Russia’s T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter should enter service in 2016, says Russian Air and Space Forces Commander-in-Chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, adding that the plane will be “immediately tested in all its capabilities in all the exercises like Su-30 and Su-35 jets”.
The pilots are now testing the aircraft’s capabilities at the Akhtubinsk range in southern Russia, the Russian news agency TASS reports.
– The aircraft is excellent, it has huge capabilities, and moreover the aircraft computer will do the maximum itself, while the pilot will only control its actions. We lay great hopes on this plane and I think, it will justify them,” Bondarev said.
Earlier, Bondarev said that the PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet would enter service in 2016 and its serial supplies would start from 2017.
The PAK FA fighter jet performed several most difficult aerobatic maneuvers for the first time, including a flat spin and a tailslide, at the recent MAKS-2015 air show in Zhukovsky near Moscow.