Sunday, February 17, 2008


Indo-ruso arms co-operation

Senior officials from the Indian Air Force and the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be in Russia today to talk about the fifth generation fighter aircraft that the two countries are planning to design, develop and eventually produce.
The Indian team is led by the Air Force's Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) Air Vice Marshal N.V. Tyagi, and includes officials from HAL's Aircraft Upgrades Research and Development Centre, Nashik.
Under an intergovernmental agreement signed last October the two countries will jointly design, develop, and manufacture the fifth generation multi-role jet fighter. Work on the aircraft, already under design by Russian aeronautics giant Sukhoi, is to be modelled along the lines of the successful Brahmos missile joint venture. The prototype is expected to take to the skies in 2009 and be commissioned by 2015.
The fighter will be used by both countries, and be sold for export. The Russian version of the plane will have a Russian engine and the Indian version is likely to have a western engine.
The aircraft is likely to be operational around 2015.

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