The Big Problem Russia’s Stealth Fighter Shares With the F-22 Raptor
Russia has completed the first phase of government flight-testing for its Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter. Sukhoi is expected to complete developmental work on an initial operational version of the new stealth fighter in 2019, but the current iteration of the jet will only see a limited production run. “Today is... Read more
Russia Pulls Its Stealth Fighter Back From the Brink
Russian and Indian negotiators have bargained down the price for the Indo-Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) — which is being developed from the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA. The two sides have agreed cut the price of the development from $12 billion to roughly $8 billion, saving the joint project from... Read more
Holy Shit, Russia’s Stealth Fighter Can Fly!
Look, it’s no secret that Russia’s T-50 stealth fighter is in trouble. The Kremlin can barely afford the program and may never buy more than a few dozen copies of the twin-engine warplane, relying instead on upgraded Sukhoi Flankers. India, Russia’s partner in developing the T-50, is unhappy about... Read more
Russia’s Stealth Fighter Is in Serious Trouble
Just a short time ago, Russia planned to have 52 advanced T-50 stealth fighters by the end of the decade. At least, that was the plan. Now the T-50 program appears to be in serious trouble, and Russia may cut back the fighters to a fraction of the planned... Read more
The Indians HATE Their New Russian-Made Stealth Fighter
Russia’s new T-50 stealth fighter is fast, maneuverable, heavily-armed and hard to detect on radar. In theory. But according to Indian air force officials, in practice the Sukhoi-made stealth jet is also too expensive, poorly engineered and powered by old and unreliable engines. The Indians’ complaints illustrate the yawning... Read more