The T-50\PAK FA boasts a number of unique features as compared with previous-generation fighters, and combines the functions of a strike aircraft and a fighter. This fifth-generation airplane is equipped with an entirely new set of deeply-integrated avionics featuring a high level of controlled automation and intelligent crew support.
History from UAC: The Su-57 took off for its first flight on January 29, 2010 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The first flight model of the fighter and a full ground test bed used for the testing of equipment and systems in support of the flight testing program were delivered to the JSC Sukhoi DB flight testing-and-development facility in the Town of Zhukovsky near Moscow on April 8. Upon completion of the required system and component-bed testing, including strength tests on the static airplane, ground testing of the test bed airplane and flight model, flight tests of the airplane under the preliminary testing program started on April 29, 2010.
The second flight model took off for its first flight at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur production site (KnAAZ) on March 3, 2011. After the completion of factory tests, it was included in the preliminary testing program.
The third flight model made its first flight on November 22, 2011. After the completion of a set of ground preparation works and re-equipment with an extended set of on-board equipment, it also entered the preliminary testing program.
The fourth and fifth Su-57 flight models arrived at Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow on January 17, 2013 and November 20, 2013. The airplanes arrived from the Far East under their own power.
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