Indo-Russian agreement soon on PAK-FA
Published: Thu February 8th, 2007
BANGALORE: With an Inter-Government Agreement on the Indo-Russian Multi-Functional Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft, PAK-FA just round the corner, the Russian Sukhoi Design Bureau has worked out a plan to commence flight trials of the aircraft in 2009 and begin serial production by 2015.
The ambitious aircraft project would mark a decisive shift in Indo-Russian military cooperation, riding on the success of the ongoing Sukhoi-MKI project. The Sukhoi Design Bureau has conducted the preliminary survey and analysis of the multi-billion dollar project. Defence Minister A.K. Antony and his Russian counterpart discussed the agreement draft when they met two weeks ago.
"There is a desire to finalise the agreement as soon as possible," a top Sukhoi Design Bureau official told The Hindu, on the sidelines of the Aero India 2007 aerospace exposition. Once the project takes off, the design, development and production of the fifth generation fighter will be a joint Indo-Russian effort on a 50:50 partnership. After a multitude of development stages, the serial production of the aircraft could start in 2015, the official said.
The Bureau had a series of technical consultations on the project with State-owned aviation major, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in the second half of 2006. "We found commonality of interest between the Russian Air Force and the Indian Air Force. There is definitely a requirement for the aircraft," he observed.
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