FGFA R&D con­tract to be signed in 2015: UAC Pres­i­dent & Chair­man


[ By R. Chan­drakanth in Paris ]

The fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft (FGFA), a pro­ject of Rus­sian and In­dian Gov­ern­ments, is pro­gress­ing well. The con­tract to de­velop a pre­lim­i­nary de­sign pro­ject of the per­spec­tive multi-func­tional fighter (PMF-FGFA) has been com­pleted. The fighter de­sign has been fully de­vel­oped, ac­cord­ing to Yuri Slyusar, the new Pres­i­dent and Chair­man of the United Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion (UAC). Speak­ing to SP’s M.A.I. on the side­lines of the UAC press con­fer­ence at Paris In­ter­na­tional Air Show, he said In­dia is a ma­jor part­ner for UAC in the de­vel­op­ment of two projects – the FGFA and the multi-role trans­port air­craft (MTA). He said for Sukhoi this is top pri­or­ity and In­dian spe­cial­ists have been trained with re­gard to ba­sic data and soft­ware to cre­ate a sin­gle work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Both par­ties, he added, had agreed upon the amount and di­vi­sion of work dur­ing the re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) stage. The con­tract for the R&D work will be signed in 2015 it­self, he con­firmed.

The PMF-FGFA fighter de­vel­oped by the co-pro­duc­tion will have some dif­fer­ences from the Rus­sian pro­to­type due to spe­cific re­quire­ments of the In­dian Air Force (IAF). As re­gards the Rus­sian ver­sion, he said that three more fly­ing pro­to­types would be join­ing the test pro­gramme which now has five pro­to­types un­der­go­ing var­i­ous on-land and flight tests.

Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion fight­ers, the PAK FA (Rus­sian ver­sion) com­bines the func­tions of a strike air­craft and a fighter, thus of­fer­ing a num­ber of unique ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The air­craft will have a new thor­oughly in­te­grated avionics pack­age pro­vid­ing su­pe­rior au­to­matic con­trol and in­tel­lec­tual sup­port of the crew. This con­sid­er­ably re­duces the work­load on the pi­lot, en­abling the pi­lot to bet­ter con­cen­trate on the tac­ti­cal func­tions. The on­board equip­ment of the new air­craft makes it pos­si­ble to ex­change in­for­ma­tion in a real time mode with on-land con­trol sys­tems and air­borne teams as well as to act on its own.

MTA pre­con­tract doc­u­men­ta­tion soon

With re­gard to the multi-role trans­port air­craft (MTA), he said the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign of the air­craft has been com­pleted and that In­dia and Rus­sia are work­ing on pre­con­tract doc­u­men­ta­tion. The con­tract would be signed be­fore the end of 2015.

The MTA pro­ject is be­ing de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment be­tween the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion and In­dia. The par­tic­i­pants on the Rus­sian side are JSC Rosoboronex­port and JSC UAC Trans­port Air­craft, a UAC sub­si­dariy with the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited on board. The joint ven­ture is reg­is­tered in Ben­galuru. The work to im­ple­ment the pro­gramme is fi­nanced on a par­ity ba­sis.

UAC growth curve

He said UAC rev­enue for fi­nan­cial year 2014 had touched 285 bil­lion rou­bles, with over 98,000 work­force. For the last four years, the rev­enue growth has ex­ceeded 18 per cent per year on av­er­age. De­liv­er­ies are also grow­ing with two-digit rates in both civil and mil­i­tary seg­ments. In 2014, UAC de­liv­er­ies to the Rus­sian Min­istry of De­fence ex­ceeded 90 air­craft.

About 80 per cent of the rev­enues of UAC was ac­counted for by mil­i­tary pro­grammes, he said and men­tioned that the strat­egy was be­ing changed and UAC was work­ing to­wards in­creas­ing rev­enues from civil com­po­nent, tar­get be­ing equal rev­enues. Civil and trans­port avi­a­tion pro­grammes, he said, would pro­vide for in­creased growth in cor­re­spond­ing mar­ket seg­ments. In 2014, the SSJ 100 pro­duc­tion and de­liv­ery rates have been im­pres­sive and last year the first Il-76MD-90A large trans­port air­craft had been de­liv­ered. As a re­sult in 2015, rev­enues from civil and trans­port air­craft pro­grammes should amount to over 20 per cent in UAC’s to­tal rev­enues.

Fifth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft

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