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. ifelse

    😀 Pak-Fa is BEST 5th Gent Aircraft till date. My American Friends will tend to say F22 is the best m sure most of them are not aware that F 22 cannot release Weapons At Supersonic Speed it can release weapons only at Sub Sonic speeds but Pak Fa can, F22 was built keeping in mind that Future Wars will Be fought BVR (Beyond Visual Range) and rightly so but they fail to analyze What if a plane with same Stealth Capabilities came across it Say F22 came across Pak Fa that BVR combat due to stealth will Turn into VISUAL Range Combat and that where PAK Fa edges out F22 in term of capabilities and also will depend on Pilot skills. F22 takes 5 times more maintenance and is 3 times more costly then PAK- Fa. Having said that PAK-FA will only be commissioned in 2017 both in Russia and Indian Airforce so till date F22 is the No 1 Commissioned Plane. Not sure will stay there 4 long.:P

    August 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Actually, you have no idea what the capabilities or shortcomings of either plane are. Most of that information is classified. You don't know what you're talking about. Yeah, you've been exposed as a moron.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyser

      The J-20 looks like a Joke, as we qoute the Favorite saying "I like Cannards.....on my enemy's Aircraft."- Unknown Nato Pilot.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ifelse

      @David YOU r acting like a Pigeon who on seeing the Cat closes his eyes. The matter of the fact is F22 oxygen problems, it has high production and maintenance cost and it cannot release weapons at Supersonic speed and support my point its Ur Govt that has Stopped the production of F22 that's a fact.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Heybamamba

    This looks like the Russian/Indians took an F-15 and stealthed it up some. I don't know why anyone would say this looks like the YF-23...not even close. From this one shot it doesn't look particularly stealthy ventrally. I don't see the F-22 having any difficulties with this aircraft.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Squid

    It's time to shoot all of their fighters out of the sky. Then turn our attention to nuking all of Pakistan

    August 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Archangel55

    I saw no statements in this article that gave anything but information. For the record, the F-22 is as near to being invisible on military radar as an aircraft can get. History tells us that any aircraft Russia builds is very high maintenance and costly, with parts availability problems and their abilites were embarrassingly embellished and never lived up to expectations perfomance wise. Also, US fighter pilots reputation in their ulta high skills and training, make a lot of countries Air Forces pause on taking them on. In dog fights with Russian built fighters, going back to the Vietnam War, US Jets out performed in every aspect, including the F-4 Phantom which flew like a brick. SAMS' shot down more US Jets than Fighters did. And as for India gettng involved and their technology, just google what one of their telephone poles look like. And India is who gets called for US companies' technical customer support? Fear? Right. . . .

    August 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. xman

    There is only one real way to settle this. Why don't we allow one pilot from each country, US And Russia, the best of each, fly the best plane each has to offer, and let them settle it over the Atlantic?

    Then the Russians and Indians will STFU and finally realize they should have spent the money on their awfully poor and famished population instead of a stupid fighter they have no one to fight with against.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      LOL it's like that Carly Simon song: "you're so vain, you probably think this song is about you."

      Ever think that the intended mission of the T-50 might have absolutely nothing to do with dogfighting an American military aircraft?

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

      when western pilots first got to fly the mig 29 when the iron curtain fell, they quickly realized it was a far superior plane, it was only western command and control via AWACS that gave us the advantage.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • allaisa

      You are only half right. Right now their economies are not in trouble but ours is and it is time WE REALIZED how stupid it is to spend nearly 1/3rd of our budget on defense just to prove ours is bigger than theirs!

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

      why dont the USA use the money spent on militar equipment to feed their ungry, plenty of americans going hungry now adays!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • yman

      i think so u should worry about your famished economy which is only going downwards so STFU, like u make planes other countires also make them and make them better, just that they dont keep testing them on trillion dollar wars to satisfy jerks like u

      August 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Ruth..

      Why don't your dad fight my dad?

      Hey man...!! are you still in elementary school?


      August 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ya! America! F Ya! Idiot. Here's a hint, they don't hate you for your 'freedom', they hate you for your idiocy.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian..

      Buddy.. its no thin against US.. US is still the super power and we endorse all its anti terrorism campaign.. Its just bout our neighbors to the north and west, China a rising communist country and pakistan hot bed for terrorism has kept us worried..

