The Russian air force confirms that the country’s biggest defense program, the development of a new-generation fighter, is moving ahead. The military has approved the design of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter—also known by the acronym PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatzionny Kompleks Frontovoi Aviatzii, or future tactical aviation aircraft system)—and its maiden flight is expected to take place in 2009. Service entry is projected for 2015. The PAK-FA will replace the MiG-29 and the Su-27 in Russian ...

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