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. How it will be exported, what the approvals will be and what the mechanism is. We have already put up a small team to go into the issues. Once they come out with another month or so, they will finalize everything, Manohar Parrikar said during a press conference at the opening day of the Aero India Airshow Tuesday.
“Two to three months does not hold much importance for the project with a time frame of 10-15 years,” Parrikar had said last month.
Currently, both the countries are not discussing the number of aircraft to be produced under the project. "We are trying to ascertain quantum of stealth, transfer of technology and whether we will be able to manufacture and sell jointly. All these aspects are being discussed because when we invest huge money ($5-6 billion) you are commercially not only producing for ourselves but considering exports as well.”
“Secondly, stealth aspects should also be in conformity. So, all these technical aspects are being looked into before going forward," Parrikar had said.