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Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut by bagera3005 Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut by bagera3005
The Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Russian: Су-47 Беркут - Golden Eagle), also designated S-32 and S-37 during initial development, is an experimental supersonic jet fighter developed by Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. A distinguishing feature of the aircraft is its forward-swept wing, similar to that of the Tsybin's LL-3.[1] Its NATO reporting name is "Firkin". The sole aircraft produced is an advanced technology demonstrator prototype and manufacture of a planned second flying prototype is under question due to recent MIG developments of 5th generation Jet fighters.


Originally known as the S-37, Sukhoi redesignated its advanced test aircraft as the Su-47 in 2002. Officially nicknamed Berkut (Golden Eagle), the Su-47 was originally built as Russia's principal testbed for composite materials and sophisticated fly-by-wire control systems. The aircraft makes use of forward-swept wings allowing superb maneuverability and operation at angles of attack up to 45° or more.

TsAGI has long been aware of the advantages of forward-swept wings, with research including the development of the Tsibin LL and study of the captured Junkers Ju 287 in the 1940s. Forward-swept wings yield a higher maximum lift coefficient, reduced bending moments, and delayed stall when compared to more traditional wing shapes. At high angles of attack, the wing tips remain unstalled allowing the aircraft to retain aileron control. Unfortunately, forward sweep also induces twisting (divergence) strong enough to rip the wings off an aircraft built of conventional materials. Only recently have composite materials made the design of aircraft with forward-swept wings feasible.

The project was launched in 1983 on order from the USSR AF. But then, with the crash of the USSR funding was frozen and development continued only being funded by Sukhoi. Like its US counterpart, the Grumman X-29, the Su-47 is primarily a technology demonstrator, one intended to lay the foundation for the next Russian fighter. Such a fighter must not only be as advanced as the US F-22 Raptor, but must also compete for funding with the more conventional MiG 1.44. However, Sukhoi is now attempting to market the Su-47 to the Russian military and foreign customers as a production fighter in its own right.[citation needed]

[edit] Design
Outline of the Sukhoi Su-47

The Su-47 is of similar dimensions to previous large Sukhoi fighters, such as the Su-35. To reduce development costs, the Su-47 borrowed the forward fuselage, vertical tails, and landing gear of the Su-27 family. Nonetheless, the aircraft includes reduced radar signature features (including radar absorbent materials),[citation needed] an internal weapons bay, and space set aside for an advanced radar. Though similar in overall concept to the American X-29 research aircraft of the 1980s, the Su-47 is about twice the size and far closer to an actual combat aircraft than the US design.

To solve the problem of wing-twisting, the Su-47 makes use of composite materials carefully tailored to resist twisting while still allowing the wing to bend for improved aerodynamic behavior. Due to its comparatively large wingspan, the Su-47 is to be equipped with folding wings, in order to fit inside Russian hangars.

Like its immediate predecessor, the Su-37, the Su-47 is of tandem-triplane layout, with canards ahead of wings and tailplanes. Interestingly, the Su-47 has two tailbooms of unequal length outboard of the exhaust nozzles. The shorter boom, on the left-hand side, houses rear-facing radar, while the longer boom houses a brake parachute.

[edit] Maneuverability

The Su-47 has extremely high agility at subsonic speeds, enabling the aircraft to alter its angle of attack and its flight path very quickly while retaining maneuverability in supersonic flight. The Su-47 has a maximum speed of Mach 1.6 at high altitudes and a 9g capability.[1]

Maximum turn rates, and the upper and lower limits on airspeed for weapon launch, are important criteria in terms of combat superiority. The Su-47 aircraft has very high levels of maneuverability with maintained stability and controllability at extreme angles of attack. Maximum turn rates are important in close combat and also at medium and long range, when the mission may involve engaging consecutive targets in different sectors of the airspace. A high turn rate of the Su-47 allows the pilot to turn the fighter aircraft quickly towards the next target to initiate the weapon launch. The main problem with this, however, is that the Su-47 is at a high risk to spin out of control with little chance of recovery.

The swept-forward wing, compared to a swept-back wing of the same area, provides a number of advantages:

* higher lift-to-drag ratio
* higher capacity in dogfight maneuvers
* higher range at subsonic speed
* improved stall resistance and anti-spin characteristics
* improved stability at high angles of attack
* a lower minimum flight speed
* a shorter take-off and landing distance

[edit] Fuselage

The Su-47s fuselage is oval in cross section and the airframe is constructed mainly of aluminium and titanium alloys and 13% (by weight) of composite materials. The nose radome is slightly flattened at the fore section, and has a horizontal edge to optimise the aircraft's anti-spin characteristics.

[edit] Wings

The forward-swept midwing gives the unconventional (and characteristic) appearance of the Su-47, earning it the nickname of 'devil' and 'slingshot'. A substantial part of the lift generated by the forward-swept wing occurs at the inner portion of the wingspan. The lift is not restricted by wingtip stall. The ailerons - the wing's control surfaces - remain effective at the highest angles of attack, and controllability of the aircraft is retained even in the event of airflow separating from the remainder of the wings' surface.

The wing panels are constructed of nearly 90% composites. The forward-swept midwing has a high aspect ratio, which contributes to long-range performance. The leading-edge root extensions blend smoothly to the wing panels, which are fitted with deflectable slats on the leading edge; flaps and ailerons on the trailing edge. The all-moving and small-area trapezoidal canards are connected to the leading-edge root extensions.