      August 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epacific

      Hopefully it's mostly Russian technology with just some Indian money- the last time India (HAL) attempted to develop a 100% Indian aircraft, they spent 30 years and it crashed at the end of the runway. Indians are getting smart like the Chinese: lure in western companies via their money and then obtain the technology. Just like Tata (Mercedes), Maruti (Suzuki), Hero (Honda), Cadbury (Cadbury), etc.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      For some idiotic reason we gave Pakistan, the country that hid Bin Laden and founded the Taliban, F-16s. India is making the right choice to have a counter to it, given Pakistan's continual historical aggression against India. I'll never understand why we didn't give the F-16s to India instead in the first place, they are a far better ally.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ingsoc84

      "Poor Russians?" – huh, I thought Russia now has the most billionaires in the world... am I missing something? Besides, why should U.S. be the only weapons sellers, it should not be dictated by the U.S. only, U.S. is always talking about Democratization and Capitalism yet when someone tries to enter the market that they've been enjoying total dominance, they say all kinds of stupid things like this. Stupid hamburger eating fat slobs...

      August 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arran

      @xman: you know why usa is outsourcing jobs to India and Far East?? bcoz they are barely been to able to pay for their idiotic, over demanding population.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mega360

      Not sure why everyone talking India/Russia vs USA. India has 2 hostile neighbor Pak and China. Indian strategy is to diversify its military supplier.
      Here are the list of military supplier for India
      Russian Federation
      United States
      United Kingdom
      South Korea
      South Africa

      August 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yOyO

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

    August 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PB

    Also- China unveiled its own fighter a few months ago and both Russia and China have border and waterway issues. India needs this as a counterweight to Pakistans F-16's and China's previously mentioned stealth fighter. It is also part of the further professinalisation of the Russian military- they are moving away from a conscript service and aiming for professional volunteers and their current crop of fighters have not been updated in 20+ years. Plus, a few of these roaring over Georgia or some other smaller state will probably make them think twice- a little psychological warfare too.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. allaisa

    The real test of this fighter is in actual battle but chances of it going against either F22 or F35 are extremely remote to zero. But there is every possibility of this going against an F16 or Chinese J10 or a Pakistani Thunder is very high. In fact it may be pitted against the Chinese stealth fighter in development (probably in Pakistani hands). Then we will know which is superior aircraft. Until then we can only guess.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Ruth..

      I during the Viet Nam war Vietcong soldiers would go deep into the jungle and start big fires, the American would send big bomber B-52s and carpet bomb the area, the problem was, there was nobody in the ground..
      You don't need big and expensive airplanes to win..

      August 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yOyO

    The newest US jet is so cool it's invisible!!! You should see it! lol

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

    Let's send in Clint Eastwood (aka Mr. Gant) to steal one of the prototypes and bring it back to the U.S. We can re-fuel it via submarine over the arctic. Does anyone remember Firefox???

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

    This is what happen when American outsource American technology to India. Now they will build the same technology and sell to Russia to kill American.

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

      Yeah, because Russians attack Americans in high-tech fighter jets like, all the time.

      If this thing is ever in the sky with an F-22 at the same time, they'll probably be allies.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Ruth..

      I can see russia from my house..!!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sim

      haha ... really !!!? Hope you are not a Redneck ....

      August 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DanIAm247

    Can you say F-22 Knock-off!

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

      Can you say "you got no idea what you are talking about?"?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Oh so you mean they're spending billions of dollars on useless toys while their people starve – just like the US?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Frank clearly knows very little of modern Russia.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ingsoc84

      U.S. will always thinks it's superior to eveything that the world has to offer. Yet, it's becoming a collapsing empire like the Soviet Union, but will always scream "we're #1" at the top of their lungs. That's one of the symptoms of a loser...

      August 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lazlo

    keys to F-22, F-35, and other military vehicles = integrated warfighting with all the other F-22's, F-35's, and other military vehicles.

    It looks like a regular russian fighter. I mean, it looks pretty cool, but until the elusive plasma stealth airbus bombs Beijing without being detected, I'd rather be in an F-22. I'm just sayin'!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. american 69

    Imagine their surprise when we unveil the new alien technology that we've been playing with since the 40's when we were able to re-build that craft that landed outside of Roswell.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Modern Philosophy

    I don't think the Russians the Chinese and the Indians will get into a fight with each other.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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