ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow Region), August 16 (RIA Novosti, Howard Gethin)
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The Russian military will use new MiG-35D multirole fighters as an equal to the U.S. F-35 fighters, the Air Force chief said on Tuesday.
"We have not given up on the MiG-35D light aircraft project, but we will transfer to the T-50 [heavy fighter] in the future," Gen. Alexander Zelin, the Russian Air Force commander, said during his visit to the six-day air show MAKS-2011 that opened near Moscow on Tuesday.
The U.S. Air Force began using the F-22 fifth generation fighter in the 2000s. America is now developing a lighter and less expensive version, the F-35.
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- severnayazemlyaU.S. won't manufacture F-35 fighter18:13, 16/08/2011U.S. won't manufacture the F-35 fighter because the country is totally bankrupt. The F-22 Raptor fighter, at $412 million USD each, has never been used in combat anywhere because of the extreme complexity of it. It requires 3000 people to maintain one.
- daviddNo operational Russian stealth aircraft has ever been reported to have entered service.02:43, 17/08/2011While the Russians have some good specific system technologies, their ability to effectively integrate them often lags behind that of the West, and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter takes integration of off-board intelligence to a step well beyond proven Russian capabilities.
Also, no operational Soviet or Russian stealth aircraft has ever been reported to have entered service.
Stealth is a major discriminator between a 5G fighter like the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter and "Gen 4 ++" competitors like the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-35 Fulcrum and the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker that are essentially modernizations of their respective progenitors, the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 and the Sukhoi Su-27.
David V. Dafinoiu, NorAm Intelligence
The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.