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US international affairs magazine 'National Interest' has listed five of Russia's most interesting defense projects, which it believes are "certainly systems NATO should have its collective eyes on in the months and years to come."
First on the list is the well-renowned Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA fifth generation stealth fighter, set to enter service with the Russian Air Force in 2017. The aircraft is a "rough analogue to the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor," writes Dave Majumdar.
A stealth bomber also caught Majumdar's eye; the PAK-DA, which is currently in development and due to enter service in 2025, when it will replace the Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers. Aircraft manufacturer Tupolov began work on the construction of PAK-DA last year, and the first testing of the aircraft is slated for 2019.
At the 2013 Moscow Air Show General Lieutenant of the Russian Air Force Victor Bondarev confirmed that the long range bomber will be able to carry out the tasks of three different bombers.
"All the tasks that the Tu-160, Tu-95MC and Tu-22 carry out, the PAK-DA will be able to fully complete, using its hypersonic weapons."
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An infantry fighting vehicle with the Armata Universal Combat Platform at the final rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
The National Interest also remarks on the Armata project, which is developing a universal combat platform that can be adapted to form the basis of a range of military vehicles, such as a chassis for self-propelled guns, an armored infantry fighting vehicle, and tanks like the T-14 third generation main battle tank, which was on show at the 2015 Victory Day parade in Moscow.
The Chelyabinsk Oscar-class nuclear-powered submarine
"Russian electronic warfare systems are equal to if not more advanced than their NATO and American counterparts," writes Majumdar, whose attention was also drawn by the development of two new next-generation nuclear submarines, to replace the Oscar-class SSGN and Sierra-class submarines.
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