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. griz4718

    It don't make a rats a$$ how sophisticated your aircraft is, it is the quality of the PILOT that makes all the difference. NO ONE has pilots as good as OURS!

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

      Pakistani Pilots are one of the best your stupid loser

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

      @Man Yeah is there such a thing as Paki Pilots LOL Name ONE conflict they fought in...

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

      Yea, that one who piloted chopper during bin laden raid was real topgun

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

      Only the Israelis are close to our guys.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      those pakistani pilots weren't exactly on the ball the night of the bin Laden raid.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      @KILLDOZER – Please tell me you're NOT pakistani? That raid, if anything, proved at best that the Pakistani military is one of the weakest and most incompetent on Earth. At worst, it showed that the US MILITARY tells the Pakistani military when they can and cannot fight.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dario

      Except for Canada. Canadian pilots that attend top gun school in the US win the top gun award every time. Being a retired military officer I have seen this first hand

      August 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eduardz

    I'm glad the Indians hate the Chinese. Let them use these on them.

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

      this fighter is good news

      August 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      That's what India is funding the Russians for.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. evilphoton

    arizona... probably. yankee? no. the article is about an airplane and how Russia and India got it done rather than us paying republican (oops) defense contractors who knows how much to "build" a plane...that won't make it to production. btw, it's funny for a republican to accuse anyone else of hate. your favorite word is "no"

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

      why your grammar so poor is? funny is all...but worthless otherwise...

      August 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name

      this comment is ironic

      August 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slavco

      Dear Anne -I also ripped out the rcitale in People Magazine tracked down a local training in Washinton DC. I attended a Stewards For Children training this morning. The presenter was Michele Booth Cole, Executive Director of Safe Shores at the DC Childrens Advocacy Center. She facilitated a great training, that had me both concerned and inspired.I am hoping to take it one step further and become a trainer myself for Stewards For Children. I just wanted to say Thank You, Anne for your mission, and for all you are doing to keep children safe. Count me in, to join you on this journey!Sincerely,-Hilary Boboshko, LGSWSilver Spring, Md

      April 22, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ED

      You're an idiot. This thing is an exact copy of our F22 which has been in development and active service for YEARS.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hung Lo

      This plane is far superior to the F-22 WHICH btw IS NOW GROUNDED DUE TO "TECHNICAL" REASONS. F-22 IS A PILE OF JUNK and a sopwith CAMEL BIPLANE FROM ww1 has the ability to out fly it and shoot it down. America is going down the tubes fast . Look at the recent credit default !

      August 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Actually...
      1. No Vector Thrust engiens.
      2. No internal missel bay.
      3. It's 5-6 feet longer 2 feet wider.
      4. External intake and exhaust.
      Just to name a few.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Artie

      you are kidding right? the f22 and f35 are useless!! the f22 is grounded and the f35 has been halted because they are plagued with problems!!! quit boasting you proud american because you are getting pwned every single day, and it will come a day when the US is third world and NO ONE will want to help you due to your arrogance, so do yourself a favor and shut up!

      August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edna

      You seem very intelligent and I trust your opinion /Sarcasm. Your simply jealous that your not an American, living in the best country to ever exist on this Earth.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CullThePopulace

      f22 has been grounded for months, fool. You are THE idiot. Over budget POS $400+mil each and cant get up... sort of like, you.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turoq

      It does externally look like the F22, but the difference is in the avionics which they will eventually develop on their own (unless they get to steal the tech from the US) around 2035 and by that time the US already has something to kill it in a nanosecond.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • urtoodumb4words

      So I'm guesinng that you think all those girls who told you "no" in your life hate you huh. sounds a little bit like paranoia to me. Might want to get your coconut examined.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • UmmDuh

      So evil, you democrats whine and complain that republicans won't change and when they do change you mock them for it. So which is it, do you want change or do you want status quo? And speaking of the word "no", more democrats voted against the debt bill than did the evil tea party members, no seems to be a favorite word for your party as well. Funny how you open minded thinking folks are more typically narrow minded and closed to any one else's opinion other than your own. Keep on hating poser.......

      August 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Havildar

      Greedy, Teaparty,beggers, Terrorist ( a la bin laden), Republicans Beggers, steal from the poor and give to the Wealthy what great "christians' truely following in their saviour's footsteps, teaching.. Oh!! Lucifer is their leader not christ. Now it makes sense for the republican party the party of NO brains, Solutions or Ideas only looney tune behavior.

      August 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blahman

      Evilphoton, you're an idiot. See the name Sukhoi in the article? They are a russian defense contractor that manufactured the aircraft. Also, we collaborated with the UK and other countries to build the F-35.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tank

      America is in crises... so, sorry.......

      August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      We're really not. You're easily manipulated by the fearmongers. If we end up in a crisis, it's will only be because of people like yourself overreacting (thus playing into the hands of professional politicians and corporate interests that are manipulating movements like the Tea Party).

      August 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jshank

    well, the overall shape does look like a raptor. a couple of things i noticed was that this plane's exhaust is in no way stealthy as compared to that of the F22. heat signature is part of the game. another issue with this aircraft is underneath, there are so many different contours, doesnt matter how much stealthy adhesive you spray on, that plane will still be detected by advanced radar. I'm not impressed.

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

      I guess you should apply for a job with them then... you seem to know so much better!

      August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    It was our own stupidity that gave the Chinese and Russians their first breakthroughs in stealth technology. The Pentagon master planners that sent out the F-117s during the Bosnian conflict probably were not well versed in history and forgot the Francis Gary Powers U-2 incident. They sent all the F-117s out on the same flight path each night so naturally using a large number of SAMs fired together at different angles the Serbs could bring down a plane you cannot lock onto with radar. Once shot down, guess who inspected the wreckage first and bought some of the parts! Once again the lack of forward thinking and strategic planning has given our adversaries a foothold.

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

      That sounds like a history rewrite. We lost that stealth plane because the Air Defense was able to gain a target lock on the bay door during a missile strike. At any rate we are producing 5 generation jets. No one is close to the F-22.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BooBooGaGa

      Steve, you an idiot.... Get over yourself 🙂

      August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Actually that isn't how they brought down the plane. They quickly figured out that the planes disrupted cell towers by scattering the signal aroun and with just some cheap programming were able to detect the planes.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ape Lincoln

      USArmyOverLord I just would like to state that the Mig 35 was a easy match to the F-22.

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

    Another waste of time and money.. the F22 was a waste of tax payer money and this will most likely be a waste for Russia as well. It's obvious that the military is moving as fast as possiable to drones. today's fighters are limited not by speed, weight etc, they are lmited by the physical human body to withstand G's and time for problem solving. computers have less issues with G force and can solve complex problems at light speed. I always remember the last country to purchase the F4 was India... They seem to want to do the right thing, just a few decades late...

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

      except the Russian economy is less able to absorb something like this. Clearly they didn't learn from the collapse of the Soviet Union.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George

    Already obsolete just like the F-22. The fighters of the future are smaller, faster, cheaper, fuel-efficient, deadlier unmanned fighter drones. They will be basically remote-controlled air-to-air missiles searching for T-50's.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fishawk

    Russians seem to know how to leverage India and build planes for about $100M per plane. Maybe there is a lesson here for us; we pay $350M per plane from Lockheed Martin.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony

    Stealth? Are You kidding me? There are a ton of things that make this plane detectable via both radar and infrared. There are protruding antennas on front and back, straight seams on the fuselage, no significant use of radar absorbing materials, no visible area for an internal weapons bay, the engines are not internally mounted and there is no attempt to mitigate the radar cross section of the thrust nuzzles nor their infrared (heat) signature. As far as rivalling the F-22 in manuverability, there are no thrust vectoring nozzles and what appear to be small control surfaces. This aircraft doesn't even come close to rivalling the F-22 just at a first glance. Let alone the likely galactic disparity between the onboard targeting, ECW, and control systems of the two fighters.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin in Florida

      Uh – it's a prototype, you know.

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

      Ok Anthony. I hope you at least have a degree in aeronautics.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerome

    They copy USA. Too bad to russia don't even know how to design on there own jet fighter.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darketernal

    They should invest their money into rebuilding the economy and prevent that the Russian generals will absorb so much money that it will take the Russian economy along into the depression.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GimpCollector

    Awesome coloring, it'll look pretty when it's laying in a smoldering pile on the ground. Hey Kim Kardashin is getting MARRIED!
    gotta make a meth run, brb.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Symera

    Perfect ... they're right on time – air poiwer is going unmanned, so by the time these hit the skies, they'll be about 3 generations old ...

    August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MidwestChap

    Yeah, it's probably a ripoff of the F-22, but you have to admit... that a pretty cool looking jet with that paint job.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Goose

    Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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