Is the distance between the engine face and the inlet known? Maybe approximately? Placing a radar blocker there should be quite challenging, at least the blocker will be quite near to the inlet.
Well, nobody can really agree on just what is seen in this pic (for starters, the vanes seen in the intake are in the wrong place for the engine face if we take perspective and engine slanting into account), but what can be said is that we couldn't really jump to conclusions from a pure airframe testbed that is T-50-1. 50-2 and 50-3 airframes down the pipe might bring significant revisions to many of the systems.
Russian-Indian work on 5G fighter to go ahead without extra deal
http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20100611/159390947.htmlRussian aircraft holding Sukhoi has no plans to sign additional agreements creating a joint venture with its Indian partners in the production of a fifth-generation fighter, the general director said on Friday.
Russian Sukhoi holding and Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) agreed in early 2010 to jointly develop a fifth-generation stealth fighter jet.
Sukhoi head Mikhail Pogosyan had said that an additional agreement would be signed specifying the Indian role in the project, but on Friday he said that the Russian company hoped work would begin soon without any such deal.
"We don't plan to sign a joint venture. We have agreed on joint work with our Indian colleagues," Pogosyan said.
He said the joint work could be carried out under the current agreement.
"We will do our part of the work, our Indian counterparts theirs," Pogosyan said. "At the initial stage it is not necessary to have a joint venture."
Earlier, HAL was reported to be seeking a 25% share in design and development in the project.
Russia has been developing its fifth-generation fighter since the 1990s. The current prototype, known as the T-50, was designed by the Sukhoi design bureau and built at a plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia's Far East.
Russian officials have already hailed the fighter as "a unique warplane" that combines the capabilities of an air superiority fighter and attack aircraft.
Thx, for that quote CaptMorgan. Interesting...
In other words, nobody really knows one damn bit.
MiG decline was on my opinion related to the fact that its main product specialization was always the "frontovny" fighter: as in Soviet military it was by long the main military aircraft MiG get a (well founded) preminence over others design bureaus.
When the Cold war ended, however it was the whole concept of a frontal aviation fighter, that went in a deep crisis
The mig-29s (and its predecessors) are not multirole fighters, but are instead a kind of specialized air-to air light aircraft with limited autonomy and payload intended to operate closely to the front line in order to protect mobile army formations.
When Russia decided to retire all single engine tactical aircraft and adopt an orgaization similar to the western one, the heavy Sukoi 27 proved to be a platform with enought flexibility to be developed into both the air-sup. than into the multirole fighter missions (and being exported), the light mig-29 failed both.
Obviously there were also political and economical interest behind the Sukhoi preminence, as always in the world, but i still think that these development has definitely precise tecnixcal reasons behind it.
1 meter from the inlet is VERY close. Remember, T-50 is almost the same size as Su-27, and that bird is ENORMOUS. Just to give you the basic point, the main wheels on T-50 are just a bit bigger than 1 m in diameter.
It may be possible that Sukhoi engineers found a similar solution and simply is not installed in the PakFa yet.