Russia’s eye in the sky

Here’s a quick update on Russai’s latest air defence: The Sukhoi PAK FA T-10 is Russia’s fifth generation fighter entering their Air Force programme. It’s a stealth, single seater, twin engine tactical fighter jet utilising the latest tech fresh out of…Russia.

It combines supersonic cruise with hyper manoeuvrability making it a successor of the MIG-29.


The T-10’s first flight was in early 2010 and continues to battle through testing stages. It’s predicted to enter service in the Russian Air Force in 2016. It is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.

RoleStealth multirole fighter
ManufacturerNAPO, KnAAPO
First flight29-Jan-10
StatusFlight testing/pre-production
Primary usersRussian Air Force
Russian Navy[3]
Number built5 prototypes
Program costUS$8–10 billion (est.)
Unit cost US$50+ million

With a top speed of 1,516 mi/h (2,440 km/h), the T-10 can travel a distance of 3,417mi (5,500km), almost double that of USA’s Lockheed F34.

Although the T-10 is still in testing, the stats are looking promising. It’s only natural to compare Russian tech with American output. The T-10 is on track to be a great product and export for Russia.