FU­TURE OF THE RUS­SIAN AIR FORCE

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As Rus­sia con­tin­ues to up­grade its al­ready po­tent armed forces, two mil­i­tary air­craft of cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, the PAK FA (T-50) and Su-35S, are ex­pected to be­come the main­stay of the coun­try’s Aero­space Force in the fu­ture. Dur­ing a visit to the Kom­so­molsk-on-Amur air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, Rus­sian Deputy De­fence Min­is­ter Yuri Borisov said that the mil­i­tary is ex­pected to re­ceive two more work­ing pro­to­types of the PAK FA – the last pro­to­types to be made be­fore the war­plane goes into pro­duc­tion. The work on PAK FA has al­ready reached its fi­nal stages. The Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) is a fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter and the first Rus­sian air­craft to em­ploy stealth tech­nol­ogy. It is a sin­gle-seat, twin-en­gine multi-role jet fighter de­signed for air su­pe­ri­or­ity and at­tack roles. Sukhoi Su-35S, that is a fourth-plus-gen­er­a­tion mul­ti­role jet fighter, is es­sen­tially an up­graded ver­sion of the Su-27 super ma­noeu­vrable fighter. In­dia has a joint de­vel­op­ment plan with Rus­sia for Sukhoi T-50 to suit In­dian con­di­tions.

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