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Reports: Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant Unveils Photos of Russia’s T-50 Fighter Jet

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The Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant has published on its website new photos of a prototype of Russia’s T-50 fighter aircraft, RT.com reported Sunday.

The pictures show the fighter jet, which costs approximately $50 million per aircraft, undergoing initial test flights.

The report noted that Russian company Sukhoi develops the aircraft to replace the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet.

Yury Borisov, Russia’s deputy defense minister, said in September that the country’s defense ministry will begin mass production of T-50 in 2017 with a plan to acquire at least one squadron of the aircraft by next year, RT.com added.

The T-50 single-seat aircraft is comparable to the U.S.’ F-35 and F-22 jets as well as China’s J-20 plane, according to a report by Brad Lendon for CNN.

The twin-engine fighter jet has a 30mm cannon designed to fire 1,800 tracer and incendiary rounds per minute at land-based targets at a range of up to 1800 meters.

Another version of T-50 is under development phase for export to India’s air force, Lendon added.

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