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India, Russia to ink 5th generation fighter design deal soon

India, Russia to ink 5th generation fighter design deal soon
07 May 2017
  • After several years of delay, sources said India and Russia are likely to sign the deal to finalize the detailed design of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft and commence production of the same.
  • Authorities said it would most likely be signed in the second half of 2017.
  • The announcement indicates movement on the stalled project after years of problems in negotiations.

  • What is the FGFA deal?
    FGFA
  • India and Russia inked an intergovernmental agreement for the manufacture of fifth-generation fighter aircraft in 2007. The fighter is called the Perspective multi-role fighter.
  • While technical details are scarce, it is believed to have high-performance stealth technology, advanced avionics features, and highly integrated computer systems that can network with other battlefield elements.
  • The F22 Raptor and the F35 are the only FGFAs in service.

  • Co-developers with Russia
    FACT
    Sources said that since India and Russia are co-developers in the project, India would have full rights to all the technology involved, hence there was no question of a transfer of technology pact. India would be able to independently maintain the aircraft once manufactured.

    Some important milestones
    Milestones
  • The IGA was inked in 2007.
  • In 2010, India paid $295 million toward the preliminary design of the aircraft.
  • In February 2016, talks were revived after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar cleared it.
  • Since then both sides have ironed out issues like intellectual property rights, monetary commitments, manufacturing sites etc.
  • The renewed focus on modernization of the military was the driver for expedited talks.



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