In November 2016, press service of the United Engine Corporation reported about successful first land-based start of the second-stage engine for PAK FA jet. The company’s director Alexander Artyukhov announced the flight tests of the new engine to kick off in 2017.
So far, currently available PAK FA prototypes fly with the first-stage engine, turbojet AL-41F1 dubbed ‘Project 117’. These engines run Su-35 fighter jets. The new propulsion system will surpass AL-41F1 with better fuel efficiency and lower lifecycle cost.
PAK FA (Т-50) is a Russian prospective fifth-generation fighter jet first tested in 2010. Although commissioning of T-50 is scheduled in 2018, Russian military want to get first preproduction batch this year.