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New Delhi Gets Full Access to Russian New Fighter Jet Technology

According to Indian ambassador in
Moscow, defense companies involved in a joint project with Russia to
build a Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) are satisfied with
their access to Russian technologies.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) –
Indian defense companies
involved in a joint project with Russia
to build a Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) are satisfied
with their access to Russian technologies, the Indian ambassador
in Moscow said, denying media reports that Moscow withheld information
from New Delhi. 
 “We have had excellent results in our bilateral cooperation and are
fully satisfied with the access to technologies that our defense
enterprises get. We proceed with the same level of cooperation in the
development of the FGFA,” Ambassador Pundi Srinivasan Raghavan told RIA
Novosti.

This remark came after IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly magazine claimed
last September that India had expressed concerns to Russia over the
progress on the FGFA program. According to the defense news weekly, New
Delhi was annoyed about Russia’s reluctance to share design data on its
T-50 PAK-FA jet, which is the base model for the FGFA aircraft.

Raghavan refuted these reports, saying they “may have been supplied by competitors,” and accused the media of biased reporting.

 

PAK-FA Fighter Jet

The ambassador lauded the progress in military technical cooperation
between Russia and India, who are working on a raft of bilateral
projects.

“The new tendency in the relationship is the joint development
of advanced technology weapon systems. FGFA, MTA and Brahmos Missile are
examples of the joint development of weapon systems incorporating
sophisticated technology,” he noted.

MTA stands for the Multirole Transport Aircraft, which is a
twin-engine light transport plane with a maximum take-off weight of 65
tons. It is designed to replace the BAe 748 and Antonov An-26 craft,
currently in Indian service.

Raghavan told RIA Novosti the countries have agreed to fast-track the project, with a timetable to be laid out by the year-end.

“Both sides have decided to speed up the work of the project.
Apparently, this multi project differs from other projects and that is
why it takes more time to discuss all the details. But I hope that
by the end of 2015, we will be able to agree on a very clear and
detailed timetable,” he said.

Russian aircraft-makers and Indian officials are expected to meet
in Bangalore during the 10th edition of Aero India 2015 defense and
civil aviation expo, to be held on February 18-22.