PANEL REC­OM­MENDS THAT IN­DIA SHOULD CO-PRO­DUCE STEALTH FIGHTER WITH RUS­SIA

SP's Aviation - - NEWS DIGEST -

Me­dia has re­ported that a high-pow­ered panel ap­pointed by the MoD has rec­om­mended that the fifth gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA) project should be jointly de­vel­oped and pro­duced with Rus­sia but the In­dian Air Force has se­ri­ous reser­va­tions about the project. The panel

is headed by Air Mar­shal S.Varthaman (retd). The panel has high­lighted that In­dia would make great strides in the trans­fer of cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy by partnering with Rus­sia. In­dia has a re­quire­ment for 120-130 swing-role planes with stealth fea­tures and state of art tech­nol­ogy. In­dia and Rus­sia are yet to sign a $4-bil­lion re­search and de­vel­op­ment con­tract for the FGFA. In­dia has al­ready spent Rs 1,500 crore(about $0.23 bil­lion) for the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign com­pleted in June 2013.

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