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Russia's 5G fighters to be better, cheaper than foreign analogs - Vice-Premier Ivanov

RIA Novosti

13:31 06/08/2010 TURAYEVO (Moscow Region), August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's fifth-generation fighter must be better and cheaper than foreign 5G fighters, Vice-Premier Sergei Ivanov said on Friday.

"We are obliged to make the [fifth generation] airplane cheaper than analogous complexes abroad," Ivanov said during a meeting at the Central Institute of Aviation Motor Construction.

Russia's only known fifth-generation project is Sukhoi's PAK FA and the current prototype is the T-50. It is designed to compete with the U.S. F-22 Raptor, so far the world's only fifth-generation fighter, and the F-35 Lightning II.

In mid-June, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin observed the 16th test flight of a prototype model of the new fighter.

Russia has been developing the model since the 1990s. The country's top military officials have said the stealth fighter jet, with a range of up to 5,500 km, should enter service with the Air Force in 2015.

The PAK FA is to be armed with next-generation air-to-air, air-to-surface, and air-to-ship missiles, and has two 30-mm cannons.

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