Russia aiming at market with unveiling of stealth fighter
By Dmitry Zaks, AFP
August 17, 2011, 11:59 pm TWN
MOSCOW--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 U.S. jets.
The Sukhoi T-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 air show outside Moscow.
Two of the sleek silver prototypes are due to perform air stunts Wednesday under the watchful eye of Russia's powerful prime minister, Vladimir Putin, in a show of Russian military confidence in the much-delayed project.
"The T-50 jet will provide the backbone not only of the Russian air force but also that of India," said Mikhail Pogosyan, president of United Aircraft Corporation, the state aviation holding company.
"Russia's cooperation with India on this project will help it promote the fifth-generation jet on the foreign market," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Pogosyan as saying.