US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The first prototype of the American fifth-generation 5GAT target aircraft, nicknamed the imitator of the Russian Su-57 fighter, crashed during tests. This is reported by the portal Janes with reference to the report of the Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Assessment.
In a publication dated January 20, it is indicated that 5GAT is being created so that it can take part in tests of air-to-air and ground-to-air combat systems.
In addition, they intend to use this model in the training of pilots and the development of ways to combat subtle air threats.
The 5GAT is powered by a pair of General Electric J85 engines that were scrapped from the former T-38 trainer aircraft.
The 5GAT has a length of 12.2 m and a wingspan of 7.3 m.The device has a maximum take-off weight of 4.4 tons.The aircraft will be able to fly at altitudes of up to 13.7 thousand meters for a duration of 1.5 hours, reports Aviation Explorer …
In January 2020, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, citing FlightGlobal, reported that the 5GAT was designed as a disposable stealth aircraft for training air combat and is a sparring partner that helps combat pilots learn to shoot down stealth aircraft such as the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 or Chinese Chengdu J-20.
In the same month, it became known that a new reusable US drone with X-61A Gremlin turbojet engines was successfully launched from a military transport aircraft, but after 1.5 hours of flight, it crashed .
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