than the similar Chinese and American rival fighter jets which include
the J 20 Black Eagle and the F-22 Raptor, a top Russian military
commander has claimed.
India and Russia are jointly developing the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA FGFA for
their respective air forces and have plans of producing over 400 of
these highly-advanced fighter jets.
Commander of the Russian Air Force Colonel General Alexander Zelin told
Russian news agency RIA Novosti that his country’s government has
decided to give top priority to the development of the joint venture
“While comparing Russia’s T-50 PAK FA with the US F-22 Raptor and
China’s Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle, one concludes that the T-50 is
superior to its foreign analogues in terms of its maximum speed in
afterburner and standard modes, maximum range and thrust-to-weight
ratio,” he said.
The Russian Air Force Commander said that despite the comparable
dimensions and weight of the Chinese J20 Black Eagle and the F-22
raptor, “the T-50 has much shorter take-off and landing runs. Moreover,
its on-board equipment has better specifications than its foreign
India signed a preliminary design contract with Russia recently for the
aircraft and is planning to induct around 250 of them starting from
Commenting on the flight tests schedule of the FGFA, Zelin said, “Tests
are now taking place as planned in line with specific decisions.Over 100
flights have been performed and all the specifications obtained during
the tests confirm T-50 project requirements.”
“The tests involve three fixed-wing aircraft, and three more aircraft
will arrive in the near future. All in all, the tests will involve 14
aircraft,” he added.