Russia has offered to slash price of its new Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA)’s technological know-how under the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) from $6 billion to $3.7 billion to India.
Under the new offer, India will have to pay $3.7 billion, instead of $6 billion, for the technological know-how and three prototypes of PAK FA fighters. The proposal awaits a decision from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the annual India-Russia summit this week, Indian Express News Daily reported Wednesday.
The initial design contract, under which India and Russia were to contribute an initial $6 billion each for prototype development and production has not been signed so far. Russia went ahead with the development and claims that it will enter service with the Russian Air Force in 2016 and enters serial production in 2017.
India and Russia signed an inter-governmental agreement to co-develop and co-produce FGFA in 2007 followed by $295 million preliminary design contract in December 2010. A total number of 127 single-seat fighters in India is estimated to cost about $30 billion.
“Now that they already have the fighter, the Russians have made a revised offer to us. For $3.7 billion, they will give us all the technological know-how of making the fighter. We will also get three prototypes from them in that amount,” the news daily quoted a senior defence ministry official as saying.
But the Indian Air Force (IAF) remains opposed to the idea. A senior IAF official said, “We are not in favour of the FGFA. The PAK FA fighter is too expensive at even this rate, and we are not sure of its capabilities.”
Sources said the Russian offer is driven by Moscow’s cash crunch and lack of firm orders with its defence industry.
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
Russia is equipping its aircraft including the new PAK FA fighters with several variants of a new air-to-surface missile. The missile projectiles known as X-59MK2 and X-58USHKE are designed to destroy located stationary ground targets
Russian fifth generation fighter, PAK FA (T-50) will be fitted with automatic rapid-fire cannon with new heat resistant ammunition. “The automatic rapid-fire aircraft cannon is used on all the jets and the new one (PAK FA) will also be fitted with it
An Indo-Russian project to develop a fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) is in force as per agreed terms and conditions, Russias Rosoboronexport has asserted. “In connection with media reports on the project of the Russian-Indian 5th generation aircraft, the Russian-Indian agreement is in force and there are obligations, under which the joint project on creating the 5th generation aircraft will be executed by the parties in accordance with the agreed terms and stages,” a Rosoboronexport statement said today
The fifth generation PAK FA (Perspective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet (T-50), completed the first stage of the state trials. "Today is an historic event - a preliminary conclusion has been signed at the MAKS airshow on the state joint trials of the first stage of the T-50 aircraft prototype
Russian United Aircraft Corporation has started flight tests of a new next-generation integrated avionics suite of T-50 (PAK-FA) fighter aircraft. The integrated structure of the board of the aircraft T-50 equipment replaces the system ‘Baguette designed in 2004
Russia is testing stand-alone elements of its sixth-generation fighter on fifth generation PAK-FA fighter jets. Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) is currently working on electronic warfare systems for the sixth-generation warplane
United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is ready for serial production of the latest fighter of the fifth generation T-50 for Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. On June 20 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the air flew the eight machines of the series, which fully meets the requirements on military capabilities,
Russias T-50 or PAK-FA fifth generation fighter aircraft achieved a climbing rate of 384 meters per second, a speed at which it could reach the altitude of Mount Everest (8848m) in 23 seconds. This feat was demonstrated during testing recently, according to Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta
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