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. Guest

    ... since the plane's debut 24 hours ago, China's military said they have already made an exact duplicate in plastic which will retail for $19.99 but can only be flown once.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Crymore

    "It is intended to match the U.S. F-22 raptor."
    Well you know what they say about intentions. Oh and they better match the missles too.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Thats double talk for "its intended to match chinas F22 knock off"

      August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John R

    I just read page 1 of comments. Not a single one has anything to do with the plane.

    Nice plane...$6 billion to develop? Sounds cheap. Add a "0" and that's what it costs US to develop a plane. We'll be seeing more of this...the countries that have the money will start to catch-up, and eventually surpass as we wallow in deficits. Not a political statement. I've studied countries economies for a few years now. It's happened many times, and this time it's our turn.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Who cares who is on top.in 50 years.as long as it isn't china.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • vr13

      My girlfriend does. lol.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      lol...

      August 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Moto310

    That is probably the best looking plane to ever come out of Russia. However I can tell you by just looking at the bottom of it it wont rival the F-22. It looks no more Stealthy than our F-15.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Wigg

    Russia has systematically stolen western technology since the days of Lenin. The T-34 tank chassis, the essential engineering of both the Atom and Hydrogen bombs, look-down, shoot-down radar (generic in all modern fighters), tank laser rangefinders and reactive armor, all of our essential stealth technology, the Copperhead and various other missiles are just a small sample of systems ripped off by Moscow over the past century. But they have never equalled the U.S. in real time in any major area of the battlefield...of course there's the AK-47.

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

      Tsar bomba. I think you should google it or better yet check out an authentic video on youtube.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • killdozer

      True, but you should thank Hitler and Third Reich for your space program

      August 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • David=TVAR

      Americans always tried to steal technology from Russia. USA designers designed tanks after they saw soviet ones in the warsaw pact countries. you always followed us. Soviet rockets were top on line. you coudnt even invent your own assaualt rifle without haveing a peice of sand get stuck in it and jam it. abrams tanks treads fall of on offroad driving and the abrams can only drive on concrete. t-90 drives everywere.

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

      AK-47? It might be cheap and effective but there is a reason terrorists use it and the marines don't. It isn't a great gun. You can't aim it very well.

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

      You may say that about modern China (altough ancient China pwned), but dont underestimate the contributions to science and technology done by the russians. As for the tsar bomba (guy replying to you): It is no problem to make a huge hydrogen bomb, just add more fuel to it^^

      August 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      That's a lot of assertions and at least one of them - stealth - is totally incorrect. The Russians pioneered stealth technology but they were using it primarily to paint out static objects in marine radar displays. The Americans saw the military potential of it and developed the technology based on the early Russian work. Also, the T-34 wasn't a copy of any other WW2 tank, it was purpose built for the Red Army's needs (and was very successful). The Russians also pioneered tank-busing aircraft.... the list goes on.

      Meaningless assertions about who's stealing who's technology hides the fact that while the US has a huge R&D capability the rest of the world also has a lot of clever people (ones who haven't emigrated to the US....).

      August 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      Dont forget the TU-4 that was a clone of the B-29 that was not exactly stolen from the US, just never returned. But so what, that just says they have a top-notch espionage program. The CIA has taken MANY an note from the KJB's playbook.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • killdozer

      @joe You obviously havent seen ak-47, let alone shoot from one

      August 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. aizen

    WOW, i love me some russian jets, i always have more fun in farnborough or le breguet when the russian jets are in the skies...this might be stolen technology etc but it has that russian touch, you gotta see it from the top, it is a sukhoi..and i think india and russia can do good with this plane....russia has no choice but to bolter his military, they are pretty much surrounded by US base etc....but i dont care for politics, all i like is their ingeniosity in jet creation, go sukhoi, go!!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jimmy Sledge

    Just me or does that picture look exactly like a F22 except for the colors?

    August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      My thoughts exactly... "intended to match the F-22"... designers must have taken that request literally...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • g.r.r.

      Yes. Plenty of borrowed tech.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • FUEL4THOT

      If looks like the F-22 with the back end of the Su-27 bolted on. I guess form follows function... So when is China's stealth jet going to make it's first official appearance?

