In­dia, Rus­sia firm up R&D phase for FGFA

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

In­dia and Rus­sia have fi­nalised a $10-bil­lion con­tract that will her­ald the most cru­cial phase of the joint fifth gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA) project. With three sin­gle-seater Sukhoi T-50 pro­to­types al­ready fly­ing, IAF chief Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne had an op­por­tu­nity to in­spect the air­craft and re­ceive brief­ings on progress. In­dia will be­gin putting to­gether its ver­sion of the FGFA, a twin­seat multi-role stealth jet on the lines of the F-22 Rap­tor, start­ing late 2013. HAL, lead in­te­gra­tor on the In­dian side, will send teams to Rus­sia to qual­ify on the most fun- da­men­tal ar­eas of stealth fighter build­ing, be­fore they be­gin on the In­dian prospec­tive multi-role fighter (PMF). Both coun­tries in­tend to in­duct a mix of twin- and sin­gle-seat fight­ers.

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