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Russia’s T-50 will be in service by 2017 6 June, 2016

Deliveries of the multirole fighter T-50 (PAK FA) to Russian Air force will begin next year.  Russian Air Forces will receive the first fifth generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA) in 2017, said the commander of the forces, General Viktor Bondarev.  Five fighters are already in flight test of State Centre.

T-50 is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and it will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. The fighter is planned to have super cruise, stealth, supermanoeuvrability, and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation of fighter aircraft as well as ground and maritime defences.

The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. The T-50 prototype first flew on 29 January 2010 and the first production aircraft is slated for delivery to the Russian Air Force starting in late 2016 or early 2017.

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