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. alphamale

    hahahaha now chinese will copy this peace into a junk and sell to pakies

    August 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RonPaul

    Oh wait a minute, our "Indian" friends are also sleeping with Russians. That explains the monatry rash on our deficit. Some "Indian" friends are saying the need to counter Pakistani F-16s, well they were offer modern F-16 fleet by the US and the declined for Euro fighter reason being F-16s are a "35 year old technology". To hell with handouts to India to counter China. Bring out jobs back and and let nature figure out who survives there.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      First you need to learn to work, then ask for job. Hope you understand it is a job. Take it if you can compete.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roundlakejim

    Keep in mind that F22 Raptor was developed more than 14 years ago. US is more likely to have something more advance already in development. Russia and India will still be behind if they are comparing their new fighter with something US came up years ago.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • typeg98

      My thoughts exactly. F22 has already seen real-world action and no doubt the next generation will outperform this fighter easliy. The only thing I see that it has on the 22 is a cooler paint job.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Catawba

    The most advanced isn't necessarily the most-effective and the most-effective isn't often the most-advanced. It is all about serving the purpose of credible deterrence, efficiently. Looking at Iraq and Afghanistan, one learns how wars should not be fought. Futuristic Air Force, blue-ocean Navy, smart missiles all have to be backed up by boots-on-the-ground in any real conflict to win wars decisively. A bunch of zealous rag-tags could inflict enough damage to fine men, women and machinery and of course, the treasury. So, if India and Russia had built a functional fighter, without spending gazillions, kudos. Makes sense. At the end of the day, if a boastful stupid pilot flying a superior F35 aggressively engages a sensible one commanding a lesser technology, guess who'd win the dog-fight or gets the job done. In wars, even the most careful and brilliantly devised plans could unravel at the very first contact with the enemy.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agent Orange

      well put

      August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Synapse

    Hmmm... Russia & India joint venture- I wonder who's to both of their east, that they're worried about.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BREAKING NEWS

      Mongolia?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Synapse

      You're getting Ch-Chi-Ch close

      August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      yeah? mongolia?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pen

      I hope it's pakistan!! Please let it Pakistan. Take them out for us!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy1218

      Russia's east is Alaska of USA, and india's east is Bangladash and Mianma, what the hell with them?

      August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nambi

    Nice Jet!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Agent Orange

    with respect to Keyser:
    sorry the posts are going pretty fast so my post may seem out of sync.
    Yes- plasma stealth was first thought up and patented by GE.
    look up Anatolly Kanoregov – he managed to put it on the SU27B

    August 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyser

      I love how this discussion about a Plane and Aeronautics turned into a political out pour.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lsaguy

    Considering that the F-22 fleet is grounded right now because something in the airplane's systems poisons its pilots, I guess the T-50 will have to be content with fighting the F/A 18 and F 15 variants.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      It will still end up getting splashed. We have the best pilots in the world. Hands down.

      But ... we should send in Mitchell Gant to retrieve it.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. smanCometh

    BS...US and Russia are allies and will always be allies...period. They make fantastic jets but not quite as sophisticated as ours, but if there is ever a WW3, Russia and the US would once agin be allies against the Hitler's of tomorrow. Bring it on....!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vin

    Seriously, this is an exact copy of the F-22. Dang!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pen

    Russia hasn't learned anything from us. Tanks, aircraft carriers, planes, etc it doesn't matter anymore. We never use them anyways. Cut the spending. Our troops are fighting and dying in Afgan and Iraq and we don't even get to use the big guns. What a waste!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. andrew

    I read a article last week by Fareed Zacarr,i CNNs top intellectual, saying that the US needed to cut back on its defense system. That it wasn't needed.
    I still think he is in bed with the enemy's of the USA
    Looks like India has sold us out.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just me

      We don't need a great deal of what we have. You realize we have 11 aircraft carriers in service? Only a handful of countries have 2 of them. We've got bombs called "Daisy Cutters" that are conventional bombs, but are pushing the scale of small nukes in blast. We've got tomahawk cruise missles that you could fly up a gnats patoot 1K miles away. No.... we don't need most of what we have.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrzydvl

      Maybe we will have better access to the plane once it is in the Indian Air Force.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. IronRider

    No Doubt Inspired and Carring parts of F-22 & F-35. Still a nice jet though.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocker

      Just what I was thinking....

      August 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Crocker

    Looks kinda like a copy of the US fighter... naw.... couldn't be.... could it?

    August 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Travis

    I can't get over how these right-wing blowhards have gotten a hair up their rears over this one developement here! After all, we spent 10 to 15 times as much on our weaponry as Russia and India put together. Now these nutjobs are upset!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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