ST PETERSBURG, August 27. /TASS/. Government certification tests of Russia’s T-50 fifth generation fighter jet will be completed next year, the commander of the Aerospace Defense Force, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, told the media on Thursday.
The T-50 fighter made its maiden flight at the beginning of 2010. Earlier, Bondarev said that in 2016 the military would purchase the first batch-produced samples of this plane.
On Wednesday, Bondarev said that the testing of T-50 fighter was in full swing and several missile launches had been carried out.
The new generation fighter has demonstrated "excellent results," Bondarev said.
The Sukhoi PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) is a fifth-generation fighter program of the Russian Air Force. The T-50 is the name of the prototype aircraft designed by Sukhoi for the PAK FA program. The aircraft is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and will be the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. It is a multipurpose fighter designed for the air superiority and attack roles. The fighter is planned to have super-cruise, stealth, super-manoeuvrability and advanced avionics to overcome the prior generation of fighter aircraft as well as ground and maritime defences.
The PAK FA is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian Air Force and serve as the basis for the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft being co-developed by Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. PAK FA fighter first flew in 2010.