In­dia, Rus­sia agree on spec­i­fi­ca­tions of PAK FA fighter


The con­tract to de­velop a sketch and tech­ni­cal pro­ject of the Rus­sian-In­dian per­spec­tive multi-func­tional fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (PMI/FGFA) was com­pleted. The fighter de­sign was fully de­vel­oped.

Both par­ties have agreed upon on the amount and di­vi­sion of work dur­ing the re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) stage. A con­tract for the R&D is be­ing pre­pared. It is to be signed this year.

The agree­ment on the joint de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft was signed on Oc­to­ber 18, 2007, in Moscow at the Sev­enth Ses­sion of the joint Rus­sian-In­dian In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Com­mis- sion on Mil­i­tary and Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion. It is the largest joint pro­ject of the Rus­sianIn­dian mil­i­tary and tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion.

In De­cem­ber 2010, Rosoboronex­port, Sukhoi Com­pany and the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Limited signed a con­tract to de­velop a sketch and tech­ni­cal pro­ject of the fighter. In the course of the first stage of the pro­ject the Rus­sian side has trained In­dian pro­fes­sion­als, pro­vided them with the orig­i­nal data and the soft­ware to cre­ate a sin­gle work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The In­dian work­ing group of ex­perts has been work­ing in Rus­sia since Jan­uary 2012 and a group of Rus­sian spe­cial­ists in In­dia. Both par­ties ex­change the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion.

The PMI/FGFA fighter de­vel­oped by the par­ties will have some dif­fer­ences from the Rus­sian pro­to­type due to spe­cific re­quire­ments of the In­dian Air Force.

Sukhoi Com­pany is cur­rently in­volved in other Rus­sian-In­dian joint pro­grammes, such as mod­erni­sa­tion of the In­dian Air Force Su-30MKI fight­ers and adap­ta­tion of the Rus­sian-In­dian air-to-ground BrahMos cruise mis­sile to the Su-30MKI.

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