New fighter jet to bolster Russian air force
The T-50 performs during the MAKS 2011 air show outside Moscow. It is meant to rival the U.S. F-22 Raptor.
August 17th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

New fighter jet to bolster Russian air force

Russia's new stealth fighter jet made its public debut Tuesday, according to state-run news source RIA Novosti.

The Sukhoi T-50, developed collaboratively by Russia and India, appeared at the MAKS 2011 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

Gen. Alexander Zelin, head of the Russian air force, told RIA Novosti he expects the T-50 prototype to be ready in 2013, with "mass-produced aircraft" arriving in 2014 or 2015.

The aircraft is expected to become a staple of airborne defense for both Russia and India, Mikhail Pogosyan, head of Russia's United Aircraft Corp., told RIA Novosti.

"The T-50 will be the newest main plane both for the Russian and the Indian air force," Pogosyan said.

The article from the state-run media source says the Sukhoi T-50 cost the two governments about $6 billion to develop, with India shouldering about 35% of the cost. It is intended to match the U.S. F-22 raptor.

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  1. Mark

    This plane will be developed in concert with the technical people in India. It will include an voice interface. The only problem is no one will be able to understand what they are saying.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Indian

      You don't need to understand what we say. You just need to get this is your head that whatever you use, is made by us.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lorne D. Gilsig

    the plane looks like an F-22 due to convergent evolution. Both aircaft are intended for the same mission and use similar technology.

    Its why sharks and dolphins look the same.

    That being said, you can tell from the jet exhaust and panel joints that the plane is less stealthy than the F-22, and the damn thing is HUGE! Going to be hard to hide something that big from either radars or eyeballs...

    August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • blah99999

      have you seen the size of an F-22?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Medardus

      Google the PAK FA. It's more stealthy than you think.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lorne D. Gilsig

      The F-22 is about the same size as the F-15, which it replaces. The T-50 is about 10% to 15% larger in all dimensions, which does unpleasant things to its weight and surface area...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason S

    This is 30 year old technology. The newer technology are hyper sonic's and drones. It will take Russia and china At least 20 years to catch up with us. The U.S< didn't reveal the first stealth plane, the F-117, until 1989, over 10 years since it's first flight in 1977. If the government is just revealing hyper sonic and drone aircraft now, they've had them for 10 years before. Imagine what they still have not told the public yet.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sp2011

      They will catch up anyways. Dont kid yourself. No good thing lasts forever.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      sp...the russian finally came out with something stealth...tech that was stolen...and this is all they could come up with. This isnt a real threat, its just to show the russian ppl that they arent completely helpless and it more of a morale boost than anything

      August 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. blah99999

    Good thing Obama discontinued funding for new F-22's........

    August 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Corbs

      Obama didn't discontinue funding, the U.S. military did. They're putting more into their F-35 joint strike program...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fat Couch Jockey

    Balance in Asia is a good thing.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hayley

      Being an American and having lived in Russia for over three years, I have heard plenty of nationalistic statements on both sides. Most are usually knee jerk reactions full of pride and flag waving. Unfortunately the Americans side is usually even less capable than the Russian side of admitting when they've been outdone. Some of the comments in the thread here bore witness to that. The simple fact is, despite some theft in technological ideas here an there, which has happened between all "great powers" (Americans, British, Russian and others), the Russians have developed some incredible technology ON THEIR OWN. Their submarines and torpedoes were faster, rifles more reliable and jets in some areas superior. The Sukhoi 37 fighter, as an air to air combat jet, was the most maneuverable plane in the sky. So better to be honest in our appraisals of each other's capabilities.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sid

    Obama was in India to get jobs for Americans. India started off with $10 billion and 8000 jobs.
    Majority of American people are not qualified for high tech jobs. Most of them will work at Burger King and blame their Government for jobs and medicare, but would never pick up a book and study.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kishore

      "Majority of the Americans" huh?! You don't know sh!t to be generalizing like that. It's like them saying that "majority of the Indians are living in slums and would even sell their kidneys if only to get a sniff at Bollywood stars' a$$es!"

      August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NeutralMind

      Very well said.
      While we in North America sit and scratch our butts and complain and blame everyone in the world and pretend like we are the best thing that's ever happened in the world and how we are the greatest nation, the world is improving. I think we have forgotten through the years that the middle east and the east is where civilization came from. They have high number of educated people and actually quite smart. So while we sit here and make fun of everyone else out there, they create jobs.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sp2011

      That is true. Most just want to start earning $$ ASAP.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      Very true and then people blame Indians for stealing their jobs. Morons

      August 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkt210

      Take MTV and E! off the air and watch the national intelligence level rise...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • callin_a_bs

      Ok, I'm callin BS on that

      As a senior IT manager, I saw people with college degrees, 15 years of experience, and outstanding performance reviews get fired and replaced by an $10/hr offshore resources with a joke of a degree and zero experience every day.

