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. tian4670

    Can you find a toaster in Walmart that is MADE IN INDIA? Or a TV? Or a car?
    They skips all these, and jump start making a T-50 in a great leap forward?
    A serious question for India pilots: do you have enough life insurance?

    August 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You dont find a toaster,car etc made in india is because india is not as big a manufacturing industry as it is a service oriented industry.Most of the stuff india makes gets consumed in india and thus indian companies dont even try and compete with chinese as they cant beat them in mass producing stuff

      August 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tian4670

      So, how can a country with close to zero manufacturing experience create such complex like stealth fighter?

      August 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      So, how can a country with close to zero manufacturing experience create such complex like stealth fighter?

      @tian4670...With the help of the russians ...u moron...didn't you read this article? Looks like ur brain is clogged with the french fries fat.

      August 18, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ajith

      Hna.. then google HAL, Mahindra, BHEL, TATA, BEML, ADA, NAL...I can go on & on

      August 18, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • RegVeg

      Walmar is not indian store. You wanna find made in India toasters, etc, go look in Indian stores.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mario

    All these dazzling super duper jets from the USA and Russia, yet they can't beat the flea bag dirt poor smelly bearded suicidal jihadists from islamabialand. It is time the defence people examine the effectiveness of their defence strategy. There will be no wars between the big countries like USA, China and Russia, as their economies will be mutually destroyed in any conflict. What you get from them is only a lot of huffing and puffing for domestic political consumption. The real threats to all these countries are from terrorists, mostly the islamic terrorists.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RegVeg

      ofcourse it's hard to catch terrorists, since they kill themselves before you catch them. Also they seem to be supplied with US weapons like stingers and sponsored by foreign aid funnelled via Pakistan&Arabs from the Western world.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. tian4670

    Can you find a toaster in Walmart that is MADE IN INDIA? Or a TV? Or a light bulb?
    They seems to skip all these 'smaller' things, and jump start T50 after a great leap forward.
    A serious question for India air force pilots: Do you have enough life insurance?

    August 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      No wonder the Indians are so dirt poor and starving

      August 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RegVeg

      chinese and paki trolls you wanna find made-in-india toasters go check in Indian stores, not Walmart. India is not an export country like china. India is poor because of all the foreign looters, islamic invasions and china aggressions. with better weapons these looters are being stopped, and good thing too. Free tibet, and remove begger pakis from our neighborhood.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mario

    The US plane makers can't get new orders from the US defence because of lack of funds. Just sell lots of planes to China, and the profits can fund US purchases. Good for the balance sheet. Nobody is really going to use the planes to fight each other..except maybe to attack some arab countries

    August 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Buddy if most of defence orders have been coming from poor india ... US recently missed out the biggest defence deal in global market currently http://asian-defence.blogspot.com/2011/05/us-fighter-jet-makers-out-of-indian.html...Again getting back to tians comment India may b poor but PPP which is buying power in relation to the valution of currency stands fourth in the world...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)...india did lauch its own moon probe, launching satellites is a big industry,lot of high tech industries exist but still a lot of poverty exists ..

      August 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RegVeg

      INdia is not so poor as some of the trolls on this forum wish it to be. They're just jealous because a heavily armed India will not be so easy to loot anymore, and poverty will drop even further.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Beefburger

    Geez, look at this hog! She's got a SERIOUSLY fat a$$! That is supposed to be stealth? Maybe as stealthy as a fatty in the buffet line! The F-22 alone would smoke this trash, let alone the F-117 or the F-35.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • tian4670

      It was stealthy in Autocad or Microstation.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RegVeg

      dream on, RUssian stealth tech is totally different than US. It is not shape dependent.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. warrior

    T-50 doesn't look like a Stealth fighter to me. It's better if the world work together to make it a better place to live and not all kind of war machines.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ytuque

      Easy for a person to say if they do not live next to Pakistan or Chechnya

      August 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mario

    All these great toys depend on the GPS. Just shoot a rocket to knock out a few satellites, hence the GPS system, and the planes will be half useless.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ytuque

      Not such an easy thing to do and not all munitions are gps guided.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnesota_Nice

      I would expect the Russians to use their own global positioning system – which is called GLONASS (Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System). I suppose we could shoot those satellites down 😉

      August 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dory

    The technical input of the Indians in his fighter program is 0 percent. Russia brought the Indians in to give them some pride, and of course milk them to death to finance the development of the fighter program. Expect a huge hole in India's pocket of over 30 Billions when the dust settles. Seems like India has not learned from the Gorhskov Aircraft Carrier scam and price escalation. India needs this money desperately to improve badly needed infrastructure and basic services to its substantial poor, it can ill afford tens of billions of dollars lining Russia's pockets.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malik

      You need to stop talking out of your a**. Don't comment if you don't know anything. The entire avionics for this plane were developed by india.

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

      @Malik, if the entire avionics systems are done in India, then I guess the aircraft will enter service in 2080, right? LOL!

