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. Mark

    I guess I will ask the question then:

    The T-50 bears a remarkable resemblance to the F-22 Raptor. Did the F-22 manufacturer use Indian Subcontractors?
    I wonder did the designs for the F-22 leaked out of the subcontratcors to the Russians.
    The Chinese have proven that they have no qualms about using any means possible to rip off American and European defense technology. The Russians are just as unscrupulous.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      The FF-22 hasn't exactly been top secret...

      August 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Unlike china, russia actually has an aerospace industry that is worth a crap. Which makes planes like this believable.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • icedawg

      Since when did patents matter in the arms race? They must have liked the Raptor's design. Should be flattering.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      In english slang,.worth a crap means it is not crap.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tad Pole

      You all make me laugh. Like the US doesn't, or wouldn't, copy when it makes sense.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • American contractor

      Of course it did!
      Corporate America sells out defense secrets all the time in the name of profit.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • American contractor

      Of course it did!
      Corporate America sells out defense secrets all the time in the name of profit.
      Outsourcing of militray secrets to India and then Russia.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      Similiarities may be the byproduct in the methods used to mitigatge radar signature while preserving flight characteristics.

      if you study the birth of the F-15 you will see that American Engineers overestimated the great Russian threat Mig 25 and used many of it's characteristics to build the greatest plane of all time. Russia maybe taking a page out of the F-15 play book and are using similar geometric shapes to maximise aircraft perfomance and stealth characteristics.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      My money is on the training of the american pilots

      August 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      FWIW defense contractors use parts made in CONUS. The military does not want parts for its machines vulnerable to foreign powers.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Badonkadonk!

    This is all bullocks. As everyone knows, American culture is FAR more interested in its celebrities than it is keeping ahead of the rest of the world in much more important things like engineering, math, and science. I wouldn't be surprised if this jet that Russia/India developed is actually some kind of Robotech plane that transforms and is capable of shooting down everything that a manned or unmanned Western plane throws at it while delivering a nuclear payload at the same time. Gee, US, maybe all the attention you give your reality TV shows and your crystal meth labs can be used as a weapon instead. Yeah right, good luck! Your time is at an end America.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      No worries, as long as china is contained the world is safe. Lol, you thought you were going to flame bait us didnt you!

      August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sfduck

      Whatever dude, we've had the Raptor for years. Russia is way behind. I guess it takes this long for Russia and India to steal our technology and produce results. If we have any probs with the Russians we'll call up Maverick biotch!

      August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • runswithscissors

      I'd be more worried if they called it a valkrie. Then I'd wonder if they has a macross.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sr71 cc

      Notice we flew and massed the f-22 many many years ago. Still 10yrs plus ahead in all things aviation related.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tad Pole

      You are out of your mind! You think that the.. umm.. wait. hold on.. Jersey Shore is starting..

      August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackola

      You mean you are not excited about Kerdashian's upcoming wedding????

      August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver

      I agree. Hollywood has become one of the worst influences on Americans, especially on younger people who don't have any personal recollections of what NORMAL, WELL-ADJUSTED and SENSIBLE pursuits consist of. Hollywood is like a bunch of perpetual adolescents with no restrictions on how they inflict their infantile preoccupations on people who don't know any better to turn off their TVs and not watch trashy movies.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyinOz

      Indeed runswithscissors, if they suddenly come up with a fighter that they refer to as a Veritech Fighter....then it is crap your pants time.

      August 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. interesting

    This jet is awesome...until it gets shot down by an unmanned US drone.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Right on Brother... One step closer to Syberdyne T-1000 ' Terminator"

      August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • FutureWizard

      You must be a republican Idiot.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Its for dealing with the greedy dragon next door. this isnt the 1980s anymore. Try to keep up.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      Drones dont have air to air capability...yet

      August 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Optimus Prime

    Hey! Thanks India! This is the thanks we get for sending all those jobs over there and for our US companies employing your people over here in the US. Thanks! And BTW...your movies SUCK!!!!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilphoton

      so... you are upset that someone made a biniss deal when you think it should have been a decision out of an emotional bond? Hmm... funny how free market stuff works, isn't it? so, you like free market but only when it helps you, thanks for clearing that up for us. This is how money works chief.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • educated and aware

      another uneducated and unware american decides to speak his bird brain out...i feel sorry not just for you but countless others as you, who have nothing constructive to provide to this country at a time when its looking the most for celebral power- im an immigrant- educated, aware, constructive and proud of being american.

      The issues in this forum touch upon three broad areas- Economics, Foreign relations and considering peoplke like you "Education".

      Perhaps 'Economics for dummy's' (LIKE YOU) will be a good step ..its not a video game, its a book, which happens to be a medium to impart Education (if you know what this word means) and is widely used in countries such as India- the very reason why you have so many Indians thronging to universities here in the fields of advace science and math (refer to Fareed Zakaria GPS on 'Innovation'). To your liking that may soon change as the education system here takes a continued beating and with it prospects of further innovation helped by immigrants... Then perhaps "beacons of this generation" (gulp) like yourself could propel this great nation to new lows.....

      As a sidenote, another book which may help you if you could ever go beyond the cover is " how not to run your country on borrowed money" –

      As you all continue to ridicule and associate India with low value work (call centers) please do youself a favour. The following articles will help:
      1. India a gocbal leader in cutting edge science such as remote sensing data using polar satellite launch vehicles..( We dont need to steal hitech from anyone!!!!!!!!!

