Moscow slows PAK-FA production plans due to economic slump

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Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter programme is falling victim to the country’s deteriorating economic situation, according to statements by Yuri Borisov, the deputy minister of defence for armaments.

Borisov made his comments during a visit to the Komsomolsk-na-Amure Aviation Production Association (KNAAPO) plant, which manufactures the aircraft, on 23 March.

“This factory is already prepared to begin series-production of this fifth-generation aeroplane as of 2016,” Borisov said, but added that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had the right to re-evaluate the number of units it intended to procure.

“Due to the newly emerged economic conditions our plans can be adjusted accordingly.

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