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T-50 Stealth Fighter Jet

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Makes first public appearance

T-50 stealth fighter jointly developed by Russia and India has made its first international public appearance at the 2011 Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon. It should be noted that the new fighter is being jointly developed by India and Russia under the 2007 FGFA agreement. Under the agreement, India will get up to 200 T-50 fighters, while the Russians are planning to order 150. The T-50 jets are being developed at an estimated cost of USD 10 billion of which India would invest USD 600 million. The new stealth fighter will provide the backbone not only of the Russian air force but also of the Indian air force. The aircraft is envisioned as a mainstay in the air defence for both Russia and India, and it is intended to match the United States' F-22 Raptor. Like the F-22, the Russian T-50 is capable of cruising at speeds 2.4 times the speed of sound and will be more agile than current Russian fighter aircraft due to thrust-vectoring of the engine nozzles allowing for higher-G manoeuvres.

What is a Stealth Fighter: Stealth aircraft are aircraft that use stealth technology to avoid detection by employing a combination of features to interfere with radar as well as reduce visibility in the infrared, visual, audio, and radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Well-known modern examples of stealth aircraft include the United States' F-117 Nighthawk, the B-2 Spirit, F-22 Raptor. While no aircraft is totally invisible to radar, stealth aircraft prevent conventional radar from detecting or tracking the aircraft effectively, reducing the odds of a successful attack. Stealth is the combination of passive low observable (LO) features and active emitters such as Low Probability of Intercept Radars, radios and laser designators.