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Russia enters S. Korean tender with 5th- generation fighter

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  1. JAISWAL

    JAISWAL FULL MEMBER

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    Russia enters S. Korean tender with 5th-generation fighter | Defense | RIA Novosti
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    MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti)
    Russia's Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation
    fighter has been placed on a short list of a South
    Korean tender for the delivery of advanced fighter
    jets, a Russian arms industry think-tank said on
    Monday.
    Korea is seeking to buy 60 fighters with advanced
    stealth capability from a foreign aircraft maker in
    the biggest arms-procurement deal ever for the
    country with an estimated budget of $7.86 billion
    under a program code-named FX-III.
    Russia's Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade
    cited South Korean Defense Acquisition Program
    Administration (DAPA) as saying that Sukhoi's
    fighter would compete with the F-15SE Silent
    Eagle from Boeing, the F-35 Lightning II from
    Lockheed Martin and the Eurofighter Typhoon
    from the European Aeronautic Defense and Space
    Company (EADS).
    The winner of the tender is expected to be
    announced in 2012, but the actual deliveries may
    start four years later.
    The Sukhoi T-50 fighter is being developed by the
    Sukhoi design bureau and built at a plant in
    Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia's Far East.
    The first prototype conducted its maiden flight in
    January 2010 and has so far carried out over 40
    tests. Two more prototypes are at the various
    stages of testing. The Russian Air Force said it had
    plans to acquire over 60 T-50 fighters after 2015.
    Although T-50 specifications remain classified,
    reports indicate that the design incorporates the
    latest fighter jet developments, including
    advanced stealth capability, supersonic cruising
    speed, and highly integrated control systems.
    The T-50 offered to Seoul is most likely an export
    version of the aircraft being developed by Sukhoi
    and India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)
    under a $6-billion joint project.
    Experts believe, though, that Sukhoi and EADS
    have little chance of winning the tender as Korea's
    alliance with the United States will be a decisive
    factor in the race.
     
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    The biggest problem with the Russian Plane is that S Korea would prob be fighting along side US Air Force and the systems would not mesh with the USA systems. Same problem India has now if they are part of exercises with NATO or US. AWACs and communications are essential since you are not likely to even see other planes.
     
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