      On the bit concerning foreign relations, India has had historic alliance with the USSR with US supporitng Pakinstan (great choice!!) Incidentally last year Obama came to India with the largest contingent ever for any visiting US president to any country asking for what-contracts for US firms and our growing influence in the world( the discussion had nothing to do with your xbox games)...this was followed by historic state visits from the UK and France- The world has changed and so has india by leaps and bounds (double digit GDP growth in the last decade)-Accept and embrace this fact as India today is in a positon to define its partners on the basis of 'its' needs- its an opporunity which fools especially like you cant afford to miss.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. USArmyOverLord

    Well it looks just like the SU-27 Flanker to me. Let's see how well this "Stealth" Plane does in combat LOL.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nate

    First of all, everyone posting on this forum who doesn't have a Ph.D in aerospace engineering has no idea how "stealthy" or not stealthy this aircraft is. The F-22 is the most deadly aircraft ever built, including the F-35. It is simply too expensive to gain a place as the US's main fighter aircraft, so to say this airplane is 20 years behind is mistaken. A more accurate figure would be 7 or 8 years.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmesIA

      The F-22 is amazing. The trouble with it, like you point out is the price tag. Head to head the F-22 will take out anything flying at an amazing kill:loss ratio. The other problem is that it is remarkably rare to need a head to head fighter unless we end up in an attrition war against a first tier adversary. It is just plain more cost effective to eliminate the air defenses in regional conflicts through other means. So what you really need is a cost effective air support platform for sustained operations with overwhelming air superiority – the F-22 isn't the cheap solution for that mission.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      It is so deadly, it even kills its own pilot by ruthlessly cutting off his oxygen supply.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • AIGuy

      Only one BIG problem this bird is in the air and the entire US stealth fleet is grounded "indefinitly"

      August 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      I guess you don't realize how long the F22 has been in design and production do you? I am in the aquisition career field amd it probably is pretty close to say that the russian fighter is about 20 years behind. The F22 is already in operation test. But the fly off for the F-22 happened before I even joined back in 97. I'm sure this new fighter has been around a few years already but the article even states that the proto type won't be ready until 2013 and thats probably if there are no set backs.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    I'm impressed. The US spent $66 billion on the F-22 program and we still don't have a safely operational vehicle out of it.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      That is completely false. The F22 had funding cut. Besides, you could send up 2 A10's, 2 F16's and even throw in a couple Sukoi's and the F22 would take them all down before even being detected.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CS

      F-22 has been safely operational for years. You're thinking F-35 that is not operational.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      Uh... the F22s are operational, sport.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Ok yes, technically they can fly. But every request to use them for their designed purpose in an actual combat zone has been rejected. Never mind the computer failures and oxygen supply failures and ejection seat readiness failures. No F22 has flown over Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya. Also the fleet is currently grounded (IE not operational)

      August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Did you fail to notice the adjective "safely"

      August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granpafly88

      J – FYI, there are 187 F-22's officially on the books with about half of them delivered and working in the field. Their operational rates are lower, but still comparable to the F-16's and F-15's that are mainstays of the USAF (F-22 hovers around 62-68%, 16's and 15's are in the 65-75% range). The F-22 has become the premiere interceptor for NORAD and PACAF, we just can't afford to build any more. They're grounded right now due to problems with their environmental systems, but performance-based results are overwhelming. When the AF gets the Honeywell debacle straightened out, the 22 will be #1 again...Rusky's stealth or no...

      August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. catinthehat

    We should investigate if any of our corporation were involved in development of this plane. Our war machines are getting rich and we should question there motives....just a thought

    August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheThinker

      Do you have ANY idea of what you're talking about, or are you drunk?
      The way you throw around melodramatic terms such as "War Machine", added to your implying that a Defense Corporation would sell proprietary designs, makes you come across as uninformed and looney.
      Note that an employee who sold designs to foreigners would go to jail and could conceivably be given the death penalty. And if the corporation itself sold the plans they would lose all future contracts and responsible people would still go to jail. Have you ever even MET anyone who worked at a defense company?
      The laws of aerodynamics apply to everyone. Thus a WW2 high performance fighter had one engine and two wings, the Mig15 and F86 looked similar but were developed separately, and if one wants a mach 2 stealth fighter with supercruise, the result will look like the stealth fighter.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deep North

    So now we get to give Boeing a gazillion more dollars to build he x-36!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ares

      Until this world is made peaceful by bunnies and flowers, then yes we need to fund money to defense to stay ahead of the game. A weaker US means a leveled playing field = potential for more wars. We can look back at history for many examples.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. donnamarinchekmarn01

    "Prototype"?.....Lockheed Martin Here in Ohio,Had a "Prototype"...Flying Object,That Just Crashed,And there is a Possibility.....Of Contaim.This worries me.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maddog

    Its always great to hear of new weapons of DEATH when people all over the world are starving to death and ioseing there homes

    August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kenju4u

    Whats next? Bollywood is gonna copy Top Gun and come out with an Indian version..."Ashman Me Banduk"

    August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Let me guess.. you're Chinese. I believe you had a good 'look' at the stealth helicopter recently thanks to your friend with benefits Pakistan. So when is the imitation coming out?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenju4u

      ummm negative! I am American!

      August 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bachmanntwit did you google 'Bachmann Corndog' or not ?

    August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bailoutsos

    Looks like it is built with Leggos.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Giving_it_away

    @Jerry – if you look closely that is Casper the friendly ghost – that is what makes it stealth.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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