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. Rob MIch

    Pakistan shared US stealth helicopter plans with China. Russia build's all they're aircraft to rival US aircraft. Israel designed they're Markov VI tanks to out perform US built Abrams. North Korea has nuclear weapons now. Iran is working on nuclear weapons still! Yet, if any of these developed countries actually went to war with one another we would all be dead because there would be nothing left after the nukes started flying!?

    August 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Also, India and the US can save a lot of unwanted military expenditures, and avoid the daily carnage of American brave men & women in uniform, and butchery of India's civilian population at the hands of the Pakistani ISI planned/LeT executed terror attacks if we can jointly NEUTRALIZE PAKISTAN!

    Effectively ONLY by dividing this rogue nation can we neutralize this existential threat to the US, Israel & India (in that order!) through its Islamic bomb and stop the scourge of ISLAMIC TERROR spewing from its hostile land.

    So unless our leaders recognize that Pakistan's and US' world views are diametrically opposite, including in Afghanistan and stop propping up this Jihadist nation with American dollars (money that we ourselves don't have) we will be faced with a much bigger menace than what we have on our hands now.

    We have already made the single biggest mistake of all – letting Pakistan develop its ISLAMIC BOMB and the time is now to pull the plugs!

    Thankfully, there seems to some signs that the US is heading in that direction, first by putting a cap on Pakistan's burgeoning stockpile of Plutonium (to be unveiled very soon) followed by a covert plan to seize Pakistani WMDs.

    So, rather than wasting our efforts in wooing Pakistan, and trying to find common grounds for understanding (when there can be none!), it’s time for the US, Israel & India to join together to stop this Islamic menace once & for all!

    The world is a much better place with a fragmented, de-fanged Pakistan!

    Amit-Atlanta-USA

    August 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. avfan

    Here is a link which gives comparison of F22 and T50:

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2366428.ece

    August 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. C

    is it me, or does the T50 look a lot like the F22...

    August 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Abu

    Yet all these fancy toys can't defend them against the real enemy the jihadist suicide bombers

    August 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Billy

    All this talk about Drones being the future sounds great if it would save lives, But tell me would those drones be usable if an enemy took out some of our GPS Satelites and exploded a nuke a hundred miles or something like that above the US.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharp

      Those technology issues can be addressed. The bottom line is that the airplanes can be made faster & more maneuverable without the pilot inside them. The final clincher is that if you lose the aircraft you don't lose an experienced pilot. That can only happen if the control base is attacked. Now do you see.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      It sort of gives me a nostalgic feeling but with an old fashioned Faraday cage EMP can be mitigated or you can simply phase UAVs/drones into battle, it’s not the game stopper many consider it. The key many consider is to be able to produce a lot of them cheaply, very cheaply, and develop a distributed control system – I don’t think anybody can do the latter except the US, which gives me a warm and fuzzy since I live here. Then if the enemy toasts 100,000s of them there will still be 100,000s of them left coming at you: that’s a tall order to defend against. GPS isn't imperative as they can be their own distributed, real-time communication network ala TCP/IP over some wireless layer 1. To the enemy it’s like trying to bat away a lake full of directed, intelligent mosquitos, each carrying deadly guided bombs outfitted with pattern recognition capabilities of their own. Of course if the system is hacked then all bets are off; that's the Achilles heel.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. $$forNothin

    Compare Russia's/India's$6 billion development cost of this plane to the $56 billion US investment in developing the F-35. ...and the Trillion (with a capital T) it is expected to cost overall to purchase and maintain the F-35. With numbers like that, the Pentagon should be considered a threat to the stability and security of the United States.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garth

      Look at the history of Russian aviation and you will see that a significant number of Russian airplanes were based on American technology. Cutting edge costs $$$ that is unless you steal it.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dot8

    India + Russia = Organized ergonomics, let it be a lesson to all countries.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • spinoc

      A lesson in what? How to steal a design from the US government?

      August 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james

    Looks just like the F22..lmao..russians cant produce anything on their own. No originality.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      no originality? I'm not a big fan of the russkies, but let's not forget that for a period of time, propeller driven Mustang P-51's were up against Jet Mig-15's over the skies of Korea...

      August 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ta 182

      @Ron

      Flying in Mig 15s that were copies of Germany's Ta 182 Huckebein.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharp

      The most dangerous place to get complacent is in military matters. It's usually the fatal blow for an empire or great nation.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kirk Douglas

    That plane nowhere,it look good but could it fight as good,I don,t think so we are the best f22.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jacknj

    Education and jobs do go together, corporate profit and job rates do too. Its a combination of both that relates to our jobs. Take away all the auto answers and our kids will learn again, lower corporate taxes and more development of jobs will appear here in America. Let the companies that want to exist in other countries do so. Most societies outside of western democracies are taught by rote anyway so don't expect to many new steps in technology but you may get a better mousetrap

    August 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sharp

    The airplane looks good but we will have to see how it performs. Russia has turned out some hella bad looking warplanes that were real paper tigers. Match the Raptor? Maybe.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Simpleton

    India? I see how that is. The largest population on the planet with no accountability to their carbon footprint or population explosion and by taking American jobs we buy from there meaning we are indebting ourselves to them,...... Aligning with Russia!!? China's new aircraft carrier couple weeks ago. Are we (America) still friends with these countries?
    You get where I would be going with this right? WATCH YOUR BACK.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Porkchop

      Friends? Hahahah We have no friends. We have allies, and allies change with the tide of the political landscape. We have worn out our welcome with virtually every country in the world outside of Europe and North America.

      August 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. suav

    still looks bad ass, like a mig nd the f22 had a baby

    August 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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