New Delhi considers as “excellent”, its cooperation with Russia in the military-technical sphere, and quite satisfied with the level of its access to technologies, which may not please the competitors, RIA Novosti learned this from Indian Ambassador Pundi Srinivasan Raghavan.
“India and Russia have a unique experience of joint research, development, and production of military equipment. The results of our cooperation are magnificent, and we are fully satisfied with the access our companies have to Russian technologies. Now, in the development of the new fighter jet (joint Russian-Indian fifth-generation fighter aircraft – FGFA) we see the same level of cooperation,” the ambassador stressed in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Speaking on conflicting assessments of Russian-Indian military-technical cooperation, he noted that – “the press is always rife with misinformation, including that spread by competitors”. “Moreover, we need to understand that many of these press reports are written by people who are not interested in realizing this project, for whatever reasons. Therefore, they do not always tell the truth – or write articles based on their own understanding, and not based on the views of the government or the establishment,” he concluded.
In September 2014, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, citing some sources, reported that the Indian Air Force Command was displeased with a number of characteristics of FGFA; in particular, they had some issues with the engine, radar, stealth capabilities, and armament. In addition, the Indians are supposedly unhappy that not all the technologies, used in the Russian T-50, were shared with them.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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