India and Russia have restarted talks on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project after Moscow agreed to cut the price to $3.7 billion from 6 billion.
A report by PTI quoting high-level defence sources said that high level Russian delegation is in Delhi to hold negotiations on the FGFA as well as the Kamov 226T helicopter project.
"We have got the clearance to restart the talks. Accordingly, a Russian team is here and cost negotiations began yesterday," the agency report quoting sources said.
Earlier reports had said New Delhi had proposed that instead of commencing the detailed project report(DPR), India would pay for three prototypes and transfer of technology (TOT) instead of US$6 billion for the DPR and joint production.
It is not clear if India wants to use the prototypes and TOT to set up its own production line in India. The FGFA, also called T-50, is the most advanced aircraft to be built in Russia. It combines stealth technology with super-manoeuvrability enabling it to penetrate deep into enemy territory and conduct bombing as well as dogfight with enemy planes.
India has already invested $290 million into the project in the form of a preliminary study.
Even as Russia offered a cheaper deal on the PAK-FA fifth generation fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force feels that it is still too expensive even at this price. Russia last week, offered to slash price of its new Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA)s technological know-how under the FGFA from $6 billion to $3
India may sign an agreement or lease a second nuclear submarine 'Nerpa' during Prime Minister Modi's visit to Moscow next month. However, it may hold back on buying the S-400 anti-missile system and the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA)
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
Russias Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet performed its first test flight with a new ‘Product 30 engine which will be the production standard when the aircraft enters serial manufacturing in 2020. The test was performed at the Gromov Flight Research Institute on Tuesday with the older NPO Saturn Product 117 engine placed in one engine bay and the new ‘Product 30 engine in another, various media reported
Indian Sukhoi fighter jet manufacturing facility, Nashik based Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) can be used for building fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), if the government decides to go ahead with the proposed Indo-Russian joint venture, HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju has said. The facility will not require any major investment to reconfigure it to produce the FGFA, Raju told PTI Sunday
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
India will sign the final research and development contract with Russia for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft only if there is full-scale transfer of technology and added benefits. The decision has been taken at the highest levels in order to not repeat the mistakes of the entire Su-30MKI jet acquisition program from Russia that cost 55,717 crore to India without any tangible help in developing indigenous fighter-manufacturing capabilities,”
India and Russia still need to discuss certain things in the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) such as exports and approvals post manufacturing. “Some issues are to be addressed in terms of manufacturing after completing the project
India has sought clarity on stealth technology and rights over export to third countries before signing a detailed design and development contract on Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). Both the countries are expected to sign the contract in the coming two-three months
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