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Russia to start serial production of new frontline aircraft after 2015

August 7, 2012

Serial production of a new fifth generation frontline aircraft will start in Russia after 2015, Air Force Commander, Major-General Viktor Bondarev said.

Compared to previous generations of the frontline aircraft, the new one will be a combination of as fighter and

attack plane. It will be provided with new an  and new avionics. The latter will include an “electronic pilot”, which will reduce the workload on the pilot to allow him to concentrate on his combat tasks.

The new aircraft will be able to exchange information online with ground controls and other aircraft. The use of composite materials and innovative technologies provide for low radar, optical and infrared detection of the plane. This will increase its combat efficiency against both aerial and ground targets at any time of day or night and any weather.


The new fighter jet went on the maiden flight on January 29, 2010 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The plane stayed in the air for 47 minutes and landed at the plant’s aerodrome.

In April 2010, the new fighter plane was brought form Komsomolsk-on-Amur to Zhukovsky outside Moscow for further testing. The plane’s engines were tested and it taxied up and down the runway at different speeds.

Prior to the transfer of the plane from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to Zhukovsky the plane had undergone six flight tests to assess its stability and controllability.

International experience shows that it takes about three to four years to test pilot samples before serial production begins.

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is now testing three pilot planes known as T-50. A fourth plane is expected to join in later this year.

The testing of Russia’s newest fifth generation fighter plane is proceeding as scheduled, UAC President Mikhail Pogosyan said earlier.

Speaking of serial production, Pogosyan said, “We plan to launch [it] in accordance with the timelines negotiated with the customers”.

“We have also conducted a large number of avionics and static tests,” he said.

Fifth generation planes are currently used only by the United States: F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning. However the Russian plane, tentatively called T-50, surpasses the American Raptor.

The N011-M Bars Radar for the Su 30 MKI is a phased array system with a powerful processor and multiple targets track capability using NCTR methods. (Photo Sukhoi)

Copyright 2012 ITAR-TASS News Agency

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