Russia Tests New Stealth Fighter

Twin-engine jet is 5 years from regular military service
Russia Tests New Stealth Fighter
In this image made from a TV screen and provided by APTN, a Russian-made Sukhoi T-50 prototype fighter jet flies near the Siberian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.   (AP)

Russia successfully tested its first stealth fighter jet today, offering a boost to the country's aviation sector as well as its military. The Sukhoi T-50 is intended to match the stealth capabilities of the US F-22 Raptor, which it resembles. The dual-engine aircraft took off from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Siberia, and flew for 47 minutes. PM Vladimir Putin hailed the flight as a "big step forward" but acknowledged that "a lot remains to be done," the AP reports. (Read more Russia stories.)

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