Russia is working on the development of a seventh generation fighter

Russia is working on the creation of a seventh-generation fighter as stated by Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev.

"If we stop now, then we will stop forever. We are working on a sixth and perhaps a seventh generation. I have no right to say more," Bondarev said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Bondarev, according to RBC, specified that the sixth-generation aircraft is being developed both in manned and unmanned variants. How much time may be needed for creation of such a drone is not clear.

At the moment, the Russian Armed Forces are armed only with 4++ generation fighters. Testing of T-50 aircraft of the fifth generation (PAK FA project) is also in progress. So far, only one country in the world is armed with fifth-generation fighters; the US with its F-22 and F-35 aircraft.

Earlier, Bondarev announced that the testing of the fifth-generation fighter T-50 will be completed in 2016, and in 2017 the aircraft will go into service.

According Bondarev, tests of the T-50 have so far been successful.

"The complex has passed all requirements and I think that according to the program, next year we will complete tests and start receiving the T-50 in 2017," he said.

  Russia, Aircraft