The downside of such a wing design is that it produces strong rotational forces that try to twist the wings off, especially at high speeds. This twisting necessitates the use of a large amount of composites in order to increase the strength and durability of the wing. Despite this strengthening, the plane was initially limited to Mach 1.6. Recent engineering modifications have raised this limit, but the new limit has not been specified. Nevertheless, it is rumored that the Su-47 prototype recently suffered some manner of wing failure during testing. As a result, Western analysts speculate that Sukhoi engineers have restored the prototype to a conventional swept-wing layout.[2] Apparently, the engineers reached the same conclusions with regard to the viability of a forward-swept layout as their counterparts at Grumman did twenty years ago with the X-29.[2] Therefore, it is likely that any derivative production aircraft based on Su-47 research will utilize a conventional wing layout.

[edit] Thrust vectoring

Although not revolutionary, the thrust vectoring (with PFU engine modification) of ±20° at 30°/second in pitch and yaw will greatly support the agility gained by the forward-swept-wings.

[edit] Cockpit

The cockpit's design has focused on maintaining a high degree of comfort for the pilot and also on the pilot being able to control the aircraft in extremely high g-load manoeuvres. The aircraft is equipped with a new ejection seat and life support system. The variable geometry adaptive ejection seat is inclined at an angle of 60°, which reduces the impact of high g forces on the pilot. The seat allows dogfight and missile avoidance maneuvers with significantly higher g loadings than can normally be tolerable. The Su-47 pilot uses a side-mounted, low-travel control stick and a tensiometric throttle control. Many experts, however, claim that the cockpit gives the pilot very low visibility due to poor design. This reclined seating arrangement was first used in the F-16 Fighting Falcon but was determined to be of little value. However, it was replicated in the F-22A Raptor.

[edit] Operators


* Russian Air Force

[edit] Specifications (Su-47)

Data from World Aircraft & Systems Directory

General characteristics

* Crew: 1
* Length: 22.6 m (74 ft 2 in)
* Wingspan: 15.16 m to 16.7 m (49 ft 9 in to 54 ft 9 in)
* Height: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in)
* Wing area: 61.87 m² (666 ft²;)
* Empty weight: 16,375 kg (36,100 lbs)
* Loaded weight: 25,000 kg (55,115 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 35,000 kg (77,162 lbs)
* Powerplant: 2× Lyulka AL-37FU(planned) Flying prototypes used 2 Aviadvigatel D-30F6 afterburning, thrust-vectoring (in PFU modification) turbofans with digital control
o Dry thrust: 83.4 kN (18,700 lbf) each
o Thrust with afterburner: 142.2 kN (32,000 lbf) each

* Thrust vectoring: ±20° at 30° per second in pitch and yaw


* Maximum speed: Mach 1.6[2] (1,717 km/h, 1,066 mph)
* At sea level: Mach 1.31 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph[1])
* Range: 3,300 km (2,050 mi)
* Service ceiling: 18,000 m (59,050 ft)
* Rate of climb: 233 m/s (46,200 ft/min)
* Wing loading: 360 kg/m² (79.4 lb/ft²;)


Number of hardpoints: 14: 2 wingtip, 6-8 under wing, 6-4 conformal under fuselage

* Guns: 1 × 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
* Missiles: 14 hardpoints (2 wingtip, 6-8 underwing, 4-6 conformal under the fuselage)
o Air-to-air: R-77, R-77PD, R-73, K-74
o Air-to-surface: X-29T, X-29L, X-59M, X-31P, X-31A, KAB-500, KAB-1500
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Berzerker2k5 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My most favorite fighter plane.
JESzasz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 I didn't even know that the Su-47 Berkut didn't reach production. I always assumed that they did, ever since I first saw them in Ace Combat 4.
678091 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reason for shelving: Supposed crash???

Me: *intrigued* There's no official reports, its all media speculation, but the true report was that its not yet ready for its intended role, if so then I hope they improve the airframe so its possible to use, I love this aircraft just as much as the T-50
ViceN53 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Where's the rear point of view?
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
i have not don it yet
themotherfucker122 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
kurtboss21 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Russia is still developing the Su-47! Look out america, here comes deh berkut!
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
foreword swap has dog fight advantages
texruski94 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
This plane in Ace Combat 5 and Zero
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :)
Jetta-Windstar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
i love the Sukhoi! Haven't looked into the Su47 much but I definitely like this one. Next favorite model is prolly the Su37. I still like the A10 as well...totally different aircraft but each have their strengths.
malevonico Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
My favorite aircraft, well done!
Klobb17 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job. I'm a patriotic redneck American, but this is still my favorite aircraft.
Ninvus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Mind if i use this to try to build a 3d Blender model?
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
go ahead
Mohamed-Ted Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you i need this
detman Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the f-22 iz steel bettur!
RussianDUH Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student
Ф-22, это бездумная трата денег и ресурсов... Полезная нагрузка небольшая, высотность низкая, стоит много...
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favorite jets! Wow nice job! 8D I love if how your drawings show so much detail X3 no other blueprint I've found before is this good!
Astron-Freen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Great work.But you have a little bug
"окв сухого\"

correctly "окб сухого\"
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
always had probom getting that right
CommissarFox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
I absolutely love the forward-swept wing design of the Su-47.
d-camilo87 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
I have to agree with previous comments, this is an aircraft masterpiece!
TacticalCrash Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
cool they should add this to Hawx
Ninvus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
This plane is in HAWX.
Marx-Paragon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
hands down, my favorite jet!
BlacktailFA Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
This is one of my all-time favorites --- I can't wait to see renderings of the Su-47 Firkin in camo schemes!
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