Monday, May 23, 2011

IAF Chief Scopes Out PAK FA, Upgraded MiG-29

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Naik today witnessed a flight of the fifth generation concept Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA at Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Naik, who retires at the end of July, is in Russia on a week-long official visit. The chief also received a full briefing on the programme at the Gromov institute on the PAK FA. There's more in this TASS report (translate).

Previously on Livefist:
An IAF view of the FGFA partnership
India, Russia formalise 5th Gen fighter effort

File Photo ©RIA Novosti

16 comments :

Tako Nada said...

God willing India should induct large numbers such aircraft to deter paki-chinese onsaught.

capital P said...

What is India's participation in the programme, is it only moneybags!!
Composites, avionics..??

When the deal was officially signed in N Delhi the aeroplane was already flying..

Also there is a dichotomy in the requirement of both forces ie Russians opting a single seater and Indians a twin-seater aeroplane

Anonymous said...

Give us a super hi-res pic for wallapaper :-)

Anonymous said...

Composites and Electronics from India also the wing concept from LCA

satish said...

Hi Capital P,

The current version of PAK FA is a single seater aircraft. India has joined hands with Russia to develop a two seater version which is the requirement projected by IAF and is expected to induct the later in 200-250 nos. The current flying prototype is for Russian Air Force.

Mr. Ra said...

Indian two seater FGFA must be a well thought over and experienced strategy over the Sukhoi T-50. It may be especially helpful during the peak and deciding moments of the war.

With this progress the fears of J-20 if any shall be quenched.

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Anonymous said...

why does india need a twin seater?
Is it to ease pressure?

Sanem said...

this is certainly a good choice of aircraft, guaranteeing India's air power in the future

the two-seater version is also a superior choice in my eyes: aside from the doubling in my man power, I imagine that in any future conflict UAVs and UCAVs will be increasingly important, as will the ability to control them from forward aircraft. so with a second pilot on board, FGFAs will be able to directly control one or multiple UAVs/UCAVs, reducing the dependancy on long range (satellite) communications

IMO the lack of a two-seater version is a major flaw in both the F-22 and F-35 designs btw

Anonymous said...

India Russia defence

Russian Helicopters to be assembled in India

http://indrus.in/articles/2011/05/24/russian_helicopters_to_be_assembled_in_india_12531.html

Anonymous said...

5th Gen means advanced avionics and other eqps/automation which will dispense with the need for a 2nd pilot. None of the 5th Gen fighters have 2 seat configuration. Adding another pilot will severely compromise the stealth and other features of a typical 5th gen fighter. Our IAF is still thinking in terms of 4th Gen for a 5th Gen fighter i.e. generation gap not only in terms of technology but also mindset.
Latest news: F35B has flown successfully. We must also think seriously about acquiring this jet for our forward bases and other amphibious operations. Now US Marines have reposed their faith on F35B the only true VSTOL jet after the venerable Harrier.

Tejaswy said...

I love the MiG corporation but them bringing nothing more than an upgraded Mig 29 with a bad record of MiG 21 and hoping to win the MMCRA was just a very bad idea,

Anonymous said...

The PAK FA has only 2 prototypes? Last I heard the J-20 has around 7, which shows that the Chinese are really fast-tracking the J-20's development. This means that the J-20 could be in full production at least 2 years before the PAK FA.

DHRUV said...

Will hal will design an indian prototype

Kumar said...

chengdu j20 is conducting flight trials with their only 2 prototypes, 2001 and 2002 with different engines.