Monday, January 4, 2010

India, Russia and Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) Part-1

Ajai Shukla

Late last year, a defence ministry delegation to Sukhoi’s flagship aircraft facility in Siberia became the first Indians to set eyes upon the next-generation fighter that is slated to form the backbone of the future Indian Air Force (IAF). In that first meeting, carefully choreographed by Sukhoi, the new fighter, standing on the tarmac waved a welcome to the Indians, moving all its control fins simultaneously.

The effect, recounts one member of that delegation, was electric. The senior IAF officer there walked silently up to the aircraft and touched it almost incredulously. This was the Sukhoi T-50, the first technology demonstrator of what India terms the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). Senior defence ministry sources tell Business Standard that — after five years of haggling over the FGFA’s form, capabilities and work-share — a detailed contract on joint development is just around the corner.

The contract, which Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will sign with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), will commit to building 250 fighters for the IAF and an equal number for Russia. The option for further orders will be kept open. HAL and UAC will be equal partners in a joint venture company, much like the Brahmos JV, that will develop and manufacture the FGFA.....................Business Standard


after su 30 now FGFA , what will be the fate of this fifth generation machine , after it will be assembled in HAL ?

When FGFA will be anufcatured by HAL, It will become FGTA (fifth Generation Target Aircraft)


When suckers like you are in the country..we don't need enemies. The worst machines our country manufactured are ppl like you.

@Jagannadha - I completely agree. With filth like this in the country, we'll never move forward. I think they're Pakis or something.

hey guys talk on facts !!!! dont become personnel!!!
thank u

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