missions thanks to the jet’s airborne equipment and its level of automation».

UAC has presented a mockup of fifth-generation FGFA fighter and MTA multi-role transport aircraft at Aero India 2013. FGFA and MTA are being codeveloped by Russia and India.   

As previously reported, India intends to purchase 144 FGFA fighters (initially India intended to purchase 214 fighters). Presumably most of these jets will be single-seated ones.

The cost of FGFA’s development is assessed at $11 billion. India stated in August 2012 that it plans to spend about $35 billion on development and procurement of FGFA fighters. The first FGFA prototype should be delivered to India in 2014. The second and third ones – in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

FGFA will have a length of 22,6 m and height of 5,9 m. Its wingspan will be 14,2 m and the maximum takeoff weight – 34 tons. The jet will be powered by engines with all-aspect thrust vector control and its range will be 3800 km. The fighter’s maximum flight speed will be about 2,300 km/h. FGFA will also be exported to other foreign countries.

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