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Official: Russia tests 5th-generation fighter jet

Official: Russia tests 5th-generation fighter jet

A spokesman for Russian state aviation major Sukhoi says the maiden test flight of the country's much-anticipated fifth-generation stealth fighter has been a success.
Alexei Paveshchenko says the Sukhoi T-50 prototype took to the skies for a 45-minute flight at an airfield in the Far Eastern city of Komsomoslk-on-Amur on Friday.
Russian officials have spent two decades trying to build a fifth-generation fighter to match the U.S. F-22 Raptor.
Friday's successful test of the T-50, developed in partnership with India, will come as a relief to Russian officials.
A series of failures on a number of high-profile weapons projects has blighted Russia's attempts to modernize its rusting Soviet-era arsenals.


Updated : 2021-05-18 22:47 GMT+08:00