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. Shifter

    Protect them from what? Surely not a terrorist attack.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Hehe – we need protect them from Bin Laden...well ... from his ghost at least 🙂

      August 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. greg kerr

    Our secrets leak like through a sieve. How can it be otherwise when either the Russians or the Chinese keep coming out with advanced military hardware that looks damn near exactly like our stuff. We need to start charging those two countries rent at all our super secret defense manufacturing facilities, as it appears they already own reserved parking spaces.

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

    why bother. get a nuke. get 2. nuke em all.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Me

    Just read that the f-22 was at this stage 20 years ago!

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

    It's a decoy. An older model fighter was modified to look advanced; it's just a ruse LOL

    August 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

      India has always been a Russian ally and we just gave them access to full Nuclear technology and without signing the NPT. Let's ship the rest of the jobs to them and we will have plenty of new ones open at Burger King & McDonalds. Wake up!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rahrah

      LEOFACT: I wonder why we have to send jobs oversees... It's because we expect too much for what we have to offer. These people work for peanuts and are often more qualified. Wake up.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kyser

    The F-22 is not canceled, the procurement is canceled aka were not building anymore, and the grounding is only temporary as the problems caused with the Oxygen system is being fixed. This plane is clearly inspired by American models with Russian influences. I still say it looks like it has a better profile then the J-20. Though it still lacks the refinements the F-22 has, such as super cruise, thrust vectoring, payload and attack capability. Now as for the people Bashing India and backstabbing the US.......Um Indian's main procurement source has been Russia (even the Soviet's) for years, they don't drive M1 Abram's, they use T-90's, MIG's, and Sukhoi's. They've also flown Mirages, oh wait didn't we shoot those down in the First Gulf war? India may be an emerging country, but through their many war's with Pakistan they have grown into a diverse and capable Air Force, their pilots attend Red flag here in the states and do very well. If you’re not an enthusiast....don't act like one and be what we call an Arm chair commander.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandman

      Looking at this view I don't think it's as stealthy as the F22. It may be hard to see front on but the rest of the bird looks Russian standard. Still I would love to get my hands on one.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kyser

    Saying the US is the only one with major debt is like calling the Pot calling the Kettle Black......Greece anyone? or should I say the EU?

    August 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Blahman

    You're an idiot. See the name Sukhoi in the article? They are a russian defense contractor that manufactured the aircraft. Also, we collaborated with the UK and other countries to build the F-35.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyser

      I wasn't saying they were backstabing anyone, hence the part about Red Flag, rather bringing it to the retarded fear mongers who believe India would collaberate in ever attacking the US or backstabing a country it has military ties and relations too.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. karma sutra

    India, a nation where 60% of her population lacks access to clean water and flush toilets and 55% has no electricity.

    Yet the country sees fit to spend biilions instead of improving the livelihood of her citizens.

    Well Done, India.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      Agree with you. India keeps spending lot of money in military. A bunches of fools.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronny

      If they do not have minimum defense capabilities they will end up speaking Chinese and converted to Islam.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • CullThePopulace

      Yes, and the USA doesn't do the same b/c all of her citizens have clean water, food, shoes, health care, jobs and a roof over their heads, right? RIGHT?!


      August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      Ha Ha Ha ..When Pakistan and China comes with their fighter Jets ... Indian can Show its slums ... !!! According to u r logic they will feel apathy and return .... !!! Wake up Dude !!!

      August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Military in San Antonio

      Well done, indeed.

      But they're also in the midst of a 'power' struggle with their border neighbor, Pakistan.

      Or.....maybe you think they should forgo national security, altogether?????

      August 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      You do know that India only spends 1.8% of its GDP on Military spending. I am amazed of all the misinformed and ignorant rants on this forum. Hard to Understand why america keeps on borrowing to spend 4% of its GDP on Military

      August 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      If only choosing between security and food was an option. Not with the kind of neighbours we have. The US has the luxury of friendly neighbours. It had to come crossing thousands of miles to actually BE in the region to tackle the threats it has, and we are actually ARE in the region. Purely moral trash, nothing else

      August 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKS_US

      I agree India Do not enjoy good neighborhood like US. India has Pakistan, Afghanistan and China in neighborhood and none of them can be trusted. Hope US understands best doing favors to these countries give no return..

      August 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      You are misinformed, India spends less than 2% of GDP in defense. US provided Pakistan with weapons since 1948, India is a natural defense partner of Russia and Israel being the second. Unemployment in US is over 9%.
      Just look at the conditions of dirty projects in US where people shoot for 20 dollars. Its a slum in US, ghettos and neighborhoods are filthy and represents an ugly side of America. US got independence 172 years before India, and still cannot draw and obvious comparison.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Needless to say you don't know much about the most friendly neighbors that India has. Plus you have missed the Kargil party. Please check Kargil war in wikipedia

      August 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Needless to say you don't know much about the most friendly neighbors that India has. Plus you have missed the Kargil party. Please check Kargil war in wikipedia

      August 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ajay

      Pakistan doesn't have slums, only palaces...lala palace-stan.. pakistanis taking advantage & posing as Indians here.. lalaland pakiland..crap hole

      August 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jimmymax

    Wait a minute, didn't we see that in Top Gun?

    August 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Katherine

    Psst, Russia, the cold war is over. Cool toy, but seriously.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Pssst... Katherine: there's money to be made selling these things. The mission of the T-50 might have absolutely nothing to do with winning a dogfight against a F-22 flown by an American pilot.

      Perhaps the T-50 could be sold to countries who have, say, Pakistani F-16's in mind?

      Like you said, the cold war is over. Russia already knows this. I wish some others might catch on as well...

      August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agent Orange

      the cold war be be over but.....

      they keep testing our airspace. The Canadians are often scrambled to chase them out of the arctic.
      Now why would the friendly Russians keep doing that?

      August 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Agent Orange: Maybe to defy the claim that Canada owns that airspace? Maybe they're bored? Lost?

      What, you think they're getting ready to launch an invasion, that they still have global ambitions?

      August 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agent Orange

      Actually Bruce the Canadians are scrambled from Norad.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. habeeb

    Sir, I am asking you to put the plane into park. Thank you, yes. I am going by the script which is in front of me. Now shut the engines off, sir. Oh? You are still in the air? Please to be making sure your seatbelt if fastened tightly about your waist. Yes, sir. We will address your plane crashing after it happens, just because I wear a turban does not mean I can predict the future.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Layne

      That's good =)

      August 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Al60

    Nice to see India has all that money to spare considering all the aid it gets!

    August 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      What aid?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Another one who does not differentiate between India and Pakistan. Just for you again. US aids Pakistan not india

      August 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brian

    Note the does not appear to have 'thrust vectoring'. If you have seen our F-22 fly, you will know how important having it is, and how it makes the F-22 so unique. That gives us an important major advantage. It does look like a major improvement for India to have to protect themselves from their neighbor.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ManEagle

    Isn't that just a repainted F-22?

    August 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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