Number One With a Bullet: Russia’s New T-50 Jet Gets Sophisticated Shells
18:12 23.02.2017(updated 18:20 23.02.2017)
Russia’s fifth generation fighter jet, the T-50, is equipped with new aircraft cannon shells which have been upgraded to enable ‘smart’ targeting, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
The Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta quoted Sergey Rusakov, the head of the Russian concern Tekhmash, as saying that Russia’s fifth generation fighter jet, the T-50, has been equipped with aircraft cannon shells that feature synthetic polymer navigation equipment.
According to him, a batch of these sophisticated 30-mm shells have already been produced in Russia. Rusakov said that they will add significantly to the survivability of an aircraft’s guns.
The main new feature of the shells is that their steering components are made of a special plastic, according to Rusakov.
This significantly increases the combat effectiveness of 30-millimeter guns, especially when firing multiple-round bursts.
The multi-purpose T-50 fighter jet, also known as the PAK FA, made its maiden flight in January 2010.
A year later, the aircraft was presented at the MAKS-2011 air show. Mass production of the plane is due to begin later in 2017.
It is a single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and the first operational aircraft in the Russian Aerospace Forces to use stealth technology.
The warplane was designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. The aircraft will be used to achieve air superiority and assist in ground attacks.
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9-A1-4071K 30mm gun
The 9-A1-4071K is an automatic, rapid-fire cannon derived from the GSh-301 30mm gun being developed for the Russian Air Force T-50/Su-50 fifth generation fighter jet. KBP started the development of the new gun system in 2014 and the first test firings were carried out in September 2016. The 9-A1-4071K is provided with a water-based cooling system and supports rate of fires of 1,500 rounds per minute. This lightweight cannon is able to fire 30mm blast/fragmentation, incendiary and armor piercing ammunition against air, sea and ground targets. The cannon have an effective range of 200 to 800 meters against airborne target and 1,200 to 1,800 meters against surface targets. Thanks to the Su-50 fire control system the cannon is expected to become more effective to those used on existing combat aircraft.
Magazine Capacity: 150
Number of Barrels: 1
Caliber: 30 millimeter
Max Range: 1,800 meter (5,906 foot)
Min Range: 200 meter
Max Rate of Fire: 1,500 round per minute
Muzzle Velocity: 860 mps
Cartridge Weight: 0.83 kilogram
Combat Weight: 50 kilogram (110 pound)
Projectile Weight: 0.39 kilogram