      People are flippin burgers in the US because the corporations haven't figured out how to offshore burger flipping yet. At the rate we are going, the medical and service industries will be the only places left for US jobs. I'd say home-building, but you need a decent job to buy a home, so...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Techi In US

      You assessment is totally baseless. US has plenty of Techi workers the issue is not that they don’t have them but the fact that India is a nation of over a billion people Thus naturally producing more techi’s then they need. They have an access supply which US companies are more than willing to use as they are good and much cheaper. Plus in USA you can make money by going into any career you pick. Its not like India where the choice is very limited.
      Americans are not stupid. If they were stupid they won’t have the world’s richest economy even after all the so called economic slowdown. They are a giant.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Randy

    That new jet looks cute, but lets see a T-50 take on 100,000,000 microcontroller UAVs all tracking and shooting at it in parallel Appears the Russians are fighting yesterday's wars but that's good news...

    August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • boka

      Keep in mind once all those machines kill off USA enemies those same weapons will be used to kill USA citizens.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkt210

      Where are you getting a hundred million UAVs? Pickng them from the UAV tree? Unmanned doesn't mean uncontrolled – where are you getting enough people to man the ground control stations for those hundred million UAVs that you don't have?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Techi In US

      Randy you are wrong. UAV’s today have a very limited role and can easily be shot down if the opponent has a superior AirForec and ground tracking capabilities.
      I am sure in 20-30 plus years UAV’s will replace fighter jets all together but they are not there yet.
      These fighter jets will still have a big role for the next 20 to 30 years. Now I will agree with you if you said this is the last generation of manned aircrafts. That statement is very likely true.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Look at the performance of 32 bit microcontrollers now that cost less than a cheeseburger, incredible low cost SAR/phased array radars that weigh a couple of lbs and most importantly the emergence of massively parallel, self organizing systems to control UAVs. Tanks in WW1 weren't coordinated but they were by WWII – the same thing is happening right before our eyes with UAVs. I hope you're right and its not there yet as I'd like to make a few bucks providing it.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    Whenever you see news that the Russians or Chinese have caught up to the U.S. in weapons technology, that just means we have something that they don't know about yet....and trust me, we do.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dude

      Really George?? What is it and how do you know??? USA is going to be broke soon cause of the wars it is causing??? USA has got jack!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dale

    The American greedy fat cats fault, they just sit on their big yachts and resort golf courses swimming pools burped and Fart they get what they want they don't care that United States is going down the toilet.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • HPNIII

      Hey man are you doing reefer again, what the hell does that have to do with this article?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby

      @ HPNIII...**poot**

      August 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Heh

    Hey look! The russians copied the f22!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NeutralMind

      I worked on the F-22 and that doesn't look like the F-22.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    I'm not an expert, but it looks like a F-16 with 2 engines. I believe the F-22 is a single engine plane. The down side of 2 engines is that it is slower to rotate due to more mass further from the center axis.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      The F-22 is has 2 Pratt & Whitney F119 engines.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      the F-22 raptor has twin engines, your thinking of the F-35 which has a single engine.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkt210

      Brian, you are right, you're not an expert. This looks nothing like an F-16, the F-22 has 2 engines, and roll rate (not rotation) is dependent upon center of gravity and wing-loading. Please refrain from commenting about anything aviation-related for the forseeable future.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Brian I think you are thinking of the F-35? The F-22 is a dual jet thrust vectoring aircraft!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flying High

      No actually the F-22 Raptor has two engines. Its the F-16 that is a single engine aircraft. Also this T-50 looks nothing like the F-16. You should google them or whatever before you post next time.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Poseidon

    Zeus you are intellectually incompetent, immature, and an idiot!!!! Stay out of adults conversation. Could you have replied with some better?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kishore

    Waste of money. Nobody's a fighter now-a-days, all are lovers.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Samson

    General Zelin says prototype by 2013 and production even later, so are we looking at an artist's rendering or a plywood model?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Bruce

    $6B seems like a bargain for a development program of this nature, at least relative to what we would spend on something similar.

    Even if you say this is 20 or 30 year old technology, and it may very well be, $6B for development, adjusted for inflation, is still a bargain compared to what we were spending in the 1980's for this sort of thing...

    August 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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