FGFA Negotiations with Russia still on Says Raha, Yet no Breakthrough in sight
Air Chief Marshal Raha when asked about status of Fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) while addressing his last Press conference before his retirement , confirmed that negotiations for development of 5th Generation fighter aircraft based on Russian T-50 is still be carried out but refused to confirm that final agreement between India and Russia will be concluded anytime soon.
High-level Russian delegation earlier this year had talks with Indian officials In India, where they offered to reduce developmental cost from $6 billion to $3.7 billion to fund and develop customised FGFA based on Indian Air force requirements which also included development of three prototypes of FGFA fighters to be delivered to India for testing and product optimization .
Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation while speaking to the Indian media had said that they are hopeful that final agreement on development of FGFA will be concluded by year end but IAF is not yet fully on board the project and in past has questioned Russians on key technologies developed for T-50 which IAF claims is not fully matured enough to categorise T-50 has a True 5th generation fighter jet in lines with American developed F-35 and F22 5th generation fighter jets .
Highly reliable sources close to idrw.org have predicted that Indian and Russian officials will have another round of negotiation at sidelines of Aero India 2017 to be held in February next year in Bangalore and there are high hopes that Russian officials will come up with better technical proposal to break the deadlock like they did in 2016 by reducing developmental cost of FGFA.