Italeri ITA48151 Russian Sukhoi PAK FA T-50 Stealth Fighter - Zhukovsky Air Base, Russia (1:100 Scale)
"Their [US] defense budget in absolute figures is almost 25 times bigger than Russia's. This is what in defense is referred to as 'their home - their fortress'. And good on them, I say. Well done! But this means that we also need to build our home and make it strong and well protected. We see, after all, what is going on in the world. The Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, as the saying goes. It knows who to eat and is not about to listen to anyone, it seems."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to the Federal Assembly in his 2006 annual address
The Sukhoi PAK FA (Russian: Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii, literally "Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation") is a twin-engine jet fighter being developed by Sukhoi for the Russian Air Force. The Sukhoi T-50 is the prototype for PAK FA. The PAK FA is one of only a handful of stealth jet programs worldwide.
The PAK FA, a fifth generation jet fighter, is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian inventory and serve as the basis of the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA being developed with India. The T-50 prototype performed its first flight on January 29th, 2010.
The Russian Defence Ministry will purchase the first 10 evaluation example aircraft after 2012 and then 60 production standard aircraft after 2016. The first batch of fighters will be delivered with current technology engines. The PAK-FA is expected to have a service life of about 3035 years.
This particular 1:100 scale replica of a Russian Sukhoi PAK FA T-50 Stealth Fighter then deployed to the Zhukovsky Air Base.
Back Order! Ship Date: August 2014.
Wingspan: 5-3/4 inches
Length: 8 inches
Release Date: February 2014
Historical Account: "The Russian Bear" - The M. M. Gromov Flight Research Institute or LII for short, is an important Russian aircraft test base, scientific research center located in Zhukovsky, 40 km south-east of Moscow.
It has one of the longest runways in Europe at 5,403 m. LII's concrete surfacing covers the area of 2.5 million square meters. LII was used as the backup landing site for the Shuttle Buran test program and also as a test base for a Buran's aerodynamic prototypes. (See OK-GLI)
LII periodically holds the MAKS event, the International Air Show (Aviasalon). At present, LII is also used as a cargo airport. The airfield is also known as Zhukovsky Air Base or Ramenskoye Air Base (Airport Ramenskoye)