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    Aroor, were you there for this function and heard yourself Baweja saying all that?

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    Finding and Training one pilot itself is difficult!After 2020 how many youngsters will come forward to join airforce as fighter pilots?
    we also should opt for single pilot aircraft like the russians. So,much automation is going to be there with AESA forward and rear with 360 deg allround look capability with conformal arrays,powerfull mission and signal processors, Automated cockpit management,weapon launching computers networked on the aircraft! why do we need twin piloted FGFA?

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    MCA nowhere is in sight or it will b no early than 2020

    thats y v r going with russia cuz

    neither europe making 5th gen fighters and USA don’t export f22

    and f 35 is inferior to pakfa

    anmd pakfa will b in f22 class

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    MR baweja should b fired

    he can’t even organise hal

    v can’t even produce enough su30 quickly

    can’t produce dhruvs quickly

    just think how may LCA will b produced per year

    just think how many MRCA aircraft will b produced per year

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    Anon @ 7:07,

    After a point, the sensor fusion and automation tend to overwhelm the pilot. If there are two crew members, the load is eased, leading to improved performance.

    IIRC, the French faced the same problems with their single-seat Rafales and the AdlA is demanding more two-seaters (I could be wrong on this, though).

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    Prasun K Sengupta

    To Mihir@10.30PM: I agree with you about the performance dilemma faced by the Dassault Rafale and therefore there have been more tandem-seaters ordered than the single-seat variant. But EADS and BAE Systems on the other hand claim that such problems have been resolved on the EF-2000 Eurofighter. But all in all, I must say that Dr Baweja’s limited soundbytes on the FGFA project have raised far more questions, instead of revealing much.

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    When you say joint venture, how much technology transfer are we looking up? I mean, how independent would India be in making these crafts if Russia should pull the rug?

    Brahmos had a similar ending – where Mr.Sivathanu shrugged questions about the ramjet engine saying that there is not tech transfer in joint developments! Will this be the same case with FGFA?

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    TO ANON AT 5.48 AM

    no country transfers their latest tech e.g

    USA doesn’t SELLS THEIR electronic warfare systems

    USA refused to provide source codes for JSF buyers even to UK and UK threatened to pull out

    US not selling their f22

    US hestating to transfer apg79 radar tech


    and similar case is with russia and france

    france hesitating to transfer rafale tech

    look at china they r still dependent on russia for engines, radars for THEIR J11

    seekers for pl 12 missile r provided from russia

    russia not providing brahmos like stuff to china

    no help in making chinese nuclear subs from russia

    russia is hesitating to trasfer tech for advanced weapons

    russia not providing tu 22m3 aircraft to china

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    Mr. Aroor, in my view, the FGFA cannot be called a “joint development” because it is essentially a wholly Russian plane, which is only being locally customized by India.

    As per Mr. Baweja’s statement, India would develop only the twin-seater version of the original Russian T-50. Thus, India’s effort would be similar to Israel’s customized twin-seat F-16I Sufa, or the twin-seat variant of Su-27. As the development of both these planes did NOT involve any significant efforts, time or re-engineering at all, the development of an Indian two-seater would also not involve much efforts.

    Mr. Baweja also stated that the local Indian version of the T-50 would have “different” electronics and radars. Thus, it would be similar to India’s Su-30 MKI or China’s J-11 B, much of whose avionics were developed indigenously but nevertheless remained essentially Russian designs.

    Thus, it is unclear as to why HAL, and the media continue to call the FGFA a “joint development”, when all Russian newspapers do not even mention the word ‘India’ in news reports about the PAK-FA. Just as calling the Fighter-China 1 (FC-1) as the JF-17 Thunder is only an insistence of Pakistan, so is the term FGFA an Indian term only, which is completely independent of the Russian PAK-FA.

    In my view, there is a planned and directed effort at misleading the Indian public to believe that the PAK-FA is a “joint” development, when in fact it is practically a licence purchase agreement only. I think Mr. Baweja must be asked questions about the indigenous MCA proposal.

