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. david

    Good News. Now India will have something to match china. US is willing to sell F22 and F35 to India but not the electronic and radar equipments needed for F22 and F35 to be effective. Recently US companies are out of the bid for a 120+B$ Indian Air Force deal. Europe's typhoon is likely to win that deal. Big loss for the US economy.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sid

      Yes, Typhoon is likely to win the bid.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patriot

    Looks just like an F-22 wonder where they stole the blueprints from.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. DuluthMN

    Same as F22? Components simpler, easier to produce, cheaper. EM hardened vacuum tube technology? Nothing to laugh at here, they make serious planes.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. John

    Yankees so sacred, bankrupt country, nearly no money to old fogeys pension, now no money for new planes. A declining nation.

    Go on China stick it to the Yankees

    August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Brian

    I agree with TheFatherofLies. It looks like a cross between an F-14 and an F-22. I know one of the down sides of the F-14 was it's poor maneuverability due to the engines being so far apart.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bruce

      That, and the whole plane was designed around the AWG-9 radar and the Phoenix missile, which were fine for shooting down huge non-maneuverable Soviet bombers from hundreds of miles away, but not much good for anything else.

      Those missiles were like 0 for 9 against Iraqi pilots flying old Mig's in Operation Desert Fox. Pathetic...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      F-14 was pretty maneuverable...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Let me rephrase, it was pretty maneuverable for its size. It wasnt a slouch.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan T

      The distance between the F-14s engines only made the maneuverability bad if one went out. For example, If an engine went out on a F-4 it would still be by flyable because the engines are very close to the center line whereas the F-14 would be nearly out of control.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bearburk

      The Alpha was a dog compared to the Bravo with new engines.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason K

    Yay, they have a new toy. To use against...who? Still would like to see any of them try to trump the IAF...including USA.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      I thought the cold war was over and the Russians are our frineds, NOT!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      If you mean Israeli Air Force, by IAF, then I'd hope you'd realize that they fly almost all American made planes.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crhis R

      The IAF? Really?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oz

    It is a Russian and Indian make.. The junkest of the junkest! Just watch out for a Chinese-Pak stealth bomber headline soon..;)

    August 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bearburk

      Probably steam powered.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sid

      I dont think Pakistan make a stealth bomber out of the helicopter tail they found outside Osamas house :P

      August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keeping Up With The Joneskis

    I am glad ignorant Americans (which comprise 80 percent of the population I gather) are not deep enough in the decision making process to thwart advancements in military technology.

    Such advances are the ONLY reason why all of us can post freely from within the US borders and go to the local drugstore to go buy tampons (well, except for me of course).

    August 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • xman

      I find it hil-arious that a tool as stupid as you claims another group "ignorant" when you, in the same breath, claim to know 80% of the population to be the same. I find your idiotic post, aside from idiotic, ironic. You embodied the definition of ignorant while pointing the finger at Americans as "ignorant". You have succeeded in posting the most vibrantly stupid post I've read all morning. Congrats, idiot.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Morriss

    It not a F-22. It is a cheap knock off. It doesn't even look stealthy. Heck it doesn't even have internal weapons storage. I hope they build plenty of them for the folks who don't like the United States. Heck the F-22's lower tech backup the F-35 will have no trouble with them not to mention the RPVs which will soon make manned aircraft obsolete.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Old Crone

      Except the F-35 has been put on ice.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      agree with you there. Itll be the toughest contender out there, but by no means a puond per pound equal.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MarkG

    Actually, it doesn't really resemble the F22 except in outline. The shape of the fuselage looks more like current generation pre-stealth technology than like F22 and the exhausts don't look recessed or hidden on the upper side. Also, there are a lot of angular surfaces that are minimized on the F22.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Anon2011

    For all the guessers out there...

    http://www.ausairpower.net/flanker.html

    August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Morriss

    It is a cheap knock off. It doesn't even look stealthy. Heck it doesn't even have internal weapons storage.

    I hope they build plenty of them for the folks who don't like the United States. The F-22's lower tech backup the F-35 will have no trouble with them not to mention the RPVs which will soon make manned aircraft obsolete.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kyser

      Actually it does Morris. Look at the center line of the Aircraft between the engine projections, those faint outlines indicate payload doors, though they are much smaller than the one's found on the raptor. The wheel storage is closer to the nose of the aircraft and to the outside sides of the engine projections. Unmanned vehicles will still always be escorted by man vehicles since there will always be the technical and moral aspect of engagement decision.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kyser

    it's major downfall is the engines, look at them, they look almost exactly like a Su-35's Luylka Al-31FM engine's. I like the way it looks, but me being a Aircraft enthusiast I think almost any plane is beautiful in flight. I'd rate this fighter as a 4th Gen ++++, not quite the 5th Generation fighter that the raptor is. Reason being is the plane looks like it lacks the overall profile of the F-22, Thrust vectoring engines, as well as the same payload capacity as the F-22. Alas still looks better then the Chinese attempt with it's cannards.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Travis

    No video= fail. Looks like a monster though.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jeremy

    This cooperation between russia/india has everything to do with China and nothing to do with the U.S.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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