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. Concerned

    Whoa. Had me worried there for a second. Wouldn't want China using drones now would we. What, with all the civilian casualties in China this year.

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

    Amazing for a country like Inda whos mojority of the population is in poverty its amazing they have money to waste on a joint venture for a new war plane. Youd think they rather have their own first

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

    if you really think usa's top airplane/attack fighter is the f-22 you must be sleeping at the stick. i will guarantee you we already have developed a plane so far advanced people think it's alien technology, maybe it is?

    August 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just me

      your guarantee is backed by lower case i's. Naa...

      August 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      I, there "I" said it!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    They should have copied the YF-23 "Black Widow". It was a far better aircraft.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      If it was "far" better, why didn't it ever make it to production? There are only 2 in existence. They have less than 100 hours in the air. What data do you have to suggest it's better?

      August 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Valentino

    It looks like an american aircraft.".......... Hmmm mm

    August 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      yes. of course. I understand your concerns. everyone knows that no other nations can build planes.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Defense Worker

      they steal the plans

      August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • oake

      I am TOTALLY convinced the similarity to American planes is coincidental!!! Yeah, right!!! Is a bit late in coming though because Obama cancelled the F-22 a year or so back!!!! Check it out!!! The Ruskies cannot shoot down what is NOT out there! 😉

      August 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • deecee

      No it looks like a Su-27 or 35 with radar aborbing materials applied and body panels modified to better deflect incoming signals. It is just contrary to what you said about as un-american looking as there is in fighter design, and quite classic Russian in appearance.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRex

      All Formula-1 cars look alike, so what? There is something about the way any machine has to function that gives it the shape. Stealth fighters need a particular shape, whether built by US or Russia/India.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sam

    we see many many strange things here at night in the desert!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JDMD243.0

      Bet you do 🙂

      August 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ShovelingSnw

    US Russia India vs China.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. symon black

    my gosh, so it is russia and india now teamed up developing war machines together...and india (as reported )has a mass of poor citizens living in gettos and a large population of educated young people who can only use their education to call me in the u.s.a. on my telephone telling me their name is ralph and my credit limit can be expanded another $1,000... WAIT INDIA, WHY NOT DEVELOP SOMETHING MORE POSSITIVE TO ENRICH MANKIND ?). and then, who will come to the aid of india when russia takes advantage of india...oh yes, it will be uncle sam and my tax bucks...GOD BLESS AMERICA and may our JETS remain stronger and better!

    August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Those jets are for defense against china you idiot.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRex

      @Symon Black – If you know your history right, you should know that India has indeed given a "lot" back to the world, in fact more than any other country – starting from non-violence, Hinduism, Buddhism and 2 other major religions. It has never attacked any country – but that does not mean that she will forego her right to protect herself in a violent neighborhood. Poverty is a problem, but that does not mean everything or anything India does should be stopped for it. As far as educated Indians picking up your calls is concerned, you should also know that these are "mostly" students who are looking to support themselves part-time. In US students work as waiters. I think that being in an air-conditioned office and working on a computer is far better! Peace!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam Munoz

      Maybe the USA giving India's enemy (Pakistan) money and arms has something to do with India investing in its war capabilities?

      August 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Yes Symon, we took the lessons from America, who continues spending trillions of dollars on unwanted wars and yet does not spend anything to create jobs in America. And yes we thank he American companies to help you in resolving your credit card and other tech support issues. India did not take your jobs, your great American companies, shafted you.

      Oh yes, your great F22s are sitting idle on the tarmac because it is riddled with problems. They are cattle fodder now. And get your head out of the sand and start educating yourself.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feb Davis

      Symon Black,
      When is exactly USA tax payers has saved India??USA has benefited of Indias cheap labor!! its not Indias fault that US companies decided to outsource thier Jobs..India and Russia sure has a lot of talent that can actually used for thier own defence , How come you didnt have this rage when India bought 2 billion worth of Boeing planes ?? Get you facts right before you bark about you tax dollars spend on India , its the other way around, if you really think about US tax payer money is promptly spend on Pakistan!! go and bark about that!!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      blacks comment backfired 😛

      August 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WGR

    Looks like a carbon copy of an F-22

    August 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Me

    Wonder if Russia will actually spend the money to train their pilots now. In the past they didnt train anywhere near the time US pilots did...

    August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TC

    they will be rusting away with a 10 year backlog of parts on order within six months.....not to worry.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lsaguy

    So I Googled Sukhoi T-50 and got a hit on aviationweek.com for a video posted on January 29th 2010 of a flight which took place on December 29the 2009. Let's see the F-22 fleet is grounded, the F-35 variants are on probation as their cost climbs faster than the plane. Gosh, I wonder how this became news today?

    August 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MobiusEight

      Drone better.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyr-Roger St-Denis

      Somebody in Marketing is on the ball.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • oake

      It is a slow day in the news world!!! Plus, Obama is busy campaigning in his new ZILLION dollar toys!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. liwingnut

    Pretty cool looking plane...Too bad money has to be spent on these types of things.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dutspup

    that looks familiar LOL

    August 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. objectiveopinion

    I don't think the Russian's are the enemy anymore. All the Russian people I've met in this country are very nice and appreciative of what we have to offer. I don't believe the development of this jet is to fight the U.S., but to be prepared for someone else.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • oake

      EVERYBODY is our enemy any more!!! The world hates us, they just love our $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      August 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
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