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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.

The Sukhoi T-50 prototype took to the skies for a 45-minute flight from an airfield at the company's production plant in the Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur on Friday, Sukhoi spokesman Alexei Paveshchenko told The Associated Press.

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.

More on the Sukhoi PAK FA and Sukhoi/HAL FGFA.

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]

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 30, 2010 10:35 AM

... 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.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2010 08:46 AM