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The hollow star is interesting, too.

But a not a novelty. The camo - and the star - really resemble what was seen on the first prototype of Su-27M (Su-35) back in the days.

I really can't say whether that's real or not. Haven't checked any other forums yet.

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I just read a rather glowing assessment of the PAKFA based on analysis of its first flight here.

It concludes that "the only viable strategic survival strategy now remaining for the United States is to terminate the Joint Strike Fighter program immediately, redirect freed funding to further develop the F-22 Raptor, and employ variants of the F-22 aircraft as the primary fighter aircraft for all United States and Allied TACAIR needs."

Could be an element of bias there - this is an Australian website that I've previously noticed has criticised their govt's F-35 JSF decision based on the number of air forces in the region already equipped with Su-27/30s and advanced AAMs...

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It concludes that "the only viable strategic survival strategy now remaining for the United States is to terminate the Joint Strike Fighter program immediately, redirect freed funding to further develop the F-22 Raptor, and employ variants of the F-22 aircraft as the primary fighter aircraft for all United States and Allied TACAIR needs."

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It concludes that "the only viable strategic survival strategy now remaining for the United States is to terminate the Joint Strike Fighter program immediately, redirect freed funding to further develop the F-22 Raptor, and employ variants of the F-22 aircraft as the primary fighter aircraft for all United States and Allied TACAIR needs."

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None of that would be necessary if they hadn't retired the Tomcat.

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Originally posted a few days ago by Matej on Secret Projects. Don't think the he has highrez full pic either. Btw, Matej i working on a profile of PAK-FA. He is going to release a low-res version on Internet 8'th march. I got the full res from him a few days ago (to help him checking errors, bug fixing etc) and it looks fantastic. Really something to look forward too. :banana:

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yeah, the numbers seems quite real.

it's just a bit strange that they leave the tree digits prototype codes system, they had use for decades...

really can't wait to see more pics...

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yeah, the numbers seems quite real.

it's just a bit strange that they leave the tree digits prototype codes system, they had use for decades...

really can't wait to see more pics...

Maybe trying to make it look more "tactical" since most inservice aircraft wear two digit Bort numbers?

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The pic is definatly real, I checked in Photoshop, there are no artifacts that would be left by a edit. Also, the clouds in the background are different and the snow on the runway is different. While it is a slightly different position as the image posted on first flight, the clouds would have been the same.

Still, very sexy.

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Certainly looks like there is no RAM on the jet yet. I have doubts it will get a full coating, maybe on some of the less stealthy surfaces, but not the whole jet. The RAM on the F-22 is apparently a pain in the katookus to maintain, and quite expensive.

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The RAM and other surface treatments on the F-22 and B-2 for that matter have evolved, but still are older methods. I'd suspect the Russians havet made some serious efforts to attack the number one maintenance issue for stealthy aircraft.

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