Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sukhoi Su-57: Will India Join the Program?

In December 2010, India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an agreement for New Delhi to fund the preliminary design stage of what was called the Future Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). The development of this aircraft, which was originally intended to be a two-seat variant of the Sukhoi T-50 5th-generation fighter, was to be tailored to meet Indian requirements.

This aircraft, now known as the Su-57, would be the logical follow-on for—and would eventually replace—some of the missions for another variant-developed-for-India fighter aircraft, the Su-30MKI. The 2010 agreement, however, only committed India to pay $295 million, which was funding for the initial design and concept-definition phase

Russian commentators were quick to trumpet the success of the T-50 project, which they saw as guaranteed based on India’s participation.

“If the 29 January [2010 first test] flight verified the technical viability of the program, then 21 December secures its commercial and industrial future,” said Konstantin Makiyenko from the Moscow-based Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST). CAST is a defense technology and political-military analysis think-tank that produces several authoritative analytical publications and annual reviews on the progress of Russian defense industrial programs.
07/02/18 Reuben F. Johnson/AINonline