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Russian Air Force to get first T-50 fifth generation jets 2016 — commander-in-chief

August 14, 2014, 20:01 UTC+3 AKHTUBINSK
Pilots at the Defense Ministry’s Chkalov flight test centre in Akhtubinsk had mastered the technique of flying the new generation jet and were now proceeding with the test program
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AKHTUBINSK, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Air Force will get the fifth generation frontline jet T-50 in two years from now, the Air Force commander-in-chief has said.

“I believe that we shall get the first planes of this type in 2016, just as it was originally planned,” Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev told the media at the inauguration of a new runway of the airdrome in Akhtubinsk on Thursday.

He said pilots at the Defense Ministry’s Chkalov flight test centre in Akhtubinsk had mastered the technique of flying the new generation jet and were now proceeding with the test program. Then they will present their final opinion whether the plane is fit for batch production.

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