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. Pogpog

    F-22 impressive? Lol! f-22 vs any single jet turbine fighter jet on dog combat. Tell me if F-22 is impressive.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      F-22 is twin engine

      August 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Misread your post Pogpog. My error.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    "developed collaboratively by Russia and India". Bring up a belly view of an F-22, and notice the drastic similarities. Tail wings, engine intakes... if there wasn't a wider gap between engines on theirs, it would be identical.
    Yeh, developed... as in worked to steal our plans and technology. We spend billions on it, congress balks and shuts it's production down, and our enemy thrives.
    Like the old car war days.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Do we develop anything any more? I thought we outsource all tech things to India any way.

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

      We are COPY CATS and U guys from US are the LEADERS..Happy, U racist Moron

      August 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chris

    I see alot of comments saying the f-22 is better. At least theirs is flying right now. The f-22 has been gounded since May. No time line of when it will be cleared to fly again. We spend alot of money getting these plains in the air and spend alot more fixing the errors that we over looked during development. We dont look any better to the rest of the world.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iltoscan0

    lets hope they have the same issues as our F-22's since they stole the design from us...

    August 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    When the Soviet Union was still around, China was America's good friend in Asia (see Nixon). When the Soviet Union collapsed, China was re-caste as the enemy. When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, the Afghani Mujahadeen were America's brothers in arms. When the Soviet retreated, the Afghanis were ditched and later re-caste as terrorists. You wonder why countries like Pakistan and India maintain multiple alliances (with Russia, China, etc.) in addition to the US: because the US is not a dependable long term ally. Stop blaming these countries for their behavior. Start first by analyzing your own behavior.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. erich2112x

    Hey, that looks just like our jet. Youuuu Guyyyyys.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mitch


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

      doesn't every jet look like every other jet? anyway thats how I see it....I can rarely tell the difference

      August 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mitch

    and another thing. doesn't look there are any internal weapons bays on that puppy either. so load that beast up with ordinance and fuel tanks and she'll show up on radar just fine i'm sure.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mitch

      oh wait. no i think i see weapons bays. in between the engines. neeeever mind

      August 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Look between the 2 engines. There are 2 inline weapon bays,

      August 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew

    What's funny is that it was made to compete with the F-22 Raptor and it will enter production in 2013. The F-22 is obsolete people. We have stopped producing them because we now have the F-35 Lightning. F-22 is the last generation of stealth. I'm sure that now that the F-35 is going into production that there is some testing going on on it's succesor. Have no fear, they are still at least one step behind us, even if it does even compete.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Not right. The F-22 was made to replace the F-16. The F-22 is larger and superior to the F-35 in terms of top speed, cruising speed, pay load, maneuverability, pretty much everything. The F-35 will replace the F/A 18 Hornet, hence its ability to hover. Just cuz the number is higher doesn't make it better. They serve different roles. Do you really think the United States would work in tandem with other countries to build a jet superior to its own F-22 (a plane that is banned from export by Congress)?

      August 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lunosalpha

      Still not right. The F-22 was designed to replace the F-15. The F-35 was designed to replace the F-16, F/A-18, and AV8.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      The F-35 is intended to replace all fighters, hence the multiple variations of the plane. ( do i think it will replace all, no). The hover capabilities is USMC version, wing fold and smaller size is USMC and Navy, larger and longer wings for greater payload is Air Force.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronny

      The F-22 was not made to replace the F-16, but instead the F-15. The F-35 is made to replace the 16, 18, and the harrier.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeJoe9

      What really funny is that you are trying to brag up the US jets to be better than the Russian jets..."our planes are better than yours, we are more powerful than na na naaaa na" lol Oh the ego!

      August 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • unknown

      The F-22 is meant primarily as an air-to-air fighter meant to replace the F-15. However, like the F-15, it is also capable of taking on an air-to-ground role. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a multi-role fighter meant to be equally capable at the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles. Becuase it is a "Joint" fighter, we have three variants. The STOVL version, F-35B, is meant to replace the Marine Corps' Harriers. The Navy's F-35C should replace the F/A-18. The Air Force's F-35A should be replacing the F-16 as the new multi-role fighter and the A-10 as close air support.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moto310

      The F-22 is not obsolete. The F-35 is not the upgrade, quite the contrary, it is designed to replace close air support aircraft like the A-10 (which it cant even come close to doing). The world is two steps behind in fighter technology. The Russians have been trying for years to match the F-15 but probably won't this time either. The F-22 is state of the art in all areas of fighter jet design and will remain so for the next 25 years.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. flywithme

    chill out everyone...think for a second. It was inevitable that Russia, India and China were going to get higher technology, the world is playing catch up....I don't know what posses fellow Americans to think that we will always be number 1, that we have some advantage that others don't and if other nations make a new plane, that they stole it from us. Spying and stealing always happens, the US does it too, but at the same time India and Russia are capable of inventing such things also. For those who think that India is backstabbing the US, think again...till the 90's India was back stabbed by America, and Russia was the only one to help them. India and Russia have deep ties, and India isn't going to cut it off for US, would US cut off ties with the UK for India? no. India also lives among enemies, and needs the top of the line weapons, and the US gives them outdated things, they are bound to go to Russia or EU. India didn't steal any jobs, corp. sent them there because it was cheaper...just because they don't lick America's feet and buy our aircraft doesn't mean they are Americans we want our allies to submit and take second seat to us, and India refuses. India wont spend 3x more on a plane when they can get it cheaper from someone else. It's common sense, that each nation has a right to peruse their own weapons, and sovereignty...the same people who say India should be spending it on the poor...where were you when India bought BILLIONS of dollars of weapons from the US? Oh...that was OK, because it supported American jobs, but now it's wrong if they want to be self-sufficient...anyway, US needs better relations with India, but at the same time India shouldn't put all of it's eggs in one basket (US).

    August 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexisdumb

      kill yourself

      August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeJoe9

      Best post I've read in a long time! Two thumbs up ... you must be a Democrat, I can't imagine a Republican minded egomaniac saying something so truthful.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • flywithme

      @alexisdumb – Nope, I'm happy with my life. But do us all a favor and kill yourself.

      August 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      Very well written..Wish that all Americans thought like this!!!

      August 18, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. MCTU1 Marine

    I agree with MARS, it MUST be GW's fault, everything else is. Oh, wait, he's from MARS!

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

    Ah slovostev. It is just mades of cardboard and balloons and it has still failed.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pat Evans

    This planes doesn't have an internal bombbay to hide missles and bombs like the F-22/B-2/F-117/F-35 does. If they hang missles and bombs on the wings then radar waves will bounce back of the ordinance and it will be visible on radar.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Darth Vader Mentor

    Looks like two internal weapons bays to me between the engines.Fit and finish looks a little too rough for me. Maybe designed to fool analysts during the debut.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Combaticus

    I think I see a piece off the SEALs' helicopter!

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

    Lets be honest, every nation wants to make the US in Tech due to our addiction to war. Think about it, if you had a friend who beat up everyone else and pretty much was a bully it's only a matter of time before you have to fight your friend.

    August 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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