Russia is going to start flight testing of the most anticipated warplane by the end of 2009. Su-PAKFA said to be a serious competition for American F-22 and F-35 is jointly developed by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (there are reports of Brazilian involvement too. Click here to know more). Russia’s military program are notorious for delays but if the new Sukhoi warplane does fly this year, it will be the first all-new warplane since the fall of the Soviet Union. The aircraft is in it’s final state of assembly. Russia, engaged in a major reform of its armed forces, badly needs to update its weaponry to fight modern wars. Serial production will start by 2010. A Indian version of Su-PAKFA called Sukhoi/HAL FGFA is said maiden flight by the end of 2012.

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