The development of light fifth-generation fighter is not one of the top-priority projects of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports with reference to the president of UAC, Mikhail Pogosyan.
«I don’t eliminate the possibility of developing a light fifth-generation aircraft, but this project is not included in the roadmap of UAC», - Pogosyan said. He also noted that in the near-term UAC will continue the expansion of MiG-29 fighter’s capabilities and then upgrade it to MiG-35 version.
The contracts with Russian and Indian Ministries of Defense for delivery of MiG-29K/KUB aircraft make “UAC focus on production of these fighters”, the corporation’s president added.
Head of UAC also said that a vector of development will be defined after completion of work on MiG-29K/35 Family: the corporation will choose between development of a UAV and a light fifth-generation fighter.
Speaking of possibilities for development of the light fifth-generation fighter, the president of UAC said that copying of US analogues is no god for many reasons. Soviet and Russian aircraft industry had always taken its own way in accordance with the current military doctrine, he added.