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. Philip Jan

    Amazing article.. so many people commenting and hostility everywhere.. This news is not available on some of the indian news websites itself.. why is CNN so concerned.. there are 1000s of tests happening everyday around the world.. technology in the US is far superior than any other nations for sure.. when will this Russian fantasy end.. The world has become so global.. people wanting to learn new culture and new ways of practice..

    Comments: which country is better, jobs stolen, no jobs here.. etc etc..

    move on.. people.. be intelligent, innovate, try different things, work hard, use resources effectively don't waste it.. move out of one's base explore the world.. and please STUDY!!! you will land a job automatically.. stop commenting and complaining and pointing finger.. btw when you point fingers there are three fingers that point back at you..

    August 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles

    India desperately needs an F-22 equivalent to replace it their 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 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Samson

    This airplane is not in production (2015).
    Not a prototype either (2013)
    It must be a cardboard model with rubberbands for engines, hence only 6B for development.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dr Evil

    Yanks too funny,stealing everything from everbody for 300 years.Someone should send you duds back to your wigwam age LOL.PS How is the dreamliner going still dreaming about getting it into the air? more like screamliner hee

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

      How's your comedy club routine going? I hope it's better than the EU economy right now because you guys are getting ready to get a nice Cleveland Steamer tossed on your chests.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ken

    "The Sukhoi T-50 cost the two governments (Russia & India) about $6 billion to develop." That is about what they paid China for the tech specs. on our F-22 Raptor. We develope and they steal.

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

      was this something your grandma told you?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Why will China sell a major weapon system to India? China thinks India is the biggest threat to its dominance in Asia. That's the reason they are extremely friendly with Porkistan, India's arch enemy. Think before you comment.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExaltedMan

      Sitting dormant with this thought only allows other nations to take over USA. Haven't you learned anything from the recent economic catastrophic situation?

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

      We steal from them and they steal from us. We torture them and they torture us. Big deal. That's how governments operate.

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

    Keep in mind the Russian aircraft of the past cold war were 60% performance, 40% hype. They never performed anywhere near our levels and the only time they came close was when heavily modified by the German airforce (and even then we kicked their ass at red flag the majority of the time).

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

      Love your expert tone. I hope that makes you feel better. Get well soon.

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

      lol I second that emotion. Get well soon.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExaltedMan


      August 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Questech

    We westerns tend to forget that only reason we enjoy so much supremacy over rest of the world is that we have mastered the art of killing more than anyone in history of man. We have fancy names for these toys and technologies but they are all perfection in the art of killing.

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

      You don't get invited to many parties, are you?
      What a party pooper.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      A cheap imitation of Mother Nature to be sure, which kills her creatures with a 100% success rate.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gman

      What's your point?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      And the left calls it abortion or Women's Rights.. HAHA

      August 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • GiddyUpCwby

      Yes, and protecting your right to make the statement you just made. Without those machines that "kill", you would be imprisoned or killed for just writing your statement. You're welcome.

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

      It's called survival of the fittest. Just a newsflash, throughout natural history, those that were better at killing survived and continued. Those that couldn't adapt died out.

      There was a time when the Romans, Mongols, Spanish, British, French, Germans, etc. all dominated the world because they had the strongest economies and best trained and equipped armies.

      It's nothing new so get off your high horse.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Questech

      Not surprised with responses at all. It takes lots of guts to stand by truth instead of tribe.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schmedley

      What truth? You are a master of the obvious. The only difference is that you think you are somehow being intellectual when the rest of us are just saying that being good a killing is nothing new and is just the way of things.

      The Romans were best at it in their day and now we are. Big deal.

      Keep drinking your own Kool Aid. You're a legend in your own mind...

      August 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BobTech

    Good for Russia. At least they are shielding themselves from all kinds of aggressors in the skin of well wishers that parade around the world with their McDonalds flag making muslims eat pork.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronmac

      Down with Ronald McDonald! Down with the Hamburgler! Long live Starbucks!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ReeferPower

    Is this another $1 million NASA pen vs. $1 Soviet pencil moment?

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


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

      NASA doesn't build jet fighters, boob dude.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReeferPower

      A good joke is wasted on some people.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 2cents4free

    Wow looks exactly like an F22 Raptor... which came out in the late 1900s lol

    August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JJ Jameson

    The cold war never ends. Thanks a lot India! Taking our jobs isn't enough is it?

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

      Stealing jobs?? Really?? India has recently purchased $11 billion worth of Military equipment from US and that is just the begining. So India is actually creating more High Tech jobs here. Give credit where it is due and stop whining.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      Keep whining....!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      You can brag all day and night,

      August 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arne

    That Russian marked aircraft has a very familiar silhouette. One that matches what the U.S. had years ago. What is shown, is what each country wants to show the world, and the people applaud . As a retired Aerospace Design Engineer I can say that what you see today try to perceive what thirty years of development will bring, and that's what is already being put together.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob M

    Too bad we stopped building the F-22. If this thing is any good it means they have the upper hand in technology once the remaining ones we have are eventually taken out of service.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon M

      We can build more. And surely you don't think we've stopped researching and building NEW planes. Do you think we said, "Well, 22 is as high as we can count. I guess we're done in the plane business." Come on!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr. Pillai

    You don't have to shoot down Russian fighter planes. They crash by themselves. That is how reputed Russian technology is?

    August 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExaltedMan

      BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO................................. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cebeterre

    So....who cares about these conventional war "artifacts" when ALL those nations we need to protect from and them from us have Nukes? Or are we not thinking that when things will get tougher in the world..some crazy, lunatic will order a nuclear attack? I buy stuff from buy stuff from me..we ALL have more or less the same armor and power, etc. whats's the differentiator..Nuclear Power..If the world agrees to non-nuclear proliferation and "assume" the next world or regional war will be conventional, these beauties are fine, but I have my doubts..

    August 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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