Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Russia Unveils Its First Stealth Fighter

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Russia Unveils Its First Stealth Fighter

Published August 16, 2011

| NewsCore


PAK FA T-50 prototype


PAK FA T-50 prototype on its maiden flight, January 29, 2010.

Russia on Tuesday unveiled its first stealth fighter to the public, lifting the curtain on a secret project designed to flood the market with cheaper versions of better-known US jets.

The Sukhoi Tu-50, being developed jointly by Russia and India, made its maiden flight at a Far East airbase in January 2010 and was rolled out for public viewing at the MAKS international airshow outside Moscow.

Russian state media reports last year said up to $10 billion was being poured into the jet's development but that the fighter would sell for no more than $100 million a piece.

Each US raptor sold for $140 million, a price tag that prompted Washington to order a halt to new jet purchases in 2009.

The Pentagon is now focused on developing the F-35, another stealth fighter whose funding is being partially provided by Britain and other members of NATO.

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