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. valgiernas

    Yup, russia's finest. They blew it with their own shuttle (buran) and with their wannabe concorde (which crashed at an airshow) and aeroflot's record of landing nose first instead of on wheels. It may look high-tech, but reliability and safety are not present in their aircraft.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruth

      Not exactly the. the buran was a success. but unfortunately Russis ran out of cash. Their record in space has been pretty good. They has the only space station MIR even the ISS is mostly russian.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Lieder

    Has anyone considered that maybe Russia could become a good ally of the USA? Too many people here are misinformed that Russia is somehow the "bad guy", then you go buy product made in communist China. LOL.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paddlefeet

    We give approx.6 billion to Isreal every year.WHY? because our congresscritters get together and throw it at Israel,Nancy Pelosi,Steny Hoyer,Eric Cantor,Joe(puke)Lieberman,and the rest of washingtons Israeli butt kissers.Right now we have60% of our congress in Israel, making kissy kissy with the zionist. We send them billions,they come to Washington and buy/donate our congresscritters to dance like puppets.Everyone of our mutts running for congrees/president has been to Israel to bow down and praise the zionist,swear fealty to the zionist. Think I'am exaggerating? Check it google. There is only one presidential candidate who has not kissed Israli butt, Ron Paul!

    August 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Questech

    Is it that Russians and Indians finally figured out how to use PhotoShop. Chinese were doing that for quite some time.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    Another one who never paid attention to geography. You must be referring to Pakistan.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |

    to think that the Russian and India air forces will be using the same fighter plane should really be of no surprise as they have been doing so for the past umpteen years. But what should be surprising is that the Russians would allow the newest technology that they would be using or developing could be placed on display and show to the rest of the world. that is something that they would never normally allow

    August 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • usgiorgi

      Which is a good indication that this is not a new technology... Just look at the exposed areas. Definitely not going to hide from radar, thus pretty easy to shoot down with modern smart missiles.

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

      usgiorgi, what exactly is your experience with radar evasive aircraft and stealth technology? Thought so.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xasthur

      Now the US has an excuse to upgrade Pakistans air force from f-16's. We will use tax payer money to do it of course but it makes good money for defense contractors and more jobs for the rich!

      August 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • nasty 704

      Sucker even sorta LOOKS like our F-22.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • nasty 704

      Sucker even LOOKS like our F-22.

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

    ROFL 2014......nasa and usaf has had stealth fighters from 1992- 2011

    August 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Stealth came out in the 80's my Dad worked on the program.

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

      Reading comprehension: new generation stealth, not first generation.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScoobySnacked

      1981 the F-117 was unveiled to the public, however, the plane was developed in the 1970s. The first prototype stealth plane was unveiled to the public in 1977. However, the idea of stealth has been around since WW1, and the first true radar evading techniques in aircraft were experimented with by Germany and the US since WW2 i.e...the flying wing. Just some info for all out there whom are interested. Stealth itself in warfare is nothing new at all, dating back since the beginning of warfare pretty much, but radar evading stealth in planes has been in development since WW2.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ScoobySnacked

      I meant to say stealth aircraft have been an idea since WW1.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      The black bird was developed in the 70s and 80s bro.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Georges ODIN

    Exact specifications of the new engine are still secret. It is expected that each engine will be able to independently vector its thrust upwards, downward or side to side. Vectoring one engine up with the other one down can produce a twisting force. Therefore the PAK FA would be the first fifth generation fighter with full 3-D thrust vectoring along all three aircraft axes: pitch, yaw and roll. These engines will incorporate infrared and RCS reduction measures.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Indian

    I hate to see some many people comment that "US gives billions to India"..nobody just gives billions to any is all for services rendered by India in return...mostly in the IT industry.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick101

      I wish that were true, but it isn't close. A quick google would tell you that.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve in WI

    I heard the customer call center for technical support for this jet is being established in the US.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Durson

      That's the winning response...nice! lol

      August 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max


      August 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ReeferPower

    Folks the US does not give India billions in aid. Only Israel and Egypt and Pakistan get billions.

    The aid package to India is in the 50-100 million range annually.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick101

      Interesting that we give them foreign aid when they own 41.1 Billion dollars worth of US Debt in the form of treasury bonds.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      How come no one ever gives US any aid?

      August 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReeferPower

      bob – the US up til now was the richest country in the world.

      The people who live in ghettos in the US would be considered rich by most Indian standards.

      Wealth is very relativist. We see someone driving a Mercedez and your Chevy isn't good enough.

      For example, someone who drives a Ford or Honda is considered rich or well off in India. The middle class drives a motor bike or a Tata Nano.

      And the poor walk or is on a bullock cart.

      And the abjectly poor walk bare foot.

      Of course at the rate at which the US is getting into debt, India may well be sending aid this way soon.

      I think that will probably be a bad thing for US prestige.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick101

    $28 billion had been invested by the United States for F-22 development and testing. That's a little more than 4 times what Russia spent to develop the T-50. Let's hope that they are 4 times better and we can still afford to build them at a cost of about $339 million per aircraft.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Thats because Russia doesnt pay their people SQUAT!

      August 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peter Haskett

    kewl paint job

    August 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Interesting how this story would come out right before we propose budget cuts.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. theguy

    russia is always trying to copy the u.s but will never be able to

    August 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick101

      Considering most hacker attacks on defense contractors originate in Russia and China, it looks like they have been quite successful.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • David S

      Remember their version of the shuttle ..... which never flew?

      August 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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