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

      i's just you . . . they have been copying each other from the beginning . . . ohh. I forg , the US never stole technology from other countries, its all from the aliens . haha

      August 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oldnews

      The T50 lacks a very distinct feature that the US F22 has....thrust vectoring

      August 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Lets be serious

    yankees are bankrupt, big rapidly growing economies growing in Aisa and South America. There's no way Yankees can keep up. These nations have advanced now, and now snow balling, whereas Yankees has crushed.

    The problem with yankees they are too greedy, do not want to pay, want everything for free, now party is over.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Animenut

      Both China and India will always be hindered by massive populations and poverty.

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

      Take a look at the Revolutionary war, chief, US yankee's were against the strongest force in the world at the time, and we sent them packing

      August 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • FUEL4THOT

      If you're going to bash a country in its native language, you might want to make sure your grammatical errors don't make you sound like a moron in the process.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • PVS

      ignorant comment is you post why speak you no the english proper.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Really stupid comment... Do your homework before making comments. USA is still the only game in town.. Our GDP still almost triples that of China. We're growing, albeit slower than ever we WILL bounce back. It's in our nature and what this country was founded upon. I'm not saying everything is right, but it's still better than most places. Especially China with their fragile social balance. They can't feed all of their people. They will eventually level off from their rapid growth and we'll still continue as we always have. Lead in technology, innovation, medicine, space exploration. etc, etc, etc...

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

      A thanks to US service members and taxpayers for shouldering the vast majority of the costs of defending the free world since WWII.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dennis

    Doubt this will match the Raptor.. Most of what the Raptor is capable of is classified. I'm sure it's a great plane but compared to the Raptor it's just a sheep in wolves clothing.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Medardus

      Aggressor squadrons here in Florida routinely beat the pants off Hornets and they're flying MiG-29's. Su-37's are more than a match for F-15's. The PAK FA (the T-50 above) will likely also be well matched against the F-22. The three-dimensional thrust vectoring alone is better than the F-22 2D pitch/roll only.

      You see, we here in America love shooting at things that can't shoot back. Hardly an environment condusive to getting the best out of our equipment (and seeing where we stand).

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

      This may be true, but that three-dimensional thrust vectoring won't help them very much if they can't get the planes off the ground in the first place. ; ) *think*

      August 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dale

    Why don't the American people just face the truth, the American corrupt greedy fatcats has destroyed everything, the American way of life is no more, United States does not have the right stuff anymore because of stupidity. $$$$$

    August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Right, that's why we were able to enter Pakistani airspace, go deep into the interior undetected, and kill Osama bin Laden, because we are stupid.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    Finally something upbeat in the news! This is exactly what the world needs as a counterweight to the U.S. and it's NATO allies who are adamant on taking over more and more countries just as Germany, Italy and that country whose name starts with a J were back in the 1930's!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. abcd1

    Well ,at least we know what it looks like.and it not a secret any more.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oldnews

      Ya pics of this have been out for awhile this isnt new News

      August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    We all know a russian jet can land or take off anywhere, whereas yankees jet needs clean runaway etc. There are 40 years of secret russian technology from the cold war now being used

    August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      Google the Harriet fighter jet

      August 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arciel

      harrier, that we copied from the brits.

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

      even look up the f-35 joint strike fighter. and original poster: you are a shining example of a cnn commentor fountain of ignorance and misinformation.

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

      @PVS – You can land an Su-37, wheels up, on a grass runway and then jack it up, put the gear down, clean out the motors and send it flying again.

      *One* model of the F-35 has V/STOL capability. Outside the Harrier it's the only other aircraft in our lineup that has it.

      You are the classic example of the American Exceptionalist who sticks his fingers in his ears when anyone talks about something better that isn't stamped "Made in the USA."

      August 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      Acriel...the Harrier is a brit jet...not a copy. The US bought them....but guess wat...the US also has Russian jets.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fukrunnissa.

      Sure. Lots of dead cosmonautes roam around the planet.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brad

    That plane looks eerily familiar. Nice knock-off of the F-22.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. socalpimp

    Russian junk.....Not a threat to America dominant air superiority

    August 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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