Pre­lim­i­nary de­sign for FGFA com­pleted


Rus­sian and In­dian en­gi­neers have com­pleted the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign for the ex­port ver­sion of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter jet – the PAK-FA, an­nounced An­drey Mar­shankin, Re­gional Direc­tor for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion of the United Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion.

“At the mo­ment, to­gether with our In­dian col­leagues, we have fin­ished cre­at­ing an ex­port ver­sion of the PAK-FA, known in In­dia as the FGFA. All the doc­u­men­ta­tion is now ready, and we have an un­der­stand­ing of the amount of work that will be re­quired for the next de­sign phase, and the scale of the fu­ture se­ries pro­duc­tion,” he said.

Mar­shankin also noted that while only one pi­lot op­er­ates the Rus­sian ver­sion of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter jet, the In­dian Air Force tra­di­tion­ally prefers air­craft op­er­ated by two pi­lots, writes RIA Novosti, cit­ing the Rus­sian News Ser­vice.

“In the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions of mod­ern war­fare, it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to si­mul­ta­ne­ously ma­noeu­vre a fighter jet and fire on the en­emy. For now, the In­dian side in­sists that their ver­sion of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter must be made for two pi­lots,” he said.

In Septem­ber, Rus­sia and In­dia were able to re­solve the prob­lem­atic is­sues on the draft de­sign of the fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter, hav­ing also agreed to build 200 air­craft worth about $30 bil­lion.

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