The T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet is expected to join the Russian Air Force in 2016, Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told reporters on May 28.
"Starting from next year, fifth-generation fighter jets will be made operational. Today we are finishing trials of this airplane. Its serial production will be launched in 2017," he said.
The Air Force will acquire as many airplanes as the industry will be able to build, Bondarev said.
"We will take as many [planes] as they will be able to make. If they build four, we will take four. If they build ten, we will take ten," the commander said.
The T-50 will outperform similar U.S. airplanes on all parameters, Bondarev told.
"It will be in no way worse than similar American planes such as F-22 and F-35. Rather, it will outperform them in almost all parameters," he said.
Trials of the new Russian fighter jet are "in full swing" today, Bondarev said.
"The airplane is demonstrating excellent performance. It has an excellent system of weapons against both land and air [targets]. The plane is practically invisible to radar," the commander said.
Cutting-edge technologies were used to design this aircraft, he said.
"The features given to it by its designers allow it to outperform all similar planes that already exist or will soon appear abroad," Bondarev said.
The new fighter jet has a maximum speed of more than Mach 2, the commander said.
"But it is not very important today. What counts most is its invisibility to radar, weapons and maneuverability," the commander said.
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