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Russia's new stealth fighter debuts

Aug. 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM   |   Comments

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Russia's new stealth fighter jet, the Sukhoi T-50, made its public debut Tuesday at the MAKS-2011 air show near Moscow.

The jet, also called the PAK FA, will enter service in 2014 or 2015, Russia's air force chief said Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported.

"We will receive a T-50 prototype in 2013," Gen. Alexander Zelin, air force commander in chief, told reporters. "Mass produced aircraft will not arrive until 2014-2015." The jet is being developed in partnership with India.

The Russian military also announced it will use new MiG-35D multirole fighters as the equivalent of the U.S. F-35 fighter, the RIA Novosti report said.

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