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Russian 5G fighter to outstrip best analogs

RIA Novosti

12:24 14/08/2010

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russian fifth-generation T-50 fighter, which is currently being developed by the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer, will outstrip best world analogs, Air Force Commander Colonel General Alexander Zelin said on Saturday.

Currently, there are neither organizational no engineering obstacles to accomplishing this task, Zelin said.

The Russian Air Force plans to acquire over 60 T-50s, Zelin said.

"Everything is on schedule...The plane will be delivered to the Russian Air Force from 2015 onwards," he said.

The T-50 will incorporate the latest developments in a military fighter, including low visibility, supersonic cruising speed, and highly integrated control systems.

Although T-50 specifications remain classified, fragmentary data on its engines imply that this heavy-duty fighter will have a take-off weight of more than 30 metric tons and will be close in dimension to the well-known Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker.

Russia has been developing its newest fighter since the 1990s. The current prototype was designed by the Sukhoi design bureau and built at a plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia's Far East.

Russian officials have already hailed the fighter as "a unique warplane" that combines the capabilities of an air superiority fighter and attack aircraft.

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