Russia and India are continuing their cooperation on development and construction of fifth-generation fighter PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation), RIA Novosti reports. It has been reported by the official representative of Sukhoi Company.
It has been reported earlier by Russian mass-media that the negotiations regarding this project are at the end of one’s tether. But they did not specify who is responsible for this.
"The work (on development of fifth-generation fighter) are being carried out at full speed", - the aviation company’s representative noted.
The contract on development of Indian PAK FA version’s (designated as FGFA - Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft) draft engineering design has been signed on December 21st 2010. Russian partners have pledged to invest $295 million in the project. Indian air forces are planning to acquire 250-300 FGFAs with a total value of $25 billion.
Russian prototype of PAK FA (Т-50), designed by Sukhoi design bureau, have already performed its maiden flight in January 2010. The start of T-50 deliveries is scheduled on 2016. It is expected that the joint Russia-India fifth generation fighter will be created in several years after the start of T-50’s acquisition by Russian air forces.
It is also intended that the joint Russia-India fighter will become an export version of T-50.