YouTube – Su-47 Berkut
2 x 18,707 lbs. ea.
1 – 30 mm
74 ft. 2 in.
49 ft. 10 in.
+ – 10.5G
When first introduced in 1997, Sukhoi executives stated that, “Variants of the Su-47 Berkut, 5th generation plus fighter, will make all current fighter aircraft obsolete within 10 years.”
The unique successor to the Su-47 Berkut is expected to demonstrate extreme agility along short trajectories, and perform maneuvers of over a ninety degree angle of attack. In addition it will employ stealth technology and have super cruise ability. The multi-role aircraft will have BVR, attack, interceptor, and long range tactical abilities.
The FSW (Forward Swept Wings) Su-47 Berkut demonstration version of the aircraft has been flying since Sept. 25, 1997. Many compare its agile flight performance with that of the best fighter aircraft in the world.
India and Sukhoi were planning to have the Indian Air Force equipped with derivatives of the Su-47 front-line fighters by the year 2020. That never materialized due to delays in aircraft development and cost overruns.
While it appears that the FSW (forward swept wing) version of the Su-47 will not be produced in its current form, Sukhoi says that the design of the aircraft facilitates the development of aircraft that will meet the demands for 5th generation plus fighters.
If American aircraft are an example of the cost of such a development program, production beyond the Su-47 prototype phase should cost approximately US$10 billion. It is anticipated that the super cruise AL-37-FU thrust vectoring engine will be the most expensive component of the aircraft to develop.
Considering the costs involved, it was anticipated that production of the Su-47 Berkut could involve a combined venture of China, India and Russia. However, China now has their own version of a fifth generation stealthy fighter aircraft.
India had acquired a licensing agreement for the manufacture of the aircraft in its own country. Other partners that India was considering for further Su-47 Berkut development were Brazil or the European Union. However, India alone was to be producing the aircraft.
We received the following email from Sergey Shkodin in the Ukraine ([email protected]):
“Largest RC Su-47
giant scale – 1:8
length – 111″
wingspan – 83″
weight – 10 1/2 lbs.
fans – Schuebeler DS-94-DIA HDT
motors – Lehner 2250-14
batteries – 12s 6000 mah
ESC – 200A
The ARTF of the RC Su-47 is available