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. me myself

    Actually it is not that the Sukhoi that comes cheaper, it is the F22 which was designed from the beginning to be an expensive toy. Lockheed has employed thousands of subcontractors all over the country, with political connections, to ensure the project lift-off. Their quality standards are bellow par, currently Lockheed struggles to fix the bugs and the F-22 comes ridiculously expensive. We are getting decadent. Period.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Laura

    Im just glad the Russians are our allies now. I can still remember Nikita Kruschev pounding his shoe
    in the general assembly of the United Nations building back in early sixties. As a child we had
    air raid drills and companies selling fallout shelters as we were on the brink of Nuclear war with
    the bay of pigs. Oh those were the scary days.
    What our country is going through now is nothing compared to the sixties.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Boise

      We are allies w/ Russia. I don't think so. You must be living in liberal rose colored glasses.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Bob Boise: actually, yes, we are allies with Russia now, just as we were during WW II. No rose colored glasses here. Conservative Republican President George W. Bush entertained Vladimir Putin at his ranch in Texas, because we're such buddies with Russia. Conservative Bush said he could "see Putin's soul." Talk about rose colored glasses!!! Be that as it may, Russia is our partner in space exploration. US Space Shuttle missions often included Russian Cosmonauts. Americans and Russians have commanded the International Space Station. Until our next generation space craft are completed, Russia will be our ticket to manned space flight. The US are Russia are not enemies, even though we spy on each other. We will always be rivals, because we're both powerful nations with national interests. The US and Russia have a common other rival: China, whose economic and military power are rising. The up side is that China's rise will strengthen cooperation between the US and Russia.

      August 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Laura: ah, yes, the 1960's! Flower power, landing on the moon, and all that Cold War stuff! Agree with you completely: our relationship with Russia is light years ahead of where we were in those days. Both nations learned a lot. Fortunately, we have many young Russians and young Americans who never lived through the Cold War. In their lifetime, Russia has always been a capitalist country, and the US and Russia have always had joint military exercises. They probably scratch their heads in bewilderment when they watch a movie like "Red Dawn"! 🙂

      August 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michele Bachmann

    I'm trying to make my butt look like Kim Kardashian's. That's why I'm eating all these corn dogs.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vic of New York

    ...more like a mirror copy of the F-22. Thanks George Bush and DICK Cheney, for giving away our national secrets – while lying your way into a useless war in Iraq!

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

      Just because the ruskies made a copy from pictures doesn't mean our leaders gave away anything. If they got secrets they stole them the old fashion way. Spies are not just last century people.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      All I know is, china is screwed.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flyboy7588

      Hey Vic, it was that bumbkin Willie Clinton was giving away America's technology to the Red Chinese and God knows who else in exchange for campaign cash. Get your head out of your lib @ss.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricks for Beer

      hey Flyboy7588. That old bull about Clinton? Selling military secrets to the Chinese? LMAO! Looks to me that you're thinking with your KOCH again.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jiwat

      Here is the thing.

      First the Raptor is old news.
      Second if you can build something to fly fast enough, mach 5+, well u don't need stealth.

      So what if you can see it, can you catch it????

      Hypersonic is the wave is the future not stealth.

      What's worse, not knowing its coming or knowing its coming but you can do nothing to stop it?????

      August 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawrene

      There is a little Mig-29 in the nose.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      OMG just google F-22 pics and compare. They look NOTHING alike.

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

    The best fighter pilots in the world are probably some 17 year old gamers flying drones.. its all about the drones!

    August 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Yeah, a properly built and piloted fighter drone could kick this thing's afterburner into the dirt.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old BEar

      Yes childern, you buy all that techno crap. It still takes a human being to make a combat pilot. Drones are exteremely limited in that area. The russians have made a copy of an americn plane, based on technology purchased from china and stolen on their own courtesy of the head in the sand, one world of peace and love idiots who don't see anything wrong with giving away or selling secrets to people who DO NOT wish us well

      August 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rdg18

    The demorats want to dismantle the US military while Russia is preparing for a US takeover.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaz Romano (not real name. take that CNN)

      lol. U need a reality check. Paranoid much?

      August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Otto

      Idiot!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattNAustin

      Must have heard Rush or Faux News say this...Russia wants to take over the US, what a crock

      August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Russia is trying to keep the greedy dragon at bay.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tripp88

      Dude! This is not 1985. Have you been watching too much Rad Dawn? This is 2011, try to keep up fool!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevelb1

      Russia spend about $30billion per year on defense, The Dems want to reduce ours to $500 billions.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      you need to tune that tin foil hat. Russia wants us just were we are. So they can steal and bootleg everything we make. They make a mint from that.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Paranoid

      Doctor recommends drink plenty of water, take meds, go to bed. do not post on cnn.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Yesterday's technology on sale today.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. echase

    Its just a matter of time before; Russia, China and the rest of the world copy what we have, they have been doing it since WWII, it may look like the Raptor, but its not.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • aviator

      Do you really know the secret of similar designs coming out from USA and USSR/Russia! After WW-2 both Americans and Russians grabbed the real genious behind aviation – German aviation engineers. In most cases they landed up with members of same design team and hence the similar designs!!!!!!!

      August 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nathaniel

    The F-22 has been in development since the 80's. If this is the best they can do in that amount of time we have little to worry about. Look at the engines.

    August 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Who cares? Its for use against china. No one wants a cold war anymore.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paranoid man

      and how much money US used on defense budget for the last decades?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rockit Boy

      Nathaniel – yah, lmao. Turbofan. Good luck with that infrared signature, bucko. You'd need a lead umbrella the size of the superdome to mask it from our satellites.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      agreed, no vectored thrust there...not even close to the F22

      August 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      F-22 2D vector thrust, T-50 3d vector thrust.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    that picture looks an awful lot like the F22. i wonder how much of the tech is stolen. there is plenty of precedence for that from russia...

    August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      Hollywood certainly set the stage for the idea that the US steals it's technology. Just look at movies such as FireFox and The Hunt for Red October for starters. Thanks Hollywood.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chuck Wagon

    I wonder if the Russian Air Force will have to field endless calls from India for tech support.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShovelingSnw

      Oh I get it, because they have callcenters in india. Hah, youre so funny to say that. Are you the first one ever?

      August 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brojimbo

      LOL.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      actually the biggest consumer of these aircrafts would be india...Press 1 for Hindi Press 2 for russian..for any others press 9...if ure not sure stop messing around and eject

      August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. absolutemarine1

    If you see and here about a American aircraft then that's what your aloud to know about.. It's the stuff you don't know about that scares the Russian's and the rest of the world and we have a lot of that all over the world that your not suppose to know about. Hammers don't cost $20,000.00 each and toilet seat's at $25,000.00 for nothing... Info from Inspector Generals Office Pentagon U.S. 1991 investigation of spending by DOD 1977-1988 ( No indictment or hearings on the matter ) We can't handle the truth you see..

    August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jas

    looks bad ass

    August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. catinthehat

    THETHINKER is drinking the coolaid our media is prviding....not the thinker anymore.......read between the lines, it's all about the bottom line.....

    August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wendy

    It only cost them 6 Billion because the stole most of the research from the US.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
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