The newspaper quoted a source in Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) as saying that UAC is preparing a preliminary report on making the initial batch of a dozen T-50 fighters for the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The eighth such plane is due to make its maiden flight in the Russian Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur on June 20, the source said, adding that the jet fully meets the military's combat capability requirements for fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
"It is safe to say that with this eight plane already produced, the T-50 can now been seen as a combat unit and that it is ready for mass production in the interests of the Russian Aerospace Forces," the source said.
Russia’s new T-50 fighter jet ‘almost a flying robot’ – developer https://t.co/cyGmih9Fjv— ruckybalboa (@ruckybalboa) 18 февраля 2016 г.
Earlier, Russian Aerospace Forces commander Viktor Bondarev said that the supplies of the T-50s will start in 2017.