Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said today that it will fly the fourth Sukhoi T‑50 stealth fighter into it’s test and development program this year.
The stealth fighter is being co developed by India and Russia together.
United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is currently testing three technology demonstrator fighters. A fourth will be brought in this year.
The first production variant of the T‑50 will enter service with the Russian Air Force by 2015, and the first evaluation example by 2013. The evaluation version of the fighter will be fully loaded with weapons and the fighter will undergo extensive weapons trials in that period before entering into full service. The Russian air force plans to acquire 60 of the fifth-generation fighters.
The T‑50, also known as project PAK-FA, first flew on January 29, 2011 and was first publicly revealed at the Moscow Air Show in August that year. India will also acquire these advanced fighter aircraft based on the T‑50. The Indian variant will be slightly different because of different threat perceptions of these two countries.
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