Russian T-50 Stealth Fighter To Make Its International Debut At MAKS Airshow

T-50 stealth fighter  developed by Russia  will make its
first international public appearance at the MAKS airshow which went
underway in Moscow, 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 USD 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 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”, 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.

Pogosyan had earlier said that Russia planned to develop upto 1,000
stealth fighters over the coming decade as aviation experts say that the
Russian military orders will account for more than 50 per cent of the
combat planes’ produce.

He said that the Russian airforce is expected to buy 20 new fighters annually in the coming years.

Top Russian aircraft makers including Sukhoi and Mig have survived
thanks to orders from India and China, but steady increase in government
defence spending over the past few years have given new incentives to
the nation’s aircraft industries.

The Indian projects jointly developed by the two countries will remain
the centrepiece of the Russian aviation industry, according to a top
official.

Speaking with the reporters after the inauguration of the 10th
International Aviation and Space Saloon (MAKS-2011), here President of
the United Aircraft Corporation Mikhail Pogosyan told that the fifth
generation fighter Russia’s new stealth fighter jet, which is expected
to make its first public appearance during the air show Another static
T-50 is expected to be demonstrated to a ‘select’ group’.

“The T-50 will be the newest main plane both for the Russian and Indian Air Force,” 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.

According to the local media reports the Indian version of the FGFA will be a lighter derivative of the PAK FA.


The projects for the joint development of Multimode Transport Aircraft
(MTA) and deeper modernisation of Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters under the
‘Super-30″ project are among the key joint Indo-Russian projects.

India has a larger footprint at MAKS-2011, the air show which is held at alternate years, with an expanded presence.

Unlike in the past when BrahMos JV used to display its deadly missiles
under the roof of its Russian partner, India has its exclusive stall
displaying the models of its cruise missiles, including an outdoor
life-size mock-up of BrahMos cruise missile for the Sukhoi fighters.

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