Russia is working on to develop a prototype of a totally new vertical take-off plane on the directions of President Vladimir Putin. This was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and confirmed by Russian News Agency, Tass.
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“This project has, indeed, been included in the state armament program and is being developed on the directions of the supreme commander-in-chief. Now work is initiated to develop conceptual models and prototypes,” the vice-premier said.
This project is centred on developing a completely new aircraft rather than creating a plane based on some existing model, Borisov emphasised.
“No doubt, this is the future for all aircraft-carrying ships and a new fleet of airplanes will be required and specifically for this purpose multiple technologies are being applied to provide for shortened take-off and landing or simply a vertical take-off,” the vice-premier stated.
Late last year, Borisov who held the post of a deputy defense minister at that time said that Russia’s Defense Ministry was discussing with aircraft builders the development of a promising vertical take-off and landing plane for a future aircraft-carrying cruiser. It was stated at the time that the fighter jet would come as a follow-up of Yakovlev vertical take-off aircraft.