Russian Stealth Fighter

August 18, 2011 by staff 

Russian Stealth FighterRussian Stealth Fighter, Russia has shown its first stealth aircraft, designed as a cheaper alternative to the U.S. F-22 Raptor. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was the first public flight of the fifth generation fighter T-50 at the MAKS air show outside Moscow.

The Sukhoi T-50, jointly developed with India, flew publicly for the first time in an air show near Moscow. The T-50 aims to match the latest design in the U.S. and Russia plan to do up to 1000 aircraft over the coming decades.

India hopes that the purchase of 200 aircraft. However, the total production is not due before 2015. Putin used the occasion to pledge more support to the aviation industry of Russia after the supervision and more than one billion dollars in deals at the fair.

“The state has supported and will support the Russian aerospace industry. This is a strategic priority for us,” said officials and industry executives in a speech, stressing that the government spent $ 9 million and the industry in 2009-11.

The Russian government aims to diversify Russia’s economy is far from the energy, which represents about half of budget revenues, and is willing to develop the technology heavy industries such as aerospace and automotive industries.

Putin is also keen to show the success of his government on the withdrawal of Soviet-era achievements in technology and defense before the presidential elections in March 2012 in which he says he can take part.

Russia has consolidated almost all production of aviation and research assets, divided and partially privatized in the 1990s, in an Aircraft Corporation controlled by the United States despite the resistance and criticism from some members of the industry.

“The consolidation of the aviation industry has been completed. This work has been long and difficult. Now all the companies that have integrated a clear vision of its future development,” Putin said.

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