January 29, 2010

New Russian Stealth Fighter Unveiled

In a plan to modernize the armed forces, the Russian government successfully completed a maiden test-flight on Friday of its newest jet fighter.

The PAK FA, manufactured by Sukhoi company, made its maiden voyage of just over 45 minutes at the firm's home base of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Far East region. Sukhoi spokeswoman Olga Kayukova told AFP that "The flight went successfully. It lasted 47 minutes. All tasks envisaged for the first flight were carried out successfully."

The highly secretive project was unveiled on state television when it showed the aircraft touching down. It offered the first ever images of the fighter jet that has been in development since the 1990s. The new jet is said to be capable of carrying out long flights above the speed of sound and simultaneously attacking different targets.

Russia is in the process of re-equipping its military with more up-to-date technology. Especially since the Air Force is still using many Soviet-era planes and suffers from frequent crashes.

The plane is due to enter the armed forces in 2015, according to Russian news sources.