Sukhoi  Aircraft

The Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut ,
lit. 'Golden Eagle') (NATO reporting name Firkin).


Sukhoi Su-47 Golden Eagle


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.


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. At high angles of attack, the wing tips remain unstalled allowing the aircraft to retain aileron control. Conversely to more conventional rear-swept wings, forward sweep geometrically creates increased angle of incidence of the outer wing sections when the wing bends under load. The wings experience higher bending moments, leading to a tendency for the wings to fail structurally at lower speeds than for a straight or aft-swept wing.


The project was launched in 1983 on order from the Soviet Air Force. But when the USSR dissolved, funding was frozen and development continued only through funding by Sukhoi. Like its US counterpart, the Grumman X-29, the Su-47 was primarily a technology demonstrator for future Russian fighters.


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The Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Russian: Сухой Су-47 Беркут, lit. 'Golden Eagle') (NATO reporting name Firkin, also designated S-32 and S-37 (not to be confused with the twin-engined delta canard design offered by Sukhoi in the early 1990s under the designation Su-37) during initial development, was an experimental supersonic jet fighter developed by Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. A distinguishing feature of the aircraft was its forward-swept wing that gave the aircraft excellent agility and maneuverability. While serial production of the type never materialized, the sole aircraft produced served as a technology demonstrator prototype for a number of advanced technologies later used in the 4.5 generation fighter SU-35BM and current fifth-generation jet fighter Sukhoi Su-57.


Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut

The forward-swept midwing gives the Su-47 its unconventional appearance. A substantial part of the lift generated by the forward-swept wing occurs at the inner portion of the wingspan. This inboard lift is not restricted by wingtip stall and the lift-induced wingtip vortex generation is thus reduced.

  • History

    Role  Experimental/Technology demonstrator

    Manufacturer  Sukhoi

    First flight  25 September 1997

    Status  Cancelled

    Primary user  Russian Air Force

    Number built  1

  • Primary Users

    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)

    Empty weight: 16,375 kg (36,100 lbs); Loaded weight: 25,000 kg (55,115 lb)

    Max. takeoff weight: 35,000 kg (77,162 lb)

    Powerplant: 2 × Aviadvigatel D-30F11 afterburning, thrust vectoring (in PFU modification) turbofans    Dry thrust: 83.4 kN (18,700 lbf) each

  • General Info

        Maximum speed: Mach 1.65 (Achieved in test flights) (1,717 km/h, 1,066 mph)

            At sea level: Mach 1.16 (1,400 km/h, 870 mph)

        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/(sq ft))

        Thrust/weight: 1.16 (loaded) / 1.77 (empty)

Sukhoi SU-47 Golden Eagle


The Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Russian: Сухой Су-47 Беркут, lit. 'Golden Eagle') (NATO reporting name Firkin), also designated S-32 and S-37 (not to be confused with the twin-engined delta canard design


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