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T-50 Fighter Jet Fire Near Moscow Not to Affect Test Run

RIA Novosti

17:57 10/06/2014

MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) — An accident with an advanced Russian T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, which briefly caught on fire while landing near Moscow, will not affect the schedule of planes' test runs, Sukhoi company said Tuesday.

One of the T-50's engines failed during landing near Moscow on Tuesday, and there was a minor fire on aircraft's hull. No casualties were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished.

"The jet will be restored. No one was injured. Sukhoi company has set up a commission to investigate the reasons of the accident. But the accident will not change the schedule of test runs slated for the T-50 program," the company said in a statement.

The Sukhoi T-50 features a stealth profile with internal weapons bays for air and ground-attack weapons, thrust-vectoring engines for high-acceleration turns and an ability known as supercruise to fly supersonic without the use of a fuel-guzzling afterburner. The first flight was held in January 2010. In 2011, the jet was first displayed to the public at the MAKS airshow. In 2013, three jets were presented at the show and performed group maneuvers.

Combat squadrons could expect deliveries no later than in 2016 of the production version, known by its Russian acronym PAK-FA for future tactical fighter aircraft. The PAK-FA will replace the country's aging fleet of Soviet-era fighter jets.

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