      August 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      No, the avionics package was developed exclusively by the Russians. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is supposed to provide two small pieces, the navigation system and mission computer. Which means they will be duct-taping a Chinese-made iPad to the instrument panel. Nice try, but Indians don't do real engineering.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • RegVeg

      You obviously don't know anything about engineering. Indians&Russians have been collaborating for many decades, not just now. It's simply racist false superiority to bash Indians. WHy don't you racists cry a river and drown in it.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mel

    looks like a Raptor

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

      looks can be deceiving. this stealth jet is fundamentally different.

      August 18, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Phil

    If India is really a joint partner in this planes development it won't be long before the United States knows absolutely everything it doesn't already know about this aircraft, since India is an allie of the United States and receives considerable aid from the U.S. Secondly the plane is an obviously cheap copy of the F-22 Raptor which was initiated two decades ahead of the T-50. Russia once again is desperately trying to play catch up with U.S. technology....

    August 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prasad

      Phil,
      You should get the facts right. India does not take even a dollar aid from US. In fact, US got the multi billon dollar defense deal when Obama visited India. India has actually repaid some of the World bank loans before the closure date. unlike, Pakistan, Israel and some other countries, India is not dependent or accept money from US.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Russian technology doesn't have to be the best. It just has to be good enough. It will be fielded in greater numbers than the F-22.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Prasad – please go read this...

      http://www.usaid.gov/in/

      August 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      India does not get any aid from US or any other country. India just gets loans. The US aid started drying up long ago when India signed a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union.and vanished completely after India tested a nuclear weapon. Instead India faced harassment and sanctions after sanctions from the US and the Western countries. It became difficult for India to get even IMF loans inspite of having excellent credit history. India will not transfer to US any knowledge acquired from Russia and vice versa.

      August 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • alphalion

      PHIL .. son ur retard Obama went to India with begging bowls .. Indians dont owe anything to states .. and never did ..get ur facts right before u talk .. India onlly had loans and from world bank ..

      August 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sukhoi

      India is NOT a US ally. It never has been since US and Britain decided to ally with their enemy, Pakistan.

      August 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • you don't know jack

      Look up MIG 15 in Korea and Mig 17 and 21 in Vietnam war, very capable fighters. Point is Russians can design and build jet fighters and they can do it at less cost than US and NATO.

      August 18, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • PeaceFrog

      Can we at least agree that Shilpa Shetty, Jennifer Aniston and Oksana Pochepa are hot? That type of discussion will break down international barriers to peace, love and understanding.

      August 18, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Anil

      Certainly the United States provides some 'aid' to India in order to maintain good relations. However the bulk of the US aid to South Asia has gone to the terrorist state Pakistan. As a matter of fact, Washington has just increased aid to these terrorists by 1.5 Billion dollars inspite of the fact they were hiding Osama bin Laden and killing US soldiers on a regular basis.

      The arms industry dictates policy in Washington. It seems to be – 'Bigger the customer, bigger the aid! Who cares if its a terrorist state or not? Who cares about who falls in battle?'

      August 18, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Grizzly

    In regards to JoeZ comment below regarding for people to get their facts straight, I would like to point out that China is a "Super Power". You would have to be ignorant not to think otherwise. We clearly have a reversal of roles as the United states Influence in world affairs is wanning towards decline and Chinese influence in world events are becoming more comprehinsably noticable. Economist speculate that within the next 20 years that the Yuan will replace the Dollar as the world's reserve currency. Also the "United States clearly can't shoulder the responsibility of rating the world'" (Guan Jianzhong) as the U.S. has been downgraded, and rightfuly so, thus has had a negative impact on our economy. Yes, although we still bring home the bacon with our annual GDP, it still doesnt excuse us of our responsibilities to the American public and to our investors. The U.S simply can not pay back its debt to its biggest borrower, which is China. The Chinese credit rating agency has down graded American credit. This is a double edge sword, as this dicission could hurt China by billions of dollars by its low currency and high export growth which we as Americans buy their goods. We are connected with China whether some like it or not.

    JoeZ

    Wow, one fighter jet and we're gettin arrogant already? When the Soviet Union – I'm sorry, that went bust. Whether Russia liked it or not – America is STILL the world's only superpower – fact. There are no more space shuttles – because we've developed the Orion to fly into deep space in 2013. And despite this pretty jet. The B52 Bomber, and the new DARPA that can fly anywhere in the world in less than an hour, is a continued to testament to America's superior technology. As far as borrowing money goes – It is the dollar that still is the only world reserve currency huh? Why not someone else's? Oh thats right, Our gross domestic product is still dozens of times larger than Russia, and China...combined. Get your facts straight.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • hank

      The Darpa??? Isnt that the hypersonic jet that disintegrated without finishing the trial? I heard they couldnt even find the dust left over from the jet.

      August 18, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. buscafreela

    I understand that the majority of the Indian part of the investments consists of supplying a native speaking helpdesk for the Russian engineers.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Craig

    Thought it looked like a Sukhoi. Cool little piece of engineering. Best not to underestimate our Russian friends.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Love the paint job. In close combat youd have a hard time knowing which side of the thing youd be looking at.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kris in AL

    Does this have thrust vectoring? If not, it's no match for the F22.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlphaLori

      It has 2-directional thrust-vectoring and comprehensive OLS. While F-22 has only 1-directional thrust-vectoring and none OLS.

      August 18, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
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