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. Agent Orange

    I'm sorry but US pride is blinding most of you.
    the Russians developed Plasma stealth technology in the 70's and it can be put on anything -even a truck!
    As to drones -they have them as well. look it up on you tube.
    As to technology – they look simialr because the laws of avionics are universal -Duh!
    how about advanced technology – we still haven't figured out how to get a tropedo to go 500mph.
    furthermore russian satelites have figured out a way to bypass stealth – as a plane flies thru the electromagneic field it's mass disrupts the field and therefore they are visible- thats why the B2 was canceled.
    What we don't know is if it can "See" under water to detect our subs.

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

      And we have the secret to cold fusion in all our homes....you post is pretty incoherent. Why the hell would you need a 500 MPH torpedo? when the worlds fastest Sub reportedly was Soviet and went 44.7 km/h, there are torpedos that reach 370 km/h. also the T-50 is Air to Air fighter, not a submarine hunter. Bring something coherent and relative to the article, not lack luster facts. Also good luck on finding something to power a Plasma stealth generator, let alone keep the crew alive inside. Also the russians didn't invent it. Look up Arnold Eldredge, 1964.....enough said.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morriss

      There is a reason that the F22 isn't sold to anyone else. The tech is that good. Besides if we sold some to Israel, Things would be mysteriously blowing up through out the Middle East every other night.

      The Russian will sell plenty of T-50s, because it's nothing special, but it looks kinda like a F-22.

      As far as these folks who are pointing out the F-22 being grounded, I guarantee you they would be up very quickly if the need were to arise.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ieohs

    Looks 10 times better than the F22. Good job Russia!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Estel Cooper

    Please, the world will be a lot better off without any Koch s uckers...

    August 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dgh

    not even close...nice try but it steal 20 year behind the F-22

    August 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brian

    Addressing the obsurd T-50 being obsolete statements: This is a stealth platform that by the looks of the underside has 4 missle hatches. The Russian air-to-air missles are very good. No question this is game changer. The f-22 has deomonstrated the ability to destroy up to 5 non-stealth f-15s (presumably the same number of non-stealth Russion Migs/Sus etc). This is a blow to that superiority.

    Addressing the "World needs a counterwieght to the West" argument: Dispite the rather recent events in the middle east, who else in the planet will help unsure a ballance of justice and peace, ensure Europe's defence, protect free commerce on the high seas? Russia? China? The world has an always will be a dangerous place full of nations bent on world domination and screw individual liberty. Thank God for the US. Get some perspective and read a few history books.

    And yes, this's is obviously a copy of the F-22...but nothing new there. Form follows function and why invest hundreds of millions into changing something you already know works. Would you rather they not copy the swept wing and fully moving horizontal stabilizer? These are all key components of supersonic aircraft. Shape is the key component of stealth. You need only look at a few pictures to reproduce that.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Therefore the U.S. should quadruple it's defense budget and bring back Tom Cruise to save us all from the evil red menace!

      Because there is no way whatsoever that India and Russia will do anything with a plane like this OTHER than serve their "bent on world domination" ambitions, or to sell the plane to those who will. Of course!

      Quick, call my broker. I need to buy more shares of Boeing, Northrop Grumman, McDonnel Douglas, and all those companies, whatever their names may be now!

      FREEEEEEEDUUUUUUUUMB!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivan

      Except Brian, your logic greatly fails when you state why spend millions to develop new technology, hello, they spent billions yet copied us?!

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

      Good for Russia and good for India. I am a proud American and i do not fear either. We have money problems... but im hopeing Ron Paul is elected and gets us back on track. If you do not know anyone from India it makes sense you would insult them, I love our indian brothers and sisters.

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

      Thank god for the US... the US isn't bend on world domination? What are we doing with military bases in 135 countries and our fingers in every foreign market imaginable? Pretty sure we're out to project hegemony over the planet, as well.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lexgreen

      But they've still got to deal with the whole Russian corruption, procurement, maintenance, cost, guns vs. butter thing . .

      The more complex it is, the more corners can be cut, the more can fail . . .

      August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      I think it is more a copy of Starscream.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      All Raptors are grounded in the US. If you know it there was a big blow with the oxygen system design. Meaning – all 150 Raptors are sitting in garages waiting modifications. That means US does not have a reliable stelth fighters right now. Plus, the crash due to system mulfunction in 2010 still a mistery. Economy tells us that those Raptors will not be fixed in the future. There is more to the aircraft than the look – all cars look the same – 4 wheels, 4 doors, front hood, back hood. What inside matters. And if don't get into another war with Pakistan or Iran we might be able to protect Europe (like they need it anyway)

      August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Russian citizens had been literally starving to death just a short time ago. But hey, they have a T-50.

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

      Exactly to what happened in the great depression in uSA

      August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • GJGVT

      no it isn't John, not at all – the US was not in a major defense build-up (or really developing much of anything besides the prototype of the B-17 – which was a crappy airplane in its original form). the US didn't start its military build-up until late 1937 at best the result of which was putting TONS of American workers back to work – different times man

      August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poseidon

      Good point Scott

      August 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarkson

      Yet your country is fueling 2 wars and one via NATO, and still buying military units with their new air superiority plane and helicopter.. AM I missing something?
      this seems to be a severe case of pot meet keetle.

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

    Looks like a cheap copy of the F- 22.

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

      Less expensive? Maybe. But "cheap?" Hardly. Based on the Russian tradition of making rugged war machinery, this plane is most likely more durable than the F-22.

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

    First the Soyuz overruns the Shuttle, next everything with a red star overruns everything with a white star

    August 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Only liberal morons bring US politics into a story like this.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby

      *** drool***

      August 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Right, because military spending has nothing to do with politics...

      August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jp

      The irony of your statement is overwhelming.

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

      Hi, Chris, you've been owned by several individuals more intelligent than you. Congratulations.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthhurts

      Only stupid morons are going to bring liberal and conservative in this.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nce

    I can still see it. If it's not cloaked and disappears in the visible range then its not cool enough. Nice metamaterial design would be better. If only.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TW

    Is that electrical tape holding the wings on?

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

      Russian war products are known to be among the most durable on the planet. This thing can likely take a beating and land in a blizzard on a short runway. Get it straight.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. slewatha

    A lot of people making very broad generalizations about this plane and the article. Simply put none of you know what this airplanes true capabilities are.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack G.

    I had a toy that looked like this in the early 90s. Was a cast iron of an F-22 I think, and I loved it. It seems pretty lame that Russia seems to have just contracted a copycat engineering company that China has become so famous for using. Not to say it's the same organization that makes China's goods, as they can at least copy technology for a few years ago... Just that their mode of operations are similar.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheFatherofLies

    It's been stated before but bears repeating; this fighter will in all likelyhood never compete for air superiority with our F-22. In a series of direct air to air battles they likely would have a statisitically even win/loss ratio. I would sooner expect the T-50 and F-22 to have a common foe in China's latest fighter. I can't help but wonder how the more affordable F-35 would rate against Russia and China's latest...

    August 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yOyO

    US Planes are so cool they're invisible!!! You should see it! lol

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