    Thank you.

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    Thanks for your comments. BTW, china has been sold the silk worm missile, which is only slightly slower version. Most imporatantly, CHINESE HAVE the BRAINS to reverse engineer, which we COMPREHENSIVELY lack.

    I believe MCA questions should be directed to DRDO/ADA and not HAL.

    Considering this is the first shot by Russians on stealth, wonder how low the RCS is going to be for FGFA.And I have serious doubts about the timelines they are projecting. US took 20 years to design, develop, test and perfect the Raptor…

    -Anon @ 5:48

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    And with that the entertainment channel is back on 🙂 Welcome back Abhiman.

    Jiska kasoor hai, woh bhi bekasoor hai 🙂

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    prasun k sengupta and abhiman, dumb and dumber, the funniest movie ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Addressed to Anon @ 9:06 pm : See, India has managed to obtain the working and manufacturing process of the ramjet engine of Brahmos, by repeated inspections and close observation of the same, even though Russia is not bound to disclose the same to India. Thus, in the area of ramjet missiles, India does not “lag behind” China.

    As per a recent interview of Dr. Natarajan, he mentioned that MCA will be an extension of Tejas LCA, and he also recommended that IAF must acquire 250 MCAs. In a conference in Feb. 2007, he had mentioned details about MCA. In “stark contrast”, it may be noted that the IAF has NEVER even acknowledged the MCA’s existence.

    Thus, it may be apparent that the “hurried” urgency to get the agreement of PAk-FA cleared may, in part, also serve a ‘hidden agenda’ of “scuttling” the MCA. It is well-known that the IAF is usually “reluctant” to procure indigenous weaponry, citing “delays” etc. Despite the fact that DRDO has repeatedly publicly released documentation and future plans regarding the MCA since atleast 2002, the IAF has not even responded to it’s proposals but is “gung-ho” about the PAK-FA, of which it hasn’t had any say in it’s development yet.

    Thank you.

    References :-

    1) Dr. Natarajan’s interview :

    2) “DRDO working on MCA project”, The Hindu, Feb 10, 2007.

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    abe abhiman,

    kyun tu sabka bheja khaata hain?

    all the time same post repeat.

    in latest new indian express mca program has been cleared by IAF to replace MRCA. so stop crying ur precious mrca is safe!!!!

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    To the above anonymous commentator, it may be said that the Indian Express news report in question is unclear.

    As the MRCA are meant to serve upto 2040 or 2050, it is unlikely that it’s successor is being conceptualized nearly half a century before, today (as the then technologies and operational requirements are not known today).

    However, if we assume that the multirole fighters in question are the serving MiG-29s and Mirage-2000s in the IAF, then it may be possible that the IAF is following the USAF paradigm of 5th G fighters. In USAF, the F-22 was concieved as a conscious shift to the next generation of 5th G fighter planes only. On the other hand, the simultaneous development of the JSF was done only to replace the 4.5th G F-teens in the USAF. The JSF “ended up” being of the 5th G, because it was but “natural” that the successor of the 4.5th G F-teens be of the 5th G, else replacement would have been redundant.

    Now, it must be noted that India cannot afford the purchase and maintenance of 2 different types of 5th G planes. Hence, it not not so happen that the MCA supported by IAF actually concludes into merely a larger two-engined derivative of the Tejas. Since interviews dating back to 2004, Dr. V K Atre, Dr. Saraswat and Dr. Natarajan have clearly described the MCA as a “next generation” fighter plane, which implies a 5th G plane without say.

    Thank you.

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    The FGFA, or Su-50MKI (as I would call it), co-developed by Sukhoi and HAL, would be India's Raptor.

    By the 2020s, India would have needed a Gen 5 Raptor-type fighter to supplant the Su-30MKI Flanker in the event of operations against PAF and especially PLAAF,high up in the mountainous Himalayas.

    As I recalled seeing online pictures of the PAK FA, even before its scheduled first flight, it proves that this project would take an arduous amount of time and effort to put together correctly.


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