Is Russia’s Latest Fighter Stolen From An American Design? – What Does The Evidence Say?

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PAK Widow.

In the early 1990s, several companies were fighting their way to the top of a competition for the next fighter jet. At the end, it came down to two respective jets the Lockheed YF-22 and the Northrop YF-23. The United States Government selected the YF-22 which evolved into the Lockheed Martin F-22 and the YF-23 was forgotten, or so we thought.

Many considered the Northrop YF-23 to the superior fighter and that the YF-22 was only selected because it operated better at lower speeds. Then in 2009, the Russians unveiled the Sukhoi PAK FA, their most advanced fifth-generation fighter and it bore a striking resemblance to the YF-23. At first sight, everyone thought this design was stolen because its features are so incredibly similar.

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While there are some similarities between the two aircraft, there has been no direct link to stolen plans or leaked information. The PAK FA seems to be a merger of the Sukhoi Su-27 and the Northrop YF-23. Of course, this hasn’t stopped the theories of theft and leaks of F-22 tech falling into the hands of the Chinese which gave way to the Chengdu J-20.

The PAK FA is proceeding ahead into development with a new designation the Sukhoi Su-57. What do you think, is there evidence to support the Russia stealing the design or was it mere coincidence?

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