India may look at sealing the Russian stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) deal as negotiation on Rafale fighter MMRCA deal is still facing deadlock, Times of India reported today quoting unnamed sources close to the Defense Ministry.
"Faced with continuing deadlock in the mega deal to acquire 126 French Rafale fighters, India is now pressing the throttle to seal the even bigger project with Russia for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA)," the newspaper reported.
"India will overall spend around $25 billion on the FGFA project if it goes ahead with its plan to induct 127 such fighters, TOI had reported earlier.
“A contract for the R & D phase is being prepared and is expected to be signed this year,” Yuli Slyusar, President and Chairman of the Management Board of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) had said during the Aero India Air Show.
“The export version of the 5th generation fighter, the perspective multi-functional fighter (PMF-FGFA) is being created in partnership with India. The Russian and Indian parties have generally agreed on the work share of each party,” he had said.
However, early this month, Eric Tappier, Dassault CEO said that Dassault Aviation and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be ‘joint prime contractors’ to manufacture 118 Rafale fighters in India clearing the way as to who will assume responsibility for timely delivery and quality of the aircraft.
The decision on naming both companies’ as ‘joint prime contractors’ was described by Trappier as a ‘new development’ implying that it may have been arrived at during the last few days or weeks.
If this is correct, then the last big hurdle to clear the US $20billion deal is on its way to be ironed out.
Russia is expecting to sign the contract with India for the research and development (R & D) stage of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project this year. “A contract for the R & D phase is being prepared and is expected to be signed this year,” Yuli Slyusar, President and Chairman of the Management Board of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)said during the Aero India Air Show
The Fifth- Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project is expected to be top priority in talks between the Russian Defense Minister and Indian counterpart to be held on Wednesday at New Delhi. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu will arrive here tomorrow on a three-day visit to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar and review the ongoing cooperation and future prospects in the defence sector
India and Russia may finally settle on a number of delayed defense deals including the Fifth Generational Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program during Russian President Vladimir Putins visit to India this December. Putin met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS summit in July where both leaders reportedly agreed that the $30 billion program to build 200 jets should move forward
Sukhoi and India plan to sign another contract in the framework of the joint project for the construction of a fifth generation multipurpose combat jet, Alexander Klementyev, a Sukhoi deputy director general told Itar-Tass. “We hope the contract [for experimental design works] will be signed soon,” he was quoted as saying
Joint productions of all future projects is expected to be the new norm in Indo-Russian relations after Moscow last year offered to set up manufacturing facilities in the country for joint production of defence hardware. India and Russia agreed to set up manufacturing facilities in India for joint production of defence hardware during Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozins state visit to New Delhi last year
The progress of Indias futuristic fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project has fallen under dark clouds after Russia, with whom India is developing the fighter jet, hiked the cost of manufacturing the aircraft. The project could end up costing India over $35 billion over the next two decades from the original $30 billion for over 200 fighters
Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar will be discussing the delayed fifth generation fighter aircraft development program along with multi-role transport aircraft on his visit to Moscow next month. The minister will co-chair a meeting of Inter Governmental Commission on Military Technical Co-operation (IRIGCMTC) on November 2
Even as the Indian inter-governmental committee is being formed to negotiate the purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale aircraft from France, information floating about the price is of the order $ 7 billion. This works out to a per Rafale cost of $ 220 million, while informed sources say that negotiations under the 2007 Request for Proposal (RFP) was working out to be $ 70 million per aircraft including life cycle cost (LCC) at initially quoted price of $ 12 billion
Indias ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Subramanian Swamy on Friday took on the governments decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyway condition from France. He said he will take the legal recourse if the government would go ahead with the decision
India after confirming the possible deal with France to buy 36 ‘ready–to-fly Rafale fighter jets on Friday, will induct the jets into the Air Force within a span of two years, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said today. “I have asked President (Francois Hollande) to supply 36 ready-to-fly Rafale jets to India
With feelers coming from Paris that India is likely to buy 60 Dassault Rafale aircraft in fly away condition for $7.5 billion, Indian Public Sector Company; Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) might not be called upon to assemble 108 aircraft
European military consortium EADS is still ready to provide Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to India as an alternative to Dassault Rafale as the MMRCA deal is stuck for the past three years due to cost and guarantee clause. Ahead of Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Germany German Ambassador, Michael Steiner on Wednesday told reporters in New Delhi that the European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) was ready with its proposal to offer Eurofighter to India asserting that the jets are “good” both in terms of quality and price
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