Though India is investing 50 per cent of the cost of the joint multi-billion-dollar Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft project with Russia, its work share in the research and development and other aspects of the programme has come down to around 13 per cent, something which Indian officials are not happy about.
Sources said this would impact India’s indigenous capabilities to develop such an advanced fighter aircraft. They also said that there are issues related to other aspects of the plane too.
The FGFA project is based on the Russian Air Force’s Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA platform. The Indian version will be tweaked to add some more advanced features. The total programme is expected to cost India about $25-30 billion.
The FGFA is a long-term acquisition that would take at least eight years from the signing of the contract.