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Su-50 NATO Codename: Flapjack by PaintFan08 Su-50 NATO Codename: Flapjack by PaintFan08
A further development of the Su-47, the Su-50 is a Russian response to the F-22 Raptor. The Flapjack uses the same fuselage as the Berkut tech demonstrator. Rather than using a forward swept wing design Sukhoi engineers decided on a more conventional wing. Forward canards were kept to add to the Su-50's maneuverability. New electronics, materials, and radar was added to the design. To keep the radar cross section low, the Flapjack can carry weapons internally. Like the JSF additional hardpoints can be added to the wings to carry more weapons.

So far the Su-50s have been attached to air defense regiments inside Russia under the control of Strany-PVO. An export version of the Flapjack was made available shortly after entering serivice with Russia. India has purchased the most Su-50s. Indian Air Force commanders saw the Flapjack as a cheap and easy way to acquire a 5th Generation fighter. Indian Su-50s known as the Su-50IKs have local electronics and computer upgrades. Iran has a squadron of Flapjacks while Venezuela is only now receiving their own Sukhois after a failed deal with China for their 5th Gen aircraft.


My take on the Russian TA-50 project. It is a Russian program by Sukhoi to create a 5th Generation fighter. I decided to mod an Su-47. According to reports the Russians were not satisfied with the forward swept wings and were looking to moving back to a conventional layout. After that just colored it in Su-27 Flanker colors. The side view is a Su-47 outline slightly modified.
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678091 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its PAK-FA not flapjack and the development version will be called FGFA
ZeroRM Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Great design. The only problem is that there already IS an Su-50, codenamed "Firefox". It's confirmed now that the PAK-FA will be designated Su-50, so maybe this will be...oh I don't know, an Su-53?
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Yeah I made this before the PAK-FA was publicly revealed. I have to say the actual Russian plane is prettier than mine. Firefox too is a cooler codename as well. It must be a NATO rule for most Russian planes to have cool names LOL.
ZeroRM Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Indeed; the only real complaint I have about the design is the stubby wings, which would be a severe limiter to maneuverability and thus goes against Russian fighter design doctrine.
Rankakiu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
woow, your plans for this magnificent airplane certainly look great!
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
The actual aircraft looks cooler, check out the PAK FA images on the web. Don't know how stealthy it actually is but the Russians have built themselves one pretty fighter.
MarkSYNTHESIS Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I can only speculate as to how it'll do against the F-22s that exist now. :D

Okay, the point is, it's very cool. Nice work.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Aerovista Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Photographer
nice and compact design.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Thank you glad you liked it.
EdXCal Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
thats a cool concept! At first I thought the wings were too small, but with all your other surfaces, you should be fine. You'd be very nimble at high speeds, I think this thing could easily kill it's own pilots just turning! (Good thing, lol)
I love the paint job too!
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks Ed.
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