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“Almost human intelligence” of Russia’s future fighter jet

Published time: March 02, 2010 20:42
Edited time: March 02, 2010 20:42

Russian top brass are overjoyed with the PAK FA, the Russian fifth generation fighter that made its maiden flight recently. The chief of general staff said the machine is so good it will have “almost human intelligence.”

General Nikolay Makarov was describing to journalists the advantages of the PAK FA over its opposite number in the US Air Force, the F-22 Raptor. The Russian model is expected to be much cheaper and superior in terms of cost-to-performance ratio.

The senior officer did not elaborate on his mysterious comment, neither revealing a top secret military project for artificial intelligence nor saying that it was a metaphor to describe the aircraft’s advanced electronic equipment.

The Sukhoi PAK FA, also known as T-50, made its maiden flight on January 29 at the testing range near Komsomolsk-on-Amur. First deliveries of the aircraft to the Russian Air Force are expected between 2015 and 2017.