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. Rodney King

    Why can't we all just get along? Besides, China will NEVER catch the advancements made with the Raptor! We are so far ahead of them that even if we gave them some to reverse engineer, by the time they got it going, we would still be years ahead....

    August 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eli

    I laugh when I see people argue about American Jets vrs. Russian/China Jets. What most people are forgetting is that America has Israel. If you google Python 5 you will understand what Israeli technology does to any Jet not to mention Israel holds the best pilots in the world. It is no secret during the Arab Israeli war Israeli pilots shot down numerous Russian pilots who were flying the Migs for the Egyptians. You people need to stop flexing muscles and comparing technology, whoever has Gods Chosen People is going to win the War if it ever starts.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mc

      Israel has been begging the US to sell it our fifth generation jets for over a decade, but we don't because the technology is too advanced. Keep dreaming.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Truthplap

    Every country has a right to defend itself, and I don't think that measures to increase one's self-defense are necessarily a threat to the U.S. Also, like the U.S., Russia is a major arms dealer, and makes lots of money selling their wares to the world. India, and countries like them, also need weapons to protect themselves from the weapons that we sold to their enemies. I'd rather have India as a friend than Pakistan any day anyway. And it was our relationship with Pakistan as a major arms supplier that forced India to look elsewhere for a counter to the advanced gear that we sell to their worst enemy.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Russia has an air force?

    I didn't know Russia had fighter jets. I thought they were just a bunch of Vodka drinking alcoholics.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CharlieSeattle

    Don't worry, I have yet to see an Indian designed or built product that wasn't a

    August 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kcc

    Meanwhile, while we are near bankruptcy, getting ready to cut our military spending to almost nothing...

    August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mars

      You can blame the last idiot for using up our surplus and leading us in to not 1 but 2 Vietnams.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      Don't worry Russia already broke the bank once doing this type thing. They are not in great economic shape either now. Nearly all of the revenues come from oil.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Almost nothing? We spend more than the rest of the planet combined. The are talking about making cuts, not gutting. Make up whatever BS you want, but you don't know what you are talking about.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnesota_Nice

      What do you mean cut our military spending to almost nothing??? The US spent $703 billion on defense last year, which equates to 43% of all worldwide defense expenditures. The US spends more on defense per year than the next 70 nations COMBINED. The Chinese, which spends the second largest amount on defense, spent a paltry $91 billion last year. Russia will spend a wimpy $63 billion. Granted, these numbers are from Wikipedia. However, it seems pretty clear to me that we could cut some of our spending on defense and still have the greatest military on Earth.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shorn

      Yeah, and why not? What's India and Russia going to do, attack us? We blow many times more $ on military than anyone. It's a stupid waste. Wake up.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotAbrainiac

      @mars???? Blame lies in ourselves! WE allow ourselves to be ruled, and told what to do, BY PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN A POWER GREATER THAN OUR OWN! OUR POWER I CAN PROVE.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Yeah the U.S still spends the most and WONT make hugh cuts. Plus Idiots out there think that they really tell us how much they spend on our defense. News flash....they spend soooo much more on our protection. I would rather spend on having us being the best in the world then on other stupid crap.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. flyby

    This is not an equivilant to the F-22, there is no way it matches the F-22's stealth capabilities... This was developed for manuverability and light stealth duties.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Rival the F-22 Raptor? You mean the F-22 Raptor that Obama killed? That Raptor?

    August 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      New York Times 1999
      Leaders of both parties said today that the House planned to cut off money for the Air Force's $70 billion F-22 fighter program, a highly unusual decision that has stunned the Pentagon and military contractors.

      The stage for a full House vote next week was set today when the House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $268 billion Pentagon spending bill that denies the Air Force the $1.8 billion it sought to finance the first six F-22s. The cutoff is supported by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, the minority leader, Richard A. Gephardt, and Republican leaders who say the fledgling fighter is simply too expensive to build at $200 million a plane.

      "We need to concentrate on those things that work," Mr. Hastert said.

      The move against the F-22 came from some of the most military-minded senior Republicans in Congress.

      Representative C. W. Bill Young, Republican of Florida, who is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a longtime champion of the F-22, which would serve dual roles in air-to-air combat and as a bomber, said in an interview, "The Air Force's money and everything in the Air Force's mind is focused on the F-22."

      August 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You mean the F-22 that the PENTAGON stated it didn't need anymore of? Not to mention Secretary Gates said more F-22's were unnecessary. Stop with the blind Obama-bashing for 2 seconds and get your facts straight.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      @Matt Let me guess you don't like when the person you voted for/agree with gets bashed but you were probably bashing Bush his entire time in office. Sounds hypocritical to me.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Don't rain of his Obama bashing parade. He will just find something else to bash instead.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnesota_Nice

      I believe that there are 108 flying F-22s currently. That should be enough don't you think?

      August 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Ok, now everyone get ready for the F-44 in a few years, because we need something better now.. -.-

    August 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anonymous

    The T-50 seems quite impressive. It turns and burns in mil power like a DH Sea Vixen from the late 1950s. F22 needs full afterburner to do a Mach .5 sustained 360 turn at around 18dps (about the same performance as a 1954 Hawker Hunter) but produces about 10x the Infra red signature. F22 is big, is heavy, is expensive, is loud and is a gas hog (A heater missile magnet) with short range. i.e. has half the supersonic range profile of a Tornado ADF (F22 marketed as the first supercruise fighter, although about 50 years behind the English Electric Lightning) and is slower than a Blackburn Buccaneer over 500nmi. F22 has no IRST scan and uses an obsolete self defense IR missile. Oh and the F22 is not a stealth aircraft (everyone knows where it is- it sits in the hanger on the ground getting constant repairs)

    August 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retort

      Amazing how you must have been on the design and build team for the F-22, since most of your bogus data is classified. ie. fuel burn, top speeds, turning radius, avionics, heat-signature, radar cross section, weapons system. And I like how you know every stat about the test version of the Russian T-50. Nice to know that the worlds foremost aeronautical engineer is spending his time posting on CNN.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • The King

      Oooh, someone knows the F-22. Everytime I see an F-22 fly, I just figure its a modified F-15 masquerading as an F-22. Never see more than 2 in the air at once as I don't think there are ever 2 flight ready at the same time. Gimme the old F-16 Falcon, easy to fly, good air frame, steady weapons platform, all at $30 mil per.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      Well said, Anonymous.

      August 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      @ Retort, can you spell Google?

      August 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retort

      yes, because everything on the interweb is the truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth...the ignorance and naivete of this generation is quite unsettling. "If it's on Google it is FACT." Simple minded and highly defensive...seems the norm these days

      August 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • midogs2

      And you, oh omnipotent one, get your facts from????????

      August 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cybermax

    Only way this plane is stealthy is if it flies upsidedown and you plug the jet exhausts.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnny

    What would be cool is if starving people could eat these planes.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mitch

    thats definitely not stealth. doesn't look like they're using the ole thrust vectoring either. hmmm. shame. for such a stolen design you'd think it would have some of the more important immenities

    August 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. O'Neill

    You know why Russian aircraft can't fly upside down???
    All of the tubes will fall out of the radios.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Cuz Goose is already up there taking an upside-down polaroid?

      August 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Maverick keeping up foreign relations, giving him the bird. You know, the finger!

      August 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mitch

    i love how people are so worried about these foreign knock offs. they're still in developmental stages And they're no where near the technological or stealth capabilities the US has. but really. no body really has stealth figured out but the people at the skunk works and if they do start to figure it out these would be there first shots at it and they're all at LEAST 5 to 10 years behind. plus we'll have hundreds of F-22 by the time they start to field even one of these rip offs. plus we'll have stealth upgrades to alot of our F-15 fleet AND we'll have the JSF-35 by then

    August 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
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