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 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 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. 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.
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.