Indo-Russian stealth fighter to make global debut

PTI Moscow | Updated on August 17, 2011 Published on August 17, 2011

T-50 stealth fighter jointly developed by Russia and India will make its first international public appearance at the MAKS airshow which went under way here, where Moscow unveiled its newest space shuttle, armed drones and a new range of upgraded weapons. Two prototypes of the single seater jet, estimated to cost $6 billion, are expected to fly over Zhukovsky air field on the outskirts of Moscow.

“The co-development projects of the two countries will remain centerpiece of the Russian aviation industry,” declared Mr Mikhail Pogosyan, President of the United Aircraft Corporation, makers of the aircraft. Sukhoi's T-50 made its maiden flight in January 2010 and is expected to enter service by 2015.

“The stealth fighter is progressing as planned and the new engine for the plane will be ready in time,” Mr Pogosyan said. The fifth generation Sukhoi T-50, also called the PAK FA for its Russian abbreviations for a perspective frontline aviation complex, is meant to be a rival to the US joint strike fighter F-22 Raptor.

Published on August 17, 2011
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