Russia returns to the idea of ​​developing a fighter with vertical takeoff and landing

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed that today [September 12 – ed.] they returned to the idea of ​​developing the latest fighter with vertical takeoff and landing, as well as the development of such a fighter is already included in the new State Armaments Program, learned

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The platform for the new fighter will be the development of the Yakovlev Design Bureau, from the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Yak-141 carrier-based fighter.

These development of VTOL aircraft, as a result of the difficult economic situation in our country, was curtailed. At one time, the Yak-141 became the most advanced vertical takeoff and landing fighter ever created.

The aircraft was created in the interests of naval aviation back in the 70s of the last century, and was supposed to be part of the air group of Soviet heavy aircraft carrying cruisers. Due to the delay associated with the development of the engine, the Yak-141 stood in the hangar for several years, and only in the 82nd its test cycle was completed.

It was undoubtedly a tremendous success, since the Western developments of that time had not yet even been embodied in the drawings, and the Soviet VTOL fighter was already preparing to carry out daily service.

From the very first days of flights, the Yak-141 showed fantastic flight characteristics, setting 12 world records, but in 1987, licked by the west, the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Gorbachev announced a reduction in defense spending, where the question of curtailing the programs for building new ships was considered, including heavy aircraft carriers.

All the tests of the Yak-141 have already been successfully completed at the Yakovlev Design Bureau, and all the aircraft were transferred to Severomorsk. At the beginning of 91, the Yak-141 performed its first landing on deck.

It was at this time that aircraft carriers began to be withdrawn from the Russian fleet, and in the absence of basing ships, all work on the Yak-141 carrier-based fighter was stopped. One of the indispensable characteristics of such a device is that VTOL fighters are capable of operating without a runway.

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This idea, of course, deserves attention, since in modern conditions, and with the state of affairs related to aircraft carrier ships in the ranks of the Russian Navy, work on such a project is a priority

And since Russia inherited a powerful technological base from the Soviet Union, which does not need to be developed from scratch, then, of course, one should not ignore such unique solutions that the Russian military-industrial complex has. So still Soviet developments have to serve in the future.

It is also worth noting that today it is the Yak-141 prototype that is the most perfect in terms of design, capabilities and characteristics, then with the use of new technologies and materials, it will be the starting point for Russian developers.

This solution will significantly reduce the development time for the latest vertical takeoff and landing fighter, which will become an indispensable and demanded aircraft in the Russian Navy.

Of course, the requirements of a modern VTOL fighter imply the creation of an aircraft with reduced visibility, which will undoubtedly lead to the development of a completely new airframe and a new power plant with higher characteristics than the prototype.

It is also worth noting that today there are interesting developments on the power plant for the new Russian carrier-based VTOL fighter, which is offered by the engine-building company PJSC “UEC-Saturn”.

Specific information on the Russian VTOL fighter, most likely, will appear only after the completion of all work, and after that it will be possible to make at least some balanced estimates. In the meantime, we will gorge ourselves and believe that this project will be implemented by Russian developers.

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The Russian Su-57 can beat F-35 someday, but not right now, a Russian expert explains

The Russian Su-57 fighter is already a good combat vehicle. However, there is still something to improve, for example, in order to bypass the American F-35 in terms of basic indicators, expert Vladimir Vasiliev believes

If we compare the Su-57 with an American competitor, then the domestic aircraft surpasses the opponent in terms of maneuverability, flight range and top speed, which makes it more attractive for buyers in foreign markets. It is not in vain that Turkey, being in danger of breaking the F-35 supply contract, is increasingly thinking about buying new Su-57s from Russia.

Be that as it may, but the F-35 has one important feature that has been acquired by him historically, the expert emphasizes. The fact is that American fighters are always designed as aircraft carrier-based vehicles, and therefore have the ability to take off and land in short bands.

It is noteworthy that even in this component the Russian fighter has some groundwork for improvements. Russian designers, among other things, have experience in creating aircraft with a vertical take-off and landing system, so they can combine the qualities of the latest fighter with the capabilities of the famous Yak-141 in the future to inherit the best properties of previous prototypes and get ahead of the F-35 in all respects.

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