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. Eric

    "To fly airplane, you must think in Russian." I wonder if anyone told the Indians that.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. guy

    who cares? we still have chuck norris! 😉 /flex

    August 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Air Froce Guy

    I doubt it is 100% complete there, if you look carefully at the nose that tip sticking out with the small objects hanging over it is for taking readings, it is used in all fighter development, so I doubt what we see here si a finished product.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Oh great

    @evilphoton: With a name like that you shouldn't be spouting off about hate. You're making me more republican with every idiotic post. Please don't do it.. I like being an independent..

    August 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The King

    Why thats a deadringer for the "FIrefox" that Clint Eastwood stole back in the 80's...Truth has become reality, Air Marshall Vladimar will not make the same mistake twice!!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy Cracorn

      Anyone else notice this jet is strikingly similar to a F-22. Like exactly the same. I am really sick of our deference contractors allowing our tech to get stolen.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phatfreddy1978


    August 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • metaincog

      Cant see the brown man do anything nice eh?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J G

    Let's start working more closely with Russia and India. We're going to want them on their side when China decides to "flex its muscles."

    August 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • guy

      lol have you ever heard of a term called the "BRIC countries"? Brazil, India, Russia, and China?
      breaking news: they have lots more in common with each other than they do with US.
      it's the rise of the combination of all of them, not just China alone, that the US must cope with

      August 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRIC

      We should stop investing so much in ways to eliminate each other and more in technology and science that eliminates disease and hunger.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Actually he is right. India has a lot in common with U.S than it will ever have with China. Biggest functioning democracy versus dictatorial-communist-in-name-China.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Evil

      Yea like those two countries really love you to death

      August 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Chapman

      Russia has recently increased their trade with China and India and it's gone through the roof!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sean

    India desperately needs an F-22 equivalent to replace it aging Russian MIG fighters...a major weakness exposed in the minor Kargil war with Pakistan and also to counter any Chinese offensive on its Eastern borders. The US and Europe crippled India's defense development by tough sanctions ever since India conducted its nuclear test back in 1974 and recently in 1998. Russia has been the only 'consistent military ally' supporting India since her independence from Britain. It comes as no surprise with India's booming economy it is aiming to replenish its defense systems to counter Pakistan and China. China has been Pakistan's chief military supplier and unwittingly USA is its chief money supplier through aid.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Not said....

    Not said in the article is that the total development cycle was probably a decade shorter than the F-22 or the F-35 and the unit costs a tiny fraction......Oh, but they might only be 98% of the US equivalent in capability.

    I am kind of tired of this money is no object approach to the US Military particularily when it is combined with two completely useless wars that we never entered with an end game in mind. Special forces to go after OBL, fine all day long. Nation building in one of Britian's post-WWII creations that has not emerged from a tribal culture – absolutely stupid.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Emigdio

    At least they came up with the design themselves. The Chinese copied both the F-22 and the T-50 design for their stealth fighter. (to china) how about you come up with your own ideas next time cheaters?

    August 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • guy

      lol are you kidding me? this looks almost exactly like a raptor

      August 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      Yeah, but they came up with it themselves. The Chinese on the other hand were hacking both databases to steal the designs for both planes.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • guy

      lol are you saying that the russians wouldn't have used kgb spies to get tech plans for fighter jets if they could have gotten them? let me're a little kid with no educational background in history or memory of the Cold War...

      August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      No, I was born after the cold war. Everyone knew the Russians were developing their own fighters. What I'm saying is that the Chinese have stolen both planes designs. In fact why does the chinese fighter have the same shape as the f-22, but uses the t-50's engine setup?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. guy

    who cares? we still have chuck norris! 😉 /flex

    does kind of suck though that we're going to be giving nuclear reactors to india, and then they go and work out collaborative arms deals like this with the russians. why are we worried about pakistan and afghanistan again? =P

    August 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • swoopmaster

      What do u expect when the Raptor won't be up for export, not even to beloved Israel

      August 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKS_US

      India should have opted US over Russia, but US sanctions do not allow export and technology transfer. Hope u still remember how fumed US was by just Chinese visit to destroyed copter in Pakistan and it is about technology transfer. Pakistan enjoy fighters received from US even they are backstabbing US.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JJ

    Looks pretty similar to the F22.......espionage much....

    August 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Willie12345

    Did you ever wonder where all those Indian Grad Students went ? Well, now you know. Expect the same of the Chinese Grad Students. Educated with the help of the US tax Payer.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip Jan

      Just an FYI.. Foregin students also pay taxes when they are here.. they dont study for free or on tax payers money.. its not a charity.. infact their fees is much more than an instate student here.. so why don't we go out and learn something from them and come back and implement..

      August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |

    The country of multiple Gods just created one to show the world that our Gods are not useless. Soon We would be world super power and US will beg jobs from us.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tool bag

      I pray to whatever god you want that I never end up in that awful God forsaken country you call home.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarineDad05

      I respect and admire India and Indians a lot.

      But, statements like yours sounds like you really are not a 'sure Indian' or lack self-confidence.

      Countries and people with big heads, soon lose them. Indians just need to be themselves, be proud, be achievers, but really need to tone down the vanity part – doesn't suit you.

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

      Well said MarineDad05.. Fools are everywhere and he is one of them.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruth

      I would say let US be the superpower. All you need to have a good defence and economy. and a good life for your people. Also if you look into history, we have never been ones to brag. Unless you are a pakistani pretending to be an indian.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Read Between The Lines

    @NotSaid: The US is the leading country in research and development. The reason our stuff costs more is because we aren't reverse engineering everything. We may have back after WWII, but since then we've pretty much spent all the money to do the actual work. India and China reverse engineer everything, so of course everything from medicine to fighter aircraft are going to be cheaper.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Right on. Our technology was made by Indian scientists and assembled by Chinese workers. BTW who is an American ?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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