The second prototype of the prospective Russian fifth generation fighter outfitted with the engine by Saturn Research and Production Association Open Joint-Stock Company made its first flight on March 03, 2011. The flight took place at the Aircraft Manufacturing Association’s runway in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and was a success. The engines passed the test. Sergey Bogdan, merited test pilot of Russia, was the pilot, who in early 2010 flew the first T-50 prototype.
Ilya Fedorov, Managing Director at Saturn OJSC, Deputy General Director at ODK Managing Company: “The flight of the second aircraft was successful in general: no complaints about the engine or avionics. The plane was ready for the flight at the agreed time and the test pilot was extremely pleased with that. We wish this plane many more successful tests and eventual serial production."
Yevgeny Marchukov, Lulka R&D Center chief designer and branch manager (Saturn Research and Production Association OJSC): “The engines used in the prototypes of prospective fifth-generation fighter are much different from the 117S engines designed for Su-35 with regard to its parameters and avionics. T-50 aircraft equipped with engines by Saturn is fully consistent with the aircraft specifications and will be fielded to the Russian Air Forces using the same engine. The program for building a new fighter jet is advancing. Only two countries, the United States and Russia, are capable of making such aircraft. This is indeed a major achievement.”
As you may recall, a set of bench and flight engine testing allowed T-50-1 to make its maiden flight on January 29, 2010.
Currently, they conduct special bench and endurance tests of the engine at Lytkarino Machine-Building Plant (Saturn branch), ground work together with the aircraft systems at Sukhoi Design Bureau in Gromov Flight Test Institute at the T-50-KNS facility, flight tests are going on at T-50-1 (over 40 flights), T-50-2 (2 flights) and a Su-27-mounted flying laboratory (32 flights).