The Russian-Indian fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) is being developed in accordance with the program and Russia is fulfilling its obligations, President of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told TASS.
Earlier, the Times of India newspaper reported with reference to a high-ranking official in the Indian Defense Ministry that India was ready to continue developing the fifth-generation fighter aircraft jointly with Russia only if all technologies were transferred. Also, the project is expected to help India develop its own new-generation plane.
Some media outlets reported later that the project might be postponed due to Russia’s unwillingness to transfer all technologies.
“There were such media reports but it is difficult for me to comment on them as I do not know what they are based on,” Slyusar said.
“We are complying with the program and fulfilling all our obligations,” he added.
In 2007, Russia and India signed an agreement to jointly develop the fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
The Russian-Indian plane is being developed on the basis of Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet in line with India’s requirements specification.
In particular, a two-seat version of the plane will be developed and an advanced engine with increased thrust will be installed under the program.
India’s Air Force is expected to be the first customer of the fighter jet and then the plane will be delivered to third countries.