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Russian stealth fighter jet on display at Russian air show

Robert Besser
22 Jul 2021, 21:11 GMT+10

MOSCOW, Russia: Russia will unveil its new Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter jet this week at an air show near Moscow.

Show officials have said Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in attendance.

Oleg Panteleyev, head of the Aviaport analytical agency, said the stealth fighter jet would be promoted as a competitor to the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter.

However, officials do not believe the fighter jet will be flown during the show. It also is not known when the plane might begin actual production.

During Putin's presidency the country has spent heavily on producing new military aircraft, often based on Soviet-era technology from the Cold War.

Meanwhile, Sergei Chemezov, Rostec defense industry chief, said in December that his company was seeking to manufacture a light single-jet fighter for export.

Russia now manufactures its fourth-generation fighter jets - the heavy-class Sukhoi Su-27 and light-class Mikoyan MiG-29. It has one heavy-class fifth generation fighter jet, the Su-57, and now is developing a new light-class fighter jet, Panteleyev said.

"Light-class fighter jets are more in demand in the world than heavy-class ones - they are cheaper and more suitable for states that don't have large territories," he told Reuters.

In 2011, Russia used the MAKS air show to unveil the Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter.

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