Russia is expected to sign contract with India to deliver 154 Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fighter jets during the upcoming annual Indo-Russian summit.
The agreement, which will be under the joint FGFA initiative, will include work share and a commitment to the number of single-seat and double-seat aircraft, The Financial Express reported today.
"As currently the Indian Air Force (IAF) is in deep trouble due to its fast depleting force structure, India has to take wise decision with long-term as well as strategic foresight. There is no doubt that the PAK-FA (Sukhoi Design Proposal) will emerge as a major FGFA in the world,” An unnamed official was quoted as saying by the news daily.
“Hence, it would be better for India to take a reality check on the FGFA and recalibrate its position”, the official added.
The fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) programme is based on the Russian-made Sukhoi T-50 aircraft. It involves Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Russia and India, in January, agreed on the FGFA jet fighter project. All technical details had been settled, except commercial part which is in discussion, Rosoboronexport reported.