India, Russia to ink 5th generation fighter design deal soon
Authorities said it would most likely be signed in the second half of 2017.
The announcement indicates movement on the stalled project after years of problems in negotiations.
India, Russia and the 5th generation Fighter Design
What is the FGFA deal?
India and Russia inked an intergovernmental agreement for the manufacture of fifth-generation fighter aircraft in 2007. The fighter is called the Perspective multi-role fighter.
While technical details are scarce, it is believed to have high-performance stealth technology, advanced avionics features, and highly integrated computer systems that can network with other battlefield elements.
The F22 Raptor and the F35 are the only FGFAs in service.
Co-developers with Russia
Sources said that since India and Russia are co-developers in the project, India would have full rights to all the technology involved, hence there was no question of a transfer of technology pact. India would be able to independently maintain the aircraft once manufactured.
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Some important milestones
The IGA was inked in 2007.
In 2010, India paid $295 million toward the preliminary design of the aircraft.
In February 2016, talks were revived after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar cleared it.
The renewed focus on modernization of the military was the driver for expedited talks.