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Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
New Delhi: A Contract for Preliminary Design of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft was signed between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Rosoboronexport and Sukhoi here today.

The aircraft to be jointly developed is termed Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). PMF draws upon the basic structural and system design of the Russian FGFA Technology Demonstrator with modifications to meet IAF specifications which are much more stringent.

Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had agreed in early 2010 to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter jet based on the T-50 design.

The Project involves design and development of a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft that will have advanced features such as stealth, supercruise, ultra-maneuvrability, highly integrated avionics suite, enhanced situational awareness, internal carriage of weapons and Network Centric Warfare capabilities. The design of the aircraft is likely to be finalised within the next 18 months.

The Russian-Indian second prototype T-50 fighter aircraft will take to the skies in early 2011. Work is already underway on the third prototype, incorporating even more advanced systems. The first Russian prototype T-50 made its maiden flight in January 2010. By 2016, both single-seat andtwo-seat versions of the aircraft are expected to be developed.

The broad scope of bilateral cooperation during the joint project covers the design & development of the PMF, its productionization and joint marketing to the third countries. Programme options include the design & development of a twin seater variant and the integration of an advanced engine with higher thrust at a later stage.

The estimated project design cost is $295 million, which will be shared equally between Russia and India. The new aircraft is expected to enter service with the Indian Air Force by 2020.

Today's contract is only the first in a series of such contracts which will cover different stages of this complex programme. The total cost including options and the value of production aircraft will make this the biggest Defence programme ever in the history of India involving production of over 200-250 aircraft.

The Contract was signed by Mr. A Isaykin, General Director, Rosoboronexport and Mr. M Pogosyan, General Director RAC MiG & Sukhoi from the Russian side and Mr. Ashok Nayak, Chairman, HAL and Mr. NC Agarwal, Director (D&D), HAL from the Indian side at Delhi.

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