January 29, 2010
Prospective (Promising) Aircraft Complex (System) of Front line Aviation
Russia tests the Sukhoi T-50, a fifth-generation fighter developed in collaboration with India.
Russian officials have spent two decades trying to build the so-called fifth-generation fighter and hope the T-50 can challenge the U.S. F-22 Raptor, which first flew in 1997. The Russian project has been veiled in secrecy and no pictures of it had been released before the maiden flight.
If the prototype bearing a close resemblance to the Raptor goes into production, it will be the first major new aircraft design built in post-Soviet Russia. Officials have expressed hope that the T-50 will enter service in 2015.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 29, 2010 08:04 AM
Don't worry, the US only needs 180 odd F-22s. Remember, the Raptor is a plane without a mission. [/sarcasm]
... And yet it's also too valuable to export to anyone else.
If anyone in Congress had a brain, they might have recognised the contradictory positions and sought to clarify them.