Russian Air Force to start receiving 5th-generation fighters in 2016

The Russian Air Force will start receiving the first items of the fifth-generation fighter officially called the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK-FA), or T-50, in 2016, Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

The Russian Air Force will start receiving the first items of the fifth-generation fighter officially called the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK-FA), or T-50, in 2016, Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

"Planes of the 4++ generation are being supplied at the moment, and next year we will start receiving the T-50, the fifth-generation plane which is at least as good as the U.S. F-22 and is even superior to it in most respects," Bondarev said at a meeting with veterans of the Barnaul Higher Military Aviation College on Saturday.

The Russian Air Force is currently receiving new Su-30SM and Su-35S fighters and modernized Su-25 attack planes, Bondarev said.

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