Russia: New Sukhoi T-50 fighter jet debuts at MAKS-2015 air show

Russia's fifth-generation Sukhoi T-50 fighter jet performed at the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) at the Zhukovsky Airfield in the Moscow Oblast, Thursday. The jet belongs to the Russian Air Force's 'Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation' (PAK FA) programme that pioneers aircraft technologies. Altogether there are just 11 prototypes of the model with production set to begin in 2016, after years of development and trials. A supersonic combat fighter, designed by the Sukhoi Company with a single-seat, twin-engine, the T-50 jet can reach maximum speed of 2,440 kmh (1,516 mph). It can stay in the air for almost six hours without refuelling and has a maximum altitude of 20,000 metres (65,616 feet). The aircraft's improved streamlining properties include a triangular shape to its wings and the use of a combination of aluminum and composite materials to decrease its weight and improve the jet's speed, manoeuvrability and stealth properties. It also boasts greater uplift than previous Russian fighter jets due to the large combined surface area of its wings and fuselage. MAKS-2015 is one of the largest air shows in the world with over 400,000 people expected to attend the event. The air show showcases Russia's aircraft manufacturing capabilities and is organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and Rostec. A number of foreign investors and companies are registered to attend MAKS-2015 including US-owned Boeing and the United Kingdom's Rolls-Royce. The event runs from August 25 until August 30.