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Updated: October 2, 2011 13:05 IST

T-50 stealth fighter makes public debut

Vladimir Radyuhin
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Being jointly developed by India and Russia in $10-billion project

The Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter, which Russia is jointly developing with India, made its public debut at a Moscow airshow on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, accompanied by federal Ministers and military brass, looked on as two T-50 prototype aircraft soared into the air, performing aerobatic manoeuvres and skimming low over the runway in a 15-minute demonstration flight.

The T-50 has been making test flights since January 2010, but it is the fighter's first appearance at an airshow. After the demonstration flight the fighter jets were whisked away as they are still classified and are not displayed on the ground. The T-50 resembles Russia's best-selling Su-30 fighter jet but will have all its weapons hidden inside its body and wings to avoid radar detection and will fly at supersonic cruising speeds. The aircraft will also boast ultra manoeuvrability and high-technology avionics.

The Russian Air Force will begin testing the Perspective Frontline Aviation Complex, as the plane is called in Russia, in 2013 and will start inducting its mass-produced version from 2014, said the Russian Air Chief at the show.

It is India's biggest-ever defence project and its largest defence deal with Russia. India and Russia are jointly designing two versions of the plane — a single-seater for the Russian Air Force and a two-seat version for the IAF. India will contribute about 30 per cent of the total design in the project, including composite components with the stealth function and some avionics, electronic warfare systems and cockpit displays. The total cost of the project is estimated at $10 billion.

The Indo-Russian fighter jet is expected to rival the U.S. F-22 Raptor and will cost just over half its price — less than $100 million apiece.

PTI reports from Moscow:

BrahMos agreement

Working on the hypersonic version of its supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos Aerospace on Tuesday signed a MoU with Russian aviation institutions to establish a centre of excellence for developing technology for high-speed aircraft and missiles.

The MoU was inked here with the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) and NPO Mashinostroyeniya (NPOM) corporation on the first day of the MAKS, 2011 (Moscow air show). The MoU was signed by BrahMos CEO A. Sivathanu Pillai, Rector of MAI A.N. Geraschenko and Chief of NPOM Corporation Alexander Leonov.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pillai said: “It is a remarkable step for BrahMos, NPOM and MAI to come together and work in this field.”

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If you go through various comments appearing here, it will be very easy to identify those comments which have been made by enemy-imposters using fake Indian sounding IDs.
They ar always known for deceptive agendas, extremely jealous of progress being made by
India and they will go to any extent to damage Indian interests. Therefore, the readers
should read these comments with a pinch of salt, and should not take them at face value.

from:  Simran Kaur
Posted on: Oct 1, 2011 at 20:11 IST

It is a brilliant example of Indo-Russian everlasting friendship.

from:  Samir
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 10:32 IST

I wonder why India spent so much in buying and developing so much sophisticated arms when it never use them.What is the use of having so much arms when you can not prevent a terrorist from striking you.These big powers like the U.S. and Russia, etc will encourage India to buy their costly arms, for what? to keep in the show case? Because whenever India is planning to strike at terrorist camps, They will say do not fight! you talk,so India will start diplomatic talk,but wasting money in arms which should have been use to eradicate poverty. This is what we call emerging India?

from:  M.Lyndem
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 20:51 IST

It looks to be another successful aircraft from Sukhoi,with thrust vectoring,it can even fly backwards,[very useful for parking!]To be serious though,it is on first appearances a serious rival for the F-22,particularly the superior range and firepower.I suppose as the performance figures can only be estimated,the project being top secret.Only time will tell.

from:  chris
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 19:06 IST

The T- 50 will change the whole defense outlook of India , as the first stealth fighter............

from:  sugumaran
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 07:52 IST

We may develop and acquire this aircraft just to display it on Republic Day.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 07:48 IST

A great achievement! One only hopes we would get our own design bureaus (like MiG or Tupolev) someday instead of relying on one of the three power poles of the world. We definitely have the brains for it, only political will is needed (if it can be, as someone said excused from hatching more corruption schemes).

from:  Demosthenes
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 01:18 IST

When we have tie up with foreign countries, supply, know how, licensed production and many such things are there. We were producing MIGS, our contribution in development was nothing. B2 stealth bomber development in USA, was one of the largest weapons development since atomic bomb. By the by, against whom we are going to use this?
Attending joint meetings and supplying non critical items, you cannot call it a joint venture. I thought HAL, NAL, GTRE should concentrate on Aircraft development.

from:  gopalan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 23:07 IST

A welcome development is the revival of Russia as an aviation power. The MAKS exhibition has brought a few of their new aircraft to the fore and this T-50 has shown remarkable capability already. The US developed Raptor and F-35 have not done much more than experimental flights, so many years and billions of dollars later. So, India is doing the right thing by going in for strengthening ties with Russia, even though India's "contribution" to the T-50 may eventually pan out to be purely monetary.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 22:33 IST

It is very ironic to see that in the post-colonial setting, India still continues to look at Russia as one solution of her defence problems. Russia has continued to exploit India under the name of Hindi-Rusi Bhai Bhai by selling antiquated third class defense hardware and other equipments. Of course, we all know what kind of corruption goes on in Indian Government. The country that the USSR was that could not produce even its own medicines and supply its own citizens with the toilet paper continues to live today on its oil. So do you think Indian army and its sukhoi can withstand attack from the West?

from:  Liladhar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 22:22 IST

Can India compete with China military might still?
5th gen fighters are now current but future requires far more, China recently added latest stealth aircraft carrier. Despite possessing an aircraft carrier and a fighter capable of operating from it (the Shenyang J-15 ‘Flying Shark’, evidently reverse-engineered from Russia’s Sukhoi-33 fighter), the PLA(N) will soon develop the specialised skills needed for aircraft carrier operations.

Further Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition that opened featured the Hsiung Feng III, a Taiwanese supersonic missile with a range of 130 km. The missile was displayed in front of a picture of a burning carrier that bears a striking resemblance to the Varyag.

India can't match China yet, and India knows what it's up against.

from:  Surinder
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 21:38 IST

Hope to see T-50 in Indian skies soon.Great cooperation by 2 countries...

from:  raju
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 21:15 IST

This 'joint development' actually means that India will only foot the bill since it does not have the know-how to contribute to technology. This method of siphoning of funds will put the worst capitalist to shame. Sections of the drooling media reminds us of a declaration made by tiny Albania, several decades back when it sided with China in the Communist leadership race --- "We and the Chinese are 700 million strong".

from:  Jay Ravi
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 18:26 IST

It's a great news for India as a whole and specially for our men in blue. With all short comings Russia is the best partner for us. The various MIG accidents in the past should be probed and be fixed. The media should be countered against reporting air force accidents,because these days paid news had become common. If India and China removes their mistrust they have more to gain than loosing. In this uni-polar world, these three great nations can be effective counter to NATO and EU.

from:  Khaleelullah
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 13:47 IST

A brilliant co-oporative development of technology that can rival US fighter jets. Hope Sukhoi T-50 will have very less accident rates compared to MiGs.Well done India & Russia.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 13:30 IST

Another eyewash. Typical babu behaviour of selling out to the Russians. One wonders how much of the said 30% of components the Russians will actually use in the plane. When will the government setup centers of excellence in India and get serious about fostering local talent? Never perhaps. Too busy with scams.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 11:17 IST

It is OK. Nice reading. But in our country, where not a single passenger aircraft is produced so far, and except nano, no other Indian car has come yet, I wonder what is this Stealth Aircraft of India and Russia. Technology element, complexity etc of the contribution of our country is more important. For Boeing also, window panels, doors etc was supplied by India,some time back, I remember. That way China can claim, they are the people who make most of the things even to western world. Claim, should be meaningful.It would have been OK 15 years back not now, when we are developing in many fields.

from:  Gopalan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:04 IST
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