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Russia to Begin Serial Production of 5th Generation T-50 Fighters in 2016

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Russia will kick off a serial production of fifth-generation PAK FA T-50 fighter jets next year.

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KOMSOMOLSK-ON-AMUR (Sputnik) – Russia plans to start production of fifth-generation T-50 fighter jets in 2016, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Monday.

As of now, the United States is the only country whose Air Force includes a fully-operational fifth-generation jet fighter.

“We have plans to deliver the first series of fifth-generation fighter jets next year,” Borisov said during a visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant in the country’s Far East, where Russia is developing the PAK-FA fighter jet.

Borisov added that four more prototypes will be available for tests this year, after manufacturers said last month that five fighters were carrying out test flights.

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Sukhoi, the Russian company behind the T-50 project, also plans to produce an export version of the fighter for India.

Fifth-generation military jet aircraft incorporate stealth profiles, advanced avionics and all-digital flight systems.

The US Air Force's F-22 Raptor, introduced in 2005, remains the only combat-ready fifth-generation fighter in existence.



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