Russia and India have agreed to accelerate their work on the creation of a new fifth generation fighter, the Indian TV channel NDTV reported after the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu visited Delhi.
During the talks, the Indian side expressed their doubts about the feasibility of carrying out new research and development activities on this aircraft, taking into account the fact that several prototype fifth-generation fighters are already being tested in Russia.
“We want to start using a new fighter jet in the Indian Air Force much earlier than the originally designated period – 2024-2025,” NDTV quoted Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.
We should recall that in early January, Russia and India reached agreement on the design of the new aircraft. Sharing many systems with the PAK FA, the Indian fighter will be a two-seater. Delhi plans to build 127 new fighter jets at the Indian aircraft factory in the city of Nashik. The cost developing the new aircraft is estimated at $25 billion.
First published in Russian in Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
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