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Russia's T-50 aircraft tests may start in July: Air Force

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MOSCOW (BNS): Russia may start tests for its fifth generation T-50 fighter aircraft in July, in the Chkalov state flight test center in Akhtubinsk, Astrakhan Region in south Russia, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

"The test may start in two months and the first serial fifth-generation jet may be manufactured in 2014-2015," Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

The T-50 aircraft features elements of stealth technology, super-manoeuvrability, super-cruise capability.

The aircraft is equipped with brand-new avionics suite integrating 'electronic pilot' functionality, as well as advanced phased-array antenna radar. This significantly decreases pilot load and allows him to focus upon completion of tactical missions. New aircraft on-board equipment allows real-time data exchange not only with ground based control systems, but also within the flight group.

The supersonic fifth generation PAK-FA T-50 with a range of 5,500 km is scheduled to enter service with the Russian Air Force in 2016. India is partnering with Russia in developing the warplanes for its air force.

Bondarev also said some 60-70 military airfields will be built or reconstructed for Russia's Air Force by